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TMAC at SwRI to host Manufacturing Day open house

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San Antonio — Oct. 2, 2017 — The South Central Region of the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is hosting an open house Friday, Oct. 6, to mark the sixth annual Manufacturing Day.

“We will showcase some of the technologies we have developed that help manufacturers become more competitive in the global marketplace,” said Paul Evans, director of SwRI’s Manufacturing Technologies Department. “Collectively, we develop and deliver advanced manufacturing technologies and processes to help customers develop and achieve strategic goals, improvement plans, and superior levels of performance.”

The event will include presentations and tours that highlight new robotics capabilities and other ways SwRI and TMAC support manufacturing using advanced technologies.

SwRI develops and implements automation, robotics, and sensing solutions to advance manufacturing technologies. Attendees will learn about technologies and processes, get a better understanding of how TMAC supports manufacturing operations, and tour SwRI facilities.

“The industrial robotics lab tour will illustrate how we apply technology to streamline or automate complex industrial tasks,” said Bill Rafferty, manager of TMAC’s South Central Office. “We will touch on both internal- and industry-sponsored research efforts that give robots greater intelligence, more flexibility, and greater ability to work collaboratively with humans.”

SwRI has operated the South Central Office of TMAC for more than 20 years. TMAC is an affiliate of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

“TMAC is an important Texas resource that supports business transformation assistance, lean manufacturing, ISO standards, workforce training, leadership training, product development, and automation solutions,” Rafferty said. “TMAC can address the needs of small, medium, and large manufacturers in Texas.”

The first Manufacturing Day was held in 2012 to highlight industry job opportunities, showcase modern manufacturing technologies, and illustrate the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy.

The TMAC Manufacturing Day will be held at SwRI’s San Antonio headquarters from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is required. Register online.

For more information, please contact Sandra Hawkins at +1 210 522 2877.

TMAC’s mission is to increase the global competitiveness of the Texas economy by working with Texas manufacturers. The center delivers hands-on technical assistance and training to a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, government, and health care. Focus areas include lean enterprise, technology solutions, strategic management, quality systems, environment, and safety. For more information about the TMAC South Central Office, visit

For more information, contact Deb Schmid, +1 210 522 2254, Communications Department, Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78238-5166.