Capitol Hill Goes 3D

Modern manufacturing is not only generating life changing products, but game-changing processes as well.

3D printing, an additive manufacturing technology tool, is changing the way more manufacturers make things – from the largest companies in the world to the smallest shop floors. An industry leader, Stratasys, is driving widespread adoption of 3D printing in the manufacturing enterprise and it has brought a live demonstration to Capitol Hill today to provide a hands on demonstration of this revolutionary technology.

Congressional staff got an up close and personal look at this technology – and it was deeply impressive. In addition to the demonstrations, they received a detailed briefing on 3D printing’s economic benefits. Manufacturing is on rise and technology being put on the shop floor by Stratasys is bringing it to even greater heights.

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Manufacturing and Technology – One and The Same

Four leading technology companies, Verizon, Intel, Trimble and Teradata joined together today at a NAM D.A.T.A. Policy Center event to discuss the ongoing symbiotic relationship with manufacturing. The lines have blurred and in the 21st century manufacturing companies are, in fact, technology companies.

The NAM has long carried this message, and it was great to see it delivered live in downtown San Francisco at the Verizon Innovation Center – West.

At the luncheon panel discussion, the message was clear from all four companies – technology has transformed the manufacturing enterprise, supply chain management, and shop productivity. The connectivity between machines, largely powered by the Internet of Things (IOT) pushed what was already the most productive, innovative manufacturing workforce in the world to new heights.

Additionally, groundbreaking technology has allowed manufacturers in the U.S. to better leverage data, including production stats and customer feedback, to save money and ultimately create better products.

The NAM has strong roots in Silicon Valley. The D.A.T.A. Policy Center and events like these with high impact companies are taking that relationship to the next level.

Click here to read the blog series posted in advance of the event.

Brian Raymond is the Director of Technology Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers.

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Intel Propels the Internet of Things

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Intel is influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology. 

The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to change the way we live and work, with the number of connected devices that can share data increasing at a dramatic pace. To drive manufacturing business transformation there are four key areas that are crucial to the success of the IoT: security, interoperability, industry standards, and scaling with the ecosystem.  As the resurgence of manufacturing continues to accelerate, Intel is propelling advances in IoT for the industrial sector by delivering and deploying solutions that help connect, secure, manage, and analyze devices and data.

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Trimble Taking Manufacturing New School

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Verizon is influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology. 

Manufacturing has often been perceived as old-school – Trimble is focused on transforming the way many commercial or “outdoor” industries work with the use of advanced technology. In the construction, agricultural, and transportation industries, workers and their equipment are more connected than ever. We’ve seen game-changing increases in productivity and safety, making manufacturing into a truly “new-school” industry and a driver in the American economy.

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Verizon Helps Manufacturers Innovate and Compete

As part of a blog series in advance of tomorrow’s D.A.TA. Policy Center event hosted being held at the Verizon Innovation Center – West, we’re taking a look at how Verizon is influencing and affecting the renaissance in manufacturing and technology.

The intersection of manufacturing and technology will define the future of manufacturing in the U.S. Verizon closely partners with manufacturers to provide leading technologies such as cloud, Internet of Things, mobility, security and network solutions which are helping to drive innovation and solve for business challenges. Faced with industry challenges such as a looming talent shortage, accelerated time to market pressures, intense global competition and cyber espionage, manufacturers must innovate to remain competitive and thrive into the 21st century.

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House Acts on Cyber Bills Today, Senate Needs to Follow

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on four separate cybersecurity- related bills. The four pieces of legislation cover a number of issues ranging from improving the Federal cybersecurity workforce to facilitating more sharing of real-time threat information between the public and private sector. The NAM applauds the House for addressing a top priority for all manufacturers but we are still faced with a cold reality – if the Senate does not also act, none of these bills will become law.

The NAM has advocated aggressively for legislation that would increase the ability of the private sector to receive up-to-date information on the ever-present cyberthreat faced by manufacturers. Trade secrets, patents, customer data, and technological innovations are what separate manufacturers in the United States from their competitors. The NAM works on a number of different fronts to help protect this “secret sauce” but a government partner is needed. Federal Agencies have access to information that, if shared with the private sector, can do a great deal to help protect our innovation from bad actors. There has been a lot of talk from Congress about understanding this need, but little action.

Manufacturers place cybersecurity as one of their highest priorities. They are committed to keeping our assets secure and therefore keeping our nation safe. These and many other issues are at the top of the agenda of the NAM D.A.T.A. Center, a venue for NAM members to educate  policy makers and the general public to ensure they know the innovative breakthroughs in all aspects of life come from manufacturers. To get involved in the D.A.T.A. Center contact, Brian Raymond, NAM’s Director of Technology and Domestic Economic Policy.


