What is advanced manufacturing?
Short answer is, it depends. The definition of Advanced Manufacturing will vary from one sector to another, but there are many common characteristics.
Some examples of advanced manufacturing tools and techniques:
- Conscious Raw Material Process — The raw material development should be carbon foot print friendly and brought to market in the most technologically advance way to ensure conservative energy consumption through the entire process
- Design — Computer Aided Design (CAD), Reverse Engineering, Enhanced Prototyping, and Simulations
- Planning & Control — ERP, Six Sigma, Lean, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
- Technology — Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment, Robotics, Laser, Plasma, Water jet, and other automated equipment
- Workforce — Focused on highly skilled workers and supporting continuous training
- Customer Satisfaction — Focused on relationships and awareness of customer needs and expectations
- Renew, Recycle, Reuse — The produced product will have little if any waste due to the reuse or recyclable potential of the product
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report to the President defines advanced manufacturing as:
- "a family of activities that (a) depend on the use and coordination of information, automation, computation, software, sensing, and networking, and/or (b) make the use of cutting edge materials and emerging capabilities enabled by the physical and biological science, for example nanotechnology, chemistry, and biology. This involves both new ways to manufacture existing products, and especially the manufacture of new products emerging from new advanced technologies."
In addition, The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report to the President says:
- "Advanced Manufacturing is not limited to emerging technologies; rather, it is composed of efficient, productive, highly integrated, tightly controlled processes across a spectrum of globally competitive U.S. manufacturers and suppliers. For advanced manufacturing to accelerate and thrive in the United States, it will require the active participation of communities, educators, workers and businesses as well as Federal, State and Local governments."