US funds supercomputer-manufacturer collaboration to drive efficiency

The US is funding $3.9 million (£3m) to use supercomputers to improve manufacturing efficiency. A total of 13 projects have received financing from the US Department of Energy (DoE), as part of the High Performance Computing […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The US is funding $3.9 million (£3m) to use supercomputers to improve manufacturing efficiency.

A total of 13 projects have received financing from the US Department of Energy (DoE), as part of the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) programme.

The initiative aims to bring together the computing resources and expertise of national laboratories across the US with manufacturers to enhance product quality, speed up design, reduce waste and lower electricity costs.

The projects include one from Ford, which aims to understand how manufacturing tolerances can impact the fuel efficiency and performance of spark ignition engines.

Others include work from the Timken Company to improve the reliability and lifetime of wind turbines and from 7AC Technologies to improve the efficiency of air conditioning systems.

Lori Diachin, Director of the HPC4Mfg programme, said: “This third round of projects represent an excellent mix of challenges that the national laboratories can help address.

“The proposals were all extremely high quality and we’re excited about the opportunities we’ll have to impact manufacturing across a wide range of topic areas.”

P&G has pledged to eliminate all manufacturing waste from its factory sites by 2020.