CMTOC's research activities are primarily supported with funds provided by companies that are interested in offering themselves as sites for exploration of problems and issues that are raised at the Advanced Manufacturing Forum. The findings that are particular to the companies offering sites are immediately available and beneficial because of their direct applicability to them. Any general findings derived from such data are presented to members of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum well in advance of their publication in books and journals. Consultation services are supported by fees paid by companies on a flat rate contract or per diem basis.
Advanced Manufacturing Forum members support presentations with the fee they pay for each meeting. This financial support provides resources for CMTOC staff to explore research issues with forum members at the meetings, as well as to make visits to their companies between meetings. This support also makes it possible for doctoral students to carry out research that leads to completion of their degree requirements. CMTOC's research activities are also supported by grants from government agencies as well as from independent research institutions.
CMTOC formed an Advisory Board in October 2005. Presently, the board consists of the following representatives:
Black and Decker, Inc.
Global Manufacturing and Sourcing
John L. Barkhouse
Caterpillar Production System
Technology and Solutions Division
Coachman Industries, Inc.
Senior Vice President (Retired)
Director of Operations
FCI USA Inc.
Corporate Lean Enterprise Manager
Lutron Electronics Company
Global Supply Chain Manager
iGEN3 Plant Manager
More than three hundred companies have attended the forum since 1983.
Many of these companies have financially supported CMTOC's research activities.
A partial list of the latter companies includes: