Ameritape is a manufacturer of unique adhesive products. Basic adhesive products from OEM manufacturers like 3M are received primarily in rolls and sheets. These are then modified to client's specifications. The industrial partner has supplied requirements and a liaison engineer, for two projects. One is a process improvement simulation of kitting production for their automotive clients and the other is a punch die layout for their automated punch press. Working with the UNF Manufacturing Innovation Partnership (MIP) provides additional resources to improve processes and manufacturing productivity.
BAE Systems, formerly Armor Holdings, is a major industrial supplier and manufacturer of law enforcement and military supply products. The industrial partner has requirements and needs for industrial automation applications to improve productivity. The industrial partner supplied funding, liaison engineers, and purchased equipment for the automation project (NIK kit automation) to be used at their facility. The system is being tested for production. Working with the UNF Manufacturing Innovation Partnership (MIP) provides additional resources to improve processes and manufacturing productivity. Armor Holdings has also provided the requirements for a mentoring project for the MIP program. This is for redesign on one of their product, the Break-Free system. In this project UNF engineering students mentor local area high-school students in engineering projects with requirements driven by local industry. This project serves as a model for a mentorship component of MIP for high-school students working on engineering projects for industry.
Dura Automotive is a global OEM supplier of automotive components. At the Jacksonville site, Dura Automotive produces thin stamped parts such as gaskets and washers from a variety of materials such as plastic and rubber. In a completed industry-partner sponsored project, students analyzed a set of components for production on one of the plant's punch press machines. The industrial partner supplied financial resources, a liaison engineer, and space on-site for the students to work. In addition to production analysis, the layout of the parts for processing in the tool was designed, and the dies were designed and implemented with the punch press tool. Additional opportunities for collaboration continue to be under consideration. Working with UNF has provided the company with additional resources to improve manufacturing productivity.
Florida Machine Works
Florida Machine Works is a recently formed small company in the region with the goal of becoming a full-service fabrication and machine development company producing prototypes and production parts. Since the company is small, it is in need of additional resources and is anticipated to supply engineering projects in the design and manufacturing areas as the Machine Shop Fabrication Laboratory at UNF comes on-line in the Fall 2005 semester. The company also serves to provide practical expertise in machine component fabrication and related machining topics. Working with UNF provides additional resources otherwise unavailable within the region.
Jaguar Security is a start-up, minority-owned business focusing on the security of semi-trailer transportation industry. The industrial partner is housed in the Beaver Street Incubator, an inner-city small-business development enterprise established by Fresh Ministries. The focus of this project is to provide an automated, hand-held, wireless data entry system for the company to use to help monitor and track semi-trailers at the trucking facilities of their clients. The owner of the company is directly involved by helping develop the requirements for the project and supplying equipment for development of the system which is also be used in the field. The project has been completed and helps the company operations to create an accurate, more efficient, cost-effective service. Working with UNF provides the small, minority owned, start-up company valuable technical resources not otherwise readily and affordably available.
Northrop Grumman is a major aerospace manufacturer of primarily military defense products. At their St. Augustine Facility, the primary mission is the design and manufacture of Hawkeye reconnaissance aircraft and new versions of the product. The industrial partner has requirements and needs for industrial automation and ergonomic applications to improve productivity and reduce hazards to employees, especially heavy lifting. The industrial partner supplied liaison engineers, and purchased equipment for an ergonomic project used at their facility. The industrial partner also supplied liaison engineers to perform a simulation by UNF students of an advanced manufacturing approach to assembly of the Hawkeye wing panels. Working with the UNF Manufacturing Innovation Partnership provides additional resources to improve processes and manufacturing productivity.
Predator Products is a local manufacturer and world leader of high performance pool cues. The industrial partner is using high technology in improving pool cue performance with advanced design methodologies, manufacturing, and test processes. In addition to supplying funding, and purchasing equipment for projects, the founder and president of the company contributes significant time working directly with the students and faculty. Working with UNF provides the company resources to help stay competitive in a challenging market.
The Ronco Group
The Ronco Group headquartered in St. Augustine, is a company that primarily serves the international paper processing industry with specialized manufacturing process machinery. The industry-partner sponsored project is to adapt an existing core winder machine to an upgraded gift wrap feature that requires higher volumes of production with greater precision to satisfy a wider variety of industry needs. The industrial partner had supplied financial resources, a liaison engineer, equipment, fabrication capabilities, and space on-site for students to work. UNF designed a system to accomplish higher production rates, with greater precision, in collaboration with the Ronco Group. The Ronco Group elected to stop financial and in-kind support for implementation of the upgraded core-winder for in-house reasons.
