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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 1998. Visionary Manufacturing Challenges for 2020. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/6314.
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Visionary Manufacturing Challenges for 2020

Committee on Visionary Manufacturing Challenges

Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design

Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems

National Research Council

NATIONAL ACADEMY PRESS
Washington, D.C.
1998

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Visionary manufacturing challenges for 2020 / Committee on Visionary Manufacturing Challenges, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council.

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Committee on Visionary Manufacturing Challenges

JOHN G. BOLLINGER (chair),

University of Wisconsin, Madison

DENNIS K. BENSON,

Appropriate Solutions, Inc., Worthington, Ohio

NATHAN CLOUD,

Cirrus Engineering, Wilmington, Delaware

GORDON FORWARD,

TXI, Dallas, Texas

BARBARA M. FOSSUM,

University of Texas, Austin

DONALD N. FREY,

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

DAVID F. HAGEN,

Michigan Center for High Technology, Dearborn Heights

JAMES JORDAN,

NGM Knowledge Systems, Cupertino, California

ANN MAJCHRZAK,

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

EUGENE S. MEIERAN,

Intel Corporation, Chandler, Arizona

DAVID MISKA,

United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Connecticut

LAWRENCE J. RHOADES,

Extrude Hone Corporation, Irwin, Pennsylvania

EUGENE WONG,

University of California, Berkeley

Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design Staff

ROBERT RUSNAK, senior program officer

THOMAS E. MUNNS, associate director

AIDA C. NEEL, senior project assistant

BONNIE SCARBOROUGH, research associate

ROBERT E. SCHAFRIK, director (until November 1997)

RICHARD CHAIT, director (after February 1998)

Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design Liaison

WILLIAM C. HANSON,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Government Liaison

GEORGE HAZELRIGG,

National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia

BRUCE M. KRAMER,

National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia

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Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design

F. STAN SETTLES (chair),

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

ERNEST R. BLOOD,

Caterpillar, Inc., Mossville, Illinois

JOHN BOLLINGER,

University of Wisconsin, Madison

JOHN CHIPMAN,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

DOROTHY COMASSAR,

GE Aircraft Engines, Cincinnati, Ohio

ROBERT A. DAVIS,

The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington

GARY L. DENMAN,

GRC International, Inc., Vienna, Virginia

ROBERT EAGAN,

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

MARGARET A. EASTWOOD,

Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois

WILLIAM C. HANSON,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

JAMIE C. HSU,

General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan

CAROLYN W. MEYERS,

North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro

FREDERICK J. MICHEL, consultant,

Alexandria, Virginia

PAUL S. PEERCY,

SEMI/SEMATECH, Austin, Texas

FRIEDRICH B. PRINZ,

Stanford University, Stanford, California

DANIEL P. SIEWIOREK,

Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

GORDON A. SMITH,

Vanguard Research, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia

JOSEPH WIRTH,

RayChem Corp. (retired), Los Altos, California

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Acknowledgments

The Committee on Visionary Manufacturing Challenges would like to thank the participants in the Workshop on Visionary Manufacturing Challenges and those who responded to the Delphi Survey, which were the principal data-gathering mechanisms for this study. The information and insight from these sources were invaluable to the committee.

Presenters at the workshop on Visionary Manufacturing Challenges included Philip Burgess of the Center for the New West; Edward Leamer of the University of California at Los Angeles; Paul Sheng of the University of California at Berkeley; Wilfried Sihn of Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing, Engineering and Automation; H.T. Goranson of Sirius Beta; Rick Dove of Paradigm Shift International; Brian Turner of Work and Technology Institute; Steven J. Bomba of Johnson Controls; Debra M. Amidon of Entovation International; Richard Altman of Communication Design; Mauro Walker of Motorola; and Richard Morley of Morley and Associates. The committee would like to thank these individuals for the time and thought that went into the workshop presentations. In addition, the committee appreciates the presentations and discussions provided by Bruce Gaber of the Naval Research Laboratory and Edward Lightfoot of the University of Wisconsin.

The committee would like to acknowledge the efforts of Bonnie Scarborough, National Research Council research associate, in conducting the Delphi survey and Brian Borys, consultant, in analyzing the first round survey results.

This report has been reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the

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NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the authors and the NRC in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The content of the review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Robert P. Clagett, University of Rhode Island; Richard Kegg, Cincinnati Milicron; Michael McEvoy, Baxter International; Robert Pfahl, Motorola; A. Alan B. Pritsker, Pritsker Corporation; H. Donald Ratliff, Georgia Institute of Technology; Joseph P. Wirth, consultant; and Joel Yudken, AFL-CIO.

While the individuals listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final content of the report rests solely with the authoring committee and the NRC.

Finally, the panel gratefully acknowledges the support of the staff of the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, including Robert Rusnak, study director (until March 1998), Thomas E. Munns, study director (after March 1998), and Aida C. Neel, senior project assistant.

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Preface

Emerging economies, social and political transitions, and new ways of doing business are changing the world dramatically. These trends suggest that the competitive environment for manufacturing enterprises in 2020 will be significantly different than it is today. To be successful in this competitive climate, manufacturing enterprises of 2020 will require significantly improved capabilities. The attainment of these capabilities represents the challenge facing manufacturing.

