Buffalo Manufacturing Works launches Shift program for small and medium-sized manufacturers

ShiftBuffalo Manufacturing Works operated by EWI, along with its partners at Insyte Consulting and Next Street, is proud to announce Shift. Shift is an accessible and essential first step for small- to medium-sized manufacturers who don’t know how or where to start the process of identifying and investing in achievable and implementable technology. Shift was funded by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo through Buffalo Billion Phase II funding.

The program’s purpose is to tailor solutions to help you utilize innovative technology to reach your goals. The program will provide unparalleled expertise to guide leadership through the necessary steps in the program.

“The first step in Shift is to provide an Innovation Scorecard and from there we offer customized workshops to build the skills to make necessary innovation updates in step two,” said Elizabeth Callahan, Shift Program Director. “Participants who move on to the third step will receive an on-site review with specialized engineers and the final step is one-on-one consulting with the team at Buffalo Manufacturing Works to implement an innovation plan.”

It is anticipated that Shift will impact 250 small and medium-sized manufacturers over the next three years. Manufacturers ready to get started can sign up to participate in Shift today. There is no cost to participate in the program. For more information, visit www.shiftmfg.com.

 

 

 

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Meet Shift: New Program Launches for Small-to Medium-Sized Manufacturers in WNY

 

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Buffalo Manufacturing Works operated by EWI, along with its partners at Insyte Consulting and Next Street, is proud to announce Shift. Shift is an accessible and essential first step for small- to medium-sized manufacturers who don’t know how or where to start the process of identifying and investing in achievable and implementable technology. Shift was funded by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo through Buffalo Billion Phase II funding

The program’s purpose is to tailor solutions to help you utilize innovative technology to reach your goals. There is no cost to participate. You can learn more at www.shiftmfg.com

EWI Pilots a New Cybersecurity Cooperative for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers

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EWI’s Chris Conrardy answers questions at “The Importance of Cybersecurity for Manufacturers” in Loveland, CO

Chris Conrardy, Chief Technology Officer of EWI, announced a pilot program to help small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) address the threats of cyber attacks in an increasingly interconnected industry. This cybersecurity cooperative was introduced at an event on December 13th in Loveland, Colorado, “The Importance of Cybersecurity for Manufacturers.” This program was hosted by Manufacturer’s Edge, NoCO Manufacturing Partnership, and CAMA.

Manufacturing is undergoing a massive transformation today as game-changing, digitally driven technologies intensify the connectivity within the industry. The need to protect critical industrial systems and intellectual property has never been more important – or more difficult. The state of cybersecurity is constantly in flux as new vulnerabilities emerge and attackers adapt to defenses.

SMMs make up more than 90% of all U.S. manufacturers and constitute the backbone of US supply chains.  Many, however, lack the expertise and resources necessary to adequately address their cybersecurity needs.

EWI’s pilot program is testing the effectiveness of a novel, non-profit, “cybersecurity cooperative” business model to simultaneously serve SMMs while developing a pool of cyber-savvy talent from disadvantaged communities. While the program is being tested in a rural region in Virginia, EWI actively seeks input from SMMs across the country with the goal of developing a cybersecurity cooperative that is affordable, accessible, and sustainable for SMMs nationwide.

 

To learn more about EWI’s cybersecurity pilot program, contact Chris Conrardy at cconrardy@ewi.org or 614.688.5191.

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The EWI Strategic Technology Committee for Oil & Gas: Research Progress for 2017

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The EWI Strategic Technology Committee for Oil & Gas (STC) brings together companies interested in furthering research and addressing technical needs related to materials and welding with the goal of enhancing the safety,reliability, and integrity of infrastructure for the energy industry. STC members include major oil and gas companies; steel makers; engineering procurement, construction, and installation companies (EPCIs); fabricators; and welding consumable suppliers from around the world. The results of the STC’s joint industry projects provide valuable insight into optimized welding approaches and selection of materials to ensure adequate in-service performance, and updated guidance on performing engineering integrity assessments for offshore infrastructure.

