RICHMOND, VA., January 31, 2012 – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) has engaged PlanIT Technology Group to architect, procure, configure, install and manage the IT environment for its 60,000 square-foot advanced manufacturing facility. The facility, which is currently under construction and expected to be complete in the summer of 2012, is located in Prince George, Va.
PlanIT Technology Group will handle all of CCAM’s IT needs, including equipment, data storage, help desk services, video/voice/wireless and licensing, all in accordance with the strict security requirements necessary to protect the directed and general research efforts taking place on behalf of CCAM’s members.
“CCAM continues to gain momentum and move towards fulfilling the economic development promise of advanced manufacturing research in Virginia,” said David R. Lohr, president and executive director of CCAM. “PlanIT Technology Group has a solid track record of handling the sensitive, high-level and integrated IT needs our members require, and I am thrilled to see this critical component of CCAM’s development come together.”
Under CCAM’s roof, best-in-class manufacturers will collaborate with accomplished faculty and students from Virginia’s top research and teaching institutions to perform advanced manufacturing research in two priority areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems. The facility will house computational and large-scale production labs, as well as open production space for heavy equipment and surface coating processes, including a thermal spraying machine, a directed vapor deposition machine, integrated data acquisition systems and a thermal conductivity measurement system.
“The CCAM facility – and its operations – are top-notch,” said Nigel Buttery, President of PlanIT Technology Group. “Our experienced team is well-prepared to create and manage its IT infrastructure, and we look forward to a long, successful partnership together.”
About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
CCAM is a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and manufacturing companies worldwide. Manufacturers join CCAM as members and guide research with university faculty in two focus areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems. CCAM is building a 60,000 square foot, state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Va., adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant. For more information, visit www.ccam-va.com.
About PlanIT Technology Group
PlanIT Technology Group is an IT consulting services company that specializes in delivering customized, creative IT solutions for customers in commercial business sectors. PlanIT Technology Group is a privately held woman-minority-owned firm with a staff of more than 300 professional employees. The company is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., with regional branch offices in Richmond, Va., Gaithersburg, Md., Raleigh, N.C., and Texas.
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