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Smart Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Integrating Hybrid Manufacturing Processes via the Digital Thread

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In this talk, Dr. Kurfess will provide an overview of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Department of Energy’s only designated user facility focused on performing early-stage research and development to improve the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of American manufacturers.

He will highlight smart manufacturing efforts at MDF by focusing on the integration of real-time sensor data via edge/fog/cloud operations as applied to a state-of-the-art hot wire laser hybrid (additive and subtractive) manufacturing processes. Both design and manufacturing issues will be addressed as they relate to improved control of next generation production systems. The hybrid system is an ideal platform for digital integration as it combines newer metal additive processes with much more classical machining capabilities. The use of large scale data sets from production operations and how they can be leveraged to better understand and automate production processes will be presented. Such opportunities provide an improved platform for classical analytic techniques as well as more modern, data intensive approaches (e.g., AI/ML/DL) to process and operations modeling. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the technology, workforce and infrastructural directions needed to fully leverage hybrid production via smart manufacturing.

Participants in this talk will be provided with an understanding of the ORNL/MDF and its capabilities and availability to industry partners. Participants will also learn about hybrid (additive and subtractive) processes and how they are being integrated via the digital thread to fully enable the capabilities of these processes.

  • Thomas Kurfess
    Chief Manufacturing Officer
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)