Many companies may struggle with understanding their readiness for certain technologies. Business level decisions including “state of the art” business management software such as a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) or an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can be confounded with design and production technologies including additive manufacturing and use of 3D printers. Combined with systems and equipment decisions are the realities of security concerns as we operate the new systems and equipment via wireless and the internet.
NCMEP can help with the evaluation of technology advancement through its national linkages with National Manufacturing Institutes (NNMI) combined with staff expertise and experience with technology applications. Some solution approaches include the following:
- Technology Scouting – systematic exploration for technologies that meet the needs of specific manufacturing design and development challenges
- Technology Driven Manufacturing Intelligence (TDMI) – techniques for translating new technology designs into market success
- Smart Manufacturing Readiness Assessment