The bills scheduled to be considered today by the House of Representatives are:

H.R. 2952 – The Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Act

H.R. 3107 – The Homeland Security Cybersecurity Boots-on-the-Ground Act

H.R. 3696 – The National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act

H.R. 3635 – Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act of 2013

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Good News from Capitol Hill: the House Votes to Permanently Ban Taxes on the Internet

Amid persistent reports of historic gridlock in Washington, there was a brief flash of bipartisanship in the House this afternoon when representatives voted to permanently ban taxes on Internet access. Manufacturers know first hand that the Internet has become a critical piece of infrastructure in the United States and the 16-year ban on new state and local taxes on Internet access has helped spur the incredible amount of investment in broadband networks.

Unfortunately, this temporary moratorium will come to a halt in November 2014 unless Congress acts. Last month the House Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation—the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act—which calls for a permanent moratorium on taxing Internet access. We applaud the House for coming together to advance the legislation.

Extending the moratorium will ensure continued robust broadband adoption and investment in the United States and promote competitiveness and job creation. Especially given our lackluster economy, the sooner Congress removes the tax threat the better. Let’s keep this bipartisanship rolling–next stop: the U.S. Senate!

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Internet Regulation Will Slow Manufacturing Growth

Manufacturers are innovation leaders. They leverage technology in every aspect of their business. It is in their products, their processes, and pervasive throughout their enterprise. All types of technology including software, sophisticated machines, and especially the internet have led to unprecedented growth in the manufacturing sector. Unfortunately, we continue to see more calls for regulation of the internet that if answered will only hinder manufacturing growth.

The issue of internet regulation and the negative impact it will have on manufacturing is not new to the NAM. We recently weighed in with the D.C. Circuit that the FCC did not have the authority to adopt rules to regulate the internet. The Court’s decision supported our position. And just today we heard Members of Congress and witnesses agree during a hearing of the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee that more regulation will stifle investment and innovation

Despite strong opposition by the courts, many policymakers, and especially manufacturers, some in Congress and the Administration still want to make another attempt to regulate the internet. As manufacturers utilize communications technologies to connect their shopfloors, their products, and their customers the NAM will continue to stress our member-driven policy: Regulations that have the potential to dampen private industry’s incentive to invest in technology and the internet will hurt the manufacturing comeback.

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Toyota Testifies on Connected Car Technology

The “connected car,” equipped with vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) sounds like a futuristic idea firmly set in science fiction – but that idea, once entrenched in fantasy, is quickly approaching reality.

This technological revolution happening in your automobiles is increasing safety, boosting fuel efficiency, and raising the convenience and comfort of riding in a car.

Toyota is playing a leading role in this revolution and Vice President of the Toyota Technical Center, Kristen Tabar, appeared before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology today to do discuss the future of surface transportation.

Tabar told the subcommittee members that, “We have no doubt that the technology will save lives, improve the environment, create jobs and help the U.S. maintain technical leadership in a field that will be an important contributor to economic growth in the future.” But she also spoke of the challenges that lie ahead in making the most of these innovations. She called on policymakers to support the major advances of V2V and V2I communication with greater investments in infrastructure and protection of medium-range wireless spectrum from unlicensed devices.

We all stand to benefit if Congress and the Administration put their full support behind making these important innovations part of everyone’s driving experience.

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Don’t Tax Our Internet: Part IV

Over the past 16 years, the Internet has become a critical piece of infrastructure for Manufacturers in the United States and a ban on new state and local taxes on Internet access has a lot to do with the incredible amount of investment in the broadband networks. Unfortunately, unless Congress acts soon, this temporary moratorium will expire for the fourth time in November 2014 with the potential of raising costs significantly for all businesses and families.

NAM members wholeheartedly agree with the conclusion of economist George Ford in a recent paper released by the Phoenix Center that a permanent Internet Tax Moratorium will ensure continued robust broadband adoption and investment in the United States. We strongly support bipartisan legislation, H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, scheduled to be taken up tomorrow by the House Judiciary Committee. Kudos to Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) along with Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Steve Chabot(R-OH) who cosponsored the bill. Extending the moratorium encourages innovation and economic growth and the sooner Congress removes the tax threat the better.


The Judiciary Committee has officially put the permanent kibosh on taxation of access to broadband internet. This is an important step and manufacturers urge Congress to pass this bill in an expeditious fashion.

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