Through the State Manufacturing Leadership Program, the DOE Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) is partnering with states in accelerating the deployment of smart manufacturing and high-performance computing technologies across their small- and medium-sized manufacturing (SMM) firm base. It will connect SMMs broadly with resources for utilizing smart manufacturing technologies in their facilities, using States as critical partners for providing technical assistance. Smart integrated technologies—such as advanced sensors, data analytics, and process controls—can help manufacturers gain unprecedented real-time control of energy use, productivity, and costs across plant sites. As a result, this program will contribute to the Administration’s goals of modernizing the American industrial base and ensuring the emerging net zero economy delivers true economic prosperity to the American people.
By working with states to accelerate scaled adoption of smart manufacturing technologies and improve access to High Performance Computing (HPC) resources, this program will advance DOE’s strategic goals of:
- deploying best-in-class technologies, tools, and practices to improve energy efficiency, increase productivity, mitigate cybersecurity risk, enhance resilience, and reduce waste, emissions, and pollution at SMM facilities;
- leveraging resources from across the Federal Government, as well as from State, Tribal, local, private sector and nongovernmental entities, to enhance the competitiveness of the manufacturing base; and
- equitably developing the clean energy workforce of the future.
Download fact sheets on the selected programs.
What is Smart Manufacturing?
Smart manufacturing is the use of emerging and advanced technologies to increase the efficiency of the traditional manufacturing process. Smart manufacturing produces fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs. Rather than each machine and product line operating independently and remotely, smart manufacturing technology can cause machines and operators to communicate with each other—through digitization, automation, and artificial intelligence—helping manufacturers track and anticipate problems, and create efficiencies and optimized processes.
Smart manufacturing technologies play a key role in increasing energy efficiency and performance, including by modeling, simulating, and optimizing energy efficiency and energy performance of buildings and manufacturing plants; and modeling, simulating, and optimizing the design of energy efficient and sustainable products, including through the use of digital prototyping and additive manufacturing to enhance product design.
In smart manufacturing, organizations, people, and technology work in synergy. Smart manufacturing is radically impacting the performance of the manufacturing ecosystem through measurable improvements in areas such as speed, agility, innovation, quality, costs/profitability, safety, asset reliability, and energy productivity.
What is High Performance Computing?
High performance computing (HPC) is the use of supercomputers, sophisticated models, and/or large data sets to study and solve complex scientific and technological challenges. Manufacturers have long relied on computers for modeling during process and product development and in-plant troubleshooting. Recent increases in computer processing power have enabled dramatically faster and more accurate modeling, simulation, and data analysis.
In manufacturing, HPC is used to develop advanced materials and manufacturing processes. These HPC capabilities can be applied by small- and medium-sized manufacturers to:
- Model and simulate the operation of highly complex processes and advanced technologies;
- Accurately predict the effects from changing design configurations;
- Rapidly analyze huge data sets;
- Gain a deeper understanding of the underlying physical behavior to inform decision-making;
- Lower energy and material use and costs; and
- Improve manufacturing line performance, increase energy efficiency, and cut emissions.