Creating really great, hands-on activities takes time, so much more time than many teachers ever get. Kids like hands-on activities, and CCAT's activities are well thought out.

- Laura Barbash, Science Teacher
Illing Middle School, Manchester

NC Simulation with VERICUT

Basic VERICUT setup and use, as well as many other ways VERICUT can improve your manufacturing process.

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Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Summit 2014

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is pleased to host the second annual Advanced Manufacturing Summit in Worcester at the DCU Center on April 29, 2014. This full-day summit will bring together hundreds of leading executives and managers from the manufacturing industry to share best practices, network, and discuss opportunities and challenges.

OEM panels and peer workshops will be moderated by experts from the aeronautics, defense, life sciences, and electronics industries. Topics will include sustainability, supply-chain strategies, advanced technologies, and best business practices to gain and maintain a competitive edge in today's ever-changing global economy.

Bob Torrani, director, CCAT Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), will be a panelist for the workshop, "Your Manufacturing Future: Meeting Tomorrow's Standards," set for 10am-11am.

For more information and to register, go to: Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Summit


An Introduction to ISO 9001:2015

This half day overview program presents enough information to understand the new material, its flexibilities, and its challenges.

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Please join CCAT at Mfg4, May 6-8 at Booth 1741!

Mfg4, produced by SME, brings together the best of the aerospace, defense (including arms), and medical industries with the co-located MicroManufacturing and Medical Manufacturing Innovations conferences. This event’s purpose is to help manufacturers and the supply chain create new solutions to common challenges.  Nine key technology exhibit pavilions surround “The Intersection” at the center of the event floor. The Intersection is where technology meets industry with keynotes and complimentary educational sessions. 

For more information, please visit the Mfg4 website or one of the direct links below.

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MicroManufacturing Conference

Medical Manufacturing Innovations Conference

Exhibitor List

Register to Attend: Enter Promotional Code MFG4CCAT for Free Show Floor Registration. Register before May 2nd to receive complimentary registration and save a $50.00 registration fee.


Mazak Northeast Technology Event

Join us for a special technology and education event with the power to boost your part-production efficiency for an overall increase in productivity and profitability.  

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AME webinar - 2 Second Lean: Unraveling the Mystery of Building a Lean Culture

Take a virtual tour of the shop floor and explore the world of Lean Thinking at FastCap. Lean is fun, simple and will produce astounding results for anyone who has the courage and is humble enough to learn its magic.

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Vericut Machine Simulation Demo

A machine crash can be very expensive, potentially ruin the machine, and delay your entire manufacturing schedule! Using VERICUT, can dramatically reduce the chance for error and avoid wasting valuable production time proving‐out new programs on the machine. Please join us for this demonstration and Q&A session.

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Advanced Shop Floor Management Technology

Shop Floor Management effectively combines advanced technology with the Lean Manufacturing philosophy. Companies that have adopted shop floor management technology have been able to monitor and increase productivity (measured by Overall Equipment Effectiveness - OEE) of their shop floors by 10 to 50% within the first year. Their return on investment (ROI) was less than 1 Year. With the right tool and usage, users can achieve significant results.

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Leveraging Technology

Leveraging Technology - Small business seminar guiding you every step of the way as you start or grow your business.

As a business owner, it is vital that you understand how technology
can help your business increase efficiency, expand operations and
stay competitive.
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Machine Side of RFID Workshop

Tool ID systems are very flexible and can greatly simplify the general process of loading tools in and out of CNC machines.

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Lean Bronze Certification Prep and Exam

This course is intended to prepare participants to take and pass the Lean Bronze Certification Examination, which will be offered on the third day for those who sign up for the exam separately with SME.  This 3-hour multiple choice exam is designed to test understanding of the Lean Certification Body of Knowledge.

The two-day course helps participants understand the body of knowledge that test questions are drawn from, provides practice exams and exercises to give students a good idea of what will be included in the exam, and offers several takeaways that students will find useful on exam day.

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AME webinar - Adapting Lean for High Mix/Low Volume

Most find it difficult to imagine the lean 'tools' working when you have 1,000's of products being produced to customer demand. This webinar will explore some of the methodologies that have been adapted to profitably deploy lean when you have 1,000's of parts or services provided in low volume.

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Total Preventive Maintenance 101 Workshop

During this 2-day Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) essentials class held at The Gem Group in Lawrence Massachusetts, you will learn the equipment related techniques  for implementing a successful & sustainable TPM program. Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions (FOMS) will provide 16 hours of TPM introduction & facilitate the training that will focus on 4 TPM Phases: Stabilizing Failure Intervals, Improving Equipment Productivity, Maintenance Excellence, Predicting Equipment Life.

Following the classroom training, participants  will move to the factory floor where the learned concepts will then be theoretically applied to actual pieces of process equipment. Specific team exercises pertaining to the classroom training will occur throughout the two days.

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Tool Management Workshop

Experience hands on high-performance tool management solutions for an efficient manufacturing process live during this half day workshop.

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SolidWorks QuickStart Session

An abridged two-day class (6/17 to 6/18) for those who are seeking an overview of SolidWorks fundamentals with a minimum investment of time and money.

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Using LEAN to Reduce Supply Chain Cost and Enhance Performance

An effective LEAN supplier development program must be aimed at improving suppliers performance, not browbeating them into charging less or simply auditing and rewarding them. Instead, supplier development is all about providing suppliers with what they need to be successful in the supply chain. This one-day workshop will address two of the most important aspects of a supplier development program:

Providing information about products, expected sales growth, etc. Poor communication is one of the biggest mistakes. Lack of information translates into additional costs (usually in the form of just-in-case inventory). Suppliers need to become extensions of their customers.

Training and subsequent support in the application of Lean Rapid Results improvement tools. Asking suppliers to drop their price without giving them the know-how to lower their costs through process improvement is not sustainable long-term.

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Information Technology Tools for Manufacturing

Join us at CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center for this fast moving and thought provoking presentation. This session will touch on how we go about creating systems that helps us get the information we need faster, easier, and without repetition.

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Tool Monitoring Adaptive Control Workshop

Tool monitoring reduces the costs associated with broken tools, lost production and damaged parts by measuring wear in real time. Adaptive control regulates feed rates to maintain a constant spindle motor horsepower for optimum cutting and reduced cycle time. Attend & learn from Caron Engineering how you can realize decreased cycle time, longer cutter life and more machine uptime.

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2014 Farnborough Airshow

The State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) invite Connecticut aerospace manufacturers to participate in promoting our state's world-class aerospace industry at the upcoming 2014 Farnborough Airshow on July 14-20, 2014*.  Exhibit space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligible small businesses may receive up to $4,000 via a STEP General Assistance Fund; funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  See below for more information regarding the program or contact Aaron Knight directly at 860-270-8059 or via email at

*July 14-18 trade days, July 19-20 public days

Click here for more information on the Farnborough Airshow

Click here to view the 2013 Paris Airshow results

Click here for more information on the STEP Grant “General Assistance Fund Round Two” Program Guidelines and Eligibility

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Tool Management Workshop

Experience hands‐on high‐performance tool management solutions for an efficient manufacturing process live during this half day workshop.

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Combustible Dust Issues Workshop

Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions. But is it not that simple -  what actually is Combustible Dust? How do you prevent not only an explosion but mitigate an impact of an OSHA inspection related to combustible dust?

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