Modula Site Tour

Modula has been in business for 35 years with over 117,000 clients worldwide.  They are the leading manufacturer of automated storage solutions, designed to optimize space and improve picking and storage operations for any industrial sector or environment. They have plants in the United States, Italy and China.  Their U.S. manufacturing operations are in Lewiston, Maine and Franklin, Ohio.  Modula acquired the former the Dayton Daily News building, in 2020 and invested $30M to increase their U.S. production capacity from 500 units to 2,000 units per year.  

The vertical lift module (VLM) line maximizes the storage potential of high-ceiling facilities and securing items in enclosed units up to 54 feet tall. The horizontal carousels are ideal for low-ceiling environments, as well as those seeking maximum throughput. For both solutions, automated delivery dramatically increases productivity and saves operators from unnecessary bending, walking, and reaching for parts.

Modula has graciously agreed to host the local SME chapter to tour their Franklin, Ohio facility.  Tour date is October 17 at 4:30 PM.  This tour will consist of a power point presentation followed by a tour of their manufacturing operations.    (Also see

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National Strategic Plan for AdvancedManufacturing; Request for Information, 2021

TECHNOLOGY POLICY National Strategic Plan for Advanced
Manufacturing; Request for Information, 2021
AGENCY: Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). ACTION: Notice of
request for information (RFI). SUMMARY: On behalf of the National Science and
Technology Council (NSTC), Committee on Technology, Subcommittee on
Advanced Manufacturing, OSTP requests input from all interested parties on the
development of a National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing.
Through this RFI, OSTP seeks input from the public, on ways to improve government
coordination, and on longterm guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of
United States manufacturing competitiveness, including: Advanced manufacturing research
and development that will create jobs, grow the economy across multiple industrial sectors,
strengthen national security, enhance sustainability, contribute to climate change challenges,
and improve health care. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform OSTP
and NSTC as they work with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop the strategic
DATES: Responses are due by December 17, 2021. ADDRESSES: Responses should be
submitted online at
https:// ZdOIhLsiSLqqOWqP0MekJHA0EHlEDb_
Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not reply to all questions
listed. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. OSTP and/or
NSTC may post responses to this RFI, without change, on a Federal website. OSTP, therefore,
requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally
identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the United
States Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information
contained in the response.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Said Jahanmir,, 202–819– 5296.
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015 (Pub. L. 113– 235),

incorporating the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014, revised 42
U.S.C. 6622 to direct NSTC to develop and to update, in coordination with the National
Economic Council, a strategic plan to improve government coordination and to provide long-
term guidance for Federal programs and activities in support of United States manufacturing
competitiveness, including advanced manufacturing research and development (R&D). The
current National Strategic Plan for Advanced Manufacturing (‘‘Plan’’) was released on October
5, 2018 (https:// announcements/2018/10/strategyamerican-
leadership-advancedmanufacturing). Advanced manufacturing is a family of activities that (1)
depend on the use and coordination of information, automation, computation, software,
sensing, and networking, and/or (2) make use of cutting-edge materials and emerging
capabilities enabled by the physical and biological sciences, for example: Nanotechnology,
chemistry, and biology. It involves both new ways to manufacture existing products, and the
manufacture of new products emerging from new advanced technologies. NSTC has
commenced the development of an updated Plan to be released in 2022. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
6622, OSTP is soliciting public input through this RFI to obtain recommendations from a wide
range of stakeholders, including representatives from diverse manufacturing companies,
academia, other relevant organizations and institutions, and the general public. The public
input provided in response to this RFI will inform OSTP and NSTC as they work with Federal
agencies and other stakeholders to develop an updated revised Plan. Questions To Inform
Development of the Plan OSTP seeks responses to the following questions to improve
government coordination and to provide long-term guidance for Federal programs and
activities in support of United States manufacturing competitiveness, including advanced
manufacturing R&D. 1. Which emerging science and technology areas will be key to the next
generation of advanced manufacturing for global competitiveness, sustainability, and
environmental challenges? 2. What should be the near-term and long-term technology
development R&D priorities for advanced manufacturing, the anticipated timeframe for
achieving the objectives, and the metrics in assessing progress toward the objectives? 3. What
are examples of technological, market, or business challenges that may best be addressed by
public-private partnerships, and are likely to attract both participation and primary funding
from industry? 4. How can Federal agencies and federally funded R&D centers supporting
advanced manufacturing R&D facilitate the transfer of research results, intellectual property,
and technology into commercialization and manufacturing for the benefit of society and
ensure sustainability, national security, and economic security? 5. How would you assess the
state of the domestic advanced manufacturing workforce in the U.S? How can Federal
agencies and federally funded R&D centers develop, align, and strengthen all levels of
advanced manufacturing education, training, and certification programs to ensure a high-
quality, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce that meets the needs of the sector and
drives new advanced manufacturing jobs into the future? 6. How can the Federal government
assist in the development of regional public-private partnerships to achieve greater

distribution of advanced manufacturing clusters or technology hubs, particularly in
underserved regions of the country? What outreach and engagement strategies are most
useful in promoting development in underserved regions of the country? 7. How do we assess
the adequacy of the domestic advanced manufacturing supply chain and industrial base? How
can Federal agencies assist small and medium sized manufacturing companies to adopt
advanced technologies and to develop a robust and resilient manufacturing supply chain?
What steps can these agencies take to promote the development and diffusion of technology
that augments worker skills (rather than substituting for them), and ensures that
manufacturing jobs are good jobs? 8. Are there useful models (at the international, national,
state and/or local level) that should be expanded? 9. The current Strategy for American
Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing (
announcements/2018/10/strategyamerican-leadership-advancedmanufacturing) has three
top-level goals, each with objectives and priorities: (1) Develop and transition new
manufacturing technologies; (2) Educate, train, and connect the manufacturing workforce; and
(3) Expand the capabilities of the domestic manufacturing supply chains. Are these goals
appropriate for the next 4–5 years? Are there additional top-level goals to consider? 10. Is
there any additional information related to advanced manufacturing in the United States, not
requested above, that you believe should be considered?
Dated: September 30, 2021. Stacy Murphy, Operations Manager.
[FR Doc. 2021–21644 Filed