The Institute for Manufacturing and Sustainment Technologies (IMAST) is sponsored under contract N00024-18-D-6404 by the United States Navy, Office of Naval Research Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) program. IMAST supports the Navy’s ManTech goals through two separate programs: ManTech and RepTech (short for Repair Technology). The ONR ManTech goals are to improve the affordability of naval platforms critical to the future force. Investments are focused on manufacturing technologies to assist key acquisition program offices in achieving their respective affordability goals. All seven COE’s participate in achieving these goals in collaboration with the platform OEMs and Navy program offices. The ONR RepTech program is solely executed by IMAST. RepTech’s goal is to apply new and emerging technologies to improve the capabilities of Navy depots, shipyards, Marine Depot Maintenance Command and lower level maintenance activities throughout the Fleet. RepTech cooperates and communicates with other Navy COEs, the joint depot community, DOD industrial activities, industry, PEOs and university laboratories. Improving sustainability, reliability and system availability is the aim.
The IMAST was formally established in February of 1995 and is one of seven U.S. Navy ManTech Centers of Excellence. Located at The Pennsylvania State University’s Applied Research Laboratory, the Institute is in partnership with industry, government, and the University. IMAST provides a focal point for the development and transfer of new manufacturing processes and technology in a cooperative environment with industry, academia, Navy acquisition programs and in-service use. The Institute leverages the resources of The Pennsylvania State University to develop technology and business practices, to enhance the industrial sector, and to address advanced weapon system issues and challenges.