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The AMCE “Learning Lab” . Steven Stahley Director of measurement Excellence, Cummins Inc. The A dvanced M anufacturing C enter of E xcellence. Manufacturing is recognized as a critical part of the Indiana’s continued economic growth and development

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the amce learning lab

The AMCE “Learning Lab”

Steven Stahley

Director of measurement Excellence, Cummins Inc.

the a dvanced m anufacturing c enter of e xcellence
The Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence
  • Manufacturing is recognized as a critical part of the Indiana’s continued economic growth and development
  • However, today’s advanced manufacturing technology requires higher skill levels
    • Operations leaders
    • Manufacturing and Quality engineers
    • Floor associates
  • This drives better training/education to support these more advanced manufacturing technologies and processes.
building the amce
Building the AMCE
  • Lilly’s Endowment provided $38M to 10 counties in SE Indiana to develop educational system supporting manufacturing.
  • About ½ went in to building the AMCE in Columbus indiana
  • 43000 ft2 facility dedicated to learning related to engineering and manufacturing
  • Shared facility model
    • Indiana University, Purdue University, Columbus (IUPUC)
    • Purdue College of Technology (PCOT)
    • Ivy Tech Community College (ITCC)
    • Local High Schools
metrology a critical manufacturing function
Metrology a Critical Manufacturing Function
  • Cummins looking for a place to establish a “Leaning Lab”
    • Facility dedicated to training Metrology related skills
    • Location where Cummins plants/technical centers can send people to be trained in Metrology
    • Needed to be located where it could be dedicated to learning, not connected to manufacturing or engineering functions.
  • and then along came the AMCE…..
why the learning lab
Why the Learning Lab
  • Excellence in Measurement is the cornerstone of assuring product quality.
  • The proper use of measurement systems and application of measurement data are specialized skills
  • Training the importance and use of measurement systems and tools is critical to product quality.
the learning lab a community resource
The Learning Lab a Community Resource
  • Cummins would have access to a Metrology Lab, isolated from "business needs" and could then be devoted to educational activities.
  • Area students (secondary, post-secondary, and adult) would have access to precision measurement equipment, at no cost, and Metrology curriculum.
  • Local manufacturing companies, through the post-secondary institutions, would have access to precision measurement capability.
building the learning lab
Building the Learning Lab
  • The AMCE had one space (about 2,000 square feet) that was not yet committed.
  • Easy sell to the Columbus Educational Cooperation that Metrology is essential to manufacturing!
  • The CEC paid for the lab enclosure to be built, creating a 900 square foot lab.
  • Cummins agreed to donate needed measurement equipment
  • Cummins asked their vendors to support the project
  • Cummins would provide technical support
now the real work begins
Now the Real Work Begins…
  • Lab is managed through the Purdue College of Technology (PCOT)
  • Establish business processes to provide paid services for tests and measurements
  • Continued work with PCOT
    • Develop “library” of lab experiments
    • Enhance the engineering curriculum to integrate Metrology skills complimented by the Learning Lab