Technology: The D.A.T.A. Center

The Intersection of Technology and Manufacturing


The innovation and life changing technologies coming from shop floors across the country play a central role in creating manufacturing jobs in the United States and maintaining our competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Continued innovation in manufacturing depends on national technology policies that drive economic growth, productivity gains and job creation.

The NAM D.A.T.A. (Driving the Agenda for Technology Advancement) Center educates policy makers and the public about the intersection of technology and manufacturing. It brings together private-sector expertise and public-sector influence to support a robust technology policy agenda on behalf of the entire manufacturing ecosystem.

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“Manufacturers are the creators, users, servicers, and installers of the Internet of Things. Billions of connected devices are pervasive throughout manufactured products and on the shop floors where they are made. This technology is creating enormous opportunity and driving transformative change. It has made all manufacturers into technology companies.”Excerpt from “Cybersecurity in the Manufacturing Sector” by Brian Raymond, NAM Director, Innovation Policy



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  • 01/10/2017
    Bipartisan Bill Focused on Growing IoT Introduced Today
    Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the NAM-supported Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act today. This legislation creates a...
  • 12/28/2016
    Congress Puts Down Marker for Innovation Work in 2017
    In the final hours before Congress went home for the holidays, it passed a bill that places a priority on innovation and the important role basic research plays in today’s manufacturing...
  • 12/15/2016
    Competing to Win: How to Accelerate Manufacturing Innovation
    Autonomous vehicles. Smart phones. Lifesaving medicines. All are made possible by the innovation of manufacturers. Technology is transforming the manufacturing industry, and the manufacturing industry is transforming our world. Manufacturers...
  • 11/15/2016
    Telecom Infrastructure Investment Boosts Manufacturing Innovation
    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released “Building to Win,” a blueprint for the next Congress and president on how to repair and revolutionize the infrastructure that makes the...
  • 11/01/2016
    Appetite for Disruption
    Manufacturers are disruptors. We disrupt products and processes. We disrupt markets. We disrupt our own enterprises based on the needs of our customers. We disrupt because that’s what it takes...