SCRA-led Project Wins Defense Manufacturing Achievement Award

  SCRA-led Project Wins Defense Manufacturing Achievement Award

Customer Supplier Interoperability Results Show Potential Savings in Millions

Business Wire

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- January 3, 2013

SCRA Applied R&D consortium PDES, Inc. today announced that its
Customer/Supplier Interoperability during Collaborative Design (CSI) project
has won the 2012 Defense Manufacturing Achievement Award. The CSI project, led
by SCRA, is sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the OSD Defense
Manufacturing Science & Technology Program (DMS&T).

Presented at the recent Defense Manufacturing Conference (DMC 2012) in
Orlando, FL, the award is sponsored by the Joint Defense Manufacturing
Technology Panel (JDMTP) to recognize and honor those individuals from
government and the private sector most responsible for outstanding technical
accomplishments that further the achievement of the vision of the Department
of Defense (DoD) Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program.

The Customer Supplier Interoperability (CSI) program offers solutions to
address massive engineering inefficiencies associated with technical data
exchanges in defense supply chains. Through the automation of manual tasks,
CAD validation and a toolset to advance current exchanges, CSI paves the path
toward model-based definition (MBD) for the defense industrial base. Through
side-by-side comparisons with current best practices, CSI technologies
generate projected cost savings of ~$22M/year for 3 CSI manufacturers &
~$50M/year when fully adopted by all supply chain members in a large defense
acquisition program. With major programs exceeding 20 years in duration, this
equates to over $1 billion in savings.

The project, which began in November 2010, is a collaborative effort between
Lockheed Martin, Honeywell Aerospace, Rockwell Collins, International
TechneGroup Incorporated and end-user companies. The software platform was
provided by ITI TranscenData, a small US-based solutions provider. The project
partners are members of PDES, Inc., an SCRA-managed consortium with 22-years
of experience in developing project teams for the Model-Based Enterprise
through the use of model-based standards.

“SCRA Applied R&D teams are built and managed to advance technologies that
offer real world solutions,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “We congratulate this
team and are delighted to report another success story that shows how our
collaborative approach enables both efficiency and effectiveness for our

“The CSI project has highlighted several areas and solutions that have
potential to aid Lockheed Martin in current and future business endeavors in
the Model-Based Enterprise environment. In addition, CSI provided insight into
the potential benefits in efficiency, data quality and cost savings that is of
great interest to Lockheed Martin,” said Dr. Michael R. Jahadi, President and
Chairman of the PDES, Inc. Board.

About SCRA

SCRA is an applied research company with over 30 years of experience
delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and
corporate clients. Our Applied R&D affiliate manages over 100 national and
international programs worth over $1.5 billion in contract value, and our
technology-based economic development affiliate helps early-stage companies to
commercialize innovations and create jobs. In support of our mission, SCRA
builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for
sensitive work, and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Over $14 billion,
and that the company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related
jobs in SC, with wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.

PDES, Inc. is an international consortium, managed by SCRA Applied R&D, to
promote the digital enterprise through the development and implementation of
model-based standards. The consortium is made up of members from global
industry, government and academia that commit resource hours to projects of
interest to the member organizations. PDES, Inc. initiatives include
Model-Based Engineering, Model-Based Manufacturing, Model-Based Sustainment,
Data Exchange Testing and Information Standards. The CSI project falls under
the Model-Based Engineering initiative. SCRA has served as the host contractor
for PDES, Inc. since its inception in 1988.

Honeywell Aerospace is the largest single supplier of components and services
to the aerospace industry and is a diversified technology and manufacturing
leader of aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings,
homes and industry; automotive products; power generation systems; specialty
chemicals; fibers; plastics and advanced materials. Honeywell Aerospace
delivers a diverse range of commercial and defense and space products, systems
and services across the aerospace industry. From single-engine piston-powered
airplanes to commercial applications to military and space vehicles
applications, Honeywell Aerospace products and systems can be found on
virtually every type of aerospace platform operating around the world today.

Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative
communication and electronics solutions for both commercial and government
applications. The company’s expertise in avionics, electronics, mission
communications, information management, simulation and training is delivered
by 20,000 employees and a global service and support network that crosses 27

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company is a leader in the design, development,
systems integration, production, and support of advanced military aircraft.
The company's headquarters, a major manufacturing operation, is located in
Fort Worth, Texas. Rapid prototyping, simulation-based virtual design, and
supply chain integration are just a few of the many engineering proficiencies
that enable Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company to build the finest military
aircraft in the world. Lockheed Martin products play an important role in the
defense of the United States, ensuring peace and stability around the world.
Their most widely known aircraft include F-35 and F-22 Fifth Generation
fighters; the most successful international fighter, the F-16; the versatile
airlifter, the C-130J and the first operational stealth fighter, the F-117.

International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI), a small business located in
Milford, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, is one of the world’s leading providers
of consulting, software products, and related integration services that enable
clients to dramatically improve their product and manufacturing process
development capabilities. The ITI product data interoperability business (ITI
TranscenData) is a leading independent provider of products and services for
data interoperability, integration and collaboration.

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