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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) has selected five projects to identify ways to use smart-manufacturing technologies to improve productivity, precision, performance, and energy efficiency.

A medtech company is among the projects selected. Ectron will work with Inova Diagnostics to create smart-manufacturing profiles to improve their enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) process and production efficiencies applicable for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food industries. This project may effectively help measure antibodies, antigens, proteins, and glycoproteins in biological samples during the pandemic.

In a report titled, “Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing,” the White House calls for new, smart-manufacturing technologies to “facilitate a digital transformation in the manufacturing sector by enabling the application of big data analytics and advanced sensing and control technologies to a host of manufacturing activities.”

This request for proposals (RFP) falls under a new category of CESMII projects called “smart-manufacturing innovation projects.” Selected project teams will create “smart-manufacturing profiles” — a library of reusable information, including models of manufacturing processes and related equipment — that will help achieve CESMII’s energy objectives.

CESMII accelerates smart manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data analytics, platforms, and controls to improve productivity, precision, performance, and energy consumption in manufacturing.