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The Future of Manufacturing Conference

November 14, 2007
8:00 AM — 4:00 PM

Location
TechSolve
6705 Steger Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45237

There is no fee for attending the conference, but registration (invite-only) is required. The conference will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
Please contact me at deshpande[AT]techsolve.org, if you are interested in attending the conference.


Smart Machine Platform Initiative

In an effort to retain and grow the U.S. manufacturing industry, several organizations, including TechSolve, began to take action. Not unlike the game changing technologies that last impacted the manufacturing world, numerical control (NC) in the 1950s and then computer numerical control (CNC) in the 1960s, the Smart Machine Platform Initiative (SMPI) was established to look beyond CNC and into the next game-changing technology—Smart Machines. Smart Machines would have the capability for equipment and process controls to begin to make decisions during the manufacturing process.
SMPI is a five-year effort that is aimed at bringing together research organizations, government laboratories, industry participants, academia, and technology providers to develop, demonstrate, disseminate, and implement smart machine concepts. The program is structured to foster a quick and speedy transition of developed technologies into the U.S. manufacturing infrastructure. SMPI is a partnership with numerous manufacturers, TechSolve, ARDEC and U.S. Army Benet Laboratories.

Conference Highlights
See how Smart Machines, the next generation of equipment and process controls, will not only execute commands, but also modify and optimize instructions prior to the execution step. This look-ahead ability to modify and optimize will be based on a sophisticated system of sensors and controls that will know and understand the process conditions and parameters as well as the health of the equipment and the tool required to perform the task. The conference topics include: Health and Maintenance Technology, Machine Tool Metrology, and Supervisory Systems. Health and Maintenance tracks the condition of various machine tool elements and tooling, while Machine Tool Metrology creates an understanding of the accuracy and repeatability of the equipment and determines the difference between the reported position and location of the cutting tool versus the actual. The Supervisory
System handles the management and communication of sensor data to the various interdependent technology systems. This decision-making Supervisory System will also direct adjustments within the Smart Machine System. Be among the first to witness the game changing technology in Smart Machines.

Agenda
The conference will be a series of seminars and demonstrations designed to give you an understanding of the entire Smart Machining process.

Morning Seminar
Health & Maintenance Technology

By using diagnostic and prognostic evaluation tools, this technology monitors and assesses the overall health/condition of the Smart Machining System and develops a proactive maintenance schedule.

Noon Seminar
Machine Tool Metrology

This seminar discusses the creation of a science based understanding of the differences in the reported and actual position of a cutting tool to maximize accuracy.

Afternoon Seminar
Supervisory System

Realizing “First Part Correct” is possible with an integrated Supervisory System that coordinates process monitoring and controls through seamless, real-time communication to provide the optimal machining solution.

All demonstrations will be conducted after the seminars in TechSolve’s state of the art testing facility the M. Eugene Merchant Technology Development Center.

There is no fee for attending the conference, but registration (invite-only) is required. The conference will include a continental breakfast and lunch.
Please contact me at deshpande[AT]techsolve.org, if you are interested in attending the conference.

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