Is your company interested in developing a new product but lacks the technology needed to complete it? Do you have product or process problems that could be made easier with the right technology solution? Would you like to find out if these technology solutions exist, but don’t know where to look?

Technology Scouting is a service that uses a systematic approach to help manufacturing clients find existing technology solutions for their unmet company needs. Technology Scouting helps small and mid-sized manufacturers identify solutions in industries outside of their normal view—bringing a broader perspective, additional resources, new fields, and unexpected solutions.

Through our national MEP network affiliation, the WMEP is partnering with RTI International to bring technology scouting services to small and medium sized manufacturers in Wisconsin.  RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes with a staff of more than 2,600 that provides research and technical services.  RTI brings has a unique combination of commercialization expertise, research excellence, and proven processes for road-mapping, technology scouting, and partnership development that have been applied and refined over the last 40 years.

WMEP's Randy Bertram and Board Chair Tom Jacobson from Bruno Independent Living Aids share insights from their tech scouting work with RTI International

WMEP’s Randy Bertram and Board Chair Tom Jacobson from Bruno Independent Living Aids share insights from their tech scouting work with RTI International 

Unlike traditional, “push-” based technology transfer, “pull-” based Technology Scouting goes beyond normal channels to provide a far-reaching perspective of existing solutions to solve technology problems. Using a proven methodology that includes expert interviews and desk research, Technology Scouting:

  • Searches proactively for solutions using specific criteria that are tailored to your company’s unique needs
  • Focuses on the ability to find non-obvious solutions to difficult technology problems facing small and mid-sized manufacturers
  • Brings new insight and awareness from outside core industries and experts in related fields
  • Explores areas not easily accessed directly, including government laboratories, universities and private sector sources.

With this rigorous, systematic approach, Technology Scouting taps into existing, but unknown, sources of information to find solutions that can save your company time, money, and frustration.

Joint projects conducted with the WMEP and RTI have helped small and medium manufacturers solve technical problems faster by identifying existing technologies instead of expending time and effort in research and development. To learn how Technology Scouting can help your company, contact your Randy Bertram – [email protected]