Simplimatic Automation Joins CCAM’s Intelligent Flexible Manufacturing Testbed Project Funded by NIST

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Virginia: MAY 28, 2020 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) received funding from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) to develop an Intelligent Flexible Manufacturing Cell, in 2019. Today, CCAM is pleased to announce Simplimatic Automation has joined HURCO, Mitutoyo, and Cisco as a partner on the testbed…

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New UVA Master’s Degree Program in Cooperation with CCAM

Modern manufacturing is experiencing a transformation driven by digitization, robotics and automation, modeling and simulation, sensing, computing, and additive and subtractive manufacturing. In order to harness the power of Industry 4.0, there is a growing need to fully understand manufacturing processes to exploit the use of digital data for achieving innovative designs, optimizing productivity, ensuring…

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CCAM Welcomes David Young

Research Manager, Sensing & Vision David was previously President of Brilliant Innovations, a Richmond company that manages R&D for SENTEL Corporation’s Department of Defense contracts as well as commercial markets. David worked for SENTEL Corporation for over 15 years as Program Manager for Information Technologies and Data Fusion, Software Engineer, and IT Systems Administrator. “We…

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CCAM COVID19 Policy

Date: March 20, 2020 Dear CCAM and stakeholders, As we navigate these unsettling and unprecedented times our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our extended CCAM family. Though COVID-19 affects our families, friends and colleagues, CCAM seeks to remain focused on our strategic goals while following the guidelines recommended by the CDC and the…

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CCAM Welcomes Dr. Reza Vaziri Sereshk, Research Engineer with the Machining Team

Please join us in welcoming our newest researcher, Dr. Reza Vaziri Sereshk. Dr. Vaziri joins us as a Research Engineer with the Machining Team. Here he is (right) being greeted by CCAM’s Business Leader for Machining and Factory Development, Lorin Sodell (left). He was most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University where he…

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CCAM members, and industry collaborators are creating a Flexible Manufacturing Cell with NIST Grant Award funding

February 26, 2020, Disputanta, VA, Updated article coming soon… The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded a $250,000 cooperative agreement to the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM). The three-year project entitled, Intelligent Flexible Manufacturing Cell, will provide a testbed for accelerating and transitioning emerging digital manufacturing technology…

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CCAM Welcomes New Digital Systems Engineer

February 17, 2020:  We have a new Digital Systems Engineer joining the intelligent factory team today – Kevin Ostlund. Kevin is relocating to the Richmond area from Raleigh, NC, where he was a Project Engineer for Caterpillar. He’s also worked for Cisco, Honeywell, Doble Engineering Co., and Diversified Technologies Inc. Kevin graduated from University of…

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CCAM Welcomes New Interns

Jack Chu, (pictured Left) is a Vision Systems CCAM Intern. Mr. Chu is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has experience working with microcontrollers, embedded systems, complex data structures, machine learning, and circuits and programming in multiple languages. His CCAM mentor is adaptive automation engineer, Dr. Huda Al-Ghaib. Ethan Hollingsworth, (pictured…

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CCAM signs MOU with Richard Bland College to establish an Advanced Manufacturing Academy

Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC) and the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly establish an Advanced Manufacturing Academy. The Academy will train students pursuing careers in the high-demand fields of Robotics and Automation. Programming will complement the Commonwealth of Virginia’s tech talent pipeline by…

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Congratulations to CCAM board member, Clayton Turner

Congratulations to CCAM board member, Clayton Turner, on his new promotion to Director of NASA’s Langley Research Center. “Clayton Turner has contributed to the ongoing success of CCAM, and we wish him all the best in his new role,” adds CCAM President and CEO, Will Powers. “We look forward to welcoming NASA Langley Research Center…

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THE COMMONWEALTH CENTER FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING "CCAM" IS WHERE THE BEST OF INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA AND GOVERNMENT COME TOGETHER TO SOLVE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES.

Harnessing the power of world-class talent, technology and training, we:

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Our members are the reason we do what we do.

They are industry leaders - from aerospace to automotive to shipbuilding, and from milling to metalworking to industrial controls. And they represent some of the top minds in academia and government out of our nation’s premiere resarch universities and agencies.

Together with our talented and dedicated CCAM research staff, CCAM members pursue directed and core research to build higher quality products and make production of their goods more affordable and faster than ever before.

“Through our membership with CCAM, we gain access to high-quality research, advanced manufacturing processes, technical expertise, and above all, a collaborative environment where we can work with our industry and university partners to support our current and future products."

Amanda Simpson
Vice President, Research & Technology
Airbus Americas

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Advanced manufacturing is an opportunity to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. To realize that goal, we will need both public and private organizations’ commitment to apprenticeship programs such as CCAM to develop the much-needed skilled workforce. This is the inflection point — we cannot blink.”

Kelly Marchese
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

The Latest News

Simplimatic Automation Joins CCAM’s Intelligent Flexible Manufacturing Testbed Project Funded by NIST

May 28, 2020

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Virginia: MAY 28, 2020 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) received funding from the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) to develop an Intelligent Flexible Manufacturing Cell, in 2019. Today, CCAM is pleased to announce Simplimatic Automation has joined HURCO, Mitutoyo, and Cisco as a partner on the testbed…

New UVA Master’s Degree Program in Cooperation with CCAM

March 27, 2020

Modern manufacturing is experiencing a transformation driven by digitization, robotics and automation, modeling and simulation, sensing, computing, and additive and subtractive manufacturing. In order to harness the power of Industry 4.0, there is a growing need to fully understand manufacturing processes to exploit the use of digital data for achieving innovative designs, optimizing productivity, ensuring…

CCAM Welcomes David Young

March 24, 2020

Research Manager, Sensing & Vision David was previously President of Brilliant Innovations, a Richmond company that manages R&D for SENTEL Corporation’s Department of Defense contracts as well as commercial markets. David worked for SENTEL Corporation for over 15 years as Program Manager for Information Technologies and Data Fusion, Software Engineer, and IT Systems Administrator. “We…

CCAM COVID19 Policy

March 20, 2020

Date: March 20, 2020 Dear CCAM and stakeholders, As we navigate these unsettling and unprecedented times our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our extended CCAM family. Though COVID-19 affects our families, friends and colleagues, CCAM seeks to remain focused on our strategic goals while following the guidelines recommended by the CDC and the…

CCAM Welcomes Dr. Reza Vaziri Sereshk, Research Engineer with the Machining Team

March 9, 2020

Please join us in welcoming our newest researcher, Dr. Reza Vaziri Sereshk. Dr. Vaziri joins us as a Research Engineer with the Machining Team. Here he is (right) being greeted by CCAM’s Business Leader for Machining and Factory Development, Lorin Sodell (left). He was most recently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University where he…

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National Manufacuturing Day at CCAM

October 4, 2019

10am - 2pm

The event is open to high school, college, and graduate school students, parents, educators, and supporters.

Learn about the different educational pathways that can result into a stimulating and lucrative career in manufacturing. College and Universities will be on hand to help determine which educational pathway is best for you.

10-10:30am  Vertical Education MFG Pathway

10:30-12pm  MFG Careers: with Industry & Interns

12-12:45pm  Lunch & Education Networking

12:45-2pm  Hands-on Robotics & Automation Demos

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