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David McFeeters-Krone

RAPID & Manufacturing USA Institutes

The Manufacturing USA Institutes have dozens of projects focused on manufacturing.  The RAPID institute is seeking innovators who make manufacturing modules, particularly those that can transform agricultural waste into valuable chemicals. The vision is to have hundreds of these small manufacturing plants across the United States.  In addition, we seek…

RAPID + MEP: A Winning Combination

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) network is a strong advocate of RAPID’s process intensification efforts. With offices in each state, MEPs contribute significantly by engaging prospective new members as well as enhancing the projects of current members. The MEP has already helped build out RAPID’s supply chain, provided key manufacturability…

Wanted: Manufacturers Capable of Precision Bonding Inconel 625

OMEP is seeking manufacturers capable of precision bonding Inconel 625 as part of our work with RAPID. The application is to bond multiple layers of 0.5mm Inconel 625 to form a microchannel plate and frame heat exchanger.  The design is substantially similar to the photo on the left. …

5 Key Advantages of Modular Manufacturing

As part of my process intensification work for Manufacturing USA’s RAPID Institute, I came across “Small Modular Infrastructure” by Dahlgren et al. (The Engineering Economist) that highlights the shift in project analysis that makes small modular manufacturing the heir apparent for chemical manufacturing. This post summarizes the 5 key…