About TAP

Technical Assistance Program


The Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP) provides high-value solutions to increase profitability for the manufacturing sector, and to improve the productivity of the state and local government. Operating from eight statewide offices, the program utilizes Purdue University faculty, students, and staff.

Since Purdue TAP began more than a quarter century ago, the program has assisted approximately 17,000 organizations and trained more than 50,000 employees.  Thousands of Hoosier jobs have been added or saved in direct response to Purdue TAP's technical assistance, performance improvement, and technology adoption initiatives. Projects can cover a variety of areas including: 

Applied Engineering
Fluid dynamics
Heat and power issues
Human factors
Wireless systems

Business Management 
Activity-based costing guidance
Budgeting guidance 
Engineering economics
Expansion/retraction decision factors
Forecasting guidance 
Profitability considerations
Strategic Planning 
Venture capital investments

Information Technology
Broadband infrastructure planning
Database assessments
Impact analysis
Networking assessments
Security assessments
Software evaluation and recommendations
Vulnerability assessment
Web criteria development
Web design handoff
Web developer evaluation criteria
Web site usability 
Webpage content management systems
Webpage layout and workflow

Advanced process control
Electrical issues
Issue identification
Mechanical issues 
Processing issues

Materials & Chemistry
Composite properties
Corrosion analysis
Counterfeit identification
Environmental safety
Heat treating
Material characterization & selection
Polymer & monomer properties
Product evaluation and testing
Product failure analysis
Properties analysis
Solder & weld recommendation
VOC issues 

Product Design and Development
Circuit and electronic design
Design input and review
Finite element analysis
Fluid dynamics
Problem solving
Product evaluation and testing
Rapid prototyping
Reverse engineering 
Sensor use & application

Productivity & Process Optimization
Data mining
Distribution & logistics
Plant layout
Sourcing & make/buy decisions
Statistical analyses
Warehouse management

Quality Assurance
Data analysis for processes and products
Data trending
Experiment design
Quality control techniques application
Quality systems improvement opportunities
Sampling and sample size calculations
Survey design and analysis 

TAP's initiatives are managed by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

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