The CIMS building at RIT houses many programs and centers that share CIMS'
research bays, laboratories, and training facilities. These include the
National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R),
the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMS), the Sustainable Systems
Research Center (SSRC), the Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise (CELE),
the Manufacturing Technologies Program (MT), the Imaging Products Laboratory
(IPL), the Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence Program (OSEE), and
CIMS Training Programs. These centers and programs also have access to
several laboratories that are hosted in the CIMS building
for other RIT
programs in addition to the numerous facilities located throughout RIT's
World-class training and applied technology facilities
CIMS occupies 170,000 square-feet of laboratory and office space and support
solution developments in 6 large, flexible manufacturing bays
more than 20 specialized technology-based laboratories
a 10-room, 400-seat conference and training facility
with video, Ethernet, and teleconference capabilities. At CIMS, industries can
train and upgrade their workforces, obtain high-quality technical assistance,
and gain hands-on experience with the newest technologies from applied R&D to
Companies can lease space to conduct research and development projects without
the interruption of daily activities and can also rent space for one-time
conference activities or meetings.
Six large, flexible manufacturing bays in the CIMS facility provide suitable
space for project work as well as long-term program development. Activities
hosted in the bay areas include:
Hands-on training seminars
Large system disassembly and re-engineering
Manufacturing process development and evaluation
High-volume offset lithography and digital printing
The CIMS facility is home to more than 20 laboratories, including:
Imaging Products Laboratory (IPL)
Laboratory houses a wide array of commercially-available as well as customized
tools and equipment. IPL also has access to specialized laboratories throughout
Rochester Institute of Technology and the Institute's 60 years' experience in
imaging and printing. The Laboratory's programs include quality assurance
programs, components analysis, image quality evaluation, media performance
evaluation, and systems evaluation.
IPL's inkjet cartridge evaluation laboratory performs scientific testing of
cartridge yield and image quality, such as competitive performance evaluation,
statistical design-of-experiments process optimization, and electrical
Integrated Diagnostics and
Integrated Diagnostics and Prognostics Laboratory is used to develop
components, software, and integrated systems for the evaluation and
implementation of diagnostics technology for in-the-field environments.
Capabilities include: development of signature analysis techniques, embedded
software development, computer aided circuit design, circuit board fabrication
and functional testing, electrical component assembly, system integration, and
system prototype testing.
Materials Engineering Laboratory
Materials Engineering Laboratory staff of engineers and technicians analyzes
how the physical and mechanical properties of components meet desired design
characteristics. Capabilities include tensile, fatigue, and hardness testing;
heat treating; failure analysis using optical and scanning electron microscopy
techniques; metallography; and material restoration.
products are recovered from end-of-life, specifications, such as material
requirements and dimensional tolerances, are often unavailable. The Design
Capture/Metrology Laboratory is equipped with instruments to accurately
reconstruct missing product information to enable the remanufacturing process.
Other capabilities include coordinate measuring and non-contact optical
Systems Performance and
Performance and Reliability Lab houses a Dynamometer Test Stand, used for the
power-train component testing of transmissions, gearboxes, and differentials.
Life-cycle/durability testing, failure mode evaluation, prognostics
development, and qualification/performance testing are performed on these
Workplace Ergonomics Laboratory
ergonomic design of workstations and offices can contribute greatly to
individual productivity, performance, and comfort. The Workplace Ergonomics
Laboratory (WEL) offers ergonomic training, assessments, and resources. Offerings
include RIT employee training (awareness training and training for
departments), RIT workstation evaluations (our staff will evaluate your
workstation and make suggestions/recommendations), and a product library
(chairs, keyboard trays, task lighting, document holders, foot rests). For more
information, call the WEL at (585) 475-5807.
CIMS also hosts several laboratories associated with other areas of RIT
Conference & Training Facility
State-of-the-art, technologically equipped classrooms
At CIMS you will find state-of-the-art classrooms used for our training
programs. The classrooms are equipped with the latest instructional equipment
including video, internet, Ethernet, and teleconference capabilities. For more
information, call CIMS at (585) 475-5101 or toll-free (866) 490-4044.