Seco Tools Joins OMIC R&D as Industry Partner

With a total now of 17 manufacturing industry partners and three Oregon public universities, OMIC R&D continues to build an operation to develop advanced metals manufacturing technologies through its research and development activities.

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

OMIC R&D is the fifteenth such research center established with Boeing leadership worldwide and the first that Boeing has sponsored in the U.S. Its mission is to bring together manufacturing companies and higher education in an innovative environment 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, equipment such as tools, and expertise to create a highly dynamic and innovative R&D center for members in which to tackle critical manufacturing improvement.

Dave Todd, Western Zone and Aerospace manager for Seco Tools, says, “We’re excited and proud to part of Boeing’s first sponsored research center in the U.S. Being associated with OMIC R&D in an environment where stakeholders from industry and academia collaborate side by side driving step change technology, creating energy which benefits the State of Oregon and associated members. Additionally, by supporting local engineering talent and competence development in Oregon and the Northwest, Seco Tools will be looking into possible internships resulting from this collaboration.”

Seco Tools joins 20 other OMIC R&D industry and university members in the Scappoose facility.

The OMIC R&D advanced manufacturing model helps diverse manufacturers and industries increase competitiveness, while creating an integrated partnership with the local economy. 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.