White Papers

As part of our foundational principle to support the manufacturing technology community, AMT has researched and developed the following white papers to promote the development and well-being of our industry. Each week, industry experts will release a new white paper. Check back often.

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    Building Successful Manufacturing Partnerships for the Future

    These days, big, exciting market opportunities require taking on thorny problems too hard and expensive for most companies to figure out on their own. Companies enter partnerships to find benefits they can’t access themselves. From this standpoint, companies seek partners with complementary capabilities to gain access to new markets and territories, pool resources, and reduce risk. Read this white paper to learn if a partnership is right for your business.

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    The Industrial Base and National Security

    The manufacturing industrial base supports U.S. national security in many important ways. It ensures adequate medical supplies as well as defense-related supplies and equipment. It is an engine of economic power, a major source of employment, and a source of innovation for the economy as a whole. Innovative manufacturing technologies and processes increase productivity, enable new products, and create new industries. New industries often create new, higher-paying jobs that replace lower-skilled jobs. Manufacturing is among the highest paying sectors of the economy and has a wide-reaching impact on both employment and innovation in other sectors.

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    Semantic Data in Digital Manufacturing

    There is an information systems technology that has been finding its way into the manufacturing world that addresses many of the issues associated with the costs and complexities associated with the configuration process. This technology is called “semantic data models.” Semantic data models are used to enhance data produced from shop floor equipment and other manufacturing processes by incorporating information (semantics) such that a software system can read the data and fully understand its meaning and how each piece of data relates to the manufacturing process.

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    Manufacturing in the 21st Century: Challenges, Threats, and Opportunities

    Manufacturing is a dynamic industry and will likely become exponentially more so given the changes in processes and production, new classes of materials, and the continued integration of transformational technologies. The United States faces a number of significant challenges and cannot be certain that it will lead manufacturing in the 21st century. In this white paper, we highlight the importance of innovation in the manufacturing industry, the challenges of SMBs in commercializing their innovations, and the value of industry clusters. 

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    The Economic Impact and Security of the Manufacturing Technology Supply Chain

    COVID-19 has demonstrated the weaknesses of single-sourcing and how vital it is to secure revenue assurance and critical components in a supply chain. A robust domestic manufacturing industry pays dividends back into the economy and ensures that U.S. innovation provides a competitive advantage to the industrial base. This white paper illustrates the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy, which components are critical links and why it matters to make it in America.

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    Strategies to Build Supply Chain Resiliency

    The supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are causing many Americans to question the exclusive focus on price point in sourcing and to examine the value of adding greater resiliency and visibility into the supply chain. Several industry stakeholders are outlining scenarios in which the price of final products does not necessarily increase. This white paper reviews current technology and other approaches to this challenge. 

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    Opportunity in a Time of Crisis: State of the Manufacturing Technology Industry

    COVID-19 has put critical manufacturing under the microscope. Facing shortages of personal protective equipment, ventilators and parts, testing kits, and the absence of a vaccine, Americans are asking, “What would it take to make more?” While the United States produces more than ever before, shifts in global sourcing and ever more complex supply chains have changed the way that the manufacturing economy adjusts to shocks. This is the first paper in this series.

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    Overview of Digital Manufacturing: Data-enabled Decision-making

    This information will be useful to business managers, manufacturing professionals, and project managers in small to medium sized discrete parts manufacturing operations. Explore Digital Manufacturing from the viewpoint of the manufacturing shop floor and the technologies utilized when deploying systems for the collection, management, and analysis of manufacturing information. This paper is the first in the series and provides an overview on Digital Manufacturing.  

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    The Value of Augmented Reality in Manufacturing Technology

    Now, advancements in technology — the confluence of greater bandwidth, imaging technologies, and digitized information — have led the way in creating a powerful new tool to increase the productivity of the industrial workforce including assemblers, operators, and technicians in manufacturing. By augmenting the information, data, images, skills, or experience that workers can access in real time through smartphones, tablets, or smart glasses, manufacturers can increase worker productivity by an order of magnitude.

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    The Transformative Power of Cognitive Automation in Manufacturing Technology

    Manufacturing was the first major industry to really embrace what we today call cognitive automation. This was with the advent of robotics in the automotive industry in the ‘80s. Ultimately, it did not advance as quickly in other industries with less capital to invest. “A critical component of CA was cost prohibitive: rapid computing power and the ability to harness a sufficient volume of data,” said Tim Kulp, Vice President of Innovation & Strategy, Mind Over Machines.

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    New Business Models Emerge in Manufacturing Technology Market

    There are many new business models emerging in the MT ecosystem and we spoke to several AMT member companies to learn more about their paths to success. We learned that most of these innovators had a broad set of skills that combined technical know-how with proven business experience. They saw a need in the market that was not being met by current solutions and turned this into a business opportunity. Most innovations come from people who really understand the problems that customers in an industry face, and not from the people who just understand and develop new technologies.

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    The Transformative Potential of Additive Manufacturing

    In the past five years, the market has seen a real acceleration of additive manufacturing (AM). While the medical device industry has had both polymer and metal applications in commercial production for the past decade, it has only been in the past few years that AM has moved from polymer-based prototypes to production-quality metals in other industries. These early adopters bought machines, experimented, and developed their own processes around building parts.

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    The Growth of the Digital Twin and the Promise of the Digital Thread in Manufacturing

    The digital twin is a digital representation or model of a product, process, or system that mirrors a company’s machines, controls, workflows, or systems. The digital thread can be defined as the communication network or framework that connects all assets in a manufacturing process in an integrated, seamless flow of data across the value chain and links every phase of a product life cycle. The digital twin and digital thread are both slowly becoming part of the manufacturing technology ecosystem. However, while the digital twin already has use cases, the digital thread is more of a goal than a reality today.