Manufacturing Today
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Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
Leading. Partnering. Creating Bold Ideas to Guide Change.
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To assist organizations in strengthening a foundation for sustainable growth, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT), a nonprofit corporation, creates bold, new ideas for designing and implementing applied technologies; information technology strategies and IT security services; energy solutions; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and career development.

CCAT also supports new business development by providing incubator space to emerging technology companies. Start-ups benefit from the synergy of our experienced team, cutting-edge technologies and extensive professional networks.

“At CCAT, we believe an organization’s success is tied directly to the integration of its skilled workforce, the latest technology and efficient operations,” said Elliot Ginsberg, CCAT president and chief executive officer. “This philosophy is fundamental to CCAT’s business strategy and guides collaboration with our industry, academia and government partners. It is an approach that generates bold, new solutions to address the challenges our customers confront.”

Applying Innovative Technology

CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) is a world-class facility for precision machining, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, structured light scanning, reverse engineering, and manufacturing assessments. With our team of experts and network of machining and software companies, we offer a broad expanse of capabilities to evaluate technologies and process
improvements.

Understanding the future of manufacturing is critical to CCAT. We offer composite and hybrid machining to help companies meld their legacy metal-machining processes with advanced technologies. CCAT leads national efforts to assess methods for machining parts made of complex materials, including aerospace alloys, refractory metals, ceramics, and composites. We also are conducting additive manufacturing research to improve the design, quality and capacity of manufacturing production.

Integrating Career Development Strategies

Manufacturing companies need to be able to attract, train and retain a solid base of qualified workers to meet capacity and prepare for growth.

CCAT is joining with its education, industry and government partners to expand the talent pipeline, decrease the gap between what industry demands and what training programs deliver, and sustain and diversify the New England manufacturing sector.

Educating for the Future

To assure a future skilled workforce, CCAT spearheads the design and use of innovative approaches to enhance STEM education for K-16.

CCAT creates STEM curriculum, implements programs to introduce STEMbased careers to middle school students, and offers professional development to help educators adapt to new national standards.

In addition, as a licensed test center, CCAT administers basic and technical skills assessments for core manufacturing competencies, resulting in industry recognized credentials.

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