Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center of Excellence in Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing is teaming up with Wyoming County-based Markin Tubing—a dba of Markin Tubing L.P., which is a subsidiary of Markin Tubing G.P. Corp., to better service the automotive industry, officials said.
The collaboration was made possible because of FuzeHub Inc., a nonprofit organization that matches small to midsize manufacturing firms in New York with business resources.
RIT and Markin Tubing have been awarded a $30,000 grant for their project from FuzeHub.
FuzeHub recently launched the Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Innovation Fund, named for the late Jeff Lawrence who was a top executive at the Center for Economic Growth and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership center for the Capital Region. It received a $1 million annual grant for five years. The total of $5 million supports the commercialization and technology development of companies in New York, FuzeHub said.
RIT and Markin Tubing’s grant is one of many grants that make up the total $1 million of the annual Manufacturing Innovation Fund.
“We are honored to have received a grant from FuzeHub for this work,” said Mark Krystofik, senior program manager of COE-ASM at RIT. “The project will provide significant benefits to Markin Tubing, by retaining jobs and revenue in the automotive market.
“The technology may also enable Markin Tubing to expand into new automotive applications and also enter into other product markets that it was not able to participate in the past. We are excited to see the benefits.”
Markin Tubing is a supplier of steel tubing to the automotive industry. The tubing is coated with an aluminum-zinc material and a liquid epoxy paint for corrosion protection, the company said.
The award will be used to develop a method for applying powder coating material onto a steel substrate in a high-speed continuous production environment. It will help Markin Tubing to develop cost-effective alternative coatings that provides for enhanced corrosion protection while also maintaining a high degree of flexibility and formability, the company said.
The project is underway this month and is anticipated to take a year to complete.
“It is exciting to see RIT and Markin Tubing get started with their project. This is work that has the power to transform the industry, retain jobs and create an impact in the Rochester region and in the state,” said Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub.
FuzeHub is administering this fund as part of its role as the Empire State Development Corp.-designated statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership center.
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