(Nov. 22, 2011) -- San Antonio-based manufacturer The Nugget Company and The University of Texas at San Antonio today announced the manufacturer has joined the UTSA Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS), an interdisciplinary consortium of faculty members that partners with manufacturers around the world to improve production and solve other unique challenges brought on by changing market demands.
The Nugget Company produces an array of high-quality lambskin products used in the production of footwear, shearling garments, Western- and English-style saddles, and seat covers for automobiles and airplanes. It also produces shearling for medical uses such as wheelchairs and bed under liners and for the production of paint rollers and applicator pads. While Nugget;s products are exported globally, the company offers custom tanning of deer and exotic game for hunters throughout Texas and the United States.
Over the next two years, CAMLS will work with The Nugget Company to improve its wastewater treatment processes and to reduce the amount of water the manufacturer uses to produce sheep and lambskin products. The company's executives partnered with CAMLS, led by F. Frank Chen, UTSA Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair of Advanced Manufacturing and CAMLS director, and have launched projects led by Heather Shipley, UTSA assistant professor of civil engineering, and Hung-Da Wan, UTSA assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
"The depth of knowledge and collective resources available at UTSA supplementing lean technologies are exceptional, providing us a comprehensive package of assistance," said J. Michael Wheeler, president of The Nugget Company.
The UTSA Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems was established in 2007 to serve manufacturers in the United States and abroad. The center offers a variety of membership levels to meet manufacturers' unique needs and specializes in research and development, expertise and training in lean manufacturing and six-sigma, supply chain and logistics engineering, warehouse systems, automatic technologies, advanced sensors and robotics.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
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This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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