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With 20,415 industrial robots in use in 2015, Ohio ranks 2nd in the United States in the use of robots in manufacturing. That’s a 19% growth of industrial robots per year over the last five years.

Katie Fazekas, a Fabrication Manager at Engineered Profiles LLC, told Plastics News that she was thankful for the second chance that the TAPP Program gave her. After an incarceration that lasted just shy of a year and a half, Katie was released from prison feeling as if she had hit rock bottom. But she wasn’t willing to settle for a permanent place there. The TAPP program, which places restored citizens and military veterans into viable manufacturing positions, offered Katie a second chance.

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands found that the areas of medicine and robotics are finding more and more use for materials that are able to adapt their shapes. As a result, an Eindhoven graduate student began sample preparation and experimental testing on a new photoactive polymer film that propels itself forward when exposed to light.

Hydrocarbon polymers with a high oil absorption capacity have been developed by a Penn State research team headed by Mike Chung, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. While Chung’s research shows great potential to aid in oil spill recovery and cleanup, it has also garnered him a large grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

In our previous article, we examined the third element—leveraging the strengths of ecosystem partnerships beyond traditional boundaries. In this article, we will examine the fourth of Deloitte’s five key elements: “developing a balanced approach across the global enterprise”.

This July, the IACMI Summer Members Meeting will showcase new projects, technologies, partners, members and advancements in IACMI technology areas. The general meeting will take place on July 26th and 27th in Dayton, Ohio, but you’ll want to plan on being available on the evening of July 25th as well.

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