Manufacturing USA Institutes
Fourteen different manufacturing innovation institutes comprise Manufacturing USA. These institutes are public-private partnerships that each have distinct technology focus areas but work towards a common goal: to secure America’s future through manufacturing innovation, education, and collaboration.
Manufacturing USA institutes focus on moving promising, early-stage research into proven capabilities ready for adoption by U.S. manufacturers. Their membership includes manufacturers as well as researchers from universities and government laboratories. The institutes provide members with access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, as well as workforce training and skills development customized to support new technology areas. Collaboration at the institutes and across the network creates an innovation community ushering in the next generation manufacturing supply chains located in America and employing Americans.
The national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)—a network of hundreds of organizations like MassMEP and the other MEP centers—is playing a role in moving the institute’s newly developed technologies into the small companies that comprise the bulk of the U.S. manufacturing base.
Small and mid-sized manufacturers can get involved by:
- Becoming members of an institute. Membership in most institutes is tiered to be more affordable to small companies. Membership tiers provide different levels of access to institute facilities, expertise, and IP; as well as benefits like involvement in institute governance, technical roadmapping, and marketplaces or technical commons.
- Partnering with other companies and universities to bid on R&D “project calls” issued by the institutes.
- Receiving training and toolkits from your local Manufacturing Extension Partnership center when they have been made available. For example, toolkits to help companies adopt digital manufacturing technologies will be available soon.
American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics)
AIM Photonics is an industry driven public-private partnership that focuses the nation’s premiere capabilities and expertise to capture critical global manufacturing leadership in a technology that is both essential to national security and positioned to provide a compelling return-on-investment to the U.S. economy. The Institute’s goal is to emulate the dramatic successes experienced by the electronics industry over the past 40 years and transition key lessons, processes, and approaches to the photonic integrated circuit (PIC) industry.
AIM Photonics supports small and mid-sized enterprises, providing practical access and technology on-ramps for U.S. industry, government, and academic communities. They are creating a national PIC manufacturing infrastructure, widely accessible and inherently flexible to meet the challenges of the marketplace with practical, innovative solutions.
- Website: www.aimphotonics.com
- Headquarters: Rochester, NY
- Contact: email@example.com | Edward White, AIM Photonics
Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
Recent breakthroughs in fiber materials and manufacturing processes will soon allow us to design and produce fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health and change color—the dawn of a “fabric revolution”. AFFOA will accelerate widespread commercialization of highly functional fabrics. AFFOA is built on a simple premise: functional fabrics necessitate deep fiber innovation and predictive manufacturing. AFFOA has America’s leading IP cache in semiconductor fibers and assemblies.
- Headquarters: Cambridge, MA
- Website: affoa.org
- NYS Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org | Juan Hinestroza, Cornell University
Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
To foster and grow the national manufacturing ecosystem, the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Institute has formed a national, public-private partnership to develop, demonstrate, and facilitate early adoption of novel robotic solutions. Based in Pittsburgh, ARM is led by a newly established national nonprofit called American Robotics, which was founded by Carnegie Mellon University and includes a national network of 231 stakeholders from industry, academia, local governments and nonprofits.
ARM’s 10-year goals include increasing worker productivity by 30 percent, creating 510,000 new manufacturing jobs in the U.S., ensuring that 30 percent of SMEs adopt robotics technology, and providing the ecosystem where major industrial robotics manufacturers will emerge. ARM focuses on critical growth sectors that are ripe for rapid adoption of robotics in manufacturing, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, and textiles.
- Website: www.arminstitute.org
- Headquarters: Pittsburgh, PA (Carnegie Mellon University)
- Contacts: email@example.com – John Wen, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org – Elena Garuc, FuzeHub (co-leads of ARM Institute’s Regional Robotics Innovation Collaborative for the Mid-Atlantic)
NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute
This Institute is focused on developing a new era in flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) manufacturing by catalyzing the US flexible hybrid electronics ecosystem to commercialize technology through investments in FHE materials scale-up, thinned device processing, device/sensor integrated printing and packaging, system design tools, and reliability testing and modeling.
- Website: www.nextflex.us
- Headquarters: San Jose, CA
- NYS Contact: email@example.com | Mark Poliks, Binghamton University