Thursday, March 1, 2018

Technolink Snapshot March 2018


Technolink members Jim Watson and Gregg Profozich announced that CMTC, California’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center, hosted a quarterly summit for MEP staff embedded in the Manufacturing USA Institutes. The event was held last month at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California Irvine and was sponsored by the MEP National Network. Calit2 is a Technology Demonstration Center for the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII).
The summit was attended by key personnel from the MEP National Network and personnel from the 10 MEP Centers across the country, UCI professors, UCI staff and other invited guests.
The summit provided a forum for collaboration on the transfer of 
Institute developed technologies to Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers (SMMs) such as additive manufacturing, advanced robotics and SMART technologies have fundamentally changed how we think about design, fabrication and support in manufacturing. The challenge for MEP Centers is in the development approaches that engage SMMs in the adoption of these process and machine technologies that will increase productivity and competitiveness.
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Technolink member Michel Schnaas, VP of Business Development and Strategy at  KVP International, shares how the company addresses growth through the use of technology.  For more than 50 years, KVP International has been the leading manufacturer of recovery pet collars (also known as the "Elizabethan Collar" or "Cone of Shame") in the USA. Up until a decade ago, the company fulfilled orders with a manual press on a built-to-order basis.
Today, KVP manufactures over 4 million collars per year in a variety of shapes and price points in its Chino, CA facilities. Such growth has only been possible through the proactive adoption of new technologies in manufacturing and data analytics that enable proper decision-making through capacity, efficiency, and profitability measures. Manufacturing at KVP has evolved from one manual press that would yield just over 150 units per hour to three automatic cutting presses that yield over 2000 units per hour.

Today, KVP's product line consists of over 3,000 SKUs in a variety of product categories. As part of KVP's operational strategy, KVP has set off on a steadfast path of automation and proactive use of analytics to make business decisions. 
"Product" sits at the heart of our business. It is what we manufacture, store, and sell to our customers. Before we can even ship our products, they must go through many steps along the value chain. Leveraging technology to improve and track all these steps has become an integral part of the business model and a great opportunity for KVP. 
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To learn more about KVP, click here.


Technolink member Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology announces that Jim DuBois, former Microsoft Chief Information Officer, has joined the Corent team. Corent Technology is the emerging leader in Cloud Migration and SaaS enablement technologies. In addition, Corent SurPaaS automatically migrates and Cloud-enables any software application as fully instrumented SaaS for efficient delivery ‘as a Service,’ saving years and millions of dollars worth of manual design and programming effort.  SurPaaS was named the most Innovative Cloud Service and was recognized by the Gartner Group for its innovative approach for rapid delivery of conventional software as fully instrumented SaaS (Software as a Service). Corent was recently awarded a patent for its consequential invention of “Software Defined SaaS®” platform.
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Technolink member Frank Quiambao was featured on Fox11's  Good Day LA on Friday Feb 2, 2018. Frank is the Director of the National Education Safety and Security Institute (NESSI) at UCLA's Fielding School of Public  Health.  He was interviewed after the recent shooting at Salvador Castro Middle School and discussed reducing violence in our nation's schools.
NESSI Description: Utilizing an all hazards, comprehensive, integrative and whole of community approach, the National Education Safety and Security Institute, NESSI, aims to maximize and increase public health through violence and harm prevention, response and recovery in all segments of the educational system, including:  preK-12, colleges and universities, vocational institutions, private schools, as well as faith based institutions.  NESSI uses a multi-disciplinary approach to preventing school violence and harm through instruction, operational response, policy and research.


Technolink member Michael T. Losquadro announces his new role as  Senior Advisor – Campus Advancement for the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor.
As the Senior Advisor – Campus Advancement, Michael provides strategic counsel to the 23 campus Presidents and Vice Presidents of Advancement to assist them in building successful advancement programs.  He conducts campus capacity studies, organizational assessments and program evaluations.  He also assists the campuses in preparing for and launching fund raising campaigns, establishing philanthropic foundations, and training and orienting new foundation board members.
Michael previously served as the Associate Vice President, Development & Campaign Operations for California State University, Long Beach and the Chief Operating Officer for the CSULB 49er Foundation, as well as the Executive Director of Development at the University of California, Irvine. Michael is a proud Titan, having earned his Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management at California State University, Fullerton. Michael also serves as a Reserve Lieutenant in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Search & Rescue Reserve Unit. 

The UCI Cybersecurity Policy and Research Institute announces an Election Hacking Conference on March 13, 2018.  For more information and to purchase tickets online, click below.