The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) announced that it won a 2013 Clean Energy Manufacturing contract from the Energy Department (DOE) to develop an open smart manufacturing technology platform for collaborative industrial networked information applications. The DOE funds will cover $7.8 million of the $10 million project.
SMLC will design and demonstrate a common platform that enables data modeling and simulation technologies to actively manage energy use in conjunction with plant production systems.
The platform approach uses industrial test beds with manufacturing data and applications to ensure it is driven by industry needs. The first two test beds will be at the General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) Army Munitions plant to optimize heat treating furnaces and at a Praxair Hydrogen Processing (NYSE: PX) plant to optimize steam methane reforming furnaces. The projects are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 69 million tons and waste heat by 1.3 quads, or approximately 1.3 percent of total U.S. energy use.
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