Several STC projects are currently in progress. To read a review of these projects, click here.

For more information about the STC, contact Tom McGaughy at tmcgaughy@ewi.org.

 

 

 

 

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Enhance Your Manufacturing Competitiveness with EWI Membership

Connie_Paul squareManufacturers in all industrial sectors seek to increase their competitive advantage and innovate faster. However, not everyone has access to the advanced manufacturing technologies and engineering expertise that can enable them to do so. Often these businesses turn to EWI when they need advisory, technology development, or implementation services to complete a project. They know they can rely on us to provide both objectivity and deep knowledge across a broad base of technologies.

ewi-logo-new121But like many manufacturers, you may be looking for more than a one-shot service provider. If what you want is an ongoing, supportive partnership with expert consultants, direct access to laboratory resources, and a dedicated team of applied researchers, EWI Membership could be the answer for you.

EWI Membership offers:

  • A direct link to expert team of engineers
  • Unlimited design reviews
  • Access to EWI’s extensive research library and librarians
  • Members-only tech papers and research reports
  • And more

Interested in learning more? We’ve prepared 7 Things You Should Know About EWI Membership to help you understand the many benefits you’ll get as part of your EWI Membership.

If you’d like to speak to an EWI associate today about membership, please contact Ian Gibbs at igibbs@ewi.org or 614.688.5152 ext. 2.

 

 

 

 

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EWI associates to meet with attendees at DMC 2017

DMC imageAs in past years, EWI will be well represented at the upcoming Defense Manufacturing Conference in Tampa, FL,  December 4-7. Several  associates will present technical research during the conference, and our staff will also be on hand to meet with colleagues, customers, and companies interested in using EWI’s services to address defense manufacturing challenges. If you plan to  attend DMC 2017, we invite you to stop by Booth 602 to discuss objectives, issues, and options for optimizing your  production processes.

Please plan to attend our presentations:

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an EWI associate during DMC 2017, click here now.

For more information, contact Mark Schimming at mschimming@ewi.org.

 

 

 

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New Article — Can Metal Additive Manufacturing Compete with Casting?

AM parts 2Casting is one of the oldest and most popular manufacturing processes for metals, but could eventually be displaced by additive manufacturing (AM).  Costs for AM are continuing to decrease while material performance and the number of available materials continue to increase.  For small production runs with long lead times, it is possible additive manufacturing is preferred solution for complex geometries.

In a new article, Can Metal Additive Manufacturing Compete with Casting?EWI engineers Ron Aman and Ryan Hurley discuss the possibilities of shifting from casting to AM and provide examples using powder bed fusion technologies. To read the article, click here.

The authors can be reached at raman@ewi.com or rhurley@ewi.com.

 

 

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AtriCure is New EWI Member

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EWI welcomes AtriCure, Inc., as a new member company. Based in Mason, OH, the company provides innovative technologies for the treatment of atrial fibrillation and related conditions. AtriCure invests in clinical science and technology to develop standards of care that support long-term outcomes. To learn more visit www.atricure.com.

 

 

 

 

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Metal Powder Recycling and Reconditioning in Additive Manufacturing — New Paper

 

With the advent of metal powder-based additive manufacturing (AM) and its acceptance for critical applications, it has become important to understand the behavior of raw materials using different AM techniques. Each AM process has its own requirements for material properties in terms of chemistry, size distribution, porosity, flow-ability, morphology and apparent density, all of  which can affect the properties of the final part. Recycling expensive specialty powders can make the AM process more affordable. The limits of reusing powders, however, must be understood so that quality specifications can be maintained.

Recyclability builds

Recyclability builds

A new paper by Rutuja Samant and Brendan Lewis, Metal Powder Recycling and Reconditioning in Additive Manufacturing, examines both the challenge and potential of metal powder reuse, and the need to develop qualified methods to recondition powders and re-qualify them for production.

To download the paper, click here.

To contact the authors, email rsamant@ewi.org.

To learn more about EWI’s work in AM, visit ewi.org/technologies/additive-manufacturing.

 

 

 

 

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