Delta Air Lines, almost three months after opening the Global Innovation Center, has launched its new Advanced Manufacturing Pilot Facility (AMPF) on July 19. “We’re really excited about the partnership with Delta,” said G.P. “Bud” Peterson, the President of Georgia Tech. “This facility is a little different. Our students, faculty, staff and researchers will be able to develop products, and it provides Delta an opportunity to collaborate with its partners.”
This initiative was made possible with a $3 million gift from the Delta Air Lines Foundation. The center was designed for physical and cyber manufacturing as well as a demonstration and teaching facility. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute plans to use AMPF as a flagship component to enable concepts to go from ideas to production.
“Over the last two years, inspired by insights gained from our close collaboration in manufacturing research with industry partners, faculty members from the schools of Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Interactive Computing came together to define the requirements for a learning and research facility that will provide the foundation for future innovations in digital manufacturing,” said Georgia Tech’s vice president of Industry Collaboration, Don McConnell.
The building was originally part of the Atlantic Steel plant, serving as a warehouse for the Georgia Tech Housing department to store furniture for campus apartments and residence halls before it housed Delta’s AMPF and Boeing’s Manufacturing Development Center.
Gil West, the senior executive vice president and chief operating officer for Delta states, “Georgia Tech is a world-class institute, and we’re really blessed to have you in our hometown.” Delta’s AMPF solidifies Georgia Tech as a national leader in advanced manufacturing.