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Airbus joins PG research facility
By Staff Reports
Jul 17, 2014, 15:18

PRINCE GEORGE — The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing announced Wednesday that Airbus has joined industrial research center in Prince George.

CCAM, Airbus and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe used the occasion of the Farnborough International Airshow 2014 to announce the new membership during a celebratory signing event.

“Airbus was founded on innovation – we operate daily knowing that using and developing leading edge technology is a requirement in our business, and CCAM is founded on that mindset,” said Charles Champion, Executive Vice President Engineering for Airbus.  “This union is a natural one.  Tapping the intellects of the greatest researchers in the industry benefits everyone involved from the developers to the end users.”

The announcement comes as another Virginia company has signed on and another company is expanding its partnership.

Speaking about the Airbus announcement, McAuliffe said, “The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is a world-class asset that brings together Virginia’s leading manufacturing companies and top educational institutions to expedite research and turn ideas into real-world technologies and solutions.  The addition of a major player like Airbus is a great testament to the pivotal role CCAM plays as a centerpiece of Virginia’s efforts to promote R&D and technology commercialization, and contribute to a growing Virginia economy.  We are thrilled that, as an Organizing Industry Member of CCAM, Airbus will partner with its fellow industry, government and university members and share best practices, experience and expertise to further strengthen advanced manufacturing in Virginia.”

For more than 40 years Airbus has manufactured single-aisle and widebody commercial aircraft, military airlifters, cargo transports and business aircraft that increasingly offer greater fuel efficiency, performance and reliability. 

Joseph F. Moody, CCAM President and Executive Director, said, “Airbus is a global leader in advanced manufacturing and a pioneer in applying forward-thinking innovation.  As a CCAM Organizing Industry Member, Airbus will bring decades of expertise in engineering technologies and manufacturing systems to the research conducted at CCAM.”


The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing also announced Wednesday that Aerojet Rocketdyne, the missile propulsion and launch system manufacturer, is expanding its membership role in the collaborative research center.

“This is an exciting next step in our ongoing partnership with The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing,” said Warren Boley, President of Aerojet Rocketdyne. “We have had great success in advanced manufacturing techniques and their application to our aerospace and defense product lines.  This expanded partnership with CCAM will afford Aerojet Rocketdyne even greater opportunity to innovate and evolve our advanced manufacturing capabilities.”

Based on affiliation level CCAM member companies may collaborate on generic research and conduct proprietary research to innovate manufacturing practices, resulting in new techniques and processes.  Aerojet Rocketdyne became a CCAM Tier 2 member in 2011 with non-exclusive royalty-free license to use Intellectual Property from CCAM generated collaborative research.  

As an Organizing Industry Member Aerojet Rocketdyne now will perform proprietary research at the CCAM facility and retain IP ownership of the developments.

SIS Inc.

CCAM also announced July 8 that Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. (SIS), a leader in providing business solutions that incorporate digital 3D imaging, robotics, artificial intelligence, and 3D visualization, has joined forces with CCAM’s industry, academic and government research collaboration.

As CCAM’s newest industry member, Spatial Integrated Systems will provide digital 3D equipment and software including the 3D Imaging System (3DIS) used by commercial and military equipment manufacturers to produce visually rich digital information.  3DIS is a digital 3D capture and processing system used for rapid prototyping and fabrication modeling as well as to provide analyses of “as-built” manufacturing plants and facilities and computer-based interference checking and inspections. 

The system generates dimensionally accurate digital 3D models of target space or objects, automatically fuses the image texture onto 3D model geometry, and exports files ready for commercial high-end design applications and import into 2D/3D CAD packages.  3DIS frees resources, reduces time, improves process efficiencies and empowers developers with an innovative tool for increased creativity in the design process.

Based in Virginia Beach, Spatial Integrated Systems provides digital imaging hardware, software and modeling systems to the Department of Defense, and its commercial clients, as well as command and control centers and biometric facial recognition equipment, among other applications. 

CCAM is based at a state-of-the-art facility in Prince George County, Va., that provides production ready advanced manufacturing solutions to member companies across the globe. CCAM member companies and academic and government partners collaborate on research to innovate manufacturing practices, resulting in new techniques and processes applied in aerospace, defense, transportation, consumer electronics and other industries.

Members guide the research, leveraging talent and resources within CCAM and Virginia’s top universities through a collaborative model that enables them to pool research and development efforts to increase efficiencies. 

Collaboration between diverse industry sectors, academia and government increases the pace of breakthrough developments and accelerates commercialization into industry applications.

CCAM industry and government members include Canon Virginia Inc., Chromalloy, Newport News Shipbuilding, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Siemens, Oerlikon Metco, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blaser Swisslube, Hermle Machine Co., Mitutoyo, Paradigm Precision, Buehler, Cool Clean Technologies, GF AgieCharmilles, Mechdyne, National Instruments, Spatial Integrated Systems, Airbus and NASA Langley Research Center. Academic partners are the University of Virginia, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University.

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