Technology Center Offers Help to Small Manufacturers

Dec 6, 2013

A five-axis waterjet cutting head can be used to cut intricate, three-dimensional parts on a CNC waterjet cutting machine -- the kind of technology that can be too expensive for small manufacturers.
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Manufacturers who want to solve technical problems or use new advanced processes are being offered state assistance. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology in East Hartford is looking for up to five small or mid-sized companies for its Manufacturing Technical Assistance Program

Each company can benefit from up to $30,000 for its project. The successful companies will also get the chance to work on advanced machinery at CCAT or at UConn.

Bob Torani of CCAT's Advanced Manufacturing Center said equipment like their five-axis CNC machine is often beyond the reach of most small companies. "A five-axis machine," he said, "is probably minimum $300,000, and some of the smaller companies may not have access to that. Certainly not our additive powdered metal machine, which is closer to a $1 million asset. This is making those resources available to small manufacturers, to jump start some creativity in their process."

It's the second year the program has been run. Last year, four small companies in Milford, Tolland, South Windsor, and North Haven took part.