The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (Scappoose, OR) recently announced that German tooling company Haimer is its newest member-partner. Haimer, with a US location in Villa Park, IL, works in the fields of tool holding, shrinking, balancing and presetting. Through this partnership, Boeing is intensifying its strategic partnership with Haimer by sponsoring a joint membership at OMIC R&D.
The partnership between Boeing and Haimer reaches back more than 10 years when the aircraft manufacturer began using Haimer’s Safe-Lock pull-out protection system. With one of the largest titanium machining shops in the world, Boeing’s facility in Portland, OR, has set the standard for cutting tools and tool holder applications for difficult to machine materials. The partnership will be strategically strengthened by Haimer’s investment and support as a new member of OMIC R&D.
“Boeing is very carefully vetting and inviting members to partner up and contribute to OMIC R&D,” said William Gerry, global technology program manager for Boeing Research and Technology. “We are delighted about the new membership of Haimer, [that] we know as a high-quality tool holding, shrinking, balancing and presetting technologies company that Boeing has relied on heavily and exclusively for this service. Haimer can support OMIC R&D and its members with state-of-the-art technology and Industry 4.0 connectivity solutions.”
OMIC R&D is the fifteenth such research center established with Boeing leadership worldwide, and the first Boeing has sponsored in the United States. Its mission is to bring together manufacturing companies and higher education in an innovation environment where “outside-in” applied research with faculty and university students solves real problems for advanced manufacturers while training the next generation of engineers and technologists. Member companies share machinery, equipment such as tools, and expertise to create a dynamic and innovative R&D function for members.
“We are proud and happy to be closely associated with Boeing as a leading aircraft manufacturer and one of our biggest global customers,” said Andreas Haimer, president of the Haimer Group. “The investment and membership at OMIC R&D is a clear commitment to the community, our customers and the entire manufacturing industry in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and American manufacturing. OMIC R&D is an ideal platform to share these kinds of best practices, making American and Oregon manufacturers more competitive.”
Haimer joins 18 other OMIC R&D industry and university members in the Scappoose facility: ATI; Blount International; Boeing; CG Tech; Daimler Trucks North America; Hangsterfer’s Laboratories Inc.; Kennametal; Mitsubishi Materials Corp.; OSG USA Inc; Sandvik Coromant; Silver Eagle Manufacturing; Summit Manufacturing Inc.; Vigor; Walter Tools; WFL Millturn Technologies; and university partners Oregon Institute of Technology; Oregon State University; and Portland State University.
“Outside-in advance manufacturing research activities from Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, and Oregon State University are solving manufacturing problems sets at OMIC R&D to support our members,” said Craig Campbell, executive director of OMIC R&D.
The OMIC R&D model focuses research on helping indigenous industries increase competitiveness while creating a real partnership with and integration into the local economy. As research activities expand with high-cost, high-value machinery added on to the production floor, OMIC R&D will increase state and regional commercial productivity in manufacturing and stimulate economic growth and development.
Coordinated with OMIC R&D’s applied research projects will be hands-on “earn and learn” apprenticeship programs at the PCC OMIC Training Center, led by Portland Community College, and located in a nearby facility that PCC is building. While the training center construction is underway, PCC has a temporary delivery site at Scappoose High School.