The Tech Hub is a commercial aviation solution to increase manufacturers’ competitiveness by solving technical challenges, advancing technologies and identifying suppliers. This unique program was developed to better position Ohio for capturing both near-term and next generation commercial aircraft supply chain opportunities. The program encompasses three critical areas:
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Competitive Edge: Virtual Hub for solving CNC machining challenges
How does it work? Aircraft manufacturers or their Tier 1 suppliers contact the Hub with a technical challenge. We gather a group of subject experts to brainstorm innovative approaches to respond to the technical challenge. Efforts can be virtual (for example, reviewing specific aerospace parts, identifying a cost savings approach, performing equipment selection and return on investment analysis) or physical (such as manufacturing feasibility trials or providing post-processing proof of repeatability). The Hub’s success leverages an extensive network of industry leaders, trade and academia partners, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) national network and collaborating organizations.
Research & Technology: Vetting and acceleration of materials and manufacturing innovations
We are continuously seeking and investigating innovative materials and manufacturing technologies for next generation aircraft. We invite new project concepts from small businesses and academia throughout Ohio and regularly review new ideas with collaborating aircraft manufacturers. If your material or technology peaks interest, we work together to shape a screening program to investigate or vet the technology and accelerate its development. The Aerospace Technology Hub serves as a neutral, non-profit program manager to ensure proper handling of intellectual property and export controls.
In addition to proactively seeking new project topics from industry and academia, we receive requests for information on topics of interest identified by aircraft manufacturers and reach out to our network of resources to see who in Ohio has expertise and capabilities in these areas.
If you have an innovative technology, we would like to hear about it! Our primary areas of interest for R&T project concepts are materials and advanced manufacturing innovations, generally in the Technology Readiness Level 1 – 5 and Manufacturing Readiness Level 4 – 5 range.
Supply Chain: Supplier scouting and development
With aerospace manufacturing procurements expected to double within the next ten years, considerable strain will be placed upon suppliers to meet growing global demand. The Materials and Manufacturing Aerospace Technology Hub yields economic growth to Ohio by empowering companies to join or advance within the aerospace manufacturing supply chain. We aim to match qualified Ohio suppliers with opportunities from aircraft manufacturers and their Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.
We proactively identify potential suppliers in the strategic focus areas of advanced manufacturing and CNC machining, perform supplier assessments and build a manufacturing database that will be readily available when customer needs are received. Our primary interest for Procurement is in the Technology Readiness Level 6 – 9 and Manufacturing Readiness Level 6 – 10 range. Suppliers should be AS9100 or willing to become AS9100. If this describes you, we want to make sure we have your information!
We also reactively scout suppliers and technologies in response to sourcing requests received from collaborating industry on any topic by reaching out to our MEP national network, supporting organizations and industry. If you are an aerospace customer looking to build or expand your supply chain, or if you have a specific sourcing request, we can leverage our resources to quickly find what you need!
In aerospace or any industry, FASTLANE helps new and existing suppliers improve competitiveness by finding or providing solutions in training, workforce development, certification, continuous improvement or whatever is holding you back. We are here to help you reach your goals faster and more effectively.