CCAT is known nationally for applying innovative technology in our world-class Advanced Manufacturing Center, where leading-edge equipment and systems are showcased, demonstrated, and evaluated. With our team of experts and network of machining and software companies, we offer a broad expanse of capabilities to evaluate technologies and process improvements.
Understanding the future of manufacturing is critical to serving our customers. We are leading national efforts to assess methods for machining parts made of aerospace alloys, refractory metals, ceramics, and composites. In addition, we are conducting additive manufacturing research to improve the design, quality and capacity of manufacturing production.
To support increasing work with composites, we are also developing unique, composite machining capabilities that will help meld legacy metal machining with machining of fiber reinforced composites.
“Lights out manufacturing” = no human presence required on site. Japanese robotics company FANUC (factory automation, numerical control) can run lights out manufacturing for 30 days at a time -- almost entirely manned by robots.
Manufacturers in Connecticut account for 11.17% of the total output in the state, employing 9.71% of the workforce
Top manufacturing subsectors by % of total state manufacturing GDP; 2% Plastics/Rubbers, 20% Chemicals, 7% Electrical Equipment, 6% Computers/Electronics, 6% Machinery, 5% Food/Beverage, 25% Transportation Equipment, 12% Fabricated Metals, 8% Misc.
- Manufacturing Innovation Fund (MIF) 2016 Annual Report
More than $30 million is invested through the Connecticut Manufacturing Innovation Fund (CMIF) to drive new products/services and facilitate worker training.
- National Association of Manufacturers, Connecticut Manufacturing Facts, 2014
Connecticut manufacturers have exported more than $16.4 billion in goods around the world equaling nearly 95% of CT exports.
- U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2014
CT has a 33% higher concentration of high-tech workers than the national average and ranks third in the nation for percentage of employees with advanced degrees.
United Technologies Corporation (UTC) will invest up to $500 million to upgrade and expand its aerospace R&D and manufacturing facilities over the next five years.
- Connecticut Department of Labor, 2015
Approximately 4,500 manufacturers employ over 159,607 private sector employees in Connecticut.