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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Materials Science and Engineering

The challenge of the producing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) of the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise (NIST) is to advertise innovation and the competitiveness of U.S. production via dimension technology, dimension providers, and significant technical contributions to criteria. The MEL is prepared in 5 divisions: clever platforms, production Metrology, production structures Integration, Precision Engineering, and Fabrication know-how. A panel of specialists appointed through the nationwide examine Council (NRC) assessed the 1st 4 divisions. total, this ebook reveals that the 4 person divisions are appearing to the simplest in their skill, given to be had assets. in lots of components in all 4 divisions, the features and the paintings being played are among the finest within the field.However, lowered investment and different components similar to trouble in hiring everlasting employees are proscribing (and are inclined to more and more restrict) the measure to which MEL courses can in achieving their pursuits and are threatening the long run impression of those courses.

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Specific accomplishments include the following: • Development and demonstration (in the IV&I/ATHENA program8) of a tool to automatically translate between Resource Description Framework and Extensible Markup Language schemas, both of which are heavily used standards in the operation of global supply chains; • Development and demonstration (in the IV&I/ATHENA program) of a universal framework for testing conformance to the Open Applications Group supply chain standards; and • Development and demonstration (in the Material Off-Shore Sourcing project) of expanded information mapping tests that advance the ability to manage data across supply chains that use ocean freight.

The PED would be well served by strategic planning in the following areas: capital equipment, human resources, technical focus area roadmapping, and investment and disinvestment in calibration and measurement services. S. industry—for example, through workshops held both at NIST and at professional society meetings and through surveys by trade organizations. • Opportunities exist for the dimensional metrology groups to be more proactive in improving their visibility within the national technical community.

Opportunities exist for exploring alternative cost structures for the calibration and measurement services—for example, machine charges, consumables charges, service center charges, and activity-based cost accounting. 21 Programs Funded Under the America COMPETES Act The Supply Chain Integration and Bio-Imaging projects in the Manufacturing Systems Integration Division have gained incremental funding under the America COMPETES Act of 2007. The funding has been used to bolster the more strategic segments of the semantic mediation work in supply chain.

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