During the past few weeks there has been an abundance of announcements of investment in manufacturing equipment, facility expansions, support for the future generation of workers, and what’s driving medical design and manufacturing. A quick recap on industry happenings follows.
Expanded laser cutting capabilities for Ad-Vance Magnetics
Ad-Vance Magnetics has expanded its laser cutting capabilities with the addition of a new 4,000W Mazak STX 3015 laser cutter. Ad-Vance has been providing precision fabricated and machined components for 45 years. The new machine is added to the existing Mazak STX 36 which remains.
Ad-Vance also offers a wide range of secondary operations including deburring, grinding, spot welding, welding and assembly, among others.
Cognizant to acquire Zenith Technologies, strengthen Industry 4.0 offering
Cognizant will acquire Zenith Technologies, a life sciences manufacturing technology services company specializing in implementing digital technologies to manage, control, and optimize drug and medical device production for maximum operational efficiency and regulatory compliance.
The acquisition extends Cognizant's capabilities for designing, implementing, and managing end-to-end operational and information technology (IT) systems for connected biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Interconnected smart factories have become a strategic priority for the industry, with production systems and processes becoming more complex.
The combined Cognizant-Zenith Technologies expertise will deliver a range of Industry 4.0 capabilities, from factory design consultation, machine sensor and controller instrumentation, supervisory control, and data acquisition, to manufacturing execution systems, batch automation, enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration, and managed services.
MiRus’ massive manufacturing expansion
Following the 510(k) clearance by FDA in March 2019 of MoRe, a proprietary molybdenum rhenium superalloy for medical implants, MiRus plans a major expansion of its manufacturing capacity – adding a fully operational 50,000ft2 orthopedic and spine manufacturing plant in Marietta, Georgia, adding to MiRus' current 20,000ft2 manufacturing facility.
"MoRe superalloy approval has been greeted with great interest by surgeons, hospitals and commercial distribution channels," states Jay Yadav, MD, founder and CEO of MiRus. "To address the exploding demand for our implants, as well as the inherent capacity and lead time issues in the current medical device market, we are dramatically expanding our manufacturing capacity in Atlanta."
Culver Tool & Engineering equipment investment
As part of a $3.7 million expansion project, Plymouth, Indiana-based Culver Tool and Engineering (CTE Solutions) will build a new facility and add 10 new jobs. A medical device company specializing in manufacturing spinal rods, CTE Solutions will invest $2.2 million to renovate and expand and $1.5 million to purchase and install machinery and equipment for the manufacturing of spinal rods, implant devices, and special instruments.
Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership Awarded $12 Million
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant includes a $12 million award to Ohio's Lorain County Community College (LCCC), the lead applicant in collaboration with Ohio TechNet (OTN) and The Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA), collectively known as the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (OMWP).
The funding will play a vital role in helping Ohio address the workforce shortage and skills gap affecting manufacturing, as manufacturers across the state have repeatedly cited workforce as their top issue of concern. With the grant funds, OMWP will upskill 5,000 Ohioans over the next four years through Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAP), an innovative earn-and-learn model recently authorized by the USDOL.
The stated goals of the USDOL's initiative are to: (a) accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors reliant on H-1B visas; (b) promote the large-scale expansion of apprenticeships; and (c) increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans.
National Fluid Power Association awards 12 scholarships
The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation has awarded $2,000 scholarships to 12 students pursuing fluid power technology fields of study.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0, 500-word essay, and two letters of recommendation were required from each applicant. The Foundation’s goal is to help individuals enrolled in high schools, technical colleges, and universities pursue their interests in fluid power.
The following students were each selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship:
- Maximus Addington, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
- Trevor Burke, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
- Rebekah Clark, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington
- Wyatt Hoehn, Ivy Tech Community College, Sellersburg, Indiana
- William Horning, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, New York
- Krystal Horton, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado (Raymond F. Hanley Memorial Award)
- Nolan Jones, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington
- Kristen Postiglione, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey
- Cole Rickerson, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
- Cole Stephan, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
- Ilaisaane Summers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Brett Watson, Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington (Robert Mackey Memorial Award)