Shands Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, College of Medicine, Jacksonville, is a regional hospital housing an advanced medical training facility. This institution has needs for testing the material properties of different types of bone cement. The medical institution partner is supplying medical consulting expertise and facilities for testing bone cement specimens. This department is in the process of building an improved research program for their residents. Collaborating with the University of North Florida provides them with facilities, personnel, and other resources they otherwise would not have. This department is located in Jacksonville, FL while their affiliated university (University of Florida) is located in Gainesville, FL. Hence UNF is a more convenient collaborator for them.
Smurfit Stone recycles paper products at their Jacksonville facility and produces OEM paper and corrugated cardboard for their clients. A productivity improvement project has been to modify production by adding additional equipment to increase production. A liaison engineer provided requirements and information about the equipment and process to build a simulation model of the previous system and new system to help quantify production improvements. Working with the UNF Manufacturing Innovation Partnership (MIP) provides additional resources to improve processes and manufacturing productivity.
Biomet Microfixation is a company on the northern side of Jacksonville, which works directly with surgeons to think of new medical devices. Once the needs of the surgeons are defined, Biometís purpose is to design and manufacture the biomedical products. Some of their products include titanium plates and screws for craniomaxillofacial fixation, which are then used in medical procedures. One of the medical procedures involves removing a piece of skull and replacing it with a metal skull plate. They also produce a complete line of instruments that are compatible with their craniomaxillofacial and orthopedic products.
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies , formerly Tensolite, is one of the world''s leading designers and manufacturers of high performance wire and cable, RF/microwave connectors and cable assemblies. They are located in St. Augustine, Florida. Their products are targeted at applications in the aerospace, defense electronics, wireless infrastructure, optical telecommunications, and test and measurement industries. Some of their customers inclue Boeing, Airbus, and NASA. Their partnership with MIP, provides them an extra source of technical resources to improve their products and methods.
Goodrich Corporation, is a global supplier of systems and services to aircraft and engine manufacturers, airlines and defense forces around the world. From aerostructures and actuation systems to landing gear, engine control systems, sensors and safety systems, Goodrich products are on almost every aircraft. Their Division of Engineered Polymer Products,located in Jacksonville, Florida, designs and manufactures composite structures and components.
Cornerstone Regional Development
Cornerstone Regional Development. The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce has expanded their company recruiting efforts to the greater Jacksonville area to include Duval County (Jacksonville) and five surrounding counties of northeast Florida. Cornerstone will continue to help expand opportunities by growing industries targeted for northeast Florida; namely, medical and biomedical, aviation/aerospace, and specialized manufacturing and electronics industries. This organization has been supportive in helping to identify collaborative projects and helping to bridge mutually beneficial areas of opportunity.
First Coast Manufacturers Association
First Coast Manufacturer's Association (FCMA) is a regional Trade Association representing over 300 manufacturers and related businesses in the Northeast Florida region. Its members employ more than 50% of the 45,000 manufacturing workers in the region. FCMA has been very instrumental in facilitating relationships with its member companies and UNF. This will continue as FCMA, through its network of manufacturing companies, continues to make more mutually beneficial opportunities aware to both industry and academia in the areas of design and manufacturing. FCMA also continues to assist in acquisition of additional equipment resources. FCMA holds monthly association meetings to serve as a venue for engaging collaboration among its members and associates. Regular interaction at these meetings has helped initiate new MIP sub-projects.
Fresh Ministries is a Jacksonville non-profit organization dedicated to inner-city community restoration. The communities that Fresh Ministries helps have a predominantly minority population located in the northwest area of Jacksonville. Fresh Ministries helps the communities in a variety of ways including obtaining grants for infrastructure restoration, assisting the K12 inner city educational system, and by supporting an inner-city business incubator. The incubator has been recently established and the MIP program has begun assisting the start-up companies of the incubator. Fresh Ministries also helps to identify candidates for mentorship to assure a diverse participation in the mentoring facet as this portion of the program evolves. Fresh Ministries has been a key participant in the Jaguar Securities sub-project.
Allen D. Nease Senior High School
Allen D. Nease High School is a K12 organization within the St. Johns County Public School System. St. Johns County is adjacent to the south of Jacksonville. This senior high school (grades 9-12) is the designated campus for the Mechanical Engineering Academy of the St. Johns County Public School System. The students attending this academy are target candidates for the engineering mentorship component of the MIP program.
Orange Park High School
Orange Park High School is a K12 organization within the Clay County Public School System Clay County is adjacent to the west of Jacksonville. This senior high school (grades 9-12) is the designated campus for the Engineering Academy of the Clay County Public School System. The students attending this academy are target candidates for the engineering mentorship component of the MIP program and are participating in the program.
Robert E. Lee Senior High School
Robert E. Lee High School is a K12 organization within the Duval County Public School System. Duval County includes all of Jacksonville. This senior high school (grades 9-12) is the designated campus for the Engineering Academy of the Duval County Public School System. The students attending this academy are target candidates for the engineering mentorship component of the MIP program and are participating in the program.