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Three companies join list of industry members at research center

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Three companies have joined the list of industry members of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM).

Based in Prince George County, CCAM is a collaborative research center involving manufacturing companies and Virginia’s research universities. A principal aim of CCAM is to accelerate the transfer of research discovery and innovation to commercial, production-line use.

The three new industry members are: Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies and GF AgieCharmilles.

•      Based in Lake Bluff, Ill., Buehler is a leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions for manufacturers. The company is outfitting CCAM’s materials preparation lab with key equipment to support research projects and to build relationships with CCAM’s other industry members.

•      Cool Clean Technologies uses recycled CO2 to provide precision cleaning, machine cooling and materials extraction solutions to manufacturers worldwide. The Minneapolis-based company’s solutions are used across a wide range of industries, including medical, fiber optics, fuels, aviation, solar, electronics and other manufacturing sectors, and they will play key roles in CCAM research projects.

•      GF AgieCharmilles, a Switzerland-based company operating in more than 50 countries, provides machines, automation solutions and services to the tool and mold making industry and to manufacturers of precision components. Its products range from electric discharge machines, high-performance milling machines and 3D laser surface texturing machines to services, spare parts and automation solutions. GF AgieCharmilles is providing a die-sinking EDM unit for CCAM’s machining cell.

Existing CCAM industry members include Aerojet, Canon Virginia, Chromalloy, Mitutoyo America Corp., Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens and Sulzer Metco. University members include the University of Virginia, Virginia State University and Virginia Tech.

CCAM recently completed construction of its 60,000 square-foot facility in Prince George adjacent to Rolls-Royce’s jet engine components plant.

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

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