Smart Manufacturing for Small and Medium Manufacturers

MForesight’s past work has recognized the enormous potential created by Smart Manufacturing (aka, Industry 4.0) to reshape and restore U.S. manufacturing. Yet recent surveys have shown that small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) have made little progress in implementing the technology. In consultation with manufacturers, consultants, and technology providers, the project will match technology solutions with specific “pain points” typically encountered on the shop floor of SMMs and provide a practical path forward.

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Manufacturing High Entropy Alloys

December 7, 2017
Washington, DC

High entropy alloys (HEAs), which consist of five or more elements in roughly equal quantities, have gained interest over recent years for their range of unique properties. These advanced alloys have applications in light-weighting, high-temperature environments (e.g. turbines), catalysts, coatings, magnetics, rare-earth replacement, and a range of other areas that require extraordinary material properties or seek to reduce the use of costly elements. HEAs open up a wealth of new opportunities for the United States economy, yet lack an economically viable path to scalable manufacturing.

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Manufacturing Prosperity/Grand Challenges in U.S. Manufacturing

Boston; Washington, DC; Austin; San Jose; Raleigh; Indianapolis; Detroit

MForesight is convening national thought leaders, through a series of regional roundtables, to conduct a major study on the future of U.S. innovation and manufacturing. This project will seek to address “grand challenges” for our manufacturing sector—the degradation of the Industrial Commons, the offshoring of research and development (R&D), and the dearth of financing for “hardware” start-ups and scale-ups. The goal is to identify new actionable recommendations for public and private decision makers to maintain or restore domestic manufacturing capabilities and capture the full value from U.S. R&D investments.

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Metamaterials Manufacturing

Metamaterials can exhibit extraordinary mechanical, acoustic, optical, radio, and surface properties. These materials have the potential to greatly benefit aerospace, defense, medical instrumentation, biomedical, optics, sensing, telecommunication, robotics, and an array of other industry sectors. Many lab-scale prototypes have been created that are small, and use a slow and expensive process; scalable manufacturing is what is missing. MForesight is hosting a workshop to address this issue.

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Past Projects & Events

2018 MFORESIGHT NATIONAL SUMMIT
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June 13, 2018
Washington, DC

Now in its third year, the MForesight National Summit is a unique one-day event that attracts a diverse range of leading thinkers focused on the future of American manufacturing. The event had both a technology keynote, Blake Moret, CEO of Rockwell Automation, and a policy keynote, Willy Shih of Harvard Business School. Thank you to all who joined us!

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HARNESSING MATERIALS INNOVATIONS TO SUPPORT NEXT-GENERATION MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES
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October 12, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

This MForesight workshop, convened in collaboration with the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), is focused on forecasting and harnessing major materials science and engineering (MS&E) innovations that will unlock new opportunities for the next wave of manufacturing.

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COST-EFFECTIVE LOW-VOLUME MANUFACTURING (MSEC 2017)
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MForesight hosted a workshop during the 2017 ASME-MSEC Conference at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. The purpose of this interactive workshop is to listen to experts, share ideas and build partnerships to broaden technical capabilities and access to low-volume manufacturing.

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MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
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MForesight wants to help ensure an educated, skilled, and ready U.S. manufacturing workforce, competent and confident in using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies and new materials and processes in advanced manufacturing. To that end, the Education & Workforce Development Working Group compiled a report of over 30 relevant programs and initiatives.

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FABTECH 2017
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November 6-9, 2017
Chicago, IL
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We surveyed the manufacturing community at FABTECH 2017 in Chicago, IL. Thanks to all who stopped by our booth to participate!

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PARTNERING FORUM ON ADVANCED MANUFACTURING: SHAPING & JOINING TECHNOLOGIES
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October 18 – 19, 2017
TechTown Detroit

This event is a unique opportunity bringing together industry and academic technology managers to network, partner, discover, and license technologies, as well as to find further opportunities for collaboration and sponsored research in the area of shaping and joining. MForesight is hosting the forum in collaboration with the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

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CYBERSECURITY FOR MANUFACTURERS
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Cyber-attacks pose unique and growing risks to the nation’s manufacturing firms. MForesight, in collaboration with the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), is investigating how to help manufacturers deal with this risk, with a primary focus on cyber security tools and strategies for the operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) used by manufacturing firms.

