ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) is celebrating its 20th anniversary of R&D innovation. NCMS was formed by Executive Order of the President of the United States in 1986, and was established to lead advanced manufacturing technology research for the benefit of the nation. Twenty years later, NCMS is the premier cross industry R&D organization in the country, leading innovation and technology advancement in virtually every sector of manufacturing. NCMS has over 150 members including companies of every size, from single person start- ups to multinational firms. "We show organizations how to innovate through collaboration," said NCMS President & CEO Richard Pearson. "Our members take advantage of our collaborative model to tap into expertise that normally would not be available to them." "When NCMS was formed many companies scoffed at the notion of collaboration," said NCMS Chairman Dick Morley. "Now twenty years later, collaboration has been shown to be vital to the success of many companies. I am proud to be part of an organization that represents the cutting edge of American manufacturing." NCMS has evolved throughout its history in response to the changing landscape of North American manufacturing. The genesis of the NCMS research agenda revolved around the needs of the machine tool industry. As manufacturing has evolved so has the NCMS agenda to include electronics, computer software, aviation, health care, manufacturing processes, and defense technologies. Current programs addressing nanotechnology, hydrogen fuel cell technology, and manufacturing sustainability ensures that NCMS will remain at the forefront of cutting edge R&D for years to come. NCMS has had great success in helping the public sector leverage the innovation and vitality of the private sector to meet difficult challenges. The Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Transportation, and Department of Energy are examples of government agencies currently funding R&D through NCMS. "NCMS has shown that the public sector can benefit from the innovation that fuels commercial companies," said Morley. "These partnerships will continue to create value for years to come." "Our members represent the very best that private industry has to offer," said Pearson. "It is only natural that the government would tap our expertise in putting together collaborative teams to solve tough problems." NCMS projects have won numerous honors including four Defense Manufacturing Excellence Awards which acknowledge contributions to the defense industry in support of manufacturing and four R&D 100 Awards which recognize excellence in innovation on a global scale. For additional information please contact Phil Callihan at (734) 995-2046, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or visit http://www.ncms.org . About NCMS NCMS is the largest cross-industry collaborative research and development consortium in North America, and is the only consortial effort in the U.S. devoted exclusively to manufacturing technologies, processes and practices.
SOURCE National Center for Manufacturing Sciences