Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute has teamed with leading technology and manufacturing corporations, including Rockwell Automation, Caterpillar, General Mills and Microsoft, to launch the Smart Manufacturing Industrial Infomatics program. Additional partners include the Foundry Educational Foundation, International Society of Automation and the US-DoE Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII).
Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute is receiving support from major technology companies for the college's Smart Manufacturing program and facilities. Microsoft, Rockwell Automation, PTC, Endress+Hauser, Foundry Educational Foundation, International Society of Automation, and the US-DoE Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) are collaborating to support the Polytechnic’s faculty and staff as they transform learning to prepare the next generation of graduates specializing in 21st-century manufacturing technologies.
Volunteers are needed to cut and sew isolation gowns made of Tyvek, a synthetic, waterproof material, for healthcare workers and first responders.
Purdue Polytechnic’s Nate Hartman is leading a volunteer group of 40 faculty and staff throughout the University to produce medical supplies for Indiana hospitals, including safety glasses and face shields. They’re also developing an improved design for N95 respirators that can be easily disinfected.
The Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Center of Excellence recently hosted its biannual meeting with industry and academic leaders in the field. Participants discussed the state of PLM from theoretical and applied technology viewpoints.
A new training program run by the Region 4 Workforce Board and Purdue Polytechnic Institute Lafayette, in collaboration with local manufacturers, is designed to prepare people who’ve been out of work for months for stable, assembly line positions.
The program, called Rapid Reemployment for Advanced Manufacturing Positions (RAMP), is funded by a $7.6 million, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Purdue's portion of a five-year public-private collaboration is under way with the groundbreaking of the Indiana Manufacturing Institute, where researchers will work to improve composite materials manufacturing and to advance energy-saving technologies.
The planned Innovation Design Center (IDC) at Purdue will provide dedicated work space for student projects such as the EcoCAR 2, Solar Decathlon or Rube Goldberg competitions.
The first phase of the IDC, which will be located at Third and Russell Streets, will be coordinated by the colleges of Technology and Engineering.