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NEXT-GENERATION SUPPLY CHAINS
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For the United States to grow and sustain its manufacturing base in the face of international competition, a greater focus must be placed on supply chain development. Supply chains are a critical part of the manufacturing ecosystem and it’s essential that the U.S. provide the infrastructure, policy frameworks, and resources needed to help manufacturers maintain successful relationships with suppliers. This project will undertook a deep dive exploration of the challenges that suppliers and manufacturers face on a daily basis, and identifies opportunities for improvement.

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MFORESIGHT NATIONAL SUMMIT 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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MForesight’s 2017 National Summit convened some of the nation’s foremost manufacturing experts, business leaders, and decision-makers to explore crucial questions including:

  • What will American manufacturing look like in five years? Ten years? Twenty?
  • How will emerging technologies from nanotech and organ printing to artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things change the nature of products and work?
  • What’s America’s strategy for creating and sustaining manufacturing jobs, preserving our technological edge, and maintaining global manufacturing leadership?
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CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: CYBER SECURITY FOR MANUFACTURERS
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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This briefing, co-hosted by MForesight and CCC in conjunction with the House Manufacturing Caucus, provided a window into what was discussed at the Cyber Security for Manufacturers workshop.

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LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING, SPRING 2017
March 20-21, 2017
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Our Leadership Council is an integral part of MForesight’s mission. At the first biannual meeting of 2017, we’re looking forward to releasing a manufacturing workforce report, addressing the important topic of which technologies should be evaluated in the coming months, bringing in the voice of small businesses, and collecting essential feedback from our members who represent the manufacturing community.

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MFORESIGHT NATIONAL SUMMIT 2016
September 29, 2016
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The first National Summit was held in Washington, DC on September 29, 2016. The theme for the Summit was “America’s New Manufacturing Moment.”

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LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEETING, FALL 2016
September 30, 2016
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The Leadership Council met in conjunction with the National Summit. The meeting provided a chance for members of the Leadership Council to hear more about MForesight’s recent activities and share ideas about what technologies to pursue in the coming year.

DEMOCRATIZING MANUFACTURING
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We are working to identify advances in hardware, software, and services would have the biggest impact on increasing the variety and value of what an individual could design, prototype, and manufacture, and how entrepreneurs can best be supported to make the transition from being a “maker” to low-volume manufacturing. Additionally, we will identify the barriers that entrepreneurs and SMMs (small and medium-sized manufacturers) face when trying to access an established supply chain, and how to lower barriers to accessing new technologies by SMMs.

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MANUFACTURING 101
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Providing manufacturing training to the Cleantech start-up community could better leverage federal investment in research and development, help bring innovative products to market, foster the manufacturing sector in the U.S., and support the global transition to a clean energy future. We gathered together experts to discuss possible topics and delivery methods for this training.

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MAKING TO MANUFACTURING COMPETITION
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The Making to Manufacturing Competition sought innovations in hardware, software, collaborative systems and educational tools. All submissions should highlight novel, high impact ideas and are expected to range from emerging technical solutions to new business practices.

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BIOMANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE
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This project identifies unique challenges for manufacturing regenerative medicine products (technologies and processes), and identifies ways to ensure additional private investment. We also identify barriers that exist for translating research into usable technologies, and what partnerships would be most beneficial to establish for promoting success in this area.

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BIOMANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES FOR ENGINEERING BIOLOGY
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This project identifies unique challenges for manufacturing engineering biology products (technologies and processes), and identifies ways to ensure additional private investment. We also identify barriers that exist for translating research into usable technologies, and what partnerships would be most beneficial to establish for promoting success in this area.

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