Technology Acceleration integrates new technology into the products, processes, services and business models of manufacturers to solve manufacturing problems. Technology Acceleration can also pursue opportunities, facilitate competitiveness and enhance manufacturing growth. It spans the innovation continuum and includes aspects of technology transfer, technology transition, technology diffusion, technology deployment and manufacturing implementation. If you are interested in developing new products but lack the new technology needed to complete it, VMEC can help. If you have product or process problems that could be fixed with a technology solution, we’re here to help!
NEW “Vermont Additive Manufacturing Consortium”
The Vermont Additive Manufacturing Consortium (VAMC) is a collaborative, public-private partnership between industry, higher education, and appropriate support/resource entities. Officially launched in July 2019, a key strategic goal of VAMC is to become a value-adding, supportive community of complementary entities where learning and resources – particularly in the enabling technology of Additive Manufacturing (AM) – can be shared and leveraged. The initial, primary focus of the Consortium will be on ‘metal’ Additive Manufacturing (3-D Printing) for more innovative design and production. Additional “Industry 4.0” technologies beyond Additive Manufacturing may become future areas of focus. Read more here and expect additional information in the near future.
Connecting Manufacturers to NIST Laboratories
Research and Technology Assistance for Manufacturers
Recognizing the opportunity to connect small manufacturers to engineering, material measurement, physical measurement, nanotechnology, communications technology, and information technology, NIST created the MEP-Assisted Technology and Technical Resource (MATTR) program for the MEP National Network which includes VMEC. The MATTR program provides a mechanism for manufacturers with specific needs or questions concerning products or processes to be connected through their state’s MEP Center to the technical expertise, laboratory facilities, and other resources of the NIST laboratories. It also allows NIST lab staff to inquire of the MEP National Network if there are needs in the manufacturing arena that NIST should address. Contact VMEC for assistance with participating in the MATTR program to access NIST Lab resources.
Finding Existing Solutions to Overcome Technology-based Problems
Tech Scouting uses a systematic approach to help manufacturing clients find existing technology solutions for their unmet company needs. Technology Scouting helps small- and mid-sized manufacturers identify solutions in industries outside of their normal view. Changing your view can bring a broader perspective, additional resources, new fields and unexpected solutions.
We can help you reach an expansive network of impressive new technology experts to locate solutions that have been elusive:
- Access ideas and solutions developed by other industries
- Identify key development partnerships
- Explore licensing and acquisition alternatives
Accomplish more than you ever could by going it alone. We’ll help you cross technology gaps you couldn’t bridge before. Most of all, we accomplish this by developing products with “enabling” technology in less time, lower cost, and reduced risk.
Technology Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI)
Real-World Market Insights for New Technology Products and Markets
Is your company considering launching a new product or entering a new market? Do you need better real-world insight into the specific barriers and opportunities—both technical and market—for your product? Could your company use this kind of insight to make better strategic, development and investment decisions?
Technology-Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI) is a VMEC service that provides a systematic and comprehensive approach to technology focused market intelligence. Specifically, TDMI identifies the benefits and the market impacts related to your company’s technology-based asset. This technology-based asset could be an idea, product, process, or capability. The TDMI provides the customized actionable intelligence you need.
VMEC is able to provide Tech Scouting and TDMI services to Vermont’s manufacturing businesses by partnering with RTI. RTI is NASA’s former technology commercialization resource. They are currently the world’s second largest, not-for-profit research group. This partnership and VMEC’s affiliation with the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides even the smallest manufacturers access to over 5000 scientists and engineers.