Awareness Level Workshops:

  • All awareness workshops are complete.

Advanced Level Workshops:

  • All advanced workshops are complete.


Based on feedback from over 150 NYC Manufacturers, the Ops21 program has been specifically designed to help you identify technologies that will enable your company to optimize operations and increase competitiveness. 

Through Ops21, a Futureworks NYC program backed by NYCEDC and led by ITAC, we will be hosting 24 advanced technology workshops across three topic areas: advanced materials, digital manufacturing, and robotics.

Workshop programming includes:

  • Awareness Workshops, to increase basic understanding of advanced technologies;

  • Advanced Workshops, to develop deeper knowledge within each technology area.

Multiple dates and locations citywide; June through December 2018. Check back Fall of 2019.

Click here to see the workshop calendar.


Advanced materials

Advanced Materials is the advance or modification of traditional materials to obtain better or specific properties, resulting in improved products. Benefits include optimized product performance and durability (e.g. strength, weight, shelf life); lower environmental risks (e.g. coatings, finishes, sustainable materials); and reduced project lifecycle costs.

Expert: Cornell University’s Center for Materials Research (CCMR)
Next Awareness Workshop:  All awareness workshops are complete.
Next Advanced Workshop:  All advanced workshops are complete.

Feedback from prior attendee:

“Whether you are a NYC manufacturer developing a new product or investigating a quality issue, you will find the Ops21 Advanced Materials workshop beneficial.  I was amazed to learn about the array of technologies and knowledge base available to local companies.” – Patrick, Vartest Laboratories


Digital Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing is the use of digital tools to collect and analyze data to improve tool design, product design, or manufacturing operations. Benefits include reduced time of product design and manufacturing; improvement of product, process, and enterprise performance; and across-the-board savings regardless of industry.

Expert: RIT’s Center of Excellence for Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing 
Next Awareness Workshop:  All awareness workshops are complete.
Next Advanced Workshop: All advanced workshops are complete.

Feedback from prior attendees:

“All small manufacturers could benefit from evaluating if digital manufacturing could improve their processes.” – Ryne, IEH Corporation

"The opportunity to attend a session like the Ops21 Digital Manufacturing session should not be missed! Getting a glimpse into the technology available to help improve manufacturing was well worth the difficult to find time away from my business." – Jason, Yula Corporation



Robotics is the use of integrated systems that perform tasks deemed tedious, difficult, repetitive, or dangerous for people. Robotics includes the use of collaborative robots (cobots), which work side-by-side with people in shared workspaces.  Benefits include increased quality and accuracy from consistent, repeatable operations; enhanced workflows lowering production costs; and improved payback periods due to increased robot affordability (e.g. cobots).

Expert: NYU Tandon Mechatronics, Control, and Robotics Lab (MCRL)
Next Awareness Workshop:  All awareness workshops are complete.
Advanced Workshop: All advanced workshops are complete.

Feedback from prior attendees:

“Most manufacturers could benefit from this workshop. The explanation of different types of robots and their pros/cons was the aspect of the workshop that was most beneficial to me” – Billy, Lee Spring Co.

“This workshop is very informative and worthwhile as a starting block in automation implementation.” – Nadav, Rosco Vision Systems