Technology Acceleration Center Pilot

Award Selection
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) $502,000 to execute a Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Center (M-TAC) Pilot Project.  The Great Lakes Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Center one year pilot project will focus on methods, tools, and processes that help small and medium-sized manufacturers identify, adapt and adopt advanced manufacturing technologies to their operations, with a goal of building globally competitive supply chains for the region’s key industry clusters.

To improve small U.S. manufacturers' supply chain competitiveness and the rates at which they adopt technology.  The Great Lakes MTAC project strives to narrow the gap between research discoveries and technology developments and their adoption by small to mid-sized manufacturers.

Desired Outcomes

  • Technology transition and commercialization tools and services that should be provided by M-TACs
  • M-TAC roles relating to supply chain needs
  • Potential business models for M-TACs
  • M-TAC performance and impact metrics

The MOC will work with Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) on the pilot project to inform future NIST investment leading to the development of a network of Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Centers.  The centers will work in collaboration with other existing resources.