e-works successfully organized 2016 Smart Manufacturing and IoT Delegation to U.S.
The third delegation to America has been successfully organized from October 29 2016 to November 7 2016 by e-works, Chinese Digital Enterprise Portal. Nearly 40 Chinese manufacturing delegation members mainly explored smart manufacturing and industrial IoT in the States.
On the morning of October 31, e-works delegation members visited PTC headquarter in Boston and learned their latest vision of integrate the Digital with Physical. Mr. Jim Heppelmann, PTC Global CEO introduced PTC’s new strategy. Mr. Howard Heppelmann, PTC Connnected Manufacturing VP showed PTC’s intelligent manufacturing. PTC engineers showed 3 Demos respectively illustrate PTC’s digital design, digital manufacturing, and digital services.
Mr. Howard Heppelmann, PTC Connnected Manufacturing VP introducing PTC
Mr. Jim Heppelmann Receiving Delegation’s Souvenir
Group Photo of Ms. Jinyun Zhang (middle), MERL VP and IEEE Fellow and Delegation Members
ANSYS CEO Jim Cashman (left) and Mr. Peigen Li (middle) Talking about PTC’s Latest Technology
Mr. Paul Boris, Manufacturing Industries GE Digital Vice President
Delegation Group Photo before KSS
Ford F-150 Truck Assembly Plant
Rockwell Automation Introducing Vision of Connected Enterprises
John Deere Seeding Group
In the afternoon, they visited Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to study their exploration and practice in digital design and manufacturing technologies. According to Mrs. Jenny Fisher, UI Labs Senior Human Resources Advisor, “UI” is short for University and Industry. It is an important part of U.S. National Network of Manufacturing Innovation Program and its role is to connect and facilitate cooperation between academic and industry.
The establishment of UI Labs is to solve challenges that are too big for any one organization to address. As a collaborative innovation platform, UI Labs has partnered with 300 companies, universities, and civic organizations. There are over 50 talents drawn from organizations such as Accenture, Best Buy, and Cisco working at 94,000 square foot demonstration and working space in UI Labs.
The 24,000 square foot Manufacturing Demonstration Lab
There are two programs in UI Labs—the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) and City Digital. DMDII was launched by Department of Defense in February 2014 to transform U.S. manufacturing into the most competitive in the world. City Digital is to create smarter, connected cities.
DMDII Partners and Projects
DMDII’s projects fall into three technology categories: advanced manufacturing enterprise, intelligent machining, and advanced analysis. The goal of all projects is to stretch the frontiers of digital manufacturing and design. Currently, there are over 52 DMDII projects in the works with budgets over 52 million dollars. Usually one project is finished under the collaboration of 8 to 10 partners. The delegation also visited the DMDII automatic production line during the tour.
e-works Delegation Visiting UI LabsThe delegation's footprints has covered different cities like Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh to look into American’s manufacturing revival and successful cases of Industrial IoT. During the intervals, they also appreciated the beautiful American city and country sceneries.
Delegation Group Photo Before MIT
Delegation Group Photo Before Harvard University
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