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Brian Raymond

NAM Urges Senate to Move and Pass Cybersecurity Bill

By | Shopfloor Policy, Technology | No Comments

The U.S. Senate this week may consider S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA), introduced by Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). This bipartisan bill was passed out of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the spring by an overwhelming vote of 14-1. The NAM is calling on the Senate to pass this bill that will benefit manufacturers as soon as possible. Read More

NAM Supports Senate Action on Cyber Bill

By | intellectual property, Technology | No Comments

Technology and the deployment of it across the shopfloors and throughout the products of the manufacturing industry has raised cybersecurity to a C-suite priority. Manufacturers know that strong cybersecurity means strong economic security. The NAM has therefore joined more than 45 other industry groups calling for passage of S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Security Act (CISA) of 2015. Read More

Partnership is Critical for Sensible IoT Strategy

By | Technology | No Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT), the network of connectivity between all objects, continues to transform every aspect of the manufacturing enterprise.  Manufacturers are increasingly using IoT to help increase operational efficiency and innovation. Yesterday the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on IoT and the NAM seized the opportunity to submit comments for the official record.  Read More

Regulation and Uncertainty Leads to Decreased Investment and Innovation

By | Regulations, Technology | No Comments

A new paper was recently released by Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy citing that increased regulation will lead to a decrease in investment in our nation’s broadband infrastructure. The manufacturing industry is embedding technology in their products and across their shop floors to deliver sophisticated products and compete in the global marketplace. A decrease in the investment in the technology backbone helping to drive that innovation is something we cannot afford. Read More

This Day 80 Years Ago: A Government-forced Giant Step Back in Time for Manufacturing Innovation

By | Technology | No Comments

It is 2015. We have cars that can talk to each other. Satellites in outer space guide farmers where to plant seeds. Drones deliver goods to your doorstep. And the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to regulate the Internet is now live.

Which one of these does not seem to push the boundaries of innovation?

If you guessed the move by the FCC to regulate the Internet under a law written in 1934 then you are correct.

Yet despite calls from manufacturers citing this move will decrease investment in our nation’s robust telecommunications infrastructure therefore hindering our ability to innovate, the FCC’s Open Internet order goes into effect today.

This regulatory scheme is a threat to the manufacturing comeback as so many in our industry have embedded connected technology into our products and processes. The NAM will continue to work with Congress on a bipartisan legislative solution and we encourage you to get involved. In the meantime, we thought it would be helpful to take a look at innovation in manufacturing today versus how the FCC views our industry….                                                                                                                                              

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Government Must Facilitate Internet of Things Growth

By | Innovation, Technology | No Comments

Industry leaders, academics, and think tanks have all recognized that the Internet of Things is a powerful technology trend that has the ability to transform manufacturing. Recent activity by leaders in Congress and the Administration have sent mixed signals to business that they too are serious about facilitating the growth of IoT in the United States. The NAM is calling on government to be a partner and not a roadblock in the widespread deployment of IoT. Read More

Manufacturers IoT Innovations Showcased on Capitol Hill

By | Technology | No Comments

The United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade hosted an Internet of Things showcase on Capitol Hill today. The showcase was followed by a hearing in the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee called “The Internet of Things: Exploring the Next Technology Frontier.” NAM members companies Toyota, BigAssSolutions and Corning were front and center at both events sharing with Members of Congress and the general public the transformative impact the IoT will have on our industry.

Big Ass Solutions was one of the demonstrators that brought their technology in from Kentucky to share with lawmakers how the IoT is driving solutions for their customers – and saving them money on their utility bills. ABB shared with Members of Congress its Asset Health Center which allows utilities to leverage new smart grid technology investments. Toyota highlighted the features of its Lexus Enform connected services which enhance the driver experience with new navigation, safety, and maintenance features. Fiber optic manufacturer Corning, Inc. displayed how their latest technology is connecting the IoT and helping to  deliver big data to every corner of the manufacturing supply chain. Read More

As FCC Releases Rules to Regulate Internet Like Rotary Phones, Millennials Across America Google ‘Rotary Phones’

By | Technology | No Comments

The Federal Communications Commission has just released their so-called “Open Internet” order it approved last month. As the NAM has said in the past, this move to regulate the Internet will have a serious impact on manufacturers.

By applying a more than 70 year old law designed to regulate the use of rotary phones on the Internet growth in innovation and infrastructure will halt and burden manufacturers with more uncertainty. Manufacturing companies and facilities are dependent on the use of the Internet infrastructure and have leveraged the use of this free and open technology to become innovative, productive and advanced job creators here in the United States. Read More