IN-MaC launching technology adoption program for Indiana companies

June 20, 2013  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center - IN-MaC - is accepting applications for its initial program involving technology adoption.

Led by Purdue University, IN-MaC works to attract, retain and grow high-value manufacturing industries in Indiana.

IN-MaC's first program involves technology adoption partnership projects with Indiana-based companies and facilities. Projects chosen will concentrate on digital engineering for production design, product lifecycle management, or production systems modeling and design.

"IN-MaC's technology adoption program is intended to build partnerships with manufacturing companies by providing assistance that will strengthen competitiveness and add or preserve jobs in Indiana," said Ronald Steuterman, IN-MaC managing director. 

Purdue faculty and graduate students will work closely with engineers, technologists and managers in the participating companies. In general, the projects will take three to six months. Companies will provide matching support.

Development of IN-MaC began last fall, spearheaded by the Purdue College of Engineering, College of Technology and Krannert School of Management.

It is expected to have three components:

* Education, professional development, and training to prepare the workforce necessary to grow and sustain high-paying jobs for next-generation manufacturing as a global enterprise.

* Efficient technology transfer to enhance competitiveness of Indiana manufacturing companies through applied research and a new model of manufacturing extension that combines statewide technology centers and cyber-enabled access.

* Basic research and knowledge creation to support innovation by Indiana's manufacturing base and emerging clusters to ensure that Indiana is positioned for leadership in manufacturing for decades to come.

"These three elements define a manufacturing initiative that will extend from K-12 education through lifelong training and professional development, that will range from interactions that enhance industry competitiveness today through research that defines manufacturing for the future, and that will develop a statewide web of partnerships for success," Steuterman said.

More information on IN-MaC and the technology adoption partnerships and online applications are available at http://www.purdue.edu/in-mac/index.php

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Ronald Steuterman, 765-494-4437, steuterm@purdue.edu

 

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