Manufacturing Innovation Center at Rensselaer

MIC News and Events

Robotics is leading the manufacturing revolution.

US-based manufacturing is poised for a renaissance, driven by technologies that empower and elevate the human workforce. No longer just for large enterprises, today’s generation of robots can help level the playing field for small to medium sized manufacturers by easing hiring shortages, creating safer work environments, and improving competitiveness.

A great NYS manufacturing success story!

Pvilion of Brooklyn designs and manufactures flexible photovoltaic (PV) structures and products. Examples include deployable solar tents for the U.S. military, Tommy Hilfiger solar clothing, a solar fabric carport at Google, and fold-up solar chargers. In February 2019, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) were awarded a Manufacturing Grant from FuzeHub’s Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund to help Pvilion automate its solar fabric manufacturing process.

How IBM is using smart sensors and computer modeling at Lake George, NY

IoT-based sensors are being used at Lake George, in New York, in order to collect data that can be used to improve the freshwater ecosystem.

IBM Research is working with partners from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Fund for Lake George to place IoT-based sensors around Lake George, in New York, in order to monitor threats such as pollution from road salt, invasive species and excess nutrients.

Jefferson Project Monitoring Harmful Algal Bloom on Skaneateles Lake

Environmental monitoring system developed on “World’s Smartest Lake” expands to threatened drinking water source

Schenectady company using modern STEM to take diapers back in time

A Schenectady company is hoping to use STEM to take new parents back in time. Their vision is to go back to an age of cloth diapers. They say they have a better product than Pampers and Huggies. It's just going to take a little more engineering to get more babies into Tidy Tots.

The company is bold enough to say their cloth diapers are cleaner.

It's a three-piece design -- a cover, a booster and the liner. All are held onto your beautiful and waste-producing infant by a series of 22 snaps. The only problem is manufacturing them.