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University of Hartford to Open New Manufacturing Metrology Lab

Posted 08/22/2012
Posted by David Isgur

The University of Hartford is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch its new Manufacturing Metrology Lab on Friday, Aug. 24, at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will feature remarks by U.S. Rep. John Larson; State Sen. Gary LeBeau; J. Michael McQuade, senior vice president, science and technology, United Technologies; and Louis Manzione, dean of the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. Following the ribbon cutting, University students will offer demonstrations of the lab’s technologies.

“The goal of the new Lab is to address critical skill shortages in this enabling technology,” says Dean Manzione. “Metrology is the technology of automated precision measurements of complex manufactured parts that can be used to assure rigorous specifications have been attained. It is an enabler of global supply chains since specifications and parts can be exchanged worldwide. At the University of Hartford, we have collaborated closely with our regional partners such as the Pratt & Whitney corporation to build this state of the art laboratory and prepare our students to assume leadership positions in the development of a world class manufacturing base.”

The new Manufacturing Metrology Lab will be equipped with Scanning Electron Microscope, articulated arm coordinate Measuring machine, CMM (Faro Arm), Nikon K600 CMM, Nikon Zygo 7300 New View Optical Profiler, Zeiss O’Inspect, Nikon Vision system iNEXIV 2520, Nikon ShuttlePix P 400 R , Dino AM411T Dino-Lite Pro digital microscopes and layout gages.

The lab, which will be part of the Center for Manufacturing and Metrology that the University is establishing, will focus on critical issues in manufacturing that enhances the US competitive advantage in global market. The center faculty will perform research in manufacturing issue and the metrology.

Chittaranjan Sahay, the University’s Vernon D. Roosa Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering, is the director of the Center and Suhash Ghosh, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is the associate director of the Lab. The laboratory is located on lower level of Dana Hall, room 102.