Economy, Education, Materials, Robotics, STEM, Workforce

LOWELL -- It's a tale of two fabrics.

The standard uniform catches fire and never stands a chance, burning completely through.

But the other flame-retardant uniform self-extinguishes the fire within a few seconds, resulting in a charred sleeve. This safer, lower cost, non-toxic material may end up saving soldiers and firefighters in the future.


Democrat and Chronicle
Automation, Defense, Economy, Electronics, Facilities, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Jobs, Photonics, Productivity, Smart Manufacturing, Sustainability, Workforce

Construction of a national photonics initiative headquartered in Rochester should end up $3.2 million under budget, officials said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, roughly half of the $44 million in tools for the research hub on Lake Avenue have been delivered or are in transit. Installation is expected to begin next month, with officials anticipating an opening...

WHAM Rochester, NY
Defense, Economy, Health, Manufacturing, Manufacturing Jobs

Two floors of a former Kodak building on Lake Avenue have been renovated to house the nearly-completed AIM Photonics headquarters.

Approximately $30 million in taxpayer money has been used to prepare it; another $30 million is in the works.

The nerve center of AIM Photonics is in the clean room, whether designs will be developed into prototypes...

Energy & Commerce Committee
Economy, IIOT, Innovation, Manufacturing

At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Disrupter Series, The Internet of Things, Manufacturing and Innovation, Dr. Thomas R. Kurfess stated, “Programs such as Manufacturing USA that bring together collaborative teams from industry, government and academe are not only bringing the Internet of Things into the manufacturing world...