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9:15 AM-9:45 AM
How to Achieve Automation and Efficiencies in a Contract Manufacturing Environment
David Ryan, IT Director, EaglePicher Technologies

  • Gain an understanding of how technology tools can streamline processes in the complex contract manufacturing environment
  • Hear real-life examples of how activities within a contract manufacturing business model can be automated and the business benefits that result
  • Obtain the knowledge to improve your overall speed to market and customer satisfaction

Many defense and aerospace manufacturers operate in a contract manufacturing, or engineer-to-order (ETO) environment. They require processes that are very different from high-volume or batch manufacturing of products with predictable specifications and accounting. The contract manufacturing model creates challenges in efficiency and productivity.  This presentation will explain how to utilize leading-edge technology to automate processes in a contract manufacturing, or ETO, environment.


9:50-10:20 AM

Is Your Supply Chain Dangerously Lean?
Guy Higgins, Principal, Firestorm

  • Today’s supply chains have extremely limited flexibility to respond to unanticipated events
  • Lean manufacturing has delivered high productivity but has eliminated “unused capacity”
  • Companies can quantify and mitigate this risk

This presentation will address a high-risk factor for manufacturers in today’s lean, global economy; failure of a single supplier in a complex supply chain or web of supply chains. The magnitude of the risk will be supported by statistics on the prevalence of natural and manmade events that interrupt or end supplier operations and will discuss the potentially devastating impact of these supply-chain failures. The presenter will discuss a methodology that companies can use to quantify and mitigate the specific supply chain risks they face and what your company can do to protect your supply chain and your bottom line.


10:25 AM-10:55 AM
Findings of the U.S. Space Industry Deep Dive Assessment
Brad Botwin, Director, Industrial Base Studies, Department of Commerce

  • In depth overview of the space industrial base and cross-sector impacts
  • Interdependency between suppliers for U.S. Government programs
  • Detailed data from a survey of over 9,000 companies, universities and government agencies
  • The impact of export controls on the space industry

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation, in coordination with the U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Reconnaissance Office is undertaking a survey and assessment of the U.S. space industrial base supply chain network. The principal purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the complicated network supporting the development, production and sustainment of products and services across the defense, intelligence community, civil and commercial space sectors.  Information collected will include government/commercial revenue, financial and operational health, employment and skills, production capacity, ownership, unique capabilities and technologies, and other topics.

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