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Models For Industry, Academia, And Government Cooperation In An Agile Manufacturing Environment

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.328.1 - 1.328.14

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Vinay Govande

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Kristine Laubach

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Jr., Dr. Emory W. Zimmers

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Jennifer Montemurro

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Dr. Roger Nagel

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Alice Swanger

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I -— . . . . .- : Session 3617

..— - Models for Industry, Academia, and Government Cooperation in an Agile Manufacturing Environment

Dr. Emory W. Zimmers, Jr., Vinay Govande, Jennifer Montemurro, Dr. Roger Nagel, Kristine Laubach, Alice Swanger Lehigh University/Focus: HOPE

Abstract This paper describes three learning partnership models among U.S. corporations, government agencies, and Lehigh University’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory (CIM Lab). These models are described in terms of need, resources and benefits. Two models describe the partnerships among the CIM Lab, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Northeast Tier Ben Franklin Technology Center (NET/BFTC), and private industry. The third model describes a partnership among government, manufacturing industries, six universities, and the Focus: HOPE Center for Advanced Technologies. The three virtual learning models demonstrate the success in combining resources from academia, government, and industry. They exemplify the valuable partnerships formed and the benefits that each participant gains from team work. The models also demonstrate application of the four principles of agility. .— Beginning with an introduction of the four fundamental principles of agility, the paper discusses the need for industry, academia, and government partnerships. This paper presents a framework to gain insight in the broadening efforts at the CIM Lab, to implement pilot organizations, and to demonstrate the coupling of industry, academia, and government. For academia these partnerships are recognized as essential in providing case studies and improving problem solving skills for engineering students to help them develop into competent and innovative leaders of the agile manufacturing industry of the 21 ‘t century. Finally, the paper describes the efforts at the CIM Lab in bringing private industry, academia, and government closer for a mutually beneficial technology and information transfer, by using the platforms of advanced engineering, information systems and communication technology.

Introduction It is generally recognized that to meet challenges of the 21 ‘t century, broadening the interaction between industry, academia, and government is imperative. In order to successfully survive in fierce global competition, corporations across the world are learning to thrive on change and to balance their actions within the framework of agility. 1 These corporations understand the importance of learning and innovation. Adopting the enabling technologies and principles of agile manufacturing has become a condition of survival for such American - companies.

Speaking at the Fifth National Agility Conference, Dr. Mary Good, Under Secretary for Technology at the Department of Commerce stated, “Science and technology alone are not enough to generate the manufacturing competitive advantage. Our country needs to have a world-class technology infrastructure, a world-class labor force, and a world-class business environment. ”2 With rapidly changing technologies

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Govande, V., & Laubach, K., & Zimmers, J. D. E. W., & Montemurro, J., & Nagel, D. R., & Swanger, A. (1996, June), Models For Industry, Academia, And Government Cooperation In An Agile Manufacturing Environment Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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