Accelerating technology transition: bridging the valley of by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, National Materials Advisory Board, Committee on Accelerating Technology Transition

Accelerating the transition of recent applied sciences into platforms and items might be the most important to the dept of Defenses improvement of a lighter, extra versatile battling strength. present lengthy transition times-ten years or extra is now typical-are attributed to the complexity of the method. to assist meet those demanding situations, the dept of safety requested the nationwide learn Council to check classes realized from speedy know-how functions via built-in layout and production teams. This document provides the result of that learn, which was once according to a workshop held to discover those profitable situations. 3 key parts emerged: making a tradition for innovation and swift expertise transition; methodologies and ways; and allowing instruments and databases.

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Postal Service, focused on operational success rather than on specification compliance. At the workshop, Rich Bushman from 3M described how the selection of a proper abrasive material was hindered because the customer would not tell 3M how the material would be used. Based on incomplete specifications, an inefficient selection cycle ensued, and a candidate material was offered, evaluated, and rejected. The specifications were then refined to include new, albeit incomplete, information, and the cycle was repeated until a suitable material was identified.

He argued that such an CREATING A CULTURE 19 initiative is necessary to promote national competitiveness and to develop pre-competitive models and representations, and for the performance of necessary experiments. S. Aerospace Industry, and that it would assist in attracting and retaining top-notch talent for materials science and associated disciplines. Leveraging the Commercial Sector General Gray reported to the workshop that the most significant long-term change in technology transition in the military is the current effort to better leverage the commercial sector.

Joseph Tippens of Universal Chemical Technologies spoke of this as a constant adjustment of tasks through viral cross-functional interaction. The concept of technology incubators formed by people having the right technologies, the right team skills, and the right financial support is not new. A recent report from the Institute for Defense 12 Analyses concluded that incubators are needed to accelerate technology transition in the military. 13 The challenge in the case of accelerating technology transition in military systems is that the roles of the military and its suppliers in such an enterprise will be distinctly different from any of those that now exist in the venture-capital world.

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