Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology

Committee on the Assessment of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology

Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design

Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C. 1995



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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Committee on the Assessment of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS Washington, D.C. 1995

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the study committee were chosen for their special competencies and with regard for appropriate balance. This report is a description of a conference and workshop planned and conducted by the steering committee. It contains the views of the individual participants at the workshop and does not represent the judgment of the study committee. Any conclusions or recommendations reported here are solely those of the individual workshop participants who made them. The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit, self-perpetuating society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science and technology and to their use for the general welfare. Upon the authority of the charter granted to it by Congress in 1863, the Academy has a mandate that requires it to advise the federal government on scientific and technical matters. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts is president of the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academy of Engineering was established in 1964, under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. It is autonomous in its administration and in the selection of its members, sharing with the National Academy of Sciences the responsibility for advising the federal government. The National Academy of Engineering also sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages education and research, and recognizes the superior achievements of engineers. Dr. Harold Liebowitz is president of the National Academy of Engineering. The Institute of Medicine was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to secure the services of eminent members of appropriate professions in the examination of policy matters pertaining to the health of the public. The Institute acts under the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences by its congressional charter to be an adviser to the federal government and, upon its own initiative, to identify issues of medical care, research, and education. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine is president of the Institute of Medicine. The National Research Council was organized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1916 to associate the broad community science and technology with the Academy's purposes of furthering knowledge and advising the federal government. Functioning in accordance with general policies determined by the Academy, the Council has become the principal operating agency of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The Council is administered jointly by both Academies and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Bruce M. Alberts and Dr. Harold Liebowitz are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the National Research Council. This study by the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design was conducted under task orders 43NANB514047 and 43NANB515077 with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Available in limited supply from: Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW HA-262 Washington, D.C. 20418 202-334-3505 e-mail: nmab@nas.edu Copyright 1995 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Committee on the Assessment of the SecondNational Conference on Manufacturing Technology GEORGE E. DIETER, Chair, University of Maryland, College Park WILLIAM E. ALZHEIMER, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico DOROTHY COMASSAR, GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio WILLIAM HANSON, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge BRAD KIRKWOOD, Boeing Defense and Space, Seattle, Washington DANIEL P. SIEWIOREK, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania JOSEPH WIRTH, Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park, California Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design Staff THOMAS E. MUNNS, Senior Staff Officer ROBERT E. SCHAFRIK, Acting Staff Director JANICE M. PRISCO, Administrative Assistant

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design F. STAN SETTLES, Chair, University of California, Los Angeles ERNEST R. BLOOD, Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria, Illinois DOROTHY COMASSAR, GE Aircraft Engineers, Cincinnati, Ohio W. DALE COMPTON, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana GARY DENMAN, GRC International, Inc., Vienna, Virginia PETER S. DICICCO, AFL/CIO, Washington, D.C. SARA P. GARRETSON, New York Industrial Technical Assistance Corp., New York WILLIAM C. HANSON, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts CHARLES W. HOOVER, Polytechnic University, New York FREDERICK J. MICHEL (Retired, Assistant Deputy for Production, U.S. Army Materiel Command), Alexandria, Virginia PAUL S. PEERCY, SEMI/SEMATECH, Austin, Texas DANIEL P. SIEWIOREK, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania GORDON A. SMITH, Vanguard Research, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology Preface The director of the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) served as the host for the first two national conferences on manufacturing technology. The director, Michael J. Wozny, requested that the National Research Council assess the second of these conferences so that subsequent conferences can continue to improve. This assessment also serves as a synopsis of the conference. Complete proceedings of the conference are available from NIST. Both this report and the conference proceedings will be sent to all registered conference attendees. A committee of seven experts was selected by the National Research Council to conduct the conference evaluation. The charge to the committee from the National Research Council was to summarize the key results of the conference by identifying cross-cutting themes that emerged from the concurrent workshops at the conference and providing recommendations for improving future conferences. The committee met on April 17, 1995, to finalize its plans for evaluating the conference, and all committee members attended the conference on April 18–19. One committee member attended each of the six workshop sessions, and the chair attended a portion of each session. The committee met at various points throughout the conference and at its conclusion. A second committee meeting was held on June 8–9 to review the draft report and finalize the committee's conclusions and recommendations. This report presents the NRC committee's evaluation of the conference and offers recommendations for the next conference. The committee is convinced that these conferences offer a unique

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Evaluation of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology opportunity for industry and academia, at large, to gain insight into the manufacturing technology policies and activities within the federal government and to provide feedback to key government managers. The committee lauds the clear intent of the NIST conference organizer to strive for continual improvement in future conferences and hopes this report will help take further steps in that direction. Comments and suggestions that readers of this report wish to make can be sent via Internet electronic mail to nmab@nas.edu or by FAX to the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design (202) 334-3718. GEORGE E. DIETER, Chair Committee on the Assessment of the Second National Conference on Manufacturing Technology