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DMDII Announces Second 2016 Project Call for Advanced Manufacturing R&D Projects

September 8 Project Call Workshop at UI LABS Innovation Center Will Provide Additional Information and Enable Team Formation

CHICAGO – July 27, 2016 – The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced the release of its second 2016 Project Call, which requests proposals for four topics across three DMDII Technology Thrusts: Intelligent Machines (IM), Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME), and Advanced Analysis (AA).

The title and goal of each Project Call Topic are listed below:

Low-Cost Robotics and Automation (IM)
This Project Call Topic seeks robotics and automation solutions that are affordable, reconfigurable, and adaptable, and that exhibit the precision, repeatability, and productivity of conventional automated solutions. They must also exhibit flexibility at a cost that makes them accessible to small and midsize businesses.

Real-Time Optimization of Factory Operations (AME)
The objective of this Project Call Topic is to improve factory decision-making by transforming raw data into meaningful and useful information for analysis and decision recommendations.  Example analytical tools include online analytical processing, data mining, complex event processing, text mining, predictive and prescriptive analytics and active performance management.

Seamless Work Flows from Design to Fabrication (AA)
The goal of this Project Call Topic is to develop software solutions that significantly reduce the manual input and expertise required to rapidly translate designs into fabricated parts during manufacturing, and thus to fully utilize the capabilities of available machine tools.

Human Systems Integration (AA)
This Project Call Topic aims to develop digital and physical technologies to improve human systems integration through data collection and analysis to reduce the costs and inefficiencies that stem from industrial workers performing tasks in environments that do not adequately take into account human size variation or capabilities.

To convey additional information to interested stakeholders, DMDII will host a Project Call Workshop at the UI LABS Innovation Center on September 8, 2016. Workshop attendees will hear from the DMDII leadership team about the institute’s mission, vision, and goals, as well as how to do business with DMDII. Attendees also will have the opportunity to network throughout the course of the workshop to enable teaming for responses to the Project Call Topics.

To facilitate the formation of project teams, DMDII encourages manufacturing businesses, manufacturing services providers, technology companies (hardware and software), and academic institutions to register their capabilities and interests through an online survey in advance.

For more information on the Project Call, the capabilities/interests survey, and the Project Call Workshop, including the link to register, please visit