Over thirty industrial companies are the founding partners of the Center.  They include suppliers such as machine tool builders and control vendors, as well as end-users of reconfigurable equipment.

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2004 ERC/RMS Executive Committee

(left to right) standing:  Al Steffee (Director, GM), Steve Holland (Chief Scientist for Mfg.), Jun Ni (ERC), Roger Cope (VP, Lamb/Unova), David Szczupak (VP, Ford), Kevin Bennett (Executive Director, Ford), Steven Director (Dean, U-M, CoE), seated: Bruce Kramer (ERC Program Director), Yoram Koren (ERC Director), Roman Krygier (Group VP, Global Mfg., Ford), Bruce Coventry (VP, Chrysler LLC.), David Hollister (Director, Michigan Dept. of Labor & Economic Growth), Lawrence Seiford (IOE Chair, U-M).

Benefits To Industry:

  • Exposure to new ideas and technologies
  • Potential utilization of research results
  • Student education in manufacturing
  • Extension of R&D to industry
  • Technical interactions between suppliers and users
  • Access to royalty-free intellectual property rights