Modern economies and societies heavily rely on the efficiency and reliability of supply chains and manufacturing processes. As we navigate the intricacies of the global market, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) becomes paramount. From promoting sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth (Goal 8) to ensuring responsible consumption and production (Goal 12), the realms of supply chain and manufacturing are integral. At Helpful Engineering, our endeavors in this domain are shaped by a commitment to foster open engineering solutions that align with the UNSDGs, ensuring resilient, sustainable, and inclusive supply chains and manufacturing paradigms for the future.
Develop standards and frameworks to facilitate seamless interaction between disparate supply chain systems, ensuring fluidity and cohesiveness in global operations.
Innovate eco-friendly manufacturing techniques that minimize waste, reduce energy consumption, and lessen environmental footprints.
Harness advanced technologies like IoT, AI, and blockchain to bring about transparency, speed, and accuracy in supply chain operations.
Champion decentralized manufacturing approaches that support local economies, reduce transportation emissions, and cater to region-specific needs.
Design tools and methodologies to identify, assess, and mitigate risks in the supply chain, from geopolitical factors to natural disasters.
Develop strategies to promote recycling, reuse, and repurposing in manufacturing, driving towards zero-waste production.
Invest in skilling programs to prepare the workforce for next-generation manufacturing technologies and practices.
Innovate in real-time monitoring and inspection technologies ensuring consistent product quality and adherence to standards.
Establish guidelines and monitoring systems to ensure ethical and sustainable sourcing of raw materials, championing human rights and environmental stewardship.
Develop technologies and systems to support customized product manufacturing based on real-time demand, reducing overproduction and waste.
The COVID pandemic revealed vulnerabilities in global supply chains that resulted from the lack of a communications infrastructure between supply and its stakeholders. In response, NIST’s cyber-physical systems leaders, HELPFUL, academics at Saint Joseph’s University, University of New Mexico, University of Toulouse, and others, have collaborated on the development of a supply chain framework