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The OMIC is a collaborative environment bringing together industry, higher education and government in partnership to develop new tools, technique, and technologies to address near-term manufacturing challenges through applied research and advanced technical training. OMIC is modeled after The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at University of Sheffield with Boeing in Sheffield, England.
OMIC will be a catalyst to enhance the competitiveness of the metals manufacturing industry serving companies of all sizes through an industry-driven collaborative. The result provides a critical mass of workforce and innovation assets in the region, creating an innovation park for advanced manufacturing in Oregon.
The Boeing Company's Portland, Oregon, facility is one of the world's largest titanium machine shops. In recent years, the facility has faced increased pressure from competition. To achieve long-term competitiveness, The Boeing Company seeks new and innovative tools, techniques, and technologies in support of production-rate increases and cost-reduction initiatives.
Applied Research Areas
Supported by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) in Sheffield UK, The Boeing Company has transitioned several innovative technologies into the production chain. However, the innovation-to-production pathway is long, due to the lack of proximity of Boeing's primary manufacturing facilities in the US and AMRC's UK location. To assist Boeing and other regional, national and international companies in shortening this pathway, economic development leaders from industry, academia, and government have assembled in the Portland region to establish the OMIC closer to the Boeing Portland facility.
OMIC brings together as founding partners The Boeing Company, the broader regional metals manufacturing industry and employers, Portland Community College (PCC), Portland State University (PSU), Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT).
The combination of industry-driven Research and Development (R&D) and Workforce Training facilities make OMIC a distinguished center for innovation. Advanced manufacturing research activities from OSU, PSU, and OIT are poised to begin when the OMIC R&D Center opens. The Boeing Company and OMIC's R&D anchor tenants will provide a collaborative network that accelerates innovative technologies, tools, and techniques to directly increase the competitiveness of the member companies.
Parallel to this, Portland Community College is building the OMIC Training Center focused on serving students through industry-sponsored skilled apprenticeship training, leading to post secondary credentials and family-wage jobs as well as fi lling the skill gap that manufacturers face today.