Previous roadmaps were developed independently from one another by the different industries that rely on or supply thermal equipment and processes as a critical part of their operations. Rather than conducting a comprehensive effort, these "thermal manufacturing industries" instead focused primarily on their specific areas of interest.

As a result, there has been a lack of the necessary coordination and critical mass needed to address the technical challenges facing these industries. Especially troubling has been the incomplete transfer of available technologies to the small and medium enterprises that make up a large segment of the thermal manufacturing industries.

TMI ATC will lead the development of a comprehensive thermal manufacturing technology roadmap, and the Metals Processing Institute (MPI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is working in conjunction with ASM International to implement the activities identified in the roadmap. Together, these efforts will facilitate the coordinated research, development, and sustainable implementation of advanced thermal manufacturing technologies.