The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) says that three of its projects have been recognized in the US Manufacturing Leadership Awards.

This includes AMNOW, a new, ongoing multi-phase program to support additive manufacturing (AM) technology insertion into the existing US Army supply chain, the Advanced Automation for Agile Aerospace Applications (A5) program which aims to create a foundational open-source software framework for adaptive robotic solutions in aerospace manufacturing and sustainment.

The final awardee was a program covering the on-tool inspection of automated composite material placement and included an intensive manual inspection process of automated fiber placement (AFP) composite structure fabrication. The development of an on-tool inspection system achieved an impressive defect detection rate of up to 99.7% in real-time of aircraft components produced by AFP and improved overall high-speed AFP operations.

‘It is an incredible honor for the NCDMM to be selected as the winner of not one, but three Manufacturing Leadership Awards from a highly competitive pool of nominees,’ said Dean L Bartles, NCDMM President and CEO. ‘Our team strives to continually innovate, improve, and advance manufacturing technologies and methodologies.’

This story uses material from the NCDMM, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.