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UTA In The News — Thursday, June 4, 2015

Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Bringing back manufacturing

UT Arlington researchers — with help from Wal-Mart — are developing a flexible manufacturing system that assembles parts slightly larger than a thimble, The Dallas Morning News reported. The theory is that the system could be adapted to different products of different sizes, reducing the manufacturing costs and allowing goods built overseas to be made in the United States. “We have to learn how to be more competitive, smarter and more cost-efficient,” Mickey McCabe, executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute said Wednesday at its annual U.S. Manufacturing Symposium in Fort Worth.

Small motors focus

UT Arlington’s robotic system is focused on the assembly of small motors used in many electrical items — from toys to kitchen appliances, The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat Blog reported. Aditya Das, senior scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, hopes to equal the current sale price of such motors — 50 cents — through U.S. manufacturing. “We’re looking at the system as a way to cut costs and improve the reliability – not just in the manufacturing process but in the product — as part of the whole Made in the USA movement,” Das said during an interview in his Fort Worth lab. “It’s about the whole supply chain.”

Bond funding for university buildings

After a long dry spell, public universities in North Texas and across the state are expected to get money for new facilities, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said. Legislators sent a $3 billion bond package for the work to Gov. Greg Abbott for approval. North Texas lawmakers who helped support the funding deserve praise for their work. Of the $3 billion bond package, UT Arlington is expected to receive $70 million to pay part of the cost of a science and education innovation research building. 

New study identifies motor skill aids

Health reported on a new measurement co-developed by Priscila Caçola, an assistant professor of kinesiology in the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, that can be used to help better identify household objects and toys that can help in an infant’s motor skill development. Her study about the “Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development-Infant Scale (AHEMD-IS)" recently appeared in the journal Physical Therapy.

Texas Construction Career Academy reported on the Texas Construction Career Academy being offered at the Laredo Community College. The program provides training and certification in highway construction via a unique partnership led by the Texas Department of Transportation, UT Arlington and Laredo Community College.