Today at the Capitol Visitors Center (CVC 217) from12:00-1:30PM, ASME & AIChE will hold a congressional briefing entitled Strengthening Manufacturing's Heartland (Through Innovation, Standards, Rediness & Supply Chain). It is convened in conjunction with the House and Senate manufacturing caucuses.
Investments in innovative technologies are investments in the future of American manufacturing and America’s heartland, where the decline of good-paying manufacturing jobs has hit hardest. When businesses of all sizes from across the country work together on early-stage, pre-competitive research, they overcome their toughest technology challenges and accelerate impact. Working in partnership with academia and government, such ventures unleash manufacturing efficiency and energy savings, streamline readiness and supply, improve flexibility, set standards and develop our workforce.
A number of public-private partnerships, including Manufacturing USA, are convening companies, universities, industrial research organizations, and national laboratories to accelerate new technologies that increase U.S. competitiveness and secure America’s future. These institutes bring new products to market – and do it first. Such products are made using advanced manufacturing technologies, including modular process intensification, smart manufacturing, and robotics to impact a broad range of industries, including chemicals, oil and gas, composites, textiles, food, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, and more.
Critical next steps are developing and standardizing manufacturing best practices across industries that are aligned with existing and evolving regulatory guidance, and closing the skills gap in industrial manufacturing through training opportunities to undergraduates, graduates, veterans and other trade or non-college bound groups. The agenda will be as follows:
June Wispelwey, AIChE Executive Director
Andy S. Bicos, ASME Legislative Fellow, Office of Congressman Tom Reed
Karen Fletcher, Chief Executive Officer, Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institute
Billy Bardin, Global Operations Technology Director, The Dow Chemical Company
Mark Gaalswyk, Founder and Chairman, Easy Energy Systems
Thomas Hedberg, Project Manager, Digital Thread for Smart Manufacturing & Co-leader, Smart Manufacturing Systems Test Bed, National Institutes of Standards and Technology (Invited)
T. Bond Calloway, Associate Laboratory Director, Savannah River National Laboratory & AIChE President
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