The Composite Prototyping Centre (CPC) has announced that Abaris Training Resources will be relocating its Griffin, Georgia, US, operation to CPC’s facility on Long Island.
CPC is dedicated to providing workforce development, prototype manufacturing and hands-on technical training in advanced composites manufacturing. Abaris’ decision to base its East Coast operations at CPC was prompted by its goal to expand beyond its current curriculum to incorporate the application of the sophisticated equipment that CPC houses. Also factoring in Abaris’ decision was CPC’s status as the designated Northeast centre for the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), of which both organisations are members.
“CPC has the advanced technology required in manufacturing using composites such as our automated fibre placement robot, large autoclaves, RTM/VARTM resin injection/infusion system and CNC router with five-axis alignment verification system for cutting, milling and machining,” according to CPC Executive Director, Leonard Poveromo. “We’re confident our resources will be extremely beneficial to Abaris in meeting its goal to broaden its course offerings.”
“We have been conducting our training at Atlanta Aerospace Composite in Griffin for almost 20 years and enjoyed an excellent relationship,” says Abaris President, Michael J. Hoke. “The sole reason for bringing our operation to CPC is to support our growth objectives in offering new courses that continue to meet the needs of the advanced composite manufacturing and repair communities.”
To prepare for Abaris, CPC will be setting up ten workstations for Abaris repair training classes. The aerospace industry is one of Abaris’ major markets and the company provides training both offsite and onsite for airlines such as Jet Blue for which it has provided training at LaGuardia Airport. Additionally, Abaris provides its advanced composite training to the DoD/armed forces and various government agencies including the FAA, NTSB and NASA. Its market reach extends to the commercial space industry, providing training to all of the major players.
Abaris will initially be using its current instructors, but Hoke projects that the company will soon be hiring locally.
“With the addition of new courses over the next year or two, we will be hiring instructors from the Long Island region with strong backgrounds in advanced composite materials, as well as the right teaching skills and personality to engage students in both the classroom instruction and hands-on workshop environments,” he says.
While Abaris gains access to CPC’s equipment and the ability to offer new courses, CPC will have access to training for its future employees. Joint initiatives are also likely.
“Just as Abaris has its core offerings, CPC will continue to independently provide its Composite Technician Certification programme,” says Poveromo. “We expect our symbiotic relationship to grow and evolve which, ultimately, will accrue benefit to our customers.”
The Long Island region is also expected to benefit from the economic and workforce development advantages stemming from Abaris’ presence at CPC. Local manufacturers will gain easy access to more advanced materials training programmes, which will enable them to build a more proficient, skilled workforce able to work with composite materials. This in turn will help position these manufacturers for greater subcontractor opportunities awarded by larger manufacturers.
“IACMI members Abaris and the Composites Prototyping Centre both play important roles in the continued growth of workforce development in the composites field,” adds IACMI Workforce Manager, Joannie Harmon Heath. “The CPC is home to the research of several IACMI projects and being in the Northeast corridor is also close to many IACMI members. Abaris’ proximity to the CPC will increase the opportunity for hands-on learning experiences and workforce development initiatives.”
Abaris will be setting up its operations at CPC in June with its first course, the five-day Advanced Composite Structures: Fabrication & Damage Repair – Phase I, scheduled for August 2018.
In addition to providing its Composite Technician Certification Programme to numerous Long Island companies, CPC is a Programme Partner of Stony Brook University’s Manufacturing Technology and Resource Consortium (MTRC), New York State’s only campus-based Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) centre, and is a partner with Unique Electrical Solutions, which recently generated a contract to modify 16 vans for UPS. More recently, CPC was named the recipient of three significant grants for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for high schools.
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