ASME Convenes Virtual Congressional Briefing Examining the Present and Future of Supply Chain Infrastructure

Jul 9, 2020

by ASME.org

During Spring 2020, the U.S. faced supply chain disruptions across multiple industries including medical supplies, agriculture, and food. Since the beginning of the crisis, ASME has worked hard to help address the supply disruption concerns that arose, including the upcoming publication of a white paper outlining the hazards of the supply chain, and a series of recommendations to strengthen our infrastructure and mitigate against future disruptions.
 
On June 25, ASME convened a virtual congressional briefing discussing the topic of “Managing and Rethinking the Supply Chain.” The briefing convened a panel of experts who provided unique insight into the connections between manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure, and explained innovative ways strengthening American manufacturing will also strengthen our supply chains. The speaker panel encompassed:
  • William Grieco, PhD, CEO of RAPID Manufacturing Institute;
  • John Dyck, CEO of CESMII— the Smart Manufacturing Institute;
  • Gary Fedder, PhD, Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Jeff Kent, Vice President, Smart Platforms Technology and Innovation, Procter and Gamble
 
While each speaker brought their own perspective to the event, the discussions highlighted the fact that the manufacturing industry is uniquely positioned to play an essential role in bolstering our supply chains and maintaining U.S. hegemony. Key players such as Manufacturing USA, academia and industry are pushing the envelope in advancing all facets of technology at the intersection of manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure. From workforce development to data analytics, automation and new ways to exchange real-time manufacturing data, these players are reexamining the existing structures around our supply chains, and reshaping them into a comprehensive and fortified enterprise that support the global interconnectedness of supply chains, and strengthen domestic capabilities.
 
To view the briefing in full, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM3KABnHESA

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