The Deutsche Messe Technology Academy is continuing its internationalization in the U.S. by opening the Smart Factory Institute in Chattanooga. The industrial knowledge transfer facility is supported by several partners in the U.S. and is designed to stimulate innovation in industrial companies in the southeastern United States.
The project, which was envisaged by the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy before the outbreak of the global pandemic, was supported by numerous partners in the USA including Volkswagen. The Smart Factory Institute Chattanooga brings together the Tennessee Manufacturers Association, the human resources development company Peak Performance Inc and the Volkswagen Academy.
The project has the backing of the Tennessee state legislature and Governor Bill Lee gave the green light for the project and is providing “seed money“ of $400,000 for the institute. Other Local Volkswagen Academy partners, such as the Engineering and Information Technologies Division at Chattanooga State Community College, are also contributing to the new institute. Its goal is industrial knowledge transfer in the southeastern United States.
Denise Rice, president and CEO of Peak Performance Inc and director of the institute, said, “The technologies presented in the facility cover all aspects of Industry 4.0″. She further noted that the Smart Factory Institute aims to focus on seven main categories: Systems Integration, Cloud Computing, Collaborative Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Big Data & Analytics, and Cyber-Physical Systems.
VW’s Chattanooga plant itself is providing the infrastructure for the academy, which is located next to the assembly plant. Both face-to-face and online events are planned in Chattanooga. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Industrial and Organizational Psychology department will also partner with the new Smart Factory Institute.
Thomas Rilke, Division Manager of the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy, commented on the upcoming opening of an Industry Academy in the U.S.: “Our drive for internationalization is to support our internationally active technology partners in the global transfer of knowledge. A presence in the U.S., one of the world’s leading industrialized countries, is, therefore, a necessity for us. Sustainable and successful investment is increasingly tied to the ability of sites to keep pace with the ever-renewing skill requirements in manufacturing. We want to contribute to this everywhere”.
You can find more information about the Deutsche Messe Technology Academy opening the Smart Factory Institute in Chattanooga on its website.
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