SCRA Applied R&D consortium PDES, Inc. today announced that
its Customer/Supplier Interoperability during
Collaborative Design (CSI) project has won the 2012 Defense
Manufacturing Achievement Award. The CSI project, led by SCRA, is
sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the OSD Defense
Manufacturing Science & Technology Program (DMS&T).
Presented at the recent Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC 2012) in
Orlando, FL, the award is sponsored by the Joint Defense Manufacturing
Technology Panel (JDMTP) to recognize and honor those individuals from
government and the private sector most responsible for outstanding
technical accomplishments that further the achievement of the vision of
the Department of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech)
The Customer Supplier Interoperability (CSI) program offers solutions to
address massive engineering inefficiencies associated with technical
data exchanges in defense supply chains. Through the automation of
manual tasks, CAD validation and a toolset to advance current exchanges,
CSI paves the path toward model-based definition (MBD) for the defense
industrial base. Through side-by-side comparisons with current best
practices, CSI technologies generate projected cost savings of
~$22M/year for 3 CSI manufacturers & ~$50M/year when fully adopted by
all supply chain members in a large defense acquisition program. With
major programs exceeding 20 years in duration, this equates to over $1
billion in savings.
The project, which began in November 2010, is a collaborative effort
between Lockheed Martin, Honeywell Aerospace, Rockwell Collins,
International TechneGroup Incorporated and end-user companies. The
software platform was provided by ITI TranscenData, a small US-based
solutions provider. The project partners are members of PDES, Inc.,
an SCRA-managed consortium with 22-years of experience in developing
project teams for the Model-Based Enterprise through the use of
"SCRA Applied R&D teams are built and managed to advance technologies
that offer real world solutions," said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. "We
congratulate this team and are delighted to report another success story
that shows how our collaborative approach enables both efficiency and
effectiveness for our clients."
"The CSI project has highlighted several reas and solutions that have
potential to aid Lockheed Martin in current and future business
endeavors in the Model-Based Enterprise environment. In addition, CSI
provided insight into the potential benefits in efficiency, data quality
and cost savings that is of great interest to Lockheed Martin," said Dr.
Michael R. Jahadi, President and Chairman of the PDES, Inc. Board.
SCRA is an applied research company with over 30 years of experience
delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to
federal and corporate clients. Our Applied R&D affiliate manages over
100 national and international programs worth over $1.5 billion in
contract value, and our technology-based economic development affiliate
helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create
jobs. In support of our mission, SCRA builds and manages research
facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work, and
advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Over $14 billion, and that the
company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related jobs
in SC, with wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.
PDES, Inc. is an international consortium, managed by SCRA
Applied R&D, to promote the digital enterprise through the development
and implementation of model-based standards. The consortium is made up
of members from global industry, government and academia that commit
resource hours to projects of interest to the member organizations.
PDES, Inc. initiatives include Model-Based Engineering, Model-Based
Manufacturing, Model-Based Sustainment, Data Exchange Testing and
Information Standards. The CSI project falls under the Model-Based
Engineering initiative. SCRA has served as the host contractor for PDES,
Inc. since its inception in 1988.
Honeywell Aerospace is the largest single supplier of components
and services to the aerospace industry and is a diversified technology
and manufacturing leader of aerospace products and services; control
technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products;
power generation systems; specialty chemicals; fibers; plastics and
advanced materials. Honeywell Aerospace delivers a diverse range of
commercial and defense and space products, systems and services across
the aerospace industry. From single-engine piston-powered airplanes to
commercial applications to military and space vehicles applications,
Honeywell Aerospace products and systems can be found on virtually every
type of aerospace platform operating around the world today.
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment
of innovative communication and electronics solutions for both
commercial and government applications. The company's expertise in
avionics, electronics, mission communications, information management,
simulation and training is delivered by 20,000 employees and a global
service and support network that crosses 27 countries.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is a leader in the design,
development, systems integration, production, and support of advanced
military aircraft. The company's headquarters, a major manufacturing
operation, is located in Fort Worth, Texas. Rapid prototyping,
simulation-based virtual design, and supply chain integration are just a
few of the many engineering proficiencies that enable Lockheed Martin
Aeronautics Company to build the finest military aircraft in the world.
Lockheed Martin products play an important role in the defense of the
United States, ensuring peace and stability around the world. Their most
widely known aircraft include F-35 and F-22 Fifth Generation fighters;
the most successful international fighter, the F-16; the versatile
airlifter, the C-130J and the first operational stealth fighter, the
International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), a small business
located in Milford, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, is one of the world's
leading providers of consulting, software products, and related
integration services that enable clients to dramatically improve their
product and manufacturing process development capabilities. The ITI
product data interoperability business (ITI TranscenData) is a leading
independent provider of products and services for data interoperability,
integration and collaboration.
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