Affinity Groups

Southern regional manufacturing center

A CESMII Affinity Group is a group of members from the CESMII membership base that has an interest in a particular manufacturing sector or problem. These groups can be formed within a single region, may span several regions, or may encompass the entire Institute depending on the scope of the group. An Affinity Group is charged with examining a manufacturing sector or problem strategically and its members will bring their unique abilities, capabilities, and interests to engage the SM Platform™ as needed or desired. The group will formulate the proper approach to the manufacturing sector or problem for the application of SM technologies. During the CESMII proposal process, this group will develop the plan for the SM Testbed to be executed by the participating members and managed by a RMC.


Smart Manufacturing for Food Quality and Safety

The Food Processing Industry is the fifth highest energy utilizing industry in the US (After petroleum, chemicals, paper, and primary metals), and more significantly, energy use for food production is not declining as other sectors are. This is the result of low margins for local food producers and processors not allowing for the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies as well as complicated supply chains that are not standardized across OEMs. The Food Quality and Safety Affinity Group examines the issues involved in sensorizing the legacy food chain to enhance traceability and quality of our food supply as well as using Smart Manufacturing technologies to provide cost-effective automation solutions to food processors to achieve process efficiency.

Smart Manufacturing for Chemical Processing

This Affinity Group is focused on test bed and SM platform requirements for the chemical processing sector and the use cases for the platform within that sector. This test bed developed by the group will concentrate on advanced control and automation for chemical processes. Development of better systems integration and more efficient controller design will lead to (a) reducing manufacturing and operational costs; (b) engineering and materials innovation to improve durability and reliability; (c) improving the overall operational performance and efficiency.


Human Systems Integration and Decision Support for the Smart Manufacturing Platform™

This Affinity Group is examining the ways that SM technologies can be harnessed to improve situational awareness and safety of workers in the manufacturing environment. The test bed(s) developed by this group will demonstrate how the Smart Manufacturing Platform enables the development of data-centric decision support systems by increasing the availability of data which, when properly processed, can measurably increase worker situational awareness and decision making efficacy. Included will be worker training development to enable increased efficiency through the use of technology, including advanced visualization and augmented reality.


High Energy Unit (Discrete) Smart Manufacturing

This Affinity Group is concentrating on the issues involved in applying SM Technologies to discrete manufacturing environments. The resulting test bed(s) will use Smart Manufacturing technology to develop and demonstrate improvements to manufacturing processes of discrete parts. Additive manufacturing, advanced machining, quality control, and training are all areas of interest. Process development and optimization, new sensor development and characterization, and supply chain management are possible outcomes.