Jan
17
12:00 PM12:00

Manufacturing Lunch and Learn: JDH Manufacturing

James (Denny) Houston, owner of JDH Manufacturer’s Representatives, LLC will cover the topic 5 to 5,000 parts. Perhaps the most Challenging transition for new manufacturing companies with new product designs that need to be tested and scaled simultaneously at costs that are manageable. Denny started out as a financial analyst at Texaco after which he moved into the Automotive manufacturing world where he spent 28 years managing large plants and complex multi technology assemblies.

Subsequent to this, he spent time consulting in diverse manufacturing organizations from Aquatic farming to large Pharmaceutical Companies before returning to manufacturing in the defense industry. He started JDH MFG REPs 11 years ago and has a diverse customer base that covers defense, medical instruments, automotive windshield washer pump systems, electric bicycle wheels, robotic component applications, to basic castings for the woodworking tool industry.

His firm has both domestic and offshore manufacturing partners and helps companies optimize their sourcing decisions in an independent manner to achieve the best results short term with and understanding of how to transition in the future to high volume production.

He will bring with him the owners of two of his shops that work in the volume range he will be discussing, Patrick (Pat) Johnson of Jack’s Machine Shop and Kevin Stine of PTE Precision Machining. Who will be able to answer questions regarding various machining processes and the challenges of limited run production for job shops.

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Dec
12
10:30 AM10:30

Manufacturing Office Hours with OSDA

OSDA is a full service PCBA and elctromechanical box build assembly company located in Milford, CT. OSDA's capability for rapid prototyping and new product introduction is their core competency. They have worked with Boston Dynamics and NEC Energy Solutions and will be coming to Greentown to host office hours. Sign up for an hour slot here: https://doodle.com/poll/abt9wihs7tb5xnx8

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    Dec
    11
    1:00 PM13:00

    Manufacturing Office Hours: Kalow Technologies

    Kevin Winter – An engineer with 27+ years of manufacturing experience with the likes of GE, United Technologies & Airgas is coming in for Office Hours. He has worked with technical Sales for 13 years for GE Supply, Teco-Westinghouse and now Kalow Technologies. He knows what not to do to slow down success in bring a quality product to market in a timely and profitable fashion. Kalow Tech manufacturers sheet metal and electromechanical assemblies. They also offer engineering services. Sign up here: https://doodle.com/poll/a2vc8tqxfdwa7igt

    Email msweitzer@greentownlearn.org for more information 

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    Oct
    31
    10:30 AM10:30

    Factory Tour: Star Engineering and Empire Group USA

    Join us for a tour of two manufacturing facilitates in Southeast Massachusetts on October 31st! The schedule is below

    9:00am- Leave Greentown Labs

    10:30 arrive at Star Engineering; 1 Vaillancourt Dr, North Attleborough, MA 02763

    11:30, Leave Star and Head to Empire Group USA; 217 East St, Attleboro, MA 02703 

    12:00; arriveand tour at Empire Group 

    1:00pm; Drive back to Greentown Labs; 28 Dane St, Somerville MA. Should arrive at Greentown around 2:00pm.

    Email Matt Sweitzer at msweitzer@greentownlabs.org to register. 

    About the Manufacturer: 

    Star Engineering; "From an initial concept or design through production, STAR ENGINEERING, INC. is dedicated to providing its customers with quality products at competitive prices. Since 1980, our ability to provide such service stems from a dedicated core of experienced employees who take pride in the product they produce. Our wide range of capabilities enable us to start or end a project or service at any point in the cycle based on customer needs and common sense. We have successfully served our customer base in such diverse disciplines as printed circuit board assemblies (PCB Assembly), wire harness and cable assemblies,integrated systems (box builds), soldering, potting, functional testing, packaging and more."

    Learn more at http://www.starengineeringinc.com/ 

     

    Empire Group USA; 

    "Empire Group is a leading design, engineering, and prototype company aiding corporations in bringing their high-quality brands and products to life. With a true turnkey product development approach, we help clients streamline their development cycle. Integrity, ingenuity & a commitment to exceeding expectations of quality have been the cornerstone of our success.

    Empire Group offers both end-to-end, and à la carte suites of solutions – including full product development, industrial design, engineering, graphic design, 3D printing, CNC machining, and more. Our team acts as an invisible extension of our clients’ development team to help meet and exceed their vision with passion and knowledge." 

    Learn more at: http://www.empiregroupusa.com/

     

     

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    Oct
    25
    12:00 PM12:00

    Engineering Lunch and Learn: Goddard Technologies

    • 28 Dane Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)
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    Join us for a Lunch and Learn by Goddard Technologies. 

