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Summer 2013

Introducing AM-TEC 
CNY's Advanced Manufacturing Initiative


The Advanced Manufacturing for Thermal and Environmental Controls (AM-TEC) initiative was one of 10 projects selected nationally from 55 applications for the 2012 Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge (AMJIAC), supported by a coalition of federal agencies. 


The AM-TEC initiative provides a broad range of targeted economic development assistance to small, medium, and large manufacturers  and suppliers of thermal and environmental control (TEC) equipment in Central New York.  The project is designed to help firms reduce costs and increase revenue through the creation and maintenance of a capable workforce and the development of new products using:

  •  Innovation research
  •  Workforce and business development services
  • Advanced manufacturing training opportunities 
  • Research and development collaborations with area universities and faculty
  • Workforce development and training
  • Entrepreneurial assistance and support
  • Networking opportunities 

The goal of AMJIAC projects nationwide is to spur job creation through initiatives that connect small suppliers with large companies, link research with start-ups that can commercialize new ideas, and train workers with skills that firms need to capitalize on business opportunities.  


Visit our website to learn more about services available through the AM-TEC initiative.  
To add your logo and product photos to the AM-TEC website, contact
Click  here to read about the federal Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.


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Introduction to TEC Firms
This  newsletter will regularly feature two TEC firms. The AM-TEC regional cluster is a consortium of partners whose mission is to accelerate the growth of this advanced manufacturing industry sector in Central New York.  Cluster firms are able to leverage their collective competencies to maximize the ability to find, compete for and capture funding and new business. AM-TEC cluster growth will be measured by increases in (a) member organizations, (b) jobs created and retained, (c) training provided, (d) export activity, (e) new investments, (f) revenues from new products/services. 
Featured TEC Firms  
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Joel Southwell from Synex Controls speaks on energy management systems at Syracuse CoE's TEC Tuesday in May.

An industry leader in developing energy management solutions and controls technology for heat transfer system markets, Synex Controls boasts applications that include multiple boiler sequencing systems, process control, boiler control packages, heat pump loop controllers, web-based access and customized control designs. Synex prides itself on combining maximum system efficiencies and advanced control capabilities with an incredibly user-friendly interface.

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Cortland Research demonstrates how its signature POUNCE® system works at the Syracuse CoE's 2013 CAP Awards.
Cortland Research, recipient of a 2013 Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) awardhas developed an innovative energy management system known as the POUNCE® System. 


A POUNCE® System is dynamic, real-time, adaptable and highly configurable. It can control loads as small as a laptop and as large as a 3-phase motor.   


POUNCE® devices interact with each other by responding to stimulus from other POUNCE® devices. They also interact with occupants to improve the experience and provide seamless energy reduction. A POUNCE® system can interact with other building systems to enhance the total functionality, further improving efficiency.  

News For AM-TEC Firms
CenterState CEO Helps Organize Trade Mission to South Africa and Nambia
CenterState CEO is helping to arrange a trade mission for businesses to visit South Africa and Namibia, scheduled for September 16 - 24. 
According to an article on CNY Business Journal, prior to the mission, the organizing agencies plan to provide participating companies with market reports and pre-qualified lists of potential sales agents and distributors or end users for their goods or services.
To register, contact CenterState CEO at (315) 470-1925. The registration deadline is Aug. 2. 

An Integrated AM-TEC Training Program Coordinated by SUNY-ESF is Now Accepting Registrations!
The program provides participants with the training necessary to be prepared for employment, and add value and advancement potential to incumbent workers in the advanced manufacturing of thermal and environmental controls.  
Training is comprised of four components: an online Introduction to AM-TEC training, two days of Foundational Competencies training pertinent to the needs of the AM-TEC cluster, and seven half-day AM-TEC externships in which participants will observe the activities of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program as applied within the AM-TEC cluster. A fourth program component prepares participants to take the CPT Green Production Module assessment.


At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness in the workplace

  • Apply appropriate skills for problem solving

  • Work with others to achieve a common goal

  • Explain the process of manufacturing thermal and environmental controls

  • Identify workplace activities that improve environmental performance.

Project Partner Spotlight 
Central New York Technology Development Organization (CNYTDO)
The Central New York Technology Development Organization (CNYTDO) is a not-for-profit consulting and training organization. CNYTDO boasts a hands-on, job-creation focused approach to helping technology and manufacturing companies develop, implement, assist and smooth the technology transition from start-ups to mature organizations.

As an AM-TEC project partner, CNYTDO offers innovation services including:
  • Innovation Engineering - From idea generation, screening and selection through development, prototyping, production ramp-up and market introduction AM-TEC supports you in investing in a pipeline of sustainable growth.
  • SBIR/STTR: Federal Grants for Innovative Research & Development - The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide federal grants for feasibility studies and technology development. Support from AM-TECS can help you assess whether these programs are right for your business and guide you through the development of a successful proposal and commercialization strategy.
With project support from NIST, NYSTAR and National Grid, AM-TEC firms can access CNYTDO services at a reduced cost. For more information, contact Bob Trachtenberg at
TEC Tuesdays: Tour of Cryomech, Aug. 6th, 2013
TEC Tuesday
June's TEC Tuesday tour of Syracuse University's Green Data Center, led by SU professor Dr. Ez Khalifa.
TEC Tuesdays feature firms in the Thermal Environmental Controls (TEC) industry cluster in the 12 countries of CenterState New York. Held on the 1st Tuesday of each month, TEC Tuesdays include presentations, factory tours and networking opportunities for cluster firms. Individuals from CenterState TEC manufacturers and their suppliers, SyracuseCoE partner firms and institutions, and others from the region are welcome to attend. 

Join us on August 6th, 2013 for the newest installation of our TEC Tuesday series: a tour of Cryomech Inc. led by Chief Operating Officer, Richard Dausman. 

Cryomech is a recognized leader in new cryorefrigerator (cryocooler) design and manufacturing. They developed and produced the world's first 4K Pulse Tube Cryorefrigerator (PTR). They also manufacture the largest variety of single stage Gifford-McMahon Cycle Cryorefrigerators available anywhere. 

We invite you to join us...
Please feel free to share this invitation with colleagues at your firm, as well as with other firms in CNY's TEC cluster and its local supply chain.

Please RSVP to Liz Crowder at to reserve a spot on the tour.

SyracuseCoE's 13th Annual Symposium
Mark your calendars for SyracuseCoE's 13th Annual Symposium, October 21-22 at the Oncenter Complex in Syracuse.

The 13th annual SyracuseCoE Symposium: Urban Reinvention and Resilience will feature the latest results from collaborators from across the nation and beyond. This year's Symposium will feature sessions and workshops designed to engage a wide audience, including industry practitioners, state and local officials, and university faculty and students.

Save the date for Partner Day, taking place all day at the Symposium on Monday, October 21st. Unique programming will be available for AMTEC member firms. Click here to join as an AMTEC member firm, and take advantage of this unique offer. 

NEXT Conference 

The Event for Technology, Manufacturing & Innovation

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 | Holiday Inn Syracuse-Liverpool

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, November 19, 2013!
NEXT is an exciting conference for high-tech businesses, manufacturers, defense contractors, academic and industry researchers, entrepreneurs, and more. Participants come together to explore  and be inspired by the latest trends in business practices all while learning about cutting edge technological advances.

In 2012, its inaugural year, NEXT conference attendees were inspired by keynotes Robert Tucker and Peter Singer, international thought leaders in business and science. They gained up-to-the-minute information at workshops and technology demonstrations, and forged new connections through networking.

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