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Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Ohio MEP)

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Ohio MEP supports Ohio’s small and medium-sized manufacturers by providing products, services and assistance to help drive their productivity, growth, innovation and global competitiveness. Small and medium-sized manufacturing companies are critical to Ohio, representing 90% of job growth for high-paying jobs. For every new manufacturing job that is created or retained, three to five supporting jobs are also created. Managed by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Technology Investments, Ohio MEP is a State and Federal initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). To serve the diversity of Ohio’s industrial base, Ohio MEP manages a network of regional partner organizations that are competitively selected and coordinated to serve as a statewide resource to meet the needs of key industry sectors and small manufacturers. Those manufacturers have access to a broad base of services, including training, coaching and implementation of operation improvement, Lean and Six Sigma, automation, engineering, process and planning for bottom line enhancements. Ohio MEP client-based activities support job creation, increased sales, cost savings, and new business investment. Ohio MEP has 6 regional partners to support statewide assistance. 1. Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT, Toledo), 2. Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET, Cleveland), 3. Ohio State University-South Centers, 4. PolymerOhio (Westerville), 5. TechSolve (Cincinnati), 6. FASTLANE at the University of Dayton Research Institute (FASTLANE, Dayton)

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Success Stories

FastLane Helps Sloan Gear Automate Gear Inspection

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Automotive OEMs want to fully automate gear inspection and inspect 100% of the gears during the production process. By monitoring and controlling their manufacturing process using this new laser based measurement system, automotive companies can catch suspect gear quality issues at the grinder and avoid costly consequences further down the line

Unlocking Opportunities With CMMC Compliance Remediation

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As a result of their expertise and quality of completed work, opportunities for project work across the government agencies has been increasing. Some of the largest installations that Eco Engineering conducts is within the Department of Defense and it is expected to grow. At an early stage, senior leadership recognized that working towards CMMC

CIFT Assists Toledo Spirits with PPEs

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Faced with the prospect of being forced to shut down as a non-essential manufacturer in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Toledo Spirits saw an opportunity to not only help their community; but also to continue to support their employees by being agile and transitioning to the production of hand sanitizer for healthcare and personal use
Created March 18, 2019, Updated January 26, 2022