THE GRID INITIATIVE™

DIGITAL MANUFACTURING IS COMING. BY 2020, 96% OF ALL PRODUCTS WILL BE DESIGNED AND OPTIMIZED VIRTUALLY.

Most Tier 1 OEMs have already adopted some Digital Manufacturing processes. Adoption among America’s smaller manufacturers has been a little slower. More and more, though, OEMs are demanding that their suppliers use these advanced tools. The Grid is a national network that makes Digital Manufacturing available on your terms. Easy, impartial, affordable – it’s designed to help manufacturers of all sizes adopt the game changing technologies of tomorrow.

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Grid Cells™ are physical innovation centers – local hubs where manufacturers can get hands-on experience and training with Digital Manufacturing tools. Two are already up and running, with a whole national network of them planned for the future.

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Michigan: Grid Cell™ at NCMS

The Advanced Materials & Composites Grid Cell™

GE’s Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center (AMSTC), located outside of Detroit, will host the first NCMS Grid Cell™. Through this effort, Michigan companies will forge a path to increased global competitiveness, by providing manufacturers with a virtualized approach to building that combines high performance modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), data mining tools, and the digitization of processes to optimize speed, reliability, and efficiency.

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Virginia: Grid Cell™ at George Mason University

Structural Safety & Vehicle Crash Analysis

The cell, will be housed in the Commerce Building near Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The cell will set new standards for collaborative research between government agencies, industry and academia. Dedicated to optimizing vehicle safety across the transportation fleet, researchers at the cell will employ computer modeling and simulation technologies, real-world data analysis, and experimental test methods to optimize fleet safety, assess crashworthiness improvements, and provide focused education and training programs for future scientists and engineers. read more

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Digital Manufacturing virtualizes physical activities. Massive processing power, next-gen algorithms, and peta-scale data create accurate simulations optimized beyond traditional methods.

Modeling, Simulation & Analysis

MS&A performs complex simulations to identify outcomes and optimize based on them. Optimizing in a digital environment provides more accuracy and flexibility than antique methods.

High Performance Computing

HPC is the hardware, epic processing power that goes way beyond desktop PCs. From modest clusters to vast Elastic Clouds, HPC provides the raw number-crunching Digital Manufacturing depends on.

Big Data

All aspects of business today have data tied to it. This ever increasing  information has been coined big data. How your business leverages this data could mean the difference between success and failure.

Predictive Analytics

Predictive Analytics finds patterns in large data sets to identify risks and opportunities to make accurate predictions about the future using statistics, modeling, machine learning and data mining.


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