Howie Choset, CTO for the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Institute, told a crowd gathered at Heinz Field on Wednesday that Pittsburgh is the only place he could have founded Medrobotics, a surgical products company. “I couldn’t have started this company anywhere else,” he said as keynote speaker for Catalyst Connection's annual Manufacturing Reception, focused on the "Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Cluster". Choset, CTO for The Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Institute, also teaches robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and serves as co-director of the Biorobotics Lab there and is director of the robotics major. He said in his world, robotics has everything to do with manufacturing. Choset led the development of snake robots at CMU and said they are modular, which means they’re customizable and cost effective to create. Manufacturers adapt the process to the robot. However, Choset said there are no major manufacturers for industrial robotics in the U.S. “My hope is that one of you (students) will be that CEO, those innovators, that will create that company,” he said. “Because we have to keep pace with our…peers and competitors in Europe and Asia.” He closed his speech by addressing the three Pennsylvania Congress members at the reception, advising them to work hard, work smart, make things and recognize that Pittsburgh has great resources. Catalyst Connection also named five winners of its "What’s So Cool About Manufacturing" student video contest at the event.
The organization is introducing "Making Your Future," a marketing campaign designed to inform makers about job opportunities at the region's manufacturing companies.
A pipeline of skilled workers Western Pennsylvania needs newer, more robust approaches to education, training and hiring. Catalyst Connection works to address this need under our Explore the New Manufacturing programs that receive funding from sources including Chevron (API) and the Benedum Foundation.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership money represents 20 percent of the budget for Catalyst Connection, although President and CEO Petra Mitchell said Thursday that she's confident that MEP will remain funded because of its crucial role in supporting small manufacturers and the strong support in Congress for the programs.
Additive Manufacturing will transform the way parts are manufactured.
Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection, discusses Greater Pittsburgh being named one of 12 regions for Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP).
President Barack Obama will launch a series of executive actions on Monday to strengthen U.S.
advanced manufacturing, including a $300 million investment in three technologies considered crucial to the country's industrial competitiveness.
Might internships be an option to bridge the gap between supply (unemployed youth) and demand (specific talent)? The reality is that not everyone can take advantage of unpaid internships, especially those who live in rural areas, are single parents or facing barriers to employment.
Under the leadership of Petra Mitchell, Catalyst Connection has become a best-practice model not only for other states, but also other countries. The organization helps small manufacturers improve
their competitive performance. In 2013, the 160 manufacturers with which the organization was working reported $243 million in increased or retained sales and 1,265 jobs created or retained. On Oct. 3, the group was heading up the local efforts for National Manufacturing Day.
Manufacturing.net named Washington County manufacturer, Aquatech International Corporation, #2 most innovative industrial company of 2013. AquaTech has 32 years of experience with industrial waste water treatment and is located at the heart of the Marcellus Shale region. The company was one of the first in the area to develop mobile water treatment facilities which lower costs and reduce the risk of transporting contaminated water. AquaTech is also expanding its manufacturing space as well as dedicating a company division to the shale industry.
Petra Mitchell, President and CEO of Catalyst Connection, served as a judge for the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Awards. When reviewing nominations, she looked for innovation and growth across multiple areas. "The companies that I ranked highly had a good combination of business growth, expansion and job creation, along with some interesting products and technologies," she said. Congratulations to this year's winners.