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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now accepting proposals for its 2018 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. The competitive program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federally funded research and development opportunities that have the potential for commercialization. Applications for Phase I will be accepted through April 4, 2018.

If your company is currently pursuing export initiatives, the 2018 Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) is your opportunity to hire a college student who has received specialized coursework in exporting. Companies participating in the program are reimbursed for half of the full-time summer wages, up to $3,600, of the college student.

There is a great opportunity coming up in March that will introduce you to an Ohio-based program that helps get restored citizens and military veterans back into the workforce.

Learn from Catalysis Additive Tooling about their disruptive technology that can lower your vacuum forming tooling costs and reduce your tooling production time.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) has opened the application process for the 2018 Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Program. From their News Release: “Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis and can be submitted on October 12, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.”. Read the full News Release…

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.

PolymerOhio has added three new informative presentations to its summer schedule. These presentations will give attending manufacturers a chance to learn from experts on topics that are important to their business operations. All presentations are free to attend; registration is required to reserve your spot.

The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has released a Fact Sheet on the recent WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack. According to SecureState, a global management cybersecurity consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio, industries running legacy systems — such as many manufacturers — are still at a high risk of infection. The information released by NCCIC in their fact sheet, as well as the information relayed in SecureState’s recent article on WannaCry, are important reads for those in the manufacturing industry.

Technology is currently being adopted within the manufacturing sector that will redefine the way factories work. This “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is known worldwide as Industry 4.0. Because these technologies enable physical-to-digital-to-physical connectivity, they will drive productivity and efficiency to levels that are difficult to appreciate at this time.

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