High-precision milling machine company joins collaborative research program

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Hermle Machine Co., a Germany-based producer of high-precision milling machines, has joined the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), a collaborative research program involving Virginia universities and advanced-manufacturing companies.

Hermle’s five-axis milling machines cut material to the exact specifications for use in medical, aircraft, automotive and other industries.  One of the company’s machines, the C42 UMT 5-axis mill-turn machine, will be located at CCAM’s new 60,000 square-foot facility in Prince George County .

The CCAM building features computational and engineering research labs in addition to high-bay production space for commercial scale equipment and other tools . CCAM’s research focus areas are surface engineering and manufacturing systems.

“CCAM brings together some of the world’s best-regarded advanced manufacturers under one roof to explore new possibilities for the benefit of all,” Robert Komljenovic, president of Hermle Machine, said in a statement. “We are honored to contribute our time, talent and cutting-edge tools to this cause and are excited to work closely with CCAM’s members to solve business challenges.”

In addition to Hermle Machine,  other CCAM industry members include Aerojet, Buehler, Canon Virginia, Chromalloy, Cool Clean Technology, GF AgieCharmilles, Mitutoyo America Corp., Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Sulzer Metco and TurboCombustor Technology. University members include the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

Hermle Machine CCAM’s ranks as a Tier 2 member. It will participate in CCAM’s “generic research” program, meaning it will jointly fund and direct research activities with CCAM’s other Organizing, Tier 1 and Tier 2 members. Members share ownership of intellectual property resulting from generic research. Organizing and Tier 1 members at CCAM, however, can sponsor “directed research.” Sponsors of directed research exclusively own IP resulting from their sponsorship.


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