Manufacturing Outreach Center receives $500,000 federal grant
March 4, 2014
The National Institute of Standards and
Technology has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach
Center $502,000 to establish a Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Center
(M-TAC) Pilot Project.
The Manufacturing Outreach Center, a
NIST-Manufacturing Extension Partnership center within the UW-Stout Discovery
Center, will work with Madison-based Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension
Partnership on the project.
The pilot project will focus on methods,
tools and processes that help small and medium-size 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
The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center
project is one of five pilot projects awarded across the country.The purpose of the programs is to
conceptualize and test ways of helping these target manufacturers. Knowledge
gained from the pilot will be used by NIST to shape the offerings of the
National MEP network.
"This award is a testament to the value
that our Manufacturing Outreach Center brings to the businesses and industries
their projects managers work with," said Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen.
"UW-Stout is committed to helping our economy grow, and this grant will help us
"We're very pleased to bring this
opportunity to Wisconsin manufacturers," said Larry Blackledge, MOC director,
"and to support their continuing efforts to profitably grow their businesses."
Blackledge said he is looking forward to
working with WMEP and partners across the Midwest to provide innovative
solutions to today's manufacturing challenges.
An example of prior MOC work is assisting
an industrial equipment manufacturer in identifying and implementing an optical
measurement system commonly used in the medical industry to improve their
product's quality performance.
The M-TAC pilot will launch in March with
the recruitment of the first round of manufacturing pilot projects.
The Discovery Center, UW-Stout's gateway to
cross-disciplinary applied research and technical assistance, draws on its
extensive experience working with UW-Stout and UW System faculty, departments
and colleges to enhance student learning, provide industry solutions, advance
knowledge and contribute to the region's economic development.
For more information on the Discovery
Center, contact Director Randy Hulke, 715-232-2565.