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Manufacturing as a Vacation Destination

By Mark Schmit, NIST MEP National Accounts Manager

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading. I suppose that’s why there’s such a thing as summer reading; it starts in grade school and extends a lifetime (or so goes the theory).

My initial attempt at summer reading was complemented by a July 4th military flyover of two F16 jets. The jaw-dropping visual and ear-popping soundtrack to celebrating the birth of this great country of ours was a sobering reminder of current world events. It was a reminder of the awesomeness of American manufacturing. The ubiquity of all things manufactured did not escape even my vacation-dulled mind, not even with my feet in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina sand I might add, with an American-made beer by my side. Read more


The Real Impact of Manufacturing Day

That time of year when area manufacturers open their doors to the young and old alike to expose them the great things that the industry is doing in our state is coming up soon. It’s Manufacturing Day, which officially occurs on the first Friday in October (Oct 7, 2016).

If you have been a host or a taken a tour on MFG Days in the past, you may wonder what the impact has been.  If you have not participated you may wonder what all the hubbub is about. Well, wonder no longer… Read more


Polaris MEP Awards 32 RI Manufacturers through Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Upwards of $700,000 Awarded in Expertise and Hands-On Talent

August 4, 2016 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, announces today the recipients of the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge Level 1 and Level 2 awards. The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge is a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers to access expertise and hands-on design and product development talent to stimulate business growth, innovation and strategic advancement. It is the state’s most significant investment in Rhode Island’s manufacturing sector currently, thanks to federal funds through Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Read more


Help make the 2016 RI Mini Maker Faire a reality!

We wanted to pass along a message from our friends putting on the 2016 RI Mini Maker Faire – please read:

ri-mini-makerFaireAS220 needs your help to ensure the RI Mini Maker Faire – a family-friendly festival of invention and creativity staged by AS220 – can return to downtown Providence on August 13, 2016! The RI Mini Maker Faire is the second-oldest independently-operated Mini Maker Faire in the world, and is part of a network of over one hundred Maker Faires that take place worldwide. Read more


Lower Your Operating Costs and Increase Your Bottom Line by Generating Electricity Onsite

Download the Grant Application Process Overview

Download the Renewable Engergy Fund Grant Application Process Overview

Are you considering a large-scale renewable energy (solar or wind) project?  Polaris MEP alliance partner Commerce RI can help you drastically lower your electric bills with grants and loans for renewable energy that will cover approximately 30 percent of renewable energy installation costs. Read more


From Makers to Manufacturers

By Dave Cranmer, Deputy Director of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Make (n) – to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.
Manufacture (n) – the making of goods or wares by manual labor or by machinery

In the past six weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to see making and additive manufacturing from multiple perspectives. In Niskayuna, NY, it was about companies, universities and the State advancing technology and building businesses and ecosystems based on additive manufacturing. In Washington, DC, at the White House and on Capitol Hill, it was all about Makers and their communities. The reality – both are manufacturers and both are makers, just at different ends of the spectrum of production. Read more


Five Technological Applications Impacting Manufacturing Innovation

By Ben Vickery, Senior Technical Advisor with NIST MEP.

A manufacturer can be innovative in various ways beyond the use of technology. Innovation can include the utilization of new business models, the development of new processes and services, and the enhancement of existing products too. Read more


NBC 10’s Frank Coletta Interview’s Polaris MEP About Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Center Director, Christian Cowan, was interviewed by NBC 10’s Frank Coletta about the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge. The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge is a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers to access funding, expertise and hands-on design and product development talent.


Click here to see the interview.


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Polaris MEP Launches Manufacturing Innovation Challenge

Over $1 Million Available to Rhode Island Manufacturers

May 25, 2016 – SMITHFIELD, RI – Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, launches today at World Trade Day the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, a competitive opportunity for RI manufacturers to access over $1 million of available funding, expertise and hands-on design and product development talent. The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge is free and available to qualifying manufacturers in Rhode Island. Read more


Composite of an Innovation Cluster

Polaris MEP & Composites Alliance of RI Awarded Industry Cluster Grant

compoisite-allianceAccording to the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), the composites industry is posed for steady growth: the U.S. industry grew by 6.3% in 2014 and is projected to grow an average of 6.5% between now and 2020. Rhode Island’s East Bay is the home to more than 35 companies that focus primarily on carbon fiber and fiberglass composite manufacturing. Statewide, there are about 75 composite companies in this cluster. Read more