Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 5/11/15

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Why Lean Manufacturing Has A Serious PR Problem

“Lean is a system that includes tools, not a system of tools. Companies that try 5S, one of the basic tools, and don’t have a true understanding of what it is or why they would want to use it, all too frequently cry out that ‘lean doesn’t work here’ after failing. Without context and purpose, it’s wasted effort.”
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Sematech To Become Part Of SUNY Polytechnic Institute
“Sematech is a consortium of computer chip makers and suppliers based in Albany, New York that design and manufacture computer chips used in devices such as cell phones and calculators. The organization will become a research arm of the university and research center, according to a statement. Its staff will become SUNY Poly employees.”
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State Taps Excell Partners To Manage New $2M Fund
“A Rochester-based venture capital firm has been tapped to manage a new $2 million investment fund launched by the state to provide seed funding to certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday the MWBE Investment Fund will be managed by Excell Partners Inc.”
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Slaughter Announces $495,000 Manufacturing Grant For RIT

“Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $495,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop technologies to accelerate the growth of the advanced manufacturing industry in the United States, officials announced Wednesday.”
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Mohawk Expands Product Arsenal, Footprint In Deal With French Papermaker

“Mohawk, a fourth generation paper manufacturer in Cohoes, New York, has reached a manufacturing and licensing agreement with Arjowiggins Creative Papers in France.”
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Why Sematech Is Merging With The SUNY Polytechnic Institute

“Sematech is moving beyond semiconductors to oversee research, development and commercialization in other industries like green energy, power electronics and biotechnology.”
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