April 11, 2019

Stanley's 'Manufactory 4.0' opens Thursday

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Stanley Black & Decker's 'Manufactory 4.0' showroom at One Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford.
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A 3-D printer at Stanley's 'Manufactory 4.0' in downtown Hartford.

New Britain's Stanley Black & Decker will debut Thursday morning its downtown Hartford innovation hub, Manufactory 4.0.

Also known formally as the state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, the facility occupies 23,000 square feet at One Constitution Plaza in downtown Hartford.

Stanley CEO James Loree, Mayor Luke Bronin and Gov. Ned Lamont are due to publicly introduce at 11:30 a.m. Thursday the innovation hub that Stanley envisions assisting the Hartford region and the state to develop skilled manufacturing workers and new digital-production processes to satisfy future demands.

It will serve, Stanley officials have previously said, as a working test lab in which Stanley engineers, metallurgists, data analysts and other technicians will conceive and test concepts for new products as well as more efficient and streamlined processes for its production workers and machinery.

Housed in the same building, adjacent to Manufactory 4.0, is the Stanley+TechStars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program. Already, the second group of 10 additive-manufacturing startups from around the globe are mentored by Stanley engineers and TechStars advisors in the development and refinement of their technologies in which parts or components are made by "adding'' plastics or metals layer by layer.

With both, company officials said, the global toolmaker wants to identify before its competitors, or anyone else, potential technology "disruptions'' to its business model, as well as new technology and market opportunities.

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