Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) Request for Proposals

About This RFP:

This Request for Proposals (“RFP3 – SMIC”) is for new SMIC partners for CESMII.  CESMII intends to award up to $2M total ($1M Federal + $1M Awardee Cost Share), subject to funding availability. For each individual award, CESMII anticipates a period of performance of up to 16 months.

SMIC RFP Areas of Interest – Background Information

Table 1 shows CESMII’s current SMIC network and more details are provided at https://www.cesmii.org/cesmii-smart-manufacturing-innovation-centers/.   The SMIC network provides CESMII a national footprint and enables CESMII to engage manufacturing and supply chains where they are. The objective of the SMIC is to link manufacturers, industrial technology vendors, systems integrators, equipment providers and academia to promote the demonstration and driving of research and innovation that scales to all of US manufacturing.

CESMII’s national Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center (SMIC) program further supports its network-of-networks strategy to make Smart Manufacturing readily available and accessible throughout the nation.  The SMICs help CESMII seamlessly provide the CESMII Service Offerings to its membership, enhancing CESMII member access to institute-developed technologies, training, and hands-on demonstrations of SM Innovation Platform™.

 

Table 1: CESMII’s Current SMIC Network

SMIC Institute Name Center of Excellence Focus SMIC Location
UCLA Aerospace Industry, Machine Learning Los Angeles, CA

North Carolina State University

(“NCSU”)

Pulp/Paper Industry, Nonwoven Material Industry, Bio Mfg Industry Raleigh, NC
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Pharma Industry, Discrete Mfg Troy, NY
Texas A&M University Energy (oil & gas) Industry College Station, TX
Atollogy, Inc. Machine Vision-Based Digital Twinning, SM Innovation Platform Demonstration Center Santa Clara, CA
Oregon State Univ Aerospace Industry, Industrial Assessment Center for Energy Productivity Corvallis, OR
El Camino Community College EWD Training Center focused on Aerospace and Machining Industries Torrance, CA

 

The Ideal Characteristics of a SMIC are:

  • Has a focus based on either a specific industry vertical (i.e., steel, automotive, chemical processing, discrete manufacturing, etc.) or a technology horizontal (i.e. see “SM Technologies” definition per Section 1.1).
  • Acts as a Smart Manufacturing Center of Excellence and provides an environment for industry engagement involving SM Technologies, Knowledge and Service Offerings aligned to its specific industry vertical / technology horizontal.
  • As shown in Figure 1a, CESMII provides each SMIC an instance of the SM Innovation Platform and relevant Software Applications, anticipating that they will be integrated with all relevant SMIC manufacturing assets. These create foundations for executing SM Knowledge initiatives (as per Figure 1b) and demonstrate to CESMII members/prospects the basic functionality of the SMIP to drive discussions on the benefits and value of Smart Manufacturing, facilitate an innovation and R&D envisioning and ideation process around solving specific Smart Manufacturing problems

CESMII is Inviting Proposals for SMIC Partners to Provide One or More of these Pre-defined SMIC Service Offerings:

  1. Showcase Smart Manufacturing Methods through the SM Innovation Platform: dedicated computer station(s) are used to demonstrate to CESMII members/prospects the basic functionality of the SMIP to drive discussions on the benefits and value of Smart Manufacturing, facilitate an innovation and R&D envisioning and ideation process around solving specific Smart Manufacturing problems, and user training on the SMIP. CESMII provides free access to the SM Innovation Platform (SMIP) software and the SMIC will provide at least one dedicated professional software demonstration station to spotlight the capabilities of the CESMII SMIP.  Host at least one SMIP training or SM journey workshop event per quarter for CESMII members/prospects. The SMIP implementation and SMIP training will be conducted with the approval of the CESMII CTO.
  2. Host CESMII Outreach events: with the approval of the National SMIC Director at CESMII HQ, host at least one outreach event per quarter for CESMII members/prospects. The outreach events will underscore the value of CESMII membership by helping educate members/prospects on the core competencies of the SMIC, the benefits of Smart Manufacturing, and/or demonstrations of the SMIP and other CESMII
  3. SM Innovation Platform Testbeds to Showcase Manufacturing Process Improvements: integrate the SMIP with your existing manufacturing assets. Once integrated, the SMIP and manufacturing asset(s) will form a testbed for Smart Manufacturing. An illustrative example can be found from CESMII’s current NCSU SMIC highlighted in Figures 1a & 1b.  The manufacturing assets must be relevant to the industries that CESMII is targeting for Smart Manufacturing. Examples of the manufacturing assets of interest to CESMII, include but are not limited to:  steel-industry processing equipment, food/beverage/consumer-packaged goods processing equipment, chemical or pharmaceutical processing/refining equipment, equipment related to the automotive manufacturing supply chain, robotics and other advanced technologies for manufacturing, etc.   Host at least one SMIP-based manufacturing process improvement workshop or demonstration event per quarter for CESMII members/prospects.
  4. EWD Training Partner: the SMIC will allow for its existing professional training infrastructure to enable CESMII to provide training content to train CESMII members/prospects. CESMII can provide trainers or train-the-trainers at the With the approval of the CESMII EWD Director, host at least one EWD training event per quarter for CESMII members/prospects.
  5. EWD Content Partner: the SMIC has existing Smart Manufacturing training content that can be used, either in whole or in part, by CESMII for its The training can occur at the SMIC location, at another CESMII location, and/or is on-line accessible. The training content must be sanctioned by the CESMII EWD Director. Host at least one EWD training event per quarter for CESMII members/prospects.
  6. Smart Manufacturing knowledge sharing / Benchmarking /Assessment Services: based on SMIC’s core competencies related to a key industry vertical and/or a technology horizontal, provide CESMII members with Smart Manufacturing knowledge/expertise, innovation/envisioning sessions, benchmarking, and/or assessment services. Examples of these services include solve Smart Manufacturing problems in a member’s facility, industry benchmarking related to Smart Manufacturing best practices, and assessment of a manufacturing facility’s Smart Manufacturing readiness and development of a SM journey plan. Conduct at least one of these Services per quarter for CESMII members/prospects.

Informational Webinar Dates – SMIC RFP:

Two (2) Informational Webinars are planned to explain the process. The current webinar schedule is:

  • April 6, 2021 at 8am – 9am Pacific / 11am – noon Eastern
    Please register in advance for this webinar:
    Webinar Registration
  • April 8, 2021 at 1pm – 2pm Pacific / 4pm – 5pm Eastern
    Please register in advance for this webinar:
    Webinar Registration

Resources:

Download the files below for all information on SMIC RFP and templates required to successfully submit a proposal.

 

 

Questions And Answers:

Webinar About the SMIC RFP

This Information Webinar describes the purpose of the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center Request for Proposal, and its benefits and requirements.  It describes the details of the RFP and how to respond to it.

 

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