Accelerating Technology - Manufacturing USA

The National Institute of Standards and Technology - Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST-MEP) is committed to ensure that U.S. Manufacturing is a global leader in innovation and technology. To that end, the national MEP network is focused on accelerating technology adoption in collaboration with Manufacturing USA, formerly the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

Each Manufacturing USA Institute has a unique technological concentration, but is also designed to accelerate U.S. advanced manufacturing as a whole. As nodes in the network, the institutes complement each other’s capabilities and benefit from shared approaches to matters such as intellectual property, contract research, and performance metrics. Each provides shared facilities to local start-ups and small manufacturers to help them scale up new technologies, accelerate technology transfer to the marketplace, and facilitate the adoption of innovation workforce skills. The network is designed to foster innovation and deliver new capabilities that can stimulate the manufacturing sector on a large scale.

Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow Institute

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has developed core technology capabilities in support of the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow Institute (LIFT) base in Detroit, Michigan.

LIFT will speed development of new lightweight metal manufacturing processes from laboratories to factories for products using lightweight metal, including aluminum, magnesium, titanium and advanced high-strength steel alloys. An equally important mission is to facilitate the training of the workers who will use these new processes in factories and maintenance around the country.

The Center is Here to Help You!

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has assembled a team of leading experts in Joining, Metallurgy, Castings, and Coatings to assist small to mid-size manufacturers across the United States in operational materials matters and to assist in the adoption in new lightweight technologies.  In addition, the Center operates a Technical Help Desk and administers a library of technological journals, periodicals, and other authoritative content.

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is here to meet your technological needs.  If you need to improve…raise your hand.