The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow its company membership with the addition this month of CA-based CGTech, and the OR-based manufacturer, Summit. With a total now of fifteen manufacturing industry partners and three Oregon public universities, the Scappoose, Oregon based R&D facility continues to build a world-class operation to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies.
CGTech, whose main headquarters are in Irvine, California, was founded in 1988 and specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization, and analysis software technology for manufacturing. Since that time, its main software product, VERICUT, has become the industry standard. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies.
Summit, which was founded 25 years ago in Hillsboro, Oregon produces high-quality steel-based products for commercial and industrial use such as modular workstations, server racks, and fuel transfer tanks. Its capabilities include fabrication, laser cutting, press brake and band sawing. They also provide contract manufacturing and fabrication services.
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.
CGTech and Summit join sixteen other OMIC R&D industry and university members in the Scappoose facility: ATI; Blount International; The Boeing Company; Daimler Trucks North America; Hangsterfer’s Laboratories, Inc.; Kennametal; Mitsubishi Materials Corporation; OSG USA, Inc; Silver Eagle Manufacturing; Vigor; Walter Tools; and WFL Millturn Technologies and Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech); Oregon State University (OSU); and Portland State University (PSU).
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 is expected to eventually increase state and regional commercial productivity in manufacturing and stimulate economic growth and development.
OMIC R&D will coordinate its applied research projects with hands-on “earn and learn” apprenticeship programs at OMIC Training Center, led by Portland Community College, and located in a nearby facility that PCC is building. The PCC OMIC Training Center, scheduled to open in fall 2020, will emphasize craftsmanship, professionalism, and placing graduates into high-wage, high-demand jobs; with students completing an associate degree or certificate leading to an advanced degree. While Training Center construction is underway, PCC will have a temporary delivery site at Scappoose High School beginning in 2018.
OMIC has the strong support of trade unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, which recognize the importance of training and apprenticeship programs in growing high-skill, high-wage manufacturing jobs in Oregon via innovation and industry growth. Metals manufacturing is a cornerstone industry for the Greater Portland area, with current employment estimated at nearly 28,000 and approximately 600 small, medium and large metals manufacturing companies. OMIC presents a significant opportunity for the retention and expansion of these firms and the workforce in the region.
CGTech’s VERICUT software is the standard for CNC simulation, verification, optimization, analysis, and additive manufacturing. CGTech also offers programming and simulation software for composites automated fiber-placement, tape-laying, and drilling/fastening CNC machines. VERICUT software is used by companies of different sizes in all industries. Established in 1988, and headquartered in Irvine, California; CGTech has offices worldwide.
For more information, visit the CGTech website at cgtech.com.
About the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center
OMIC is a collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, techniques and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC is modeled after the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in partnership with Boeing in Sheffield, England. The collaborative partnership includes: AFL-CIO, Business Oregon, City of Scappoose, Columbia County, Columbia County Economic Team, Greater Portland Inc, Manufacturing 21, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership and Oregon State University.