Developing Model-Based Tools for the Design and Improvement of Manufacturing Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: 70NANB18H181
Agency Tracking Number: 049-02-02 (PII)
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: 2018-NIST-SBIR-02
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-16
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-08-31
Small Business Information
5120 OAKWOOD CIRCLE, Cumming, GA, 30028
DUNS: 079613686
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 George Thiers
 (770) 312-7812
Business Contact
 George Thiers
Phone: (770) 312-7812
Research Institution
The vision is to create enterprise-grade software tools supporting the design and improvement of manufacturing systems, tools that can provide answers to fundamental business questions about product selection, resource planning, scheduling, and logistical control – quickly, accurately, and with adequate consideration of risk. Objectives accomplished in Phase I included adding formality and rigor to a widely-adopted manufacturing system modeling language, delineating scope and boundary limitations for language extensions, and demonstrating automated formulation of computational analysis to answer routine questions about expected cycle time, throughput, capacity, and inventory levels. Phase II objectives include maturing behavioral and control definitions in reference models, integrating SysML-language reference models with software implementations, formalizing system – analysis integration, and extending the manufacturing system modeling language to express components of resource planning and scheduling problems. At the conclusion of the work we will have a software tool that we can demonstrate to potential customers and test within their production environments.

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