Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC )
Project title: Technology Acceleration
Proposed project duration: 3 years
Year 1 funding from NIST MEP: $850,000
Year 1 non-federal cost share: $112,767
Total multi-year project cost (est.): $2,691,395
Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, the NIST MEP affiliate in Texas, will use innovative and collaborative approaches to develop and demonstrate: 1) Data Standards for a needs analysis and assessment tool, known as Asset Inventory Management focused on MEP's five Strategic Growth Areas; 2) benefits of Technology Acceleration training, including Technology Scouting and Technology Driven Market Intelligence; and, 3) a methodology that places MEP in a position to connect technology sources including private, federal and university based with U.S. manufacturers.
For more information contact:
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The Technology Acceleration Framework is an automated tool with an ultimate aim of providing consultation to the users for resolving their business related needs. Typical users for the system will be people starting new business or having growth related needs along with people who help smaller businesses to grow e.g., TMAC Engineers.
The following section describes the details of Phase 1 of the project:
In the Phase 1 of the project we intend to come up with a tool for recording such needs in form of need description and the need details. The tool will also capture the company specifics that houses the need. There are two aims of this phase.
Aim 1 will be to come up with analytic / reporting mechanism on the need-trend. We also intend to create a bridge between this system and existing resource-discovery tools like collaborative partnership to provide solution(s) in space of academia research. This is a restrictive solution space of what we ultimately desire to achieve but would provide a good starting point to explore the mapping between the needs and the respective solution.This will lead to a better understanding of an appropriate ranking function.
Aim 2 of this phase is to come up with standardization of different attributes that would characterize the company and their needs. The standardization will enable different data sources to connect to each other more easily forming an information grid and creating a better and bigger solution space.
The tool which we are creating for collecting the need information asks the users to enter the company name as well as the need(s) information. We have a consolidated list of attributes both for company as well as the need that we capture as a part of data entry. Some of the attributes are pre-populated and the user has to select one / multiple options. Some of the attributes are free-flowing text fields where user has to manually enter the information. The attributes that we are capturing will create the feature space and help us create better (relevant) mapping between the need and the solution.
The description and insight behind various attributes is listed as follows: