Hermle Machine Company (Gosheim, Germany) and GF AgieCharmilles (Lincolnshire, Illinois) have joined the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM), headquartered in Prince George County, Virginia. CCAM, a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State and manufacturing companies around the world, conducts research focused on surface engineering and manufacturing systems. The organization recently completed its 60,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to the Rolls-Royce jet engine components plant.
Hermle, a manufacturer of high-precision five-axis milling machines, has provided its C42 UMT five-axis turn-mill machine to CCAM to support research projects. Hermle joins CCAM as a Tier 2 member. As a participant in the organization’s generic research program, the company will jointly fund and direct research activities with other Organizing, Tier 1 and Tier 2 members. Members share ownership of intellectual property resulting from generic research.
GF AgieCharmilles, a provider of EDM systems, milling machines and laser texturing solutions, joins CCAM as a Tier 3 member. Tier 3 members commit manufacturing equipment, tools and research instruments to the organization and serve on its Technical Advisory Council. GF AgieCharmilles has supplied a FO 550 sp die-sinking EDM system for use in a machining cell at the Virginia facility.