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Papers submitted to the 47th North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC 47) must be prepared using the conference-specific paper template in Microsoft Word or LaTeX, downloadable from this site, and they must strictly follow the instructions in the template. NAMRC papers should only report unpublished materials of the authors, and/or be the state-of-the-art reviews. Each paper must have a speaker identified primarily at the time of paper submission stage. Quality papers after review will be recommended to be fast-tracked to SME's Journal of Manufacturing Systems (JMS) and Journal of Manufacturing Processes (JMP).

Every accepted papers (including the fast-track papers described above) must be presented in person at NAMRC 47 by the author or one of the co-authors. Unpresented no-show papers will be removed from the NAMRC 47 Proceedings in Procedia Manufacturing, or from JMS or JMP.

Submission and Review Procedures:

To submit your paper to NAMRC 47 please select one of the six tracks for submission via EasyChair:

Track 1: Manufacturing Systems – General Submission
Track 2: Manufacturing Processes – General Submission
Track 3: Material Removal
Track 4: Additive Manufacturing
Track 5: Smart Manufacturing and Cyber-Physical Systems
Track 6: Industrial Applications and Manufacturing Education

NAMRC paper review will be handled by the Scientific Committee of NAMRI/SME. Each paper will be evaluated by at least three experts before a review decision is made.

Option for Industrial Authors:

Authors from industry can submit full papers until November 30, 2018. Authors from industry who cannot get permission to submit full papers, are allowed to submit an abstract for “presentation only” at NAMRC 47. For abstract submission in this case, industrial authors should also use the NAMRC paper template but provide title, authors, affiliations and abstract only. Abstracts should be submitted via EasyChair for assessment by the Scientific Committee. However, these abstracts will NOT appear in the NAMRC 47 proceedings.

Important Deadlines:

Full paper submission: November 18, 2018
Review notification: January 23, 2019
Revision submission: February 20, 2019
Paper acceptance: March 8, 2019
Final paper due: March 22, 2019
Author registration: April 5, 2019

Note: Authors from industry can submit full papers until November 30, 2018.

Track 1: Manufacturing Systems – General Submission

This track accepts papers in the general areas of manufacturing systems in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Biomedical manufacturing systems
  • Sustainable manufacturing systems
  • Nano and micro manufacturing systems
  • Modelling and simulation of complex manufacturing systems
  • Computer-aided manufacturing and robotics
  • Wireless sensors and sensor networks for manufacturing
  • Manufacturing systems of renewable energy devices, electric vehicles, roll-to-roll fabrication
  • Human factors and man-machine interactions in manufacturing
  • Quality and reliability
  • Product lifecycle management

Track 2: Manufacturing Processes – General Submission

This track accepts papers in the general areas of manufacturing processes – except for material removal operations – in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Mechanics, tribology and technology of material forming, powder consolidation, casting, joining and polymer and composites processing
  • Dimensional and surface metrology, and part surface integrity
  • Biomedical manufacturing processes
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Hybrid manufacturing processes
  • Manufacturing processes of renewable energy devices, electric vehicles, roll-to-roll fabrication
  • Laser-based processes
  • Lightweight metals manufacturing processes
  • Dynamics and control of high-precision machine tools and structures

Track 3: Material Removal

This track accepts papers in the general areas of material removal in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Technology of conventional and non-traditional materials removal processes
  • Biomedical material removal processes
  • Sustainable material removal processes
  • Laser-based material removal processes
  • Lightweight metals material removal processes
  • Advances in cutting tool design
  • Material removal of hard-to-machine metals
  • Advances in control and metrology for multi-tasking machine tools
  • High speed material removal processes
  • Economics of material removal processes
  • Advances in modelling and simulation of material removal processes
  • Methods for improving surface quality

Track 4: Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) has been demonstrated as a key enabling technology for faster new product development, novel structure realisation, new material development, and production of multi-functional structures. As seen in many applications, AM brings a profound change in how a structure is manufactured without compromising performance. Yet, the realisation of not only the best but also consistent properties in fabricated materials systems and structures remains as a grand challenge for further adoption and integration of AM in various industrial applications. This track thus aims to bring together scientists, researchers, and engineers from academia, national labs, and industries with common interests in development of new structures and material systems via AM. New design methodologies and new AM process development which facilitate the realisation of such structures and material systems are also of interest. Specific topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Lightweight and efficient structures using AM
  • Fabrication of advanced material systems by AM
  • Microstructure and mechanical properties of materials and structures fabricated by AM
  • Sustainability of AM (energy consumption)
  • Embedded sensors and integrated functionalities using AM
  • Bio-AM and applications of AM in medical device manufacturing
  • AM as enabling technology in surface tailoring, and part repair and restoration
  • Multi-scale, physics based modelling of AM processes
  • Design for AM and topology optimisation
  • Next generation of AM technologies and process planning

Track 5: Smart Manufacturing and Cyber-Physical Systems

In recent years, research and applications of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) have been active in such areas like transportation, smart home, robotic surgery, aviation, defence, critical infrastructure, etc. CPS also positively affected manufacturing in form of Cyber-Physical Production Systems in process automation and control. On the other hand, advancements in Web-/Internet-/Cloud-based systems and applications have opened up the possibility for industries to utilise the cyber workspace to conduct efficient and effective daily collaborations from anywhere in distributed manufacturing environments. Research works, in particular in the context of Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet, are emerging. Altogether they contribute to the realisation of Smart Manufacturing. Papers addressing advancement and future potentials of smart manufacturing are welcome to be submitted to this track. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cyber security
  • Remote monitoring and control in cyber workspace
  • Cloud-enabled CPS in production planning, control and execution
  • Real-time sensing, diagnosis and prognosis for distant maintenance
  • Big data analytics for manufacturing planning and control
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and applications
  • Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet
  • Digital Twins for industry digitisation
  • Machine learning in smart manufacturing
  • Industrial applications of CPS/IoT/Cloud in manufacturing environment

Track 6: Industrial Applications and Manufacturing Education

Papers on industrial application and manufacturing education are particularly welcome for submission to this track. Papers should address the engineering rationale for the work, the analytical and/or test work done to develop a solution, areas for further research identified through the work, and initial pilot or production application experience. Moreover, it should be observed that the renaissance in US manufacturing cannot be undertaken and sustained unless it is supported by a skilled workforce at all levels of the manufacturing organization. Therefore one goal of this track is then also to exchange ideas in order to improve manufacturing education to better meet current and future industry needs. Papers for this track are welcome from not only the manufacturing community but also outside the manufacturing community (e.g. primary and secondary education). Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Industrial applications in real-world environments
  • Manufacturing methods for new materials or product features
  • Innovative manufacturing education and workforce-development programs
  • Innovative tools for manufacturing education and workforce-development
  • Professional development in the manufacturing community
  • Manufacturing and ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)
  • Workforce development through federal initiatives such as Manufacturing USA

For general questions regarding paper submissions and review, please contact the NAMRI/SME Scientific Committee Chair (Prof. Livan Fratini, or Chair-Elect (Prof. Ihab Ragai,