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Boeing Portland Partners Haimer at OMIC R&D

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow a strong membership base with the addition this month of Haimer , a world market leading German tooling company in the field of tool holding, shrinking, balancing and presetting. With a total now of seventeen manufacturing industry partners and three Oregon public universities, the Scappoose, Oregon (USA) based R&D facility continues to build a world-class operation to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies through its collaborative research and development activities. Through this partnership, Boeing — with its center of excellence and main production plant for heavy metal machining in Portland, Oregon — 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 Haimer ’s Safe-Lock pull out protection system became a true game changer at Boeing.

With one of the largest titanium machining shops in the world, Boeing Portland 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 at OMIC R&D. Due to its technology advantages, the Haimer Safe-Lock system has become the Boeing Portland standard for roughing in their milling operations. Haimer implemented an open licensing policy where additional American and other cutting tool makers offer this technology as a standard solution which are widely used in the Boeing machining operations. In fact, the Boeing Company has also received an IP, patent and trade mark license from Haimer to be able to quickly respond to their machining needs for this innovative technology.

A state of the art Haimer tool room with balancing, shrinking, presetting and tool management. A similar set up will be provided as a sponsorship at OMIC.

Prior to implementing Safe-Lock in their production, Boeing was constantly facing the challenge of preventing the cutting tool from pull-out which potentially created very expensive scrap. Over the last 10 years, since implementing Safe-Lock, they haven’t had a single tool pullout incident for their high value components – thus avoiding any sort of expensive scrap and machining failure which was a common problem before implementing Safe-Lock. William Gerry, Global Technology program manager for Boeing Research and Technology said: “Boeing is very carefully vetting and inviting members to partner up and contribute to OMIC R&D. We are delighted about the new membership of Haimer, who 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 highly dynamic and innovative R&D function for members.

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