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Georgia Tech launches manufacturing institute

22 November 2012

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has launched an interdisciplinary research institute to promote a technologically advanced and globally competitive manufacturing base in the United States.

Under this new initiative, the Manufacturing Research Center has been renamed the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute and has expanded to engage researchers from all of Georgia Tech’s colleges, the Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI²) and the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

GTMI will focus on the complete innovation value chain—from raw and recycled resources to prototypes and finished products. It will develop materials, systems, processes, educational offerings and policies that impact manufacturers’ performance in the marketplace.

With roughly 400,000 square feet of space and advanced core facilities for manufacturing research, GTMI will target specific industry needs in manufacturing by forming “collaboratories”—co-located pilot plants or prototype shops where Georgia Tech scientists and engineers work side-by-side with their counterparts from industry, government and other universities.

GTMI brings together many of Georgia Tech’s innovation activities including:

  • Additive Manufacturing: Using innovative direct digital manufacturing to improve cost structure and delivery lead-time in creating mechanical parts and electronic devices.

  • Factory Information Systems: Developing, testing and launching innovative software and technology that boosts manufacturing efficiency.

  • Model-based Systems Engineering: Applying software and electronics innovations to create analytic models that predict system performance, optimize system parameters and create knowledge repositories for future systems development.

  • Policy: Understanding industry needs and promoting supportive policy to ensure the strength and viability of US manufacturing competitiveness in the global marketplace. Using a multi-scale, multi-disciplinary approach enables Georgia Tech experts to see beyond traditional boundaries and to better understand where policy interventions can develop, support and sustain a resilient manufacturing base.

  • Precision Machining: Researching and applying technologies for enhanced productivity, part quality, difficult-to-machine features and machine tool utilization of precision finishing processes.

  • Supply Chain and Logistics: Applying scientific principles to optimize the design and integration of supply chain processes, infrastructure, technology and strategy including developing new analysis, design and management tools, and concepts and strategies.

  • Sustainable Design: Developing materials, processes and systems for implementing and operationalizing sustainability.

  • Ultra-lightweight, Energy Efficient Materials and Structures: Using rigorous experimental and modeling R&D to advance and mature technology in aerospace, biomedical, defense, energy and industrial equipment.

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USA and EU manufacturing has to keep one or two steps ahead of China-India-Brazil and other heavily populated countries if they want to retain manufacturing facilities and associated jobs.

Otherwise, employment will rise to unsustainable levels and trade unbalance will hit the roof.

USA and EU cannot survive indefinitely selling made in China-India-Brazil-Mexico lower cost goods.

And renaming Manufacturing Research Center, the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute is just the thing to do it.

Many more pro-active measures may/will be required, otherwise, bye-bye USA's middle class.

Local manufacturing industries will soon have to do like local farming industries and junk food outfits and use very low cost labor ($6/hour survival pay without fringe benefits) to compete with imported goods. Many more (million) home owners will have to sell and/or go bankrupt.

Governments are already deeply in debt and cannot continue to financially assist the lower and middle classes much longer. Most of the middle class will be forced to move to the lower class. Many in the lower class will be driven below the survival level and will be forced to live in the streets.

It may be the 1930's all over again for many. Greece and Spain is having a taste of it. Others will follow as soon as the Debt Bubble burst or financial restrictions are applied.

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