Manufacturers are faced with constant pressure to cut costs, improve operations, and offer new products and services in response to ever-changing customer demands and preferences. To remain competitive firms must continually develop and implement new processes, methods, and technologies. The mission of the Center for High Performance Manufacturing (CHPM) is to help manufacturing firms (especially those in Virginia) become high-performance manufacturers via research and development of enabling tools and technologies and their successful transfer and implementation.

The research, development, and educational activities of the CHPM are coordinated through its major areas of specialization which include:

  • Human Factors
  • Manufacturing Ergonomics
  • Innovation-Based Manufacturing
  • Production and Information Systems
  • Flexible Automation and Lean Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Rapid Manufacturing and Low-Cost Composite Manufacturing

The CHPM acts as a portal through which inquiries are funneled pertaining to manufacturing research and development. Among the resources of the CHPM are its faculty, its laboratories, and its larger university community. Through the collaborative efforts of over twenty CHPM faculty members the Center provides a wide range of research and development support to manufacturing companies.

Our goal is to provide Leadership to solve the challenges of manufacturing firms; Sponsorship to swiftly and appropriately respond to industry inquiries and proposal requests; and Stewardship to direct and coordinate resources for the support and development of interdisciplinary manufacturing education, research and services.

Center for High Performance Manufacturing (CHPM) Brochure (PDF | 942KB)

* indicates company partner

** indicates James Madison University Partner

Project Name Project Investigator(s) Sponsor
Development of a Tool Condition Monitoring & Anomaly Detection System Jaime Camelio Rolls Royce Corporation
Western Virginia Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (TEMCI) Robert Taylor New River Valley Planning District Commission
Crystal Growing Furnace Process Monitoring and Root Cause Diagnosis Ran Jin Zhejiang Jingsheng Mechanical
GOALI: Quality Mining - A Novel Framework for Quality Monitoring and Control for Data Rich Manufacturing Systems Jaime Camelio National Science Foundation
Body in White Downtime Improvement Patrick Koelling, Jaime Camelio Volvo Trucks, North America
Grede Radford Waste Management Assessment Sean McGinnis, Alan Druschitz Grede Radford LLC
Design Studies for Energy Conservation Modifications Al Kornhauser Longwood Elastomers Inc.
Heavy Truck Side Rail Mechanical Property Equalization Normal Dowling, Alan Druschitz Metalsa Roanoke, Inc.
Design and Implementation of Refurbishment and Disassembly Lines Subhash Sarin Dex Truck Parts
Lightweight Heavy Truck Chassis Redesign Jaime Camelio, Ran Jin Metalsa Roanoke, Inc.
Create Wireless Charging Quality and Testing Plan Manufacturing Technology Center Evatran Group
In-House Process Improvement Subhash Sarin Dex Truck Parts
Wireless Charging Manufacturing Plan Manufacturing Technology Center Evatran Group
Value Stream Mapping of Volvo NRV Business Processes Subhash Sarin Volvo Trucks, North America
Enhanced Heavy Duty Truck Product Acquisition for Part Recovery Jaime Camelio Dex Truck Parts
Adaptive Manufacturing-Identification and Integration of Sensors to Support Adaptive Cutting Processes Jaime Camelio Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Spring Brake Diaphragm Cost Reduction Project Manufacturing Technology Center Longwood Elastomers, Inc.
World Class Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Implementation Genedge Alliance Dynax America Corporation
Multi-Modal Part Inspection Jaime Camelio Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Exploring Potential NRV-VPS Asset Recovery Ventures Jaime Camelio, Sean McGinnis Volvo Trucks, North America
Capacity Monitoring & Process Re-Design for Paint Plastic Parts Area Jaime Camelio Volvo Trucks, North America
Dex Operations Environmental Impact Assessment Sean McGinnis Dex Truck Parts
Modular Concepts & Small Parts Painting Patrick Koelling, Christopher Williams Volvo Trucks, North America
Green Facility Expansion & Renovation Annie Pearce, Sean McGinnis Salem Vent International
Statistical Control Charts for Active Monitoring in Industrial Safety Jaime Camelio Huntington Ingalls Industries
Incorporation of Aluminum Side Rails into Current Steel Side Rail Production Line Jaime Camelio Metalsa Roanoke, Inc.
New Product Process Design Program for SVI Robert Sturges Salem Vent International
Process Improvement Initiatives for Dynax America Through the TEMCI Grant Genedge Alliance Dynax America Corporation
Warehouse Layout and Energy Efficiency Analysis for Volvo Logistics North America Kimberly Ellis, Michael Ellis Volvo Logistics, North America
Electrical Harness and Battery Cables Patrick Koelling Volvo Trucks, North America
EAGER: A Self-Healing Approach for Smart Assembly Systems Jaime Camelio National Science Foundation
Exploratory Study Using Data Mining Tools for Quality Monitoring in High Density Data Manufacturing Systems Jaime Camelio Rolls Royce Corporation
MCM Advanced Flight Mission Package Program Robert Sturges, Thurmon Lockhart Naval Surface Warfare Center
Capacity Modeling for Volvo Trucks Painting Facility Jaime Camelio Volvo Trucks, North America
Development of a Better Wine Barrel Henry Quesada DB Global, LLC.
V2t Venturi Vent Development James Jones, Andrew McCoy Acrylife, Inc.
Performance Analysis of Aluminum Side Rails Jaime Camelio Metalsa Roanoke, Inc.
Development of New Statistical Analysis Tools to be used in CM4D Jaime Camelio QMC
Polymer Bonding System Development Kevin Creehan, Jeffrey Schultz Applied Felts, Inc.
Meeting Mandated Manning Requirements through Effort Leveling Robert Sturges, Thurmon Lockhart Naval Surface Warfare Center
Advanced Miniaturized Electronic Pressure/Control Devices Robert Sturges Concoa
Development of Reinforced Cured-in-Place Pipe, Phase 1 Kevin Creehan, Jeffrey Schultz Applied Felts, Inc.
Wind Turbine Power Generator Project Kevin Creehan, Jeffrey Schultz AVID, LLC
Fall Arrest Systems Requirement Thurmon Lockhart Construction Specialty Anchors, LLC

Contact Us

Center for High Performance manufacturing

1145 Perry Street, Virginia Tech
Durham Hall Room 250
(MC 0118)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-6201

Fax: (540) 231-3322

Matt Earnest

Director of CHPM

(540) 231-1810


Angie Parvin

Administrative Assistant for CHPM

(540) 231-6201