Revolutionizing Manufacturing through Industry 4.0

Workshop on Smart Factories

October 18, 2018

The scope and impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to be transformational and disrupt almost every industry in every country, changing entire systems of production, management, and governance. According to the global agenda, “there is clear evidence that the technologies that underpin the Fourth Industrial Revolution are having a major impact on businesses.” A recent BCG report shows how connectivity and interaction among parts, machines, and humans will make production systems as much as 30% faster and 25% more efficient. Industry 4.0 has the potential to make a dramatic impact on US manufacturing competitiveness and job reshoring.

The University of New Hampshire, in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, are hosting a workshop on Smart Factories which will lay the foundation for our joint partnership, The Center for Industrial Internet of Things (CIIT).  Our mission is to create a robust and sustainable center across a myriad of industrial sectors that delivers pre-competitive, fundamental knowledge in the area known as the “Industrial Internet of Things”, “Industry 4.0”, “Smart Manufacturing”, and “Digital Manufacturing”.  The institutional partners are seeking NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) funding to structure and support the center in part.

The specific goals for the CIIT are to provide: 

  • Robust modeling capabilities of manufacturing processes that are specific to and integrate across the entire discrete manufacturing operation from design through end of life across the entire industrial enterprise
  • Accurate characterization of sensors and networks, including advanced wireless technology as well as the emerging field of time sensitive network technology required for inherent understanding of this new emerging industrial landscape
  • Knowledge as it relates to the cybersecurity aspects of the “shop floor” environment to aid large and small US manufacturing operations. 

The CIIT will be of intrinsic value to industry and will provide a forum for collaborations between academic and industrial researchers.

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 9:00 am     Welcome and Overview of Workshop and Industry 4.0

 9:15 am     Project Presentations

  • Machine Learning for the monitoring and optimal control of smart factories
  • M-UBER:  Distributed machining operations in a smart factory
    • Noel Greis, UNC-Chapel Hill, Operations
    • Tony Schmitz , UNC Charlotte, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
  • Emerging IIoT communications and connectivity architectures with deterministic control
  • Sequential robotic task learning from demonstrations
  • Acoustic sensor to monitor forming process

10:15 am      Discussion of presented projects

10:30 am      Break

10:45 am      Small table breakouts to discuss possible industrial projects of interest

11:15 am      Large group discussions of possible projects

11:45 am      Next steps including a proposal to NSF for an Industry-University Cooperative Research Center on Industrial Internet of Things (CIIT)

12:00 pm      Lunch

  1:00 pm      Transition to UNH InterOperability Lab (IOL)

  1:15 pm      Tour of the IOL

   2:30 pm     Transition to John Olson Advanced Manufacturing Center

   3:00 pm     Tour of the Olson Center

   4:00 pm     Adjourn



Driving Directions

From I-95 South (Maine), take Exit 5 (in NH) to the Spaulding Turnpike (Route 16N), then take  Exit 6W (Route 4 West) towards Durham to the Exit for Route 155A. At the bottom of the ramp take a left onto Main Street. 

From I-95 North (Mass.), take Exit 4 (in NH) (left hand exit) to the Spaulding Turnpike (Route 16N), then take Exit 6W (Route 4 West) towards Durham to the Exit for Route 155A. 

From the West, take route 101 East to Exit 7 (Route 125 North). Follow Route 125 North to the traffic circle. Take Route 4 East to the Durham Exit (2 miles) (Route 155A).

Airport Information

Three area airports provide service to this portion of New England.

For ease of travel, Manchester Airport is recommended.

Shuttle Service can be arranged to and from the airport if a rental car is not desired.

Services from Boston, MA

Downeaster Train

Take the train from Boston (North Station) to Durham, NH (the final destination of the train is Portland, ME).

 The trip takes about an hour and twenty minutes.

  • Amtrak Downeaster                                              

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