Advanced Manufacturing Centers

Solutions and Innovations

The Centralina region is home to a multitude of Advanced Manufacturing Centers dedicated to providing research, consultations, services and solutions to help companies thrive.

Industrial Extension Services @ NC State University

Phone: (919) 515-2358

The Industrial Extension Service (IES), the first of its kind in the United States, was established in 1955 to help North Carolina industries grow and prosper. More than 50 years later, our mission remains the same. As an outreach and extension organization affiliated with the NC State College of Engineering, we support industry and business in the workplace – whether that's in the office, on the factory floor, at a hospital, inside a government facility, or on the job site.

Our tailored solutions, university and community connections, and engineering know-how can help your company stay abreast of the latest technologies, and best practices in engineering and business management. Ultimately, our aim is to help you increase productivity, efficiency, safety and quality. As a result, your profits rise and your business thrives. At IES, your success comes first. 

Central Regional Contact information:

Counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Iredell, Rowan, Stanly, and Union
Gene Beneduce
(704) 369-9019

Counties: Gaston, Lincoln and Mecklenburg
Jeff Woolard
(980) 395-2023

North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center

8701 Mallard Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: (704) 548-1090

By providing management counseling and education services to small and mid-sized businesses, the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) helps small business owners and start-ups meet the challenges of today’s business environment, manage that ever-changing world, and plan for the future of their business.

Polymers Center of Excellence

8900 Research Drive
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: (800) 603-4661

Polymers Center of Excellence provides specialized training and local expertise for companies that manufacture products from plastics and rubber for various industries, including automotive, furniture and medical. Services include in-plant engineering out reach assistance, education, training, process and product development, and engineering reference services.

The Charlotte Visualization Center

Dr. William Ribarsky, Director
Woodward Hall
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-8444

The Charlotte Visualization Center is a highly interdisciplinary center that applies interactive visualization and visual analytics to a variety of large scale and complex problems in science, engineering, medicine, business, design, and the arts. It was established in January, 2005 and includes over 30 faculty members and over a hundred graduate and undergraduate students. The VisCenter faculty is truly interdisciplinary with members from CS, SIS, Engineering, English, Geography and Earth Sciences, Architecture, Ethics, and other departments. The VisCenter also has one of the deepest programs anywhere in fundamental visualization, visual analytics, and human-computer interaction research with 9 faculty members doing work in these areas. The main VisCenter Lab provides an exciting, state-of-the-art environment for visualization and HCI research and application development with an abundance of advanced displays, interaction devices, and a large, multiscreen stereoscopic projection system. These unique facilities are available for use to all VisCenter faculty and students. In addition, faculty and students enjoy a highly interactive and collaborative environment through the VisCenter seminar series, invited speakers, symposia, workshops, social events, and other activities. The VisCenter has research funding from the Army, NIH, NSF, the Department of Homeland Security, DOE, U.S. DOT, EPA, Bank of America, and other agencies and companies.

The mission of the VisCenter is to develop and promote the science of visual analytics and to advance interactive visualization as an integrative discipline that is indispensable for attacking key real world applications.

Gaston College Kimbrell Campus and Textile Technology Center

7220 Wilkinson Blvd
Belmont, NC 28012
Phone: (704) 825-3737

Where do textile and fiber companies go when they need a centralized source of technical support for their business? For over 70 years that place has been the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, NC.

Since its inception in 1941, the Center has played a significant role in helping the North Carolina textile industry remain competitive, manufacture quality products, and maintain a well-trained workforce.

Over time, the areas of need within textile firms have changed and evolved, but the Center has always remained flexible and evolved along with the need.

Today with input from an Advisory Board of textile professionals from across the state, the Textile Center focuses on providing testing services, product prototyping, and sample production in several areas.

The Textile Technology Center strives to provide the most up to date solutions to fiber producers, textile and apparel manufacturers, and retailers most specialized needs.

Institute for Manufacturing Productivity

Contact: Brenda Odom
Phone: (803) 981-7144

The Institute for Manufacturing Productivity, a partnership between the College and industry, located in the C Building expansion sets a new standard for productivity, innovation, and training. This 30,000 square foot facility contains the latest generation of computer numerically controlled machine tools, simulators, and advanced CAM software.

