Phillips Corporation, Federal Division, Hannover, Maryland, USA, a leading service provider and distributor of machines and ancillary equipment to the United States Federal Government, has executed a Public Private Partnership Agreement (P3) to support the US Army Center of Excellence for Advanced Manufacturing at the Rock Island Arsenal-Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center.
The P3 calls for Phillips to be based at the CoE facility in Rock Island, where Phillips Federal applications engineers will collaborate with their army counterparts to exploit the potential of Additive Manufacturing in developing solutions to meet the army’s current and future supply chain challenges. Phillips has exclusive partnerships with EOS, SPEE3D and others to provide additive and subtractive manufacturing support to the Federal Government.
At the ribbon-cutting for the Rock Island Arsenal CoE, Major General Daniel Mitchell, commanding general US Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command, stated, “I would have never dreamed that we would be able to print out parts. Advanced manufacturing technology holds the promise of greatly increased Army readiness rates so that we will be ready to spring into action whenever and wherever our nation calls upon us.”
Alan M Phillips, Phillips CEO, commented, “Phillips Corporation sees substantial growth opportunities in Additive Manufacturing technologies (also known as 3D printing) that are rapidly advancing applications for forming unique metal and plastic industrial parts for the Defense Industrial Base.”
“In order to increase awareness for these technologies, Phillips is pleased to reach an agreement with the Army’s Rock Island CoE where we can collaborate on manufacturing unique parts using additive technology applications and processes,” he continued. “This an exciting time in the evolution of Additive Manufacturing, and we are pleased to be involved with the CoE as a thought and application leader in the Additive Manufacturing segment of our industry.”