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The Center for Industrial Effectiveness | University at Buffalo | Spring 2018
Ensuring cobot safety
Computer company Bak USA of Buffalo is at the forefront of integrating collaborative robots (cobots) alongside its production workforce. Despite a bevy of precautions already engineered into the machines, leaders refuse to gamble with safety. The company reached out to TCIE to assess the safety of its cobots and instill a more robust recognition of safe practices among employees. | Read more
TCIE project engineer Akshay Sivadas, standing at left, presents collaborative robot safety tips to Bak USA production employees.
Boosting the manufacturing pipeline
In coordination with Jamestown Community College, TCIE is educating employees at Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant in core knowledge and skills required for frontline manufacturing jobs. Company leaders believe so much in the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program that they are touting its merits beyond company walls, reaching the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier and school districts.
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From left, Myra Olson and Tammy Emerson show off coins given to them by Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant upon receiving their Certified Production Technician certificates.
Announcing our newest staff member
TCIE appointed Akshay Sivadas as project engineer. He provides audits of, training in, and implementation of international quality standards. His role includes developing and managing new products, including technical curriculum for professional education. | Read more
Expanding our educational footprint
The UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is ramping up its presence on the world’s largest educational platform by releasing online courses about blockchain technology, energy, collaborative robot safety and computer vision. TCIE is managing course development. | Read more

Part of the team behind the Introduction to Collaborative Robot Safety Course includes, from left: Amy Moore, TCIE project manager; Haley Ritterhern, Precise Automation applications engineer; and Brian Carlisle, Precise Automation CEO and co-founder.
Ushering manufacturers through the digital transformation
After 30+ years of business experience, Silvio Pietro Monticelli of Milan, Italy, is leveraging Europe’s appetite for adopting cutting-edge technologies. Our Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization courses helped inspire a new consulting career. | Read more
Honoring MOD-PAC Corp.
TCIE recognized MOD-PAC Corp. for being a “Partner in Engineering Excellence” at the 2018 Small Business Luncheon, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Buffalo Niagara. MOD-PAC has received ergonomics assistance from Lora Cavuoto, director of undergraduate studies and assistant professor for UB’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and participated in various training courses.

From left: TCIE Director of Business Development Gary Simon, MOD-PAC Operations Managers Dan Wagner and Rick Oleszak, and UB Assistant Professor of Industrial Systems and Engineering Lora Cavuoto.
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