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Task Force to “Roadmap” Thermal Processing Technologies

June 16, 2014
18-month program will outline path to advanced manufacturing ASM International project leader Backers include AIST, ORNL, more “… shape the future of thermal manufacturing”

ASM International will lead a coordinated effort to develop and implement advanced manufacturing technologies for thermal manufacturing. ASM, a materials science research association, will be joined by other associations and agencies, including the Association of Iron and Steel Technology, Forging Industry Association, Heat Treating Society, Industrial Heating Equipment Association, Metals Processing Institute, Metal Treating Institute, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The Thermal Manufacturing Industries Advanced Technology Consortium (TMI ATC) is an 18-month program that will develop a roadmap that identifies advanced thermal-manufacturing technologies that are ready for industrial implementation, as well as high-priority areas for development.

Also part of the consortium is Nexight Group LLC, a funded participant and a consulting group with experience in technology roadmapping.

TMI ATC is the result a $400,000 advanced manufacturing technology planning grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NISST recently awarded 19 grants totaling $9 million to new or existing, industry-driven consortia to develop technology roadmaps aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation performance.

ASM noted its plan for developing and maintaining the consortium’s effort would rely heavily on its affiliate, the ASM Heat Treating Society.

ASM explained that thermal manufacturing has multiple manifestations that directly and indirectly affect employment for an estimated 8.3 million people in the U.S., at more than 262,000 companies, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Of these companies, 98% are small and medium-sized enterprises, and produce $3.4 trillion annually in total value of shipments.

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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)