A Collaborative Innovation Environment
OMIC R&D brings together manufacturing companies and higher education in an innovation environment where “outside-in” applied research with faculty and university students solves real problems for advanced manufacturers. Our direct-to-production applied research addresses relevant problems with immediate manufacturing responses. This type of rapid response in an innovation environment that is right “on the floor” adds value and addresses problem sets in a timely manner.
As a manufacturing R&D center, OMIC is identifying and developing unique technologies and expertise that can be transferred to regional, national, and international enterprises. OMIC R&D is based on the understanding that investing in research and innovation alone is not sufficient to create a dynamic innovation-based economy; the research must be focused on helping indigenous industry increase competitiveness and be embedded in the local economy.
The OMIC R&D membership model provides a pathway for industry to engage across their organizations on critical technology needs by sharing and leveraging research and development costs in a collaborative environment. The enterprise delivers an affordable means for manufacturers of all sizes to develop and access innovative new tools, techniques, and unique proprietary technologies, providing a strategic and competitive advantage that would not otherwise be available to them.
Roadmap to Research
OMIC’s annual road-mapping is a collaborative workshop where all industry and academic members initiate the process of gathering ideas based on industry pain-points and trends, and identify opportunities for research. These ideas are compartmented into OMIC R&D’s four focus areas: Additive Manufacturing, Machining, Materials & Alloys, and Robotics & Sensors.
The second phase of the workshop measures effort vs impact for each idea and includes further deliberation with supporting industry to ensure project ideas meet the criteria of General Projects (apply to many in the membership, provide shareable results, and relatable to production). After compiling industry ranking and prioritization along with research community confidence and enthusiasm, OMIC R&D works through the down-selection of the large volume of ideas to provide conceptual abstracts with special attention given to scope and scale of the potential research projects. The final abstracts are then refined refined and approved by the Tech Board and posted annual as a Request for Proposals (RFP).
Opportunities for General Research Projects are issued each February and awarded in June. See Request for Proposals
General Research Projects
Completed and In Progress
Year Two (2018-2019)
- 405 Adaptive Dynamic Machining, OSU
- 406 Corrosion Resistant Layer on Carbon Steel, PSU/OSU
- 407 Precision Hole Making Phase 2, PSU/OSU
- 408 Multi-Purpose Workforce Development Platform for Surface Treatment, OSU
- 409 Ball Screw Rapid Forming, Oregon Tech/OMIC
- 410 Hard Material Drilling and Reaming, PSU
- 411 Force Milling & Turning Feed Rate Optimization, OMIC
- 412 Rapid Tooling with Additive Manufacturing Phase 2, Oregon Tech
Year Three (2019-2020)
- 413 Grinding Process Monitoring and Optimization, PSU
- 414 Cutting Tool Geometry Inspection and Optimization, Oregon Tech/OMIC
- 415 Software Tool for Accurate Cycle Time Prediction & Simulation of Part Programs, OSU
- 416 Gear Performance Validation Facility Phase 1, PSU
- 417 Thin Wall Tube Machining, OMIC
- 418 On Machine CNC Deburring, PSU
- 419 Connection Testing, PSU
- 420 MR Solution for Manufacturing Training, OSU
Year Four (2020-2021)
- 421 Adaptive Chatter Elimination, OSU
- 422 Additive Manufacturing Application Feasibility for Production Manufacturing, PSU/Oregon Tech
- 423 Developments in Alloys with Multi-Principle Elements for Cutting Tools, Oregon Tech
- 424 Grinding Wheel Characterization to Assess Performance Differences, PSU
- 425 In Machine Part Scanning, OSU
- 426 Vision for Robots, OMIC
- 427 Water Jet Deburring and Edge Finishing of High Strength Steel Gears, OMIC
- 428 Lubricant Energy Usage Study, OSU/OMIC