Taking the first step toward smart manufacturing can be difficult as a small or medium-sized manufacturers, but RIT’s Industry 4.0 Transition Assistance Program is here to help.

The Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM) performed a last-minute test of reusable surgical masks for Rochester Regional Health(RRH). An eight-person team of engineers, graduate students, and manufacturing experts from GIS and RRH dedicated almost 300 hours to testing locally produced masks for liquid-barrier protection and flammability. They sought to validate whether reusable masks could safely and effectively be used.

Rochester Institute of Technology is leading an effort involving local companies and healthcare experts to produce a prototype ventilator designed to help meet the continuing surge of respiratory cases as a result of the coronavirus. 

At the onset of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Stephen Colbert mused, “This is a crisis that we have to face together—by staying as far apart as possible.” Now, health experts are stating that we will likely be practicing social distancing and other preventive measures for months or perhaps years. 

RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability co-hosted an innovative, half-day workshop with the REMADE Institute and Empire State Development on March 10, 2020. The workshop, “Technology Advancement Programs and Incentives for Remanufacturing, Repair, and Refurbishment Industries”, brought together leaders from across the remanufacturing, repair, and refurbishment industries.

For most manufacturers, robotics can seem like an expensive, high-risk investment. But a new partnership between RIT and Schlumberger promises to change that.

In January, engineers from the Center of Excellence began working with Schlumberger and the Association for Advancing Automation on a robotics assessment project funded through the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. The project aims to

Growing a startup takes dedication, creativity, and innovation. Entrepreneurs often have extensive background in their niche or plenty of ideas for solving problems, but lack the technical or engineering expertise to ensure manufacturability. Hardware Scaleup is helping to change that. 

Purchasing brand new machinery and cutting-edge technology can be tempting. After all, if the future is all about data, you’re probably ready to start collecting as much of it as possible using the best tools you can find. But here’s the thing: You could harvest a hundred billion data points and find that only a few hundred of those are actually useful to your business becoming more productive.

"If being 'cool' can be equated with 'cutting edge,' then Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability is the epitome of coolness."

The institute—a world class “living lab” at 190 Lomb Memorial Drive on the Rochester Institute of Technology’s campus—represents the school’s commitment to sustainability, and to solving real-world manufacturing problems. Read more on the Rochester Business Journal feature on us as one of Rochester's coolest spaces!

In a new era of industrial revolution, intelligence is key. Knowing how product design can affect manufacturability or how production processes can affect finished quality helps manufacturers make critical decisions in support of fundamental business goals. This kind of information is invaluable, made possible largely by design analysis tools, advanced sensing systems, and other technologies that leverage machine learning to provide critical data analytics.

COE-ASM attended the 2019 Industry Week Manufacturing &Technology show in Pittsburgh, PA in early April to get a pulse of the industry trends in digital manufacturing transformation.

Automation. Artificial intelligence. Machine learning. These sound more like sci-fi than actual business tools, right? If you’re like many small-to-medium-sized businesses, you might be taking your first steps into the Digital Age.