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Brian Raymond

Building Partnerships in Innovation

By | Innovation, Shopfloor Main, Shopfloor Policy, Technology | No Comments

picThe Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming manufacturing—from connecting machines on the shop floor to the end-use products. This concept of interconnectedness has enabled owners and operators in our sector to gather critical data that allows them to improve product design, troubleshoot in real-time and make manufacturing an even more integral partners with their customers throughout the lifecycle of their product. Today’s manufacturers continue to find ways to embed the latest technologies into their products and processes. With an eye toward the future, NAM member Caterpillar—a 90-year-old company—has begun to seek partnerships with technology startups to help better understand and take advantage of ideas coming out of the gate.
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House Judiciary Committee to Discuss Email Privacy

By | Shopfloor Policy, Technology | No Comments

The current law governing the privacy of electronic communication and how law enforcement accesses it was written in 1986. That law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, will turn 30 years old next year. The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow on the need to update that legislation to reflect the dramatic change technology has undergone since the age of dial-up modems and fax machines. Read More

Government Should Help Accelerate the Internet of Cars

By | Shopfloor Policy, Technology | No Comments

Some say the biggest purchase you will make in your lifetime other than a home is a vehicle. These significant investments are no longer just four wheels and an engine, they are highly sophisticated pieces of connected technology making life safer and easier for individuals and businesses all over the world. The auto industry has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation to deliver these breakthroughs for their customers. Today, two NAM members from that segment were on Capitol Hill discussing what it will take for the benefits of this innovation to continue. Read More

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

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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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