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Democratizing Manufacturing Service Access Through Knowledge Graph Networks and Manufacturing-as-a-Service (MaaS) Platforms

Dr. Binil Starly

James T. Ryan Professor
Edward P. Fitts Industrial & Systems Engineering
North Carolina State University
Friday, February 12, 2021  3:30-4:20pm


Future factories will feature strong integration of physical machines and cyber‐enabled software, working seamlessly to improve manufacturing production efficiency. This efficiency gains also translates to shortening the product development and manufacturing lifecycle leading towards the realization of personalized manufacturing. MaaS is the shared use of networked manufacturing infrastructure to deliver manufacturing resources on-demand while maximizing capacity utilization and reducing costs to produce prototype and production grade one-off products. Two technologies are enabling the growth of MaaS – 1) Search engines provide the ability for product designers to easily find and match relevant manufacturing services with specific product manufacturing data contained within the digital models; 2) Two-sided manufacturing service platforms that aim to connect client orders with independent service providers. This presentation will shed light on these enabling technologies, the scientific and technology challenges that remain and if solved, the potential impact it will have on the broader society.


Biography: Binil Starly heads the Digital Manufacturing group at NC State Industrial and Systems Engineering department. His laboratory is working on technologies that merge the digital and the physical world towards advancing both discrete and continuous manufacturing processes. His work is supported by the US National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. He has received the National Science Foundation CAREER award for research in engineering living tissue systems, SME ‘20 Most Influential Professors in Smart Manufacturing’ , SME Young Manufacturing Engineering Award (2011)’ and other teaching awards. He started his career at the University of Oklahoma, grew from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure, spending 7 years with the university. He then worked for NC State University where he has been for the past 7 years and during this time, he was promoted to Full Professor. He currently holds the James. T. Ryan Professorship in recognition for his work on smart manufacturing technologies.

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