NIAR seeks industry experts for new study of digital twins for advanced manufacturing

The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has selected a new joint short-cycle project from Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research and Spirit AeroSystems for a $400,000 award.  

The project, titled Technology Assessment of Virtual Commissioning for Day One Manufacturing Readiness, involves the development of digital twins for complex manufacturing systems to reduce costs, errors, and hazards that may not be apparent in the design phase.

Simulating systems by using digital/virtual twins allows for system testing in a digital environment prior to installation, enabling more successful installs and better “day one” experiences. NIAR researchers will create a report detailing the framework for the creation of a virtual twin for commissioning, and all the steps involved in its development. The framework package will contain the data and considerations needed to develop a full digital twin.

“The NIAR team’s extensive experience with utilizing digital twins for end-to-end digital engineering, along with our Expert Steering Committee, will be pivotal in assisting the industry’s continued adoption of virtual commissioning,” said Jeswin Joseph C., NIAR program manager and associate director of emerging technologies.

NIAR is seeking representatives for the expert steering committee. This committee will assess technology gaps in virtual commissioning and the creation of digital twins for physical robotic/automation cells, defining and guiding the use of virtual commissioning in advanced manufacturing for the next 5-10 years. To contribute, visit

ARM Institute projects are selected from Project Calls. These Project Calls are crafted in collaboration with the ARM Institute’s internal team of experts, ARM Members, and Department of Defense collaborators. The 23-01 Technology Project Call specifically called for proposals to address topic areas including Automated Robotic Task Planning; Multi-Robot, Multi-Human Collaboration, Task Sharing & Task Allocation; Safe and Scalable Manufacturing of Energetics; Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Robotics for Manufacturing; and Discovery Workshops and Market Studies.

About the ARM Institute
The ARM Institute is a Department of Defense Manufacturing Innovation Institute and a member of the Manufacturing USA© Network. The ARM Institute leverages its ecosystem of nearly 400 member organizations across industry, government, and academia to catalyze critically needed robotics and workforce innovations in manufacturing.

About NIAR
Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research provides research, design, testing, certification and training for the aviation, defense and manufacturing industries. NIAR has a $217 million annual budget, 1,400 employees and two million square feet of laboratory and office space in six locations across the city of Wichita, the Air Capital of the World. Areas of expertise include Additive/Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Coatings; Aerodynamics; Ballistics/Crash Dynamics; Composites/Advanced Materials; Digital Twin; Environmental/EME; eXtended Reality; Flight Simulation; Full-Scale Structural Test; NDT; Sustainment; Reverse Engineering; Robotics/Automation and Virtual Engineering.