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May 6, 2024

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Keeps Companies Competitive and Advancing

Hartford Business Journal, May 2024

(HARTFORD, Conn.) — For more than two decades, companies looking to remain competitive in the national market and advance their business with cutting-edge technologies and highly skilled talent have been turning to the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT).

“CCAT’s reputation as a trusted industry partner and successful track record delivering proven results has enabled the team to engage companies of all sizes to solve technology, training and process-related challenges by applying industry-focused programs and services and leveraging federal programs to positively impact our state’s economy,” said Ron Angelo, President & CEO.

The innovative East Hartford-based organization leads state, regional and national partnerships that assist global industrial companies and the manufacturing supply chain throughout most industry sectors. As an applied technology and training organization, CCAT’s expert team is focused on derisking technology adoption, optimizing business processes yielding orders of magnitude impact, and enhancing the digital readiness of a company through technical training focused on automated, model-based enabled workflows.

CCAT is integrated nationally but maintains a local and regional focus to deliver the best possible technical services and training to the manufacturing supply chain to ensure global competitiveness. Integrated with the highest tiers of the federal government, CCAT is well respected and highly regarded by the global industrial companies and OEMs it partners with.

"WE PRIORITIZE INDUSTRY ALIGNMENT AND EMPLOY A PROVEN METHODOLOGY TO ACCURATELY IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT VALIDATED SOLUTIONS TO MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY, EFFICIENCY, AND INNOVATION." JACKIE GAROFANO, PH.D. CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

“Our Advanced Technology Center serves as a hub for applied R&D and industry collaboration, showcasing practical applications of digital threads, adaptive automation, digital twins, IIoT, extended reality, high-precision machining and additive technologies to promote widespread adoption,” said Garofano.

The newly launched Talent & Training Accelerator™ and Digital Thread Lab™ are valuable resources for businesses to implement digital thread practices—helping them reduce lead times, lower effort and costs, reduce errors, and improve quality and product reliability. The training also supports manufacturing company leadership in developing a culture, attitude and capability for technology adoption that will keep Connecticut businesses agile and sustainable as the world’s industry transforms digitally and adopts AI more broadly. The Digital Thread Lab serves as a critical resource for the manufacturing ecosystem in the state and across the Northeast region, supporting manufacturers’ digital transformation by enabling companies to respond to new digital technical data packages and new model-based definition (MBD) requirements from OEMs.

"WE WORK WITH SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED MANUFACTURERS IN THE REGION ON TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION PROJECTS, TAILORING AND DEVELOPING BEST METHODS AND PRACTICES TO SUIT THEIR BUSINESS CHALLENGES AND NEEDS." AMY THOMPSON, PH.D. CHIEF TALENT & TRAINING OFFICER

“We then pivot and teach those best methods to hundreds of employees at regional manufacturers at-scale, driving the value and capabilities of the manufacturing talent pool and workforce. Connecticut has one of the most highly skilled manufacturing talent bases in the country, and we want to keep it that way,” Thompson said.

As an innovative solutions provider, CCAT serves as an extension of companies’ businesses. “We have developed a very agile platform and can quickly respond to meet the ever-changing challenges faced by businesses,” Angelo said. “We can spin up initiatives and solutions quickly to meet a business need today.”

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