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Orbital ATK resumes flight from Wallops Island, Va., in a stunning launch visible for miles

Christian Davenport | The Washington Post | October 17 at 8:04 PM Orbital ATK returned to flight Monday evening by christening a refurbished Virginia launchpad with a smooth rocket liftoff two years after an explosion caused $15 million in damage. Flying an updated Antares rocket with new engines, the company sent its unmanned Cygnus spacecraft into orbit at 7:45 p.m., chasing down the International Space Station on a cargo resupply mission for NASA. The spacecraft is scheduled to reach the…

New NIST Test Bed Makes the ‘Digital Thread’ Accessible

October 07, 2016 | NIST.gov | GAITHERSBURG, MD.—Researchers at the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) celebrated Manufacturing Day (link is external) today by launching the Smart Manufacturing Systems (SMS) Test Bed. The test bed is an innovative model factory that will facilitate the advanced manufacturing technology known as the “digital thread” and help manufacturers cut costs, shorten production time, reduce errors and provide higher quality goods. more <iframe src="http://cdnapi.kaltura.com/p/684682/sp/68468200/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/31013851/partner_id/684682?iframeembed=true&playerId=iframeVid&entry_id=0_3639zqxr&flashvars=auto" width="560" height="315" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen…

Innovation Clubs Help Manufacturing Keep Up with Tech

America and a good part of the world are redefining the role that manufacturing plays in a healthy economic ecosystem and what it takes to remain competitive in a connected world. The wrenching changes that eliminated a significant portion of our manufacturing base during the recession are also driving angst and introspection among our companies, academic leaders and politicians. more

Intern at CCAM

The  Commonwealth  Center  for  Advanced  Manufacturing  (CCAM)  is  seeking  multiple undergraduate and graduate student interns  to perform  and participate in the research programs of their world-class applied research facility. CCAM’s focus is in the accelerated  development  of  production  ready  solutions  in  the  fields  of  adaptive automation systems, surface  engineering, additive manufacturing, and machining technologies. CCAM is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2017 term. Interns may focus in one or more of the following research disciplines: Computer Vision & Visualization…

Machining Skills Certification Program opens options for transitioning troops

FORT LEE, Va. (July 28, 2016) | Lesley Maceyak — Transitioning or recently separated service members can now apply for a free 18-week training course to qualify them as computer numeric controlled machinists and open new career opportunities in the ever-growing manufacturing industry. “This is a huge opportunity worthy of consideration,” said Bruce Sobczak, director of workforce development, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing. “A lot of job openings exist in this area, and the need for qualified workers is enormous.…

CCAM Appoints New President and Chief Executive Officer

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced a new President and Chief Executive Officer.  William T. Powers III brings successful global leadership experience in the aerospace sector as a board member, CEO and Senior Financial Executive and will focus on CCAM’s manufacturing research mission and continue to build the center’s membership of commercial, academic and public partners. Powers has been on CCAM’s board of Directors since 2010 and was involved in the planning for CCAM as early as…

SGS Tool Company Joins Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

SGS Tool Company is the newest member to join the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). A leading manufacturer of round solid carbide cutting tool technology for aerospace, metalworking and automotive industries, SGS will participate in machining research activities at CCAM. “We are looking forward to collaborating with CCAM membership as well as the local manufacturing sector in order to provide improved and innovative machining solutions for today’s evolving and challenging materials market.  We believe this membership is only the…

Five ways to make innovation ‘sticky’

Mark Muro | The Brookings Institution | September 23, 2015 — What does it take to make innovation “sticky”—that is, locally commercialized?  That was the question on the table last week when the Metro Program advanced industries project and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) brought two dozen business, economic, and development leaders together at the lab to anatomize efforts to localize the commercial benefits of regional research institutions. Going forward, U.S. prosperity depends on America’s ability to generate and commercialize…

Delegate Kirk Cox Honored at Meeting of CCALS/CCAM Boards; New Research Project with Port of Virginia Announced

The boards of directors of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today recognized Virginia Delegate Kirk Cox for his support of workforce training programs in Central Virginia. CCALS also announced that it would begin a new research project with the Port of Virginia this fall. CCALS and CCAM are research collaborations between businesses and Virginia universities. Their members work together to solve advanced manufacturing and logistics challenges. Barry Johnson, current…

Governor McAuliffe Announces 100 New Jobs in Orange County – Aerojet Rocketdyne to invest $11 million to expand manufacturing operation

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD) will invest $11 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Orange County. The company produces propulsion systems and operates a technology development center and laboratories for solid propulsion, and test facilities for rocket motors and air-breathing propulsion systems. The expansion is anticipated to create 100 new jobs. Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Growing the aerospace industry in Virginia is an essential element of diversifying and building the new Virginia…

EOS enters into a strategic cooperation with GF Machining Solutions

EOS, the global technology and market leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions, has entered into a strategic cooperation with GF Machining Solutions, the Swiss-based industrial company GF (Georg Fischer), Schaffhausen, to offer customers innovative solutions combining both companies' technologies. The two companies have agreed to focus on the mold and die sector. They will develop exclusive solutions for mold makers, a market in which GF holds a leading position thanks to its EDM, high speed milling and automation technologies.…

Korean Institute for the Advancement of Technology Signs Multi-Million Dollar Funding Agreement with the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) and the Korean Institute for the Advancement of Technology (KIAT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate collaborative research between Korean companies and U.S. companies through the CCAM research network. The agreement was signed during the first-ever Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Forum held June 15-17 in Arlington, Virginia. “As the only collaboration of its kind in North America, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is a tremendous asset for Virginia,” said Governor…

From Army Post to Manufacturing Floor; New Training Program Bridges the Gap

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), in collaboration with community partners in education, military affairs, workforce and economic development, has launched an advanced manufacturing program to train active duty soldiers preparing for civilian life and veterans who recently transitioned to civilian life. The pilot program developed by CCAM and its partners is being facilitated at Southside Virginia Community College in Emporia, Va.  It includes 162 modules of customized, interactive online learning and 260 hours of project based hands-on training…

Face of the future: Major manufacturers add clout to growing research center

Gary Robertson | Virginia Business Magazine As it rises out of a 20-acre field in rural Prince George County south of Richmond, the sleek, ultramodern Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) looks out of place, in a futuristic way. It is the future of manufacturing in America, CCAM’s supporters say, far removed from the dirty and often boring factory jobs of a half-century ago. Since its inception in 2011, the public-private collaborative research center has made significant gains. CCAM has…

CCAM Participates in Virginia Delegation to the National Skills Coalition 2015 Summit

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) attended the National Skills Coalition 2015 Summit. As a member of the Virginia Delegation, Bruce Sobczak, CCAM Director of Workforce Development, participated in the 3-day long event that addressed best practices for education and training. The keynote was delivered by Tom Perez, Secretary, US Department of Labor, and culminated in visits to the offices of Virginia Senators and Congressman. The focus of the National Skills Coalition is investment in job-driven education and training.…