10/24/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

Seco Tools Joins OMIC as Manufacturing Partner

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The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow its company membership with the recent addition of global cutting tools manufacturer Seco Tools LLC.

The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research and Development (OMIC R&D) continues to grow its company membership with the recent addition of global cutting tools manufacturer Seco Tools LLC. With a total of 17 manufacturing industry partners and three Oregon universities, the facility continues to build an operation to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies through its research and development activities.

Seco Tools was established over 80 years ago and now has more than 4,000 personnel in 75 countries worldwide, including 400 in the US. Its manufacturing focus is the production of comprehensive metal cutting solutions for milling, stationary tools, holing and tool making systems. Seco Tools provides cutting tools to the aerospace, automotive, general machining, power gen, medical, and die/mold sectors.

OMIC R&D’s mission is to bring together manufacturing companies and higher education to solve challenges off-production-line for advanced manufacturers. Faculty and university students undertake “outside-in” applied research to solve real production problems while training the next generation of engineers and technologists. Member companies share machinery and expertise to create a dynamic center for members to tackle critical manufacturing improvement.

The OMIC R&D advanced-manufacturing model helps diverse manufacturers and industries increase competitiveness. With research activities expanded with high-cost, high-value machinery being constantly added on to the production floor, OMIC R&D is increasing state and regional commercial manufacturing productivity while stimulating 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.

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