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University of Tennessee, Knoxville Machine Tool Research Center and MSC Industrial Supply Co. announce partnership to drive innovation in smart manufacturing


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee. and MELVILLE, NY, November 17, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and MSC Industrial Supply Co. today announced a public-private research partnership to advance machining through United States.

As part of this partnership, MSC’s team of metalworking specialists will work closely with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as manufacturers, to conduct research that will enable and stimulate the innovation in smart manufacturing. To reflect MSC’s commitment to machining research as the premier distributor of metalworking products and services to industrial customers, the Machine Tool Research Center on the UTK campus will host the Machining Research Lab. MSC.

“This partnership ensures MSC’s presence as a leader in machining on the UTK Machine Tool Research Center campus. This unique relationship underscores UTK’s commitment to manufacturing research, including ‘advanced machining, and provides a tremendous opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to work with MSC to solve real-world machining problems and develop next-generation machining capabilities, ”said Matthew Mench, Dean of Tickle College of Engineering at UTK.

The main objective of the MSC Machining Research Laboratory is to improve the ability of the practicing engineer to produce precise components in a timely manner. For MSC, the partnership provides the opportunity to realize its vision of solving critical manufacturing challenges in support of a thriving industrial economy. The partnership provides a significant opportunity to leverage MSC MillMax®, an award-winning service that helps improve the milling performance of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools and other emerging technologies and innovations.

“The partnership with UTK builds on the research relationship we have with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory,” said Jamie Goettler, Senior Director of Metallurgy Sales and Innovation for MSC. “Pairing our metallurgical specialists with forward-looking faculty researchers, as well as students from UTK’s College of Engineering will help us continue to drive innovation to advance manufacturing in the field. Southeast and across United States. “

The MSC machining research laboratory at University of Tennessee The Machine Tool Research Center is expected to benefit manufacturers in the South East and United States by providing the opportunity to work directly with MSC technical experts and UTK faculty and student researchers on intelligent manufacturing technology.

“MSC’s partnership with the UTK Machine Tool Research Center will provide an invaluable resource to our private sector partners. It will enable manufacturers of the greatest Tennessee Valley to observe the new technology and work directly with MSC on its adoption at their manufacturing facilities, ”said Tony Schmitz, professor and director of the UTK Machine Tool Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Faculty, and director of the Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network (SEAMTN), a consortium of companies, colleges and universities, national laboratories, organizations non-profit and Tennessee state government seeking to strengthen the US industrial base.

About MSC Industrial Supply Co.

MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM) is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair and operation (MRO) products and services. We help our clients increase their productivity, profitability and growth with nearly 2 million products, inventory management and other supply chain solutions, as well as deep expertise from 80 years of working with customers from all sectors. Our experienced team of over 6,500 associates is dedicated to working side-by-side with our clients to help them drive results for their businesses – from keeping operations efficient today to redesigning, retooling and re-tooling. continuous optimization for a more productive future. For more information on MSC, please visit mscdirect.com.

About the UTK Machine Tool Research Center

The mission of the Machine Tool Research Center is to serve the parts manufacturing community and enable next generation intelligent manufacturing. The general objective is to improve the capacity of the practicing engineer to produce precise components in a timely manner; this has important ramifications for the private and defense sectors. Our approach is to conduct fundamental research in support of this goal, while taking care to consider the practical implementation of our research efforts. Through this combined program, high school graduate students are trained to have strong analytical / numerical modeling abilities coupled with fundamental experimental techniques and data analysis skills including physics-based machine learning. .

SOURCE MSC Industrial Supply Co.

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