An industrial manufacturing organization provides various opportunities for its members and other professionals from the manufacturing industry to share their expertise and improve knowledge. Professionals from the manufacturing industry use these associations and organizations as a platform for networking.
This guide will familiarize you with various terms related to industrial manufacturing organizations that you will hear from professionals in the manufacturing industry. This guide provides description for various key terms, such as NAM, AME, FMA, ASTM, CAM and lean manufacturing.
NAM (National Association of Manufacturers)NAM is an industrial trade association that represents manufacturers in various industrial sectors.
AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence)AME encourages exchange of knowledge through the implementation of various techniques such as lean tools, leadership, lean product development, lean supply chain and lean accounting.
FMA (Fabricators & Manufacturers Association)FMA brings metal fabricators and manufacturers together through councils, educational programs and networking events.
ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)ASTM International (originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations. This organization publishes technical standards for various materials, products, systems and services.
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning)ERP is one of the most commonly used software solutions in manufacturing. ERP manages companies from a financial-metrics point of view. Many manufacturing organizations offer ERP solutions and training to its members.
CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)A CAM system uses computer technology to assist the manufacturing process. A CAM system can be used to control the production process through varying degrees of automation. Many organizations and associations provide training on implementing CAM systems.
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