Connecticut Manufacturing News Roundup

What CBIA and our manufacturing members are doing to add value to the economy…

Connecticut Teachers Learn About Manufacturing

Eight Connecticut high school teachers and college professors are hitting the factory floor to learn new manufacturing technology they can teach to their students.

The teachers will spend part of their summer learning manufacturing practices and upgrading their knowledge to pass on to their students.

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association is running the program on behalf of community colleges. It’s funded by the National Science Foundation.

Judith K. Resnick, executive director of CBIA’s education foundation, said the program is important because it improves manufacturing education to help students be better prepared for jobs in high-tech manufacturing.

The teachers will be paid a $4,000 stipend and spend 160 hours in a manufacturing facility before returning to the classroom in September.

Fletcher-Terry Announces Move to New Corporate & Manufacturing Facility

The Fletcher-Terry is pleased to announce that the company is relocating to a new operating and manufacturing facility in East Berlin, Connecticut, USA. The new 47,000 sq. ft. facility will house its manufacturing, warehousing, sales and marketing, customer service and the senior management team. The move scheduled to be completed by the middle of August 2011, is located 25 minutes south of Hartford, CT and about 45 minutes from the Bradley International airport.

The new facility will feature a product display area allowing Fletcher’s distributors and customers to experience first hand, the performance value that Fletcher substrate cutters provide to users.

OPM Secures $1.2M in Funding for Purchase of EOSINT P 800 SLS Machine

OPM, has announced it has secured funding for the purchase of an EOSINT P 800 SLS machine for the production of the firm’s OsteoFab™ medical implants. The funding was provided by the Connecticut Innovations, Inc.’s BioScience Facilities Fund. Financing is in the form of special debt instrument. The equipment is part of a multi-million dollar project to produce medical implants through additive fabrication with the firm’s proprietary OXPEKK® products which have properties comparable to human bone. The facility will be certified to ISO 13485, ISO 9001 and AS9100 and be equipped with clean rooms and world-class design and inspection capabilities. The project is expected to be completed by September 2011.

OPM currently sells its biomedical polymeric OXPEKK® products on a global basis with regulatory approvals from the FDA, KFDA, ANVISA, COFEPRIS, and several CE Marks. It has traditionally sold these products as raw materials. With the addition of the EOSINT P 800, however, it will now be able to provide value-added manufacturing in-house. The P 800 allows for direct digital additive manufacturing through selective laser sintering (SLS), which means nearly anything that can be designed can be built with the firm’s implantable polymer. This enhanced capability positions the firm to lead innovation in biomedical technologies and the polymer market. The initial focus of the firm’s efforts will be the production of custom cranial and maxillofacial implants which are anatomically identical implants derived directly from a CT scan or MRI.

Rogers Corp. Enters Into Agreement With Himag 

Rogers Corporation announced last month that it entered into a strategic alliance with Himag Solutions Ltd. , a private UK based company. Himag is a technology company that provides custom planar magnetic products. This alliance leverages Himag’s planar transformer technology and Rogers’ power distribution technology and global market presence, to bring unique high efficiency power electronic solutions to market.

Himag’s technology is in advanced planar transformers, which provide 99% energy efficiency versus only 90% for wire wound transformers. Himag’s planar transformers also take up about one-third the space and weight of conventional transformers.

Dean Curran, Managing Director of Himag Solutions commented; “This alliance of two world-leading innovative technology companies in power distribution and planar magnetics will create new, exciting and innovative products to the power electronics industry.”

Rogers has exclusive rights to integrate Himag’s planar transformers into RO-LINX(R) busbars from the Power Distribution Systems division. These products are ideally suited for the HEV market due to high efficiency and low weight requirements.

Senator Applauds Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

Senator Richard Blumenthal released the following statement after President Obama announced the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), a national effort to bring together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in the emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance American competitiveness in the global economy:

“The President understands that manufacturers are critical to continued economic recovery and job growth. In order to be successful in the global marketplace, America must reinvest in our domestic manufacturing here at home. The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership is an important step toward developing new, cutting edge technologies by engaging government, the private sector, and higher education to create jobs, innovate, and ensure that America continues to be a global leader in manufacturing and technology. As I continue to advance my Made in Connecticut initiatives, I applaud the President’s announcement and am confident that this is a critical step forward to reinvigorate our economy.”

To launch the AMP, the President announced last month a number of key steps being taken by the federal government, including building domestic manufacturing capabilities in critical national security industries; reducing the time to develop and deploy advanced materials; investing in next-generation robotics; and developing innovative energy-efficient manufacturing processes. Additionally information on the AMP is available here.

Earlier in the month, Blumenthal introduced the Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act that will make it easier for manufacturers to invest new capital into equipment, facilities, and job training that will make them more competitive and enable them to grow and create more jobs.

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