The Center for Precision Metrology @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Charlotte Research Institute
Duke Centennial Hall - Room 108
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Dr. Christopher J. Evans, Director
Phone: (704) 687-5869

The Center for Precision Metrology is an interdisciplinary association of UNC Charlotte faculty and student researchers, allied with industrial partners in the research, development and integration of precision metrology as applied to manufacturing. Working with dimensional tolerances on the order of 10 parts per million or better, precision metrology encompasses the methods of production and inspection in manufacturing, measurement, algorithms, tolerance representation, and the integration of metrology into factory quality systems.

Regional Analytical Chemistry Laboratory @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Craig Ogle, Director
Dr. John Pickett, Research Scientist
Burson Building, Room 221
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-3151

The Regional Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (RAChel) provides state-of-the-art analytical chemistry services including non-routine analysis.

A key component of RAChel is nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry, which is used in conjunction with Gas and Liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy (GCMS, LCMS), Fourier Transform/Infrared spectrometry (FT-IR), and Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR) in addition to other identification instruments to solve complex chemical formulations and manufacturing problems. The lab also has a variety of techniques for the separation and isolation of organic and inorganic components and searchable library databases to use in conjunction with those instruments.

Services the RAChel group provides for companies include competitive analysis, deformulation, comparison of similar products for subtle differences, identification of processing deposits, elucidation of polymer structure, and characterization of monomers, additives and catalysts.

RAChel has been developed in response to input from the Department of Chemistry, Department of Engineering, the University and industrial community as a means to support the academic and industrial research infrastructure in our region.

Similarly, interdisciplinary environmental science research activity at UNC Charlotte is increasing and is benefiting significantly from RAChel. Thus, RAChel offers the larger regional laboratories a consortium-style access to major equipment and scientific expertise they lack. For smaller companies, we offer technology transfer by helping them establish their own analytical methodology and by providing analytical services that are not generally available through commercial laboratories.

Laboratory of Information Integration, Security and Privacy @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Mohamed Shehab, Director
Woodward Hall 310F
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-7476

National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The mission of the Laboratory of Information Integration, Security, and Privacy (LIISP) is to add value to the university, community, and society through innovative educational programs, research and development in the areas of information integration, security, and privacy.

The Center for Lean Logistics and Engineering Systems @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. S. Gary Teng, Director
Dr. Ertunga C. Ozelkan, Associate Director
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-3616

The Center for Lean Logistics and Engineering Systems provides custom training solutions that can significantly affect a company's performance. The center’s expertise is in lean system design, planning and analysis, and quality management. The center is striving to be the premier logistics and engineered systems design, analysis and implementation portal for supply chain, logistics, and engineering professionals from the industry, the government agencies, and the academia.

The North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center

Dr. Mesbah Uddin, Director
Motorsports Research Bldg Room 109
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-7020

The North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center (NCMARC) supports the motorsports and automotive industries by providing education, workforce training and research infrastructure in such areas as computational fluid dynamics, instrumentation development, dynamic analyses and simulation. Additional research includes the investigation of economic development strategies and recommendation to promote and expand the motorsports industry in the region.

Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications @ University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Glenn Boreman, Director
Grigg Hall
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223
Phone: (704) 687-8173

Our mission is to provide infrastructure for students, faculty, and industrial partners who share research interests in optoelectronics and optical communications, and to promote awareness of the importance of optical technology.

Catawba Valley Community College - Manufacturing Solutions Center

301 Conover Station SE
Conover, NC 28613
Dan St. Louis, Director
Phone: (828) 327-7000 Ext. 4265

The mission of the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC) is to help US manufacturers increase sales, improve quality and improve efficiency to create or retain jobs.

This is accomplished by:

  • Enhancing and improving products through research and development
  • Creating prototypes for new, innovative offerings
  • Analyzing new materials to enhance structure and programs
  • Testing products for reliable content and quality
  • Training personnel for lean manufacturing processes and supply chain efficiencies
  • Providing a forum for rollout of new 21st century technologies
  • Providing hands-on guidance for international marketing, sales and military procurement
  • Providing photo-realistic renderings and visualizations
  • Advocating Industry
  • Aiding entrepreneurs in success

Bringing manufacturing into the NEW ERA of changing technologies, global marketing and production innovations.