Innovation lab showcases the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies
Automation Alley opened its Innovation Lab at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Innovation Lab, located inside Automation Alley’s Technology Center at OU INC, showcases technologies that are shaping the future of manufacturing in Michigan, such as 3D printing and scanning, robotics, and modeling and simulation. The lab will give owners and managers of local small and medium-sized manufacturing firms a close look at the technologies and information about how to implement these technologies in their companies.
Alex Violassi, director of Automation Alley’s Technology Center, says the goal of the Innovation Lab is to create awareness and spark an interest in the latest emerging technologies, which is critical to industry growth across Southeast Michigan. Violassi estimates some 3,500 businesses in the region could benefit from the lab’s more than $10 million in technology offerings.
“Last year, we opened the Automation Alley Technology Center at Oakland University (see cover story, page 28), partnering with leading manufacturing and software companies to provide affordable training to individuals, students and business professionals on digital design and manufacturing software,” says Violassi. “The new Innovation Lab will enhance what we’re doing at the center, offering product demonstrations of the latest advanced manufacturing tools and technologies available.”
More than a dozen local companies currently partner with the lab, Violassi says. Having a presence at the Innovation Lab will give companies more exposure for collaboration with other area businesses.
For additional information or to schedule an Innovation Lab walkthrough, contact Automation Alley at 800-427-5100 or