Manufacturers Provide Added Value as Domestic Suppliers

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown there is a clear ROI in manufacturing PPE in the U.S., economically and for society as a whole. The manufacturing community’s response to the pandemic also has provided a proof of concept that domestic suppliers can provide reliance and added value for items of critical importance to the health of the nation. It may prove to be a tipping point for reshoring.

Manufacturers prior to the pandemic already were dealing with risks of cost-driven outsourcing — such as poor quality, theft of IP, shipping delays and a lack of control. The onslaught of disruptions in the global supply chain has provided opportunities, and the Manufacturing USA network’s public-private investment model has shown how it can perform as a catalyst in spurring economic recovery.

Emerging technologies converged with this urgent demand for PPE to create new possibilities for domestic manufacturing, helping boost public health, strengthen our economy and ensure national security. The pandemic-related projects involved many of the institutes and included:

  • Digitizing and streamlining production requirements and instructions for PPE, helping ensure public health and safety
  • Compliance testing and quality control
  • Product lifecycle management
  • An online repository to connect suppliers with customers

The Manufacturing USA network institutions are providing pathways for manufacturers to add more value as domestic suppliers and lower their total cost of ownership. Ultimately this will empower manufacturers to align their supply chain management more closely with their business success.

IndustryWeek COVID-19 MFG USA
Additive Manufacturing, Biomanufacturing, COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing
The COVID-19 pandemic created a ripple effect for U.S. manufacturers that revealed not only a lack of redundancy in the supply chain but also a lack of transparency. As the pandemic took hold, worldwide demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) dramatically increased and many material and product costs skyrocketed. It quickly became apparent...

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2023 Manufacturing USA Network Meeting

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The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office held its annual Manufacturing USA Network Meeting on May 25 in Washington, DC. There were over 100 participants with representatives from each of the... Read More
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a summary of public comments solicited to inform the design of, and requirements for, potential Manufacturing USA institute(s)... Read More
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America Makes Announces Delta Qual Project Call Totaling $3.2M

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Go to LIFT Announces Four New Projects through its LEAP Program

LIFT Announces Four New Projects through its LEAP Program

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LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense manufacturing innovation institute, today announced four new projects with its LIFT Ecosystem Accelerator Program (LEAP). The projects were generated by a... Read More
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Go to Manufacturing USA Releases 2022 Highlights Report

Manufacturing USA Releases 2022 Highlights Report

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Highlighting Manufacturing Innovation, Collaboration, and Education This report highlights the manufacturing technology and workforce development innovations underway at the Manufacturing USA... Read More
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Go to Manufacturing USA at IMTS 2022

Manufacturing USA at IMTS 2022

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The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office along with 9 manufacturing innovation institutes attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, IL during the week of... Read More
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Manufacturing USA at SMX

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Manufacturing USA’s program office along with 7 manufacturing innovation institutes attended the Smart Manufacturing eXperience (SMX) in “Steel City,” Pittsburg, PA. With a focus on combating the... Read More
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America Makes announces Methods for AM Cross-Platform Consistency (AM-CPC) Project Call

America Makes is proud to announce a new directed project call focusing on Methods for AM Cross-Platform Consistency (AM-CPC) with a $250K funding opportunity provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). One award is anticipated.

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NIST invites AFFOA, AIM Photonics, America Makes, ARM, BioFabUSA, BioMADE, CESMII, CyManII, IACMI, LIFT, MxD, NextFlex, PowerAmerica, RAPID, & REMADE Manufacturing USA institutes to propose high-impact projects designed to fund awards for research, development, and testbeds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

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Susan Ipri-Brown has begun her term as the 143rd president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society announced during its annual meeting June 4. Ipri-Brown is a Fellow of ASME, has served on the ASME Board of Governors, and has been an active member of the Society for 34 years, including her years as a student member.

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) intends to announce a competition for a new Manufacturing USA institute. The expected competition will seek to establish a Manufacturing USA institute focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the resilience of U.S. manufacturers. The U.S. Government intends to enter into a...

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Today, leaders from the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy; and the National Science Foundation; and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (Natcast) gathered at the White House to announce over $5 billion in expected investment in the CHIPS R&D program, including the National...

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Manufacturing is part of the backbone of America’s economy and our communities. And the past year since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act has shown us that investing in a sustainable future can make manufacturing’s presence in America even stronger. Already, the private sector has put forward more than $110 billion in new manufacturing...