    Goddard was established in 1997 to provide full service product development and engineering to the medical, consumer, energy, and defense industries. Their ultimate goal is to enable the commercialization of new and innovative technologies. Today, Goddard has a multi-disciplined team of engineers and industrial designers that deliver innovation and precision to our projects. Goddard is strongly committed to developing and commercializing products using a rigorous product development and design control process. Their company’s success is built on the ability to repeatedly deliver innovative solutions that are commercially viable. Our relationships with industry leading contract manufacturers allow them to prepare products for scalable manufacturing, while ensuring quality and product performance.

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    Oct
    25
    10:00 AM10:00

    Manufacturing Office Hours with Product Resources

    Product Resources is a product design, engineering and manufacturing company with expertise in designing and building complex scientific and industrial equipment. Based in Newburyport, Massachusetts (USA), Product Resources brings a highly technical and multi-disciplined approach to product development outsourcing. They specialize in electromechanical engineering and assembly. 

    Reserve a slot with them here: https://doodle.com/poll/fssi4iva27tva7nk

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    Oct
    24
    6:00 PM18:00

    Rocket Pitch for Manufacturing Solutions

    Come see Massachusetts hardware startups pitch their products to a panel of local manufacturing and supply chain experts!

    Startups include:

    Kinetic Batteries - Developing an innovative solution for more efficient the battery manufacturing process.

    ShakeWhey - Developing a touch screen vending machine designed to mix protein shakes.

    (more startups may be added before the event)

    Panelist include:

    Kristin Carlson, President, Peeerless Precision Inc in Westfield, MA

    Mike Stone, Founder, Co-Fab Design in Holyoke, MA

    Donald Baskin, Manager of Materials and Engineering, Clearmotion in Woburn, MA

    Glenn Butler, CEO of CTO Services in Holliston, MA

    (more panelists may be added before the event)

    Hosted by:

    Joe Bush, Executive Director, Worcester Clean Tech Incubator

    Adam Rodrigues, Manufacturing Fellow, Greentown Learn

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    Oct
    17
    2:30 PM14:30

    Monthly Manufacturing Meetup: Plastics; going from prototype to volume production

    • 28 Dane Street Somerville, MA, 02143 United States (map)
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    Join us for our Monthly Manufacturing Meetup event at Greentown Labs, 28 Dane St. Somerville, MA. 

    These events are unstructured and informal conversations between startups that are struggling with something in their supply chain. Just entrepreneurs talking to entrepreneurs.  This month's subject will be around going from 3D printed parts and prototypes to volume production, and picking the right manufacturing process for you plastics. 

    Email Matt Sweitzer at Msweitzer@greentownlabs.org for information on how to participate.

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    Oct
    12
    9:00 AM09:00

    Manufacturing Van to Greentown West!

    Please join us on Oct 12 for this FREE journey to check out some of the best advanced manufacturing resources Western Massachusetts has to offer (and have a little fun while doing it). We will see - precision machining, extrusions, injection molding, 3D printing, packaging, vacuum forming & more!

    The agenda for 10/12 is as follows:

    9:00 am - Van leaves Greentown Labs in Somerville westbound for Peerless Precision Inc. (breakfast included on van)

    11:00 am - arrive at Peerless where we will be given a tour by Kristin Carlson, President. She will explain the precision process and take Q&A.

    12:05 pm - Leave Peerless and head to tour Toner Plastics in East Longmeadow, MA. Steve Graham, President of Toner will show us their plastic extruding operation and field Q&A. (lunch will be provided on the van)

    1:40 pm - Leave Toner and head to Cartimundi in East Longmeadow for a tour. Cartimundihas capacity for injection molding, packaging, and vacuum forming projects. We will also be greeted by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo who will also join us on the tour & you will have the opportunity to have a Q&A with him to talk about being a startup in MA.

    3:30 pm - Leave Cartimundi and head to Iron Duke Brewery in Ludlow, MA. We will have pizza and beers before we head back to Greentown Labs. Hoping to be back in Somerville by 8:00 pm.

    This is a FREE event for all Boston area hardware startups. Space is limited to seats on the van (12). If we get a good response we may consider renting a second van. I have also added 20 tickets for anyone that would like to take their own transportation.

    To register:  Tickets - Van to Greentown West

    Please contact Adam at arodrigues@greentownlabs.org or 413-262-7107 if you have any questions or need further information.

    Hope to see you out here!

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    Sep
    27
    12:00 PM12:00

    Manufacturing Lunch and Learn: Tri-Star Design, Inc.

