Digital Manufacturing Solutions to Enhance Productivity, Quality and Security

Thursday 10/28/2021, 11:00 am

The technological foundations of advanced manufacturing continue to evolve rapidly as sensing, cloud computing and storage, and next-generation controllers are introduced everywhere in the manufacturing ecosystem. We will present some of the technical concepts and business models that will enable new technologies and capabilities in the manufacturing sector to be deployed rapidly throughout the U.S. industrial base. We also will share insights into next-generation resilient production operations and business models that favor local and point of assembly manufacturing. As an example of efforts at Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), we will highlight democratization of manufacturing efforts by focusing on the integration of real-time sensor data via edge/fog/cloud operations as applied to 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 classical machining capabilities. The talk will conclude with a discussion on some of the more pragmatic issues related to cybersecurity, providing practical methods of protecting critical hardware infrastructure, as digital manufacturing is dependent on a connected machine, plant and supply chain.


Dr. Thomas R. Kurfess, Chief Manufacturing Officer and Interim Director, Manufacturing Science Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Thomas R. Kurfess currently serves as the Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During 2012-2013 he was on leave serving as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States of America, where he was responsible for coordinating Federal advanced manufacturing R&D. He was President of SME in 2018, and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the ASME. His research focuses on the design and development of advanced manufacturing systems targeting secure digital manufacturing, additive and subtractive processes, and large-scale production enterprises. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of ASME, AAAS, and SME.


Dr. Kyle S. Saleeby, Mechanical Engineer, Robotics and Additive Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Kyle S. Saleeby is a research staff member with the Manufacturing Automation and Controls Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research at ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility focuses on connecting machines and manufacturing processes with Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT technologies. His current focus centers on applications of data analytics and closed-loop control for Hybrid Manufacturing processes, where additive and subtractive (machining) processes are combined within a single machine tool. Kyle received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from MIT in 2017, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2019 and 2021, respectively.



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