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Dr. Steven Wax, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, recently concluded a visit to two of the Department of Defense's nine Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. The visit included both the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute/BioFabUSA and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America.

MIIs were...

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They are 16 creators at heart. One creates automation systems for manufacturers. Another designs software for photonics. One helps create high-tech careers in robotics, another in cybersecurity, and a third in the emerging field of remanufacturing. One went to prison and turned his life around to make a six-figure salary in CNC machining.

Several...

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In support of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $22 million to 12 state-run programs to accelerate smart manufacturing at small- and medium-sized facilities. Funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the State Manufacturing Leadership Program aims...

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As Beijing has become Washington’s overriding challenge of the twenty-first century, the Chinese leadership has made clear that it aims to displace the United States as the world’s technological and economic superpower. This form of competition has no historic precedent. China has a much larger and more technologically advanced economy than did the...

Manufacturers Provide Added Value as Domestic Suppliers

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shown there is a clear ROI in manufacturing PPE in the U.S., economically and for society as a whole. The manufacturing community’s response to the pandemic also has provided a proof of concept that domestic suppliers can provide reliance and added value for items of critical importance to the health of the nation. It may prove to be a tipping point for reshoring.

Manufacturers prior to the pandemic already were dealing with risks of cost-driven outsourcing — such as poor quality, theft of IP, shipping delays and a lack of control. The onslaught of disruptions in the global supply chain has provided opportunities, and the Manufacturing USA network’s public-private investment model has shown how it can perform as a catalyst in spurring economic recovery.

Emerging technologies converged with this urgent demand for PPE to create new possibilities for domestic manufacturing, helping boost public health, strengthen our economy and ensure national security. The pandemic-related projects involved many of the institutes and included:

  • Digitizing and streamlining production requirements and instructions for PPE, helping ensure public health and safety
  • Compliance testing and quality control
  • Product lifecycle management
  • An online repository to connect suppliers with customers

The Manufacturing USA network institutions are providing pathways for manufacturers to add more value as domestic suppliers and lower their total cost of ownership. Ultimately this will empower manufacturers to align their supply chain management more closely with their business success.

IndustryWeek COVID-19 MFG USA
Additive Manufacturing, Biomanufacturing, COVID-19, Digital Manufacturing
The COVID-19 pandemic created a ripple effect for U.S. manufacturers that revealed not only a lack of redundancy in the supply chain but also a lack of transparency. As the pandemic took hold, worldwide demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) dramatically increased and many material and product costs skyrocketed. It quickly became apparent...

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Go to ARM Institute Issues Future of Work Study Press Release

ARM Institute Issues Future of Work Study Press Release

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ARM Institute Issues Future of Work Study Detailing Best Practices and Collective Efforts Needed to Build a Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Manufacturing Workforce The ARM (Advanced Robotics for... Read More
Blue robotic arm built by Yaskawa.
Go to 2023 Manufacturing USA Network Meeting

2023 Manufacturing USA Network Meeting

| AFFOA
The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office held its annual Manufacturing USA Network Meeting on May 25 in Washington, DC. There were over 100 participants with representatives from each of the... Read More
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Go to NIST Releases Summary of RFI Responses for Semiconductor-Related Manufacturing USA Institutes

NIST Releases Summary of RFI Responses for Semiconductor-Related Manufacturing USA Institutes

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a summary of public comments solicited to inform the design of, and requirements for, potential Manufacturing USA institute(s)... Read More
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Go to America Makes Announces Delta Qual Project Call Totaling $3.2M

America Makes Announces Delta Qual Project Call Totaling $3.2M

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The National Center for Defense of Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and America Makes have announced a new directed project call funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) worth a total of... Read More
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Go to NIST and AIM Photonics Team Up on High Frequency Optical/Electronic Chips

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with AIM Photonics that will give chip... Read More
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Go to LIFT Announces Four New Projects through its LEAP Program

LIFT Announces Four New Projects through its LEAP Program

| LIFT
LIFT, the Detroit-based Department of Defense manufacturing innovation institute, today announced four new projects with its LIFT Ecosystem Accelerator Program (LEAP). The projects were generated by a... Read More
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Go to MVCC partners with LIFT, MACNY for ‘Operation Next’ program