The recent pace of technological advances could lead to complacency and the belief that technology will be available "on demand." Today's advances, however, were the result of exploratory enabling research performed years ago. If manufacturing is to have the technical capabilities it needs in 2020, the research that will provide the scientific basis for these capabilities must be initiated now. This report identifies areas for investments in research and development that will meet the needs of future manufacturers. Although the focus of this report is on technology, new technologies and new business practices will be inseparable.

The objectives of this study were (1) to create a vision of the competitive environment for manufacturing and the nature of the manufacturing enterprise in 2020, (2) to determine the major challenges for future manufacturing, and (3) to identify the key technologies for meeting these challenges. To perform this study, the National Research Council, through the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, convened a committee of 13 individuals with expertise in manufacturing operations, management, and practices; manufacturing technology; education and training; social, behavioral, and political science; and technology forecasting. The committee included representatives from small, medium, and large companies in a variety of industries. The results of the committee's deliberations on a wide range of material are presented in this report.

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The committee solicited information from a variety of manufacturing experts as a basis for its deliberations. The key to the success of this approach was selecting participants who are visionary leaders who could look beyond today, including national and international leaders in manufacturing and representatives of progressive manufacturing organizations.

The opinions of the selected experts were communicated to the committee in two ways: (1) a workshop that provided a forum for manufacturing experts and experts in fields likely to affect manufacturing in the future (e.g., economics, geopolitics, workforce, and education) and (2) an international Delphi survey that elicited creative ideas and helped the committee prioritize future industry needs. Recent forward-looking manufacturing studies—including the Next Generation Manufacturing Project report, industry-specific technology road maps, surveys, and futuristic views of manufacturing—were also reviewed.

This study has several unique features. First, the committee's findings are derived from the international Delphi survey, the workshop, and the committee's deliberations with the assistance of experts in specific areas. Second, the committee identified the fundamental challenges that must be overcome for the realization of the collective vision generated by the participants. Third, the study focuses on a broad, international view of manufacturing in 2020 rather than on a particular industrial sector.

In the context of this study, "manufacturing" is defined broadly to mean the processes and entities that create and support products for customers. Manufacturing encompasses the development, design, production, delivery, and support of products. In the course of this study, it became increasingly clear that the definition of manufacturing will become even broader in the future as new configurations for the manufacturing enterprise emerge and the distinctions between manufacturing and service industries become blurred.

The committee understands that it would be foolhardy to think that the future can be precisely defined. Nevertheless, the needs identified in this report, which have been validated by visionary leaders of today, will be broadly applicable to all future manufacturing.

Comments on this report can be sent by electronic mail to bmaed@nas.edu or by FAX to BMAED (202) 334-3718.

JOHN G. BOLLINGER, CHAIR

COMMITTEE ON VISIONARY MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES

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Tables, Figures, and Boxes

Tables

3-1

 

Applicability of Evaluation Criteria to Priority Technology Areas

 

48

3-2

 

Applicability of Priority Technology Areas to the Grand Challenges

 

49

3-3

 

Enabling Capabilities for Concurrent Manufacturing (Grand Challenge 1)

 

50

3-4

 

Enabling Capabilities for Integrated Human and Technical Resources (Grand Challenge 2)

 

51

3-5

 

Enabling Capabilities for Converting Information to Knowledge (Grand Challenge 3)

 

52

3-6

 

Enabling Capabilities for Environmental Compatibility (Grand Challenge 4)

 

53

3-7

 

Enabling Capabilities for Reconfigurable Enterprises (Grand Challenge 5)

 

54

3-8

 

Enabling Capabilities for Innovative Processes (Grand Challenge 6)

 

56

A-1

 

Three Principal Organizational Approaches to Technology and the Environment

 

82

A-2

 

Necessary Changes in Company Values

 

84

B-1

 

Number of Potential Survey Participants Identified and Contacted and Number Who Responded to Questionnaires 1 and 2

 

126

B-2

 

Distribution of Respondents to Questionnaire 1 by Country and Work Affiliation

 

127

B-3

 

Manufacturing Challenges Prioritized by International Experts in Manufacturing

 

129

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B-4

 

Enabling Technologies Prioritized by International Experts in Manufacturing

 

130

B-5

 

Enabling Technologies for Meeting Manufacturing Challenges (Number of Respondents)

 

132

Figures

A-1

 

Measures of inequality in U.S. incomes

 

77

A-2

 

Employment in the textiles, apparel, footwear, and leather industries, 1970 to 1993

 

78

A-3

 

The effect of distance from the center of GDP on West German total trade and apparel trade

 

78

A-4

 

Geographical clustering of high-income countries

 

79

A-5

 

Employment in machinery and equipment, 1970 to 1993

 

80

A-6

 

Conceptualization of how lasting competitive advantages are attained through values and culture

 

85

A-7

 

Schematic illustration of how manufacturing organizations in 2020 will vary in virtuality and loyalty

 

92

A-8

 

The technology diffusion cycle

 

104

A-9

 

The business organization of future enterprises

 

105

A-10

 

Characteristics of business generations

 

107

Box

A-1

 

Workshop Participants

 

71

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