Following is a brief description of each of the organizations involved in the initial Project:

Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition The SMLC is a non-profit organization comprised of manufacturing practitioner, supplier, and technology companies; manufacturing consortia; universities; federal agency and government laboratories. The SMLC is committed to overcome barriers to the development and deployment of Smart Manufacturing (SM) Systems through an implementation agenda for building a scaled, shared infrastructure called the Smart Manufacturing Platform (SM Platform). SMLC activities are built around industry-driven development, application and scaling of a shared infrastructure that will achieve transformational economic-wide impact, manufacturing innovation and global competitiveness. SMLC supports the manufacturing industry through pursuing a comprehensive technology that no one company can undertake. Without a modern industrial infrastructure, adoption of SM Systems is not economically viable. Process control and automation systems implemented in piecemeal fashion will continue to limit innovation and capability.

SMLC will build the business, interoperability and technology models, demonstrations, infrastructure, and project teams across multiple industry segments.

UT-Austin The Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are top ten departments with strong interactions with industry. Both have nationally recognized expertise in dynamics and controls, instrumentation and sensors, metals processing, and fluid flow and heat transfer modeling. Top U.S. graduate students are recruited by both departments.

UCLA The Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE) advances the existing body of computing knowledge and expertise, and is involved with many world class research groups involved in scientific computing, data analysis, energy management, sensor networks, dynamics, and control technologies. IDRE in conjunction with the Offices of Information Technology and Research designs and operates UCLA’s high performance research cyber infrastructure facilities, and supports software application development for a wide range of research and development interests. The Department of Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering is a top department with nationally recognized expertise in systems, dynamics, modeling, and control, and strong interactions with industry.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and mission-critical information systems and technology.

Praxair (NYSE: PX) is the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, and one of the largest worldwide, with 2012 sales of $11 billion. The Company produces, sells and distributes atmospheric and process gases, and high-performance surface coatings. Praxair products, services and technologies bring productivity and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and others.

Emerson Process Management (NYSE: EMR), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, metals and mining, food and beverage, life sciences, and other industries. The Company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services.

Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions (NYSE: HON) products, services, and technologies are at work in 150 million homes and five million buildings worldwide as well as numerous planes, trains, and automobiles. The Company’s systems monitor and control processes to improve the productivity of complex industrial plants, and make it possible to miniaturize sophisticated, implantable medical devices. The common denominator across the entire product portfolio is expertise in sensing and control, which is used to capture more and better data and applied to make devices, systems, and processes smarter, more capable, and more valuable.

Invensys Plc (LSE: ISYS) develops and applies advanced technologies that enable the world’s manufacturing and energy generating facilities, mainline and mass transit rail networks, and appliances to operate safely and in an energy efficient manner. The Company works with nearly all of the major petroleum and chemical companies.

Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) is the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information. From stand-alone, industrial components to enterprise-wide integrated systems, its systems have been proven across a wide range of industries and in some of the most demanding manufacturing environments. The Company employs about 22,000 people and has global capabilities extending across 80 countries, including a Partner Network of more than 1,200 regional and global specialists in distribution, system integration, and product referencing.

Nimbis Services acts as a nationwide brokerage and clearinghouse for a broad spectrum of Digital Analysis Computing (DAC) Services. Nimbis pre-negotiates volume priced contracts with DAC vendors to provide easy, affordable, reliable "pay-as-you-go" cloud access to compute cycles, third-party software, and expertise.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with over 40,000 members from over 90 countries. AIChE has the breadth of resources and expertise needed for core process industries and emerging areas of growth.

National Center for Manufacturing Science (NCMS) is the largest cross industry collaborative R&D consortium in North America, dedicated to driving innovation in commercial, defense, robotics and sustainable manufacturing. With over 27-years of experience in the formation and management of complex, multi-partner collaborative R&D programs, it is backed by corporate members representing virtually every manufacturing sector. In 2011, NCMS rolled out its Digital Manufacturing initiative and formed a collaboration of hardware and software providers, manufacturers, and academia; collectively advising the development of a national grid for manufacturers, a physical and virtual collaborative environment to drive adoption of essential 21st century tools.