Generating Advanced Manufacturing Excellence with Technology and Innovation for Producing Metals of Essential Products (GAME TIME)
The Generating Advanced Manufacturing Excellence with Technology and Innovation for Metals of Essential Products (GAME TIME) Regional Technology Hub will bolster critical minerals and metals manufacturing in Kentucky as a globally leading technology and workforce development hub for the United States. Leveraging Kentucky’s existing metals industry cluster, robust research assets, and public-private collaborations, and with potential investment from the EDA Regional Tech Hub program, GAME TIME aims to emerge as a leader in advancing metals manufacturing innovation. Focusing on advanced materials science, energy and industrial efficiencies, and robotics and automation, GAME TIME intends to drive transformative progress in the metals industry over the next decade and beyond. Through support from a diverse consortium as well as supporting partners, regional coordination strategies will work in tandem with workforce development initiatives, ensuring a diverse and skilled labor pool now and for the jobs of the future. The potential positive impact on the U.S. economy and national security is substantial and necessary, as the GAME TIME hub endeavors to establish a resilient domestic supply chain for critical minerals and metals that are essential to our infrastructure and the products that enable a prosperous future. See “Stats and Resources” page for more information.
Metals and Critical Minerals Innovation:
- Metals and Critical Minerals to Market – Developing global leadership in advanced metallics and critical minerals innovations for performance and sustainability, to grow the potential for domestic production, mining, and recycling of metals and critical minerals.
- Securing the supply chain – Generating a sustainable manufacturing economy by leading the world in full product lifecycle, recycling/upcycling and circular economy solutions for metals and critical mineral materials.
Advanced Manufacturing Innovation:
- Advancing Automation and Robotics – As metals production and processing is a highly automated process, we will develop world leadership in industry 4.0/5.0 technologies focused on human-robot interface solutions and workforce development processes to create increased adoption of robotics systems with improved worker safety.
- Creating Domestic Industrial Energy Efficiencies – Bolstering competitiveness of the industry relative to foreign suppliers – creating advanced production capabilities by demonstrating global leadership in energy usage efficiencies and lower carbon emissions in metals manufacturing.
Advanced Materials Science
Advanced Energy and Industrial Efficiency Technologies
Robotics, Automation and Advanced Manufacturing
The Hub region includes the state’s two largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) of Lexington-Fayette (Bourbon, Clark, Fayette, Jessamine, Scott, Woodford Counties) and Louisville/Jefferson County (Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer Counties) connected by the Micropolitan Statistical Area (μSA) of Frankfort (Franklin County), the state’s Capitol. The Hub region includes the state’s two R1 research institutions and its land grant HBCU, all within a 75-mile radius. Through a “Hub and Spoke” approach it will intentionally leverage and produce benefits to smaller population communities in Northern (Kenton, Boone Counties; Covington) and Western Kentucky (Warren County/Bowling Green) that have concentrations of tightly interconnected resources and industrial partners that support a cutting-edge metals, production and supply chain economy.