What is it?
Advanced manufacturing integrates high-tech
disciplines and materials into a more timely, responsive manufacturing process.
Advanced manufacturing involves the integration of information
technology, design, innovative materials, enterprise management, logistical systems,
and marketing activities over highly flexible regional and/or global supply,
financial (including payment), and research networks. Digital manufacturing also permits
"additive manufacturing" where small components, including those at the nano or molecular scale
(including biological) are added together to create a product.
Advanced manufacturing includes biomanufacturing, which involves the application of biological
processed to produce, for example, medical devices, plastics, and fuels. Products are
individually tracked (for example, with RFID tags) delivered in "real time" directly to the customer anywhere
in the world. Less inventory is maintained, while more timely market-appropriate design is
incorporated into product.