October is Manufacturing Month; on October 27, 2017, C-TRAC showcased the innovative Technology Marketplace at a manufacturing event in Albuquerque called C-Level @ 5000': Summit on Advancing NM's Manufacturing Community. This event was planned as the first of what is expected to be New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership's annual summit. According to the organizers, “This is a networking and think-tank opportunity for C-Level executives from New Mexico's extensive manufacturing community – and their guests and partners in economic development – to converge.”
C-TRAC’s Managing Director Erin Miller gave a presentation in two break-out sessions entitled Technology Advancement. Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico’s Integrated Structural Systems Program Manager Andrew Williams also gave a presentation during those break-out sessions, as did Owen Hildreth, an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy (SEMTE). Finally, Matthew O'Brien, Technology Business Specialist at the Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico (AFRL NM), gave an overview of AFRL and its many programs, then drew attention to its manufacturing-focused efforts.
The presentations were followed by a Q&A session. Other break-out sessions included Trends/Programs in Workforce Development and Manufacturing & Robotics.
The C-TRAC Technology Marketplace talks included an overview of Technology Transfer with a focus on the Department of Defense and Air Force contributions to available emerging technologies. Also addressed were the various support organizations available to help companies license these technologies – organizations such as TechLink, MilTech, ORTAs and PIAs. C-TRAC and AFRL NM also jointly worked an information table to spread the word about the Air Force Technology Transfer program and provided a demonstration of C-TRAC’s Technology Marketplace.
The New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership is a “non-profit organization that helps businesses increase profitability and competitiveness through lean concepts. Bringing together experts in government, industry and non-profits, MEP offers workshops, on-site training and systems analyses. New Mexico MEP's Innovation Directors work with businesses one-on-one to change mindsets and transform companies into lean and efficient engines of growth.”
C-TRAC and the innovative new Technology Marketplace will be participating in another manufacturing event on November 16 in Colorado Springs, organized by CAMA South – the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association, Southern Colorado. Matthew O’Brien of AFRL NM plans to attend this as well. Check out our calendar of events for more information. Local Southern Colorado manufacturers with an interest in adaptive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing techniques, and a curiosity about emerging technologies to incorporate in their manufacturing portfolios are encouraged to attend this forward-thinking event.
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