With a value-added contribution of $1.4 trillion, U.S. manufacturing directly accounts for approximately 13 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory (MEL) has just released its annual 2005 guide to programs serving that critical national sector.
The publication summarizes MEL work in dimensional metrology, homeland and industrial control security, intelligent control of mobility systems, manufacturing interoperability, manufacturing metrology and standards for health care enterprise, mechanical metrology, nanotechnology and smart machining systems.
Each program notes the resources, objectives, customer needs addressed, accomplishments, current year plans, lifetime objectives and related measurement and standards work. Special MEL activities also are reviewed, including the laboratory's role in the international Intelligent Manufacturing Systems (IMS) program, Systems Integration for Manufacturing Applications (SIMA) and the National Science and Technology Council Interagency Working Group on Manufacturing Research and Development.
MEL: The Programs of the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory 2005 (NISTIR 7218) is available online. For a paper copy, contact Lisa Fronczek at lfronczek [at] nist.gov (lfronczek[at]nist[dot]gov).