MVCC partners with LIFT, MACNY for ‘Operation Next’ program

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Manufacturing USA Releases 2022 Highlights Report

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Highlighting Manufacturing Innovation, Collaboration, and Education This report highlights the manufacturing technology and workforce development innovations underway at the Manufacturing USA... Read More
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Go to Manufacturing USA at IMTS 2022

Manufacturing USA at IMTS 2022

| AFFOA
The Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office along with 9 manufacturing innovation institutes attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, IL during the week of... Read More
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Biden Administration Releases Implementation Strategy for $50 Billion CHIPS for America program

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The U.S. Department of Commerce released its strategy outlining how the Department will implement $50 billion from the bipartisan CHIPS Act of 2022, signed by President Biden last month. The CHIPS for... Read More
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Go to Manufacturing USA at SMX

Manufacturing USA at SMX

| AFFOA
Manufacturing USA’s program office along with 7 manufacturing innovation institutes attended the Smart Manufacturing eXperience (SMX) in “Steel City,” Pittsburg, PA. With a focus on combating the... Read More
MFG USA at SMX
Go to NIST Awards Funding to Strengthen Advanced Manufacturing for Critical and Emerging Technologies

NIST Awards Funding to Strengthen Advanced Manufacturing for Critical and Emerging Technologies

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a total of $2.08 million to seven organizations in six states to develop manufacturing technology... Read More
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America Makes announces Methods for AM Cross-Platform Consistency (AM-CPC) Project Call

America Makes is proud to announce a new directed project call focusing on Methods for AM Cross-Platform Consistency (AM-CPC) with a $250K funding opportunity provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). One award is anticipated.

The...

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NIST invites AFFOA, AIM Photonics, America Makes, ARM, BioFabUSA, BioMADE, CESMII, CyManII, IACMI, LIFT, MxD, NextFlex, PowerAmerica, RAPID, & REMADE Manufacturing USA institutes to propose high-impact projects designed to fund awards for research, development, and testbeds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

Please note that...

External News

Manufacturing

Susan Ipri-Brown has begun her term as the 143rd president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society announced during its annual meeting June 4. Ipri-Brown is a Fellow of ASME, has served on the ASME Board of Governors, and has been an active member of the Society for 34 years, including her years as a student member.

NIST
Artificial Intelligence, Manufacturing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) intends to announce a competition for a new Manufacturing USA institute. The expected competition will seek to establish a Manufacturing USA institute focused on using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve the resilience of U.S. manufacturers. The U.S. Government intends to enter into a...

Manufacturing

Today, leaders from the Departments of Commerce, Defense, and Energy; and the National Science Foundation; and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for the Advancement of Semiconductor Technology (Natcast) gathered at the White House to announce over $5 billion in expected investment in the CHIPS R&D program, including the National...

White House
Manufacturing, Manufacturing Jobs, Workforce

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration will announce new commitments to workforce development from the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Sprint. The Sprint, which First Lady Jill Biden announced in May and the Administration kicked off in October, is an intensive drive to build a diverse, skilled pipeline of workers for good advanced manufacturing...

Manufacturing

Manufacturing is part of the backbone of America’s economy and our communities. And the past year since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act has shown us that investing in a sustainable future can make manufacturing’s presence in America even stronger. Already, the private sector has put forward more than $110 billion in new manufacturing...

Department of Defense
Manufacturing

Dr. Steven Wax, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, recently concluded a visit to two of the Department of Defense's nine Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. The visit included both the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute/BioFabUSA and Advanced Functional Fabrics of America.

MIIs were...

SME
Manufacturing

They are 16 creators at heart. One creates automation systems for manufacturers. Another designs software for photonics. One helps create high-tech careers in robotics, another in cybersecurity, and a third in the emerging field of remanufacturing. One went to prison and turned his life around to make a six-figure salary in CNC machining.

Several...

Manufacturing

In support of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $22 million to 12 state-run programs to accelerate smart manufacturing at small- and medium-sized facilities. Funded by the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the State Manufacturing Leadership Program aims...

Manufacturing

As Beijing has become Washington’s overriding challenge of the twenty-first century, the Chinese leadership has made clear that it aims to displace the United States as the world’s technological and economic superpower. This form of competition has no historic precedent. China has a much larger and more technologically advanced economy than did the...