4. The relationship between the work that the Smart Manufacturing laboratories are doing and U.S. industry productivity and costs needs to be stated more specifically, toward the goal expressed by NIST of creating or saving U.S. jobs by improving productivity and costs. Meaningful metrics should be provided to measure this relationship and how industry can benefit from this work.
5. The competitiveness of the Smart Manufacturing projects reviewed should be made more appropriate to current industry practices.
6. A well-defined process should be established for determining and prioritizing projects that should be undertaken in the Smart Manufacturing area.
7. Program metrics that are more meaningful and quantitative than project milestones should be developed.
8. The Systems Integration for Manufacturing and Construction Applications (SIMCA) program should coordinate the other Smart Manufacturing activities. The SIMCA program needs to take the enterprise view that it claims to have and include other areas of manufacturing, not just metals fabrication.