    Tri-Star Design, Inc., based in Hopkinton, MA,  has extensive experience designing complex digital and analog electronics circuits for leading companies across North America. We also provide first class software development and mechanical device engineering. Founded in 1991, the Tri-Star Design team of experienced engineers has been providing a vast array of electronic system design, and prototype and production supply chain services to the high technology community for over 25 years, with experience in markets such as Robotics/Automation, Low Power Consumer and Wireless Communications, Industrial sensing, Medical Device, and Green Energy Power Solutions. 

    Presenters:

    Tricia Shamus    Business Development and Senior Account Manager, Tri-Star Design, Inc.

    Tricia has been with Tri-Star Design in the role of Senior Account Manager and Business Development for over 6 years.  Prior to joining Tri-Star Design, Tricia spent 25 years with Texas Instruments in various sales and management roles in the Semiconductor Sales Organization, mostly here in the New England Market.   Tricia earned her BSEE from University of Dayton in Ohio.

     

     

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    Sep
    20
    2:00 PM14:00

    New England Factory Tour

    Mechanical Plastics, Inc. A 20+ year plastic fabrication, design, assembly, and distribution facility located in Agawam, MA.

    Governors America Corp, a leading providor of engine governing and system controls to a worldwide list of equipment manufacturers and power providers located in Agawam , MA

    Join us for these tours!

    Email Adam Rodrigues @arodrigues@greentownlabs.org for information on how to attend

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    Aug
    31
    3:00 PM15:00

    Manufacturing Office Hours: Boston Engineering

    Mark Smithers, a founding member of Boston Engineering, leads the company’s strategic development activities. For more than 20 years, Mark has helped Boston Engineering clients identify solutions and drive innovative ideas into innovation reality. His leadership has established a variety of different products that have positively changed the way people live.
    A skilled communicator, he facilitates the development, testing, and implementation of processes that involve different team members and disciplines.

    He is coming to Greentown to share advice. 

    Email: Msweitzer@greentownlabs.org with questions 

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    Aug
    30
    2:00 PM14:00

    Monthly Manufacturing Meetup

    This is a monthly event where local hardware startups gather to talk about their challenges related to manufacturing and supply chain. 

    This month's topic is all about manufacturing in the Aerospace industry. We will be joined by Polaris Contract Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.  

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    Aug
    16
    12:00 PM12:00

    Manufacturing Lunch and Learn with Pearse Bertram

    Pearse Bertram has the largest selection of first in class solutions for both motion and process control, but it's the people behind their company that make the difference.

    From their expert sales engineers who can help you find just the right solution to their dedicated customer service team that will always do their best to get you the answer you need, Pearse Bertram works hard to earn your trust in everything they do. They are coming to Greentown Labs to host a Lunch and Learn to describe what they do. 

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    Aug
    2
    3:00 PM15:00

    Rocket Pitch Event

    Greentown West and Worcester Clean Tech Incubator partner to host "Rocket Pitch Event" Come see local hardware startups pitch their prototype to a panel of Worcester area Manufacturing experts.  Watch as these startups and manufacturers engage and learn how to go from prototype to production. 

    Email Adam Rodrigues for more information at arodrigues@greentownlabs.org

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    Jul
    24
    10:00 AM10:00

    Build4Scale Pilot: Manufacturing 101 for Startups

    Take part in a workshop designed by Greentown Learn and the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Take an assessment that can help determine your unit's manufacturing readiness level, meet and network with manufacturing experts, and have all your questions answered, from design and engineering to supply chain management! 

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    Jun
    20
    11:00 AM11:00

    Engineer in Residence Pilot Program

    A new program at Greentown Learn, the Engineer in Residence will help take idea stage startups and turn their idea into a reality. In conjuction with the City of Somerville, we have dedicated  up to $17,000 worth of free engineering services to help scale businesses from idea to prototype and design for manufacturing. Email Msweitzer@greentownlearn.org with questions and inquiries. 

    Note: Event has been postponed. Date: TBD 

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    Jun
    13
    1:00 PM13:00

    Supply Chain Office Hours

    Join us at Greentown Labs to sit one-on-one with a supply chain management expert; Rich Weissman. Rich works with early stage companies and small businesses to create scalable and sustainable supply chain strategies. His areas of expertise include creating strategic sourcing plans, managing and improving supplier performance, supplier evaluation and selection, contract negotiation and administration, supplier communications, and transportation and logistics management. Sign up here: http://doodle.com/poll/6pmimykhh22vzn22 

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