TRAK Machine Tools and Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Sign Partnership Agreement

January 12, 2024 9:24 am

TRAK Machine Tools (TMT) has entered into a partnership agreement with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) to support the development of an Autonomous Manufacturing Cell at CCAT’s Advanced Technology Center in East Hartford, Connecticut.

TRAK VMC10si at CCAT’s Advanced Technology Center in East Hartford.

This partnership focuses on the development and use of a fully integrated, autonomous manufacturing platform with the TRAK VMC10si vertical machining center as its anchor technology. The VMC10si features a Siemens SINUMERIK ONE controller, the first digital native CNC system offering seamless integration, which will be used in conjunction with a Siemens Edge Device to collect real-time machining data, process the data using advanced machine learning models and provide any real time corrective action needed during machining.

Under the leadership of Nasir Mannan, principal engineer at CCAT and owner of M3DI, the cell will be integrated with a number of automated, model-based enabled manufacturing and inspection solutions. The goal is to leverage smart manufacturing technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), and autonomous control to produce parts without human interaction whilst minimizing sources of production variability.

This technology will allow CCAT and M3DI to continue developing and advancing their digital twin – autonomous manufacturing AI software solution. CCAT will soon begin showing companies the benefits of adopting smart manufacturing solutions which companies can implement in their own facilities.

TMT recognizes CCAT as a world leader in applied technology, with a training center that validates, demonstrates, and assists with the adoption of leading-edge technologies in manufacturing.

“We are excited to work with CCAT to help them drive innovation in autonomous manufacturing,” notes John Arroues, Vice President of Marketing for TMT. “We are also pleased that this partnership will help TMT fulfill its mission to design, adopt, make, sell, implement, and support transformative technology that fits the way our customers run their shops.”

CCAT’s technology partnership with TMT will result in the development and application of smart manufacturing technologies that increase productivity, reliability and responsiveness throughout the industrial base. Ron Angelo, President and CEO of CCAT, shares, “The formation of strategic technology partnerships is pivotal to meet the urgent need to accelerate the adoption of smart manufacturing technologies, processes and solutions. The AI-enabled Autonomous Manufacturing Cell will immediately advance awareness, training and implementation in U.S. manufacturing companies.”

This partnership provides a resource for manufacturing companies to witness and understand the benefits for smart manufacturing. We will develop solutions and assist small to medium-sized manufacturing companies through the adoption process. Finally, this partnership provides the platform to implement smart manufacturing technologies and push the boundaries of innovation.

Leave a Reply