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IACMI–The Composites Institute Efforts in Current and Post–COVID-19 Manufacturing Era—Innovations and Sustainability...

by Uday K Vaidya, John A Hopkins Jr
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Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing Systems
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Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI)–The Composites Institute comprises 150 industry members making up the supply chain from material suppliers; Tiers 1, 2, and 3 original equipment manufacturer (OEM)s and fabricators; academia; and national laboratories. The institute is addressing the needs for medical systems support in response to the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) crisis and the recovery of the U.S. composites industry and connected manufacturing supply chains. The impact of the current and post-COVID response by IACMI and its partners extends across health care, automotive, transportation, construction, infrastructure, aerospace, sports, marine, and industrial sectors. Sustainability and circular economy of advanced materials and manufacturing play a key role in overall reduced embodied energy. This technical note provides a summary of IACMI efforts in response to COVID-19 and outlook for the post-COVID era with a focus on sustainable advanced materials and manufacturing.