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Manufacturing

NIST provides technical support to the nation's manufacturing industries as they strive to out-innovate and outperform the international competition.

At a time of opportunity and challenge for U.S. manufacturing, NIST is working with industry and universities to develop essential measurement capabilities and to forge precompetitive collaborations that help U.S. manufacturers overcome shared technical obstacles. A partner to the U.S. manufacturing sector for more than a century, NIST has a proven track record in delivering useful tools and technical assistance that existing manufacturers and aspiring start-ups need. Timely technical assists from NIST can help the nation’s manufacturers to invent, innovate and create new products and services more rapidly and more efficiently than their competitors around the world.

NIST Laboratory Programs collaborate with industry, academia, and other government agencies to develop the measurement and standards solutions to accelerate the development of the next generation of manufacturing technologies. A few key areas of NIST activity include Materials Genome Initiative, emerging technologies, and smart manufacturing (see links on left).

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) facilitates and accelerates the transfer of manufacturing technology in partnership with industry, universities and educational institutions, state governments, NIST and other federal research laboratories and agencies. Find out  more about MEP.

Manufacturing USA consists of linked Manufacturing Innovation Institutes with common goals, but unique concentrations. Here industry, academia, and government partners are leveraging existing resources, collaborating, and co-investing to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization. Find out more about Manufacturing USA.

Rethinking Manufacturing

News and Updates

Events

Model-Based Enterprise Summit 2020

Mon, Mar 30 - Fri, Apr 3 2020
The goal of the MBE Summit is to identify challenges, research, implementation issues, and lessons learned in design,

Industry Impacts

Low GHG Refrigerants

Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants are potent greenhouse gases (GHG) that are being phased down by the U.S. and 196 other countries under the Montreal

High-Power Lasers for Manufacturing 

Measuring the intensity of high-power lasers used by manufacturers for precision cutting and welding can be difficult due to large instrumentation challenges

Massive Forces for Heavy Industry

Measuring large forces, such as the thrust of a rocket engine or the deflection of an aircraft wing, requires well-calibrated force sensors. NIST’s unique

Chemical Manufacturing Process Design

Chemical plants need access to consistent, reliable data to design their products and assess the safety, quality and efficiency of their manufacturing processes

Projects and Programs

Publications

Annual Manufacturing Review: 2019

Author(s)
Douglas S. Thomas
This report provides an overview of the US manufacturing industry. There are three aspects of US manufacturing that are considered: (1) how the US industry

Awards