RACER Machinery International Joins CCAM
October 14, 2022, Disputanta, VA – The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) is pleased to announce Racer Machinery International Inc (RMI) has joined its consortium. CCAM is where the best of industry, academia, and government come together to solve advanced manufacturing challenges.
Located in Ontario Canada, RMI manufactures innovative turnkey solution CNC machine tools, metal cutting engine lathes and industrial saws providing high-quality North American built products to production operations worldwide.
RMI is conducting a closed loop Directed Energy Deposition (DED) prototype in a production relevant and collaborative environment at CCAM as part of an initial two-year project.
The project, titled “Prometheus” is undertaking to develop two meter cubed DED platforms. These machines will leverage computer vision, artificial intelligence, and a host of process sensors to provide complete parameter control.
Alex Vojinovich, RMI’s Chief Operating Officer stated, “Racer believes CCAM’s blend of engineering expertise and industry experience to be the perfect fit for our additive project Prometheus. They offer a well-rounded solution to our complex project needs.”
“We are delighted to add Racer Machinery International as the newest member of CCAM,” says John Milton-Benoit, CCAM’s President & CEO. “It is our project collaborations with industry that attracted RACER to join CCAM at a Strategic level.”
Racer Machinery International recently received acknowledgment and funding from the Canadian government to improve their productivity and competitiveness, and position Racer to emerge from the pandemic as a key player within the global aerospace supply chain.
The CCAM industry, government, and academia consortium members include: Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, Altria Group, Airbus, Amsted Rail, BWX Technologies, Inc., Canon Virginia Inc., Cummins, EOS, GF Machining Solutions, Mitutoyo, Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, RACER Machinery International, ABB Robotics, Air Turbine Tools, Buehler, CGTech, Creaform, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, HURCO, Kyocera SGS Precision Tools, Mechdyne, National Instruments, Sandvik Coromant, GENEDGE, NASA Langley Research Center, and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. CCAM has memberships with America Makes, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM), and the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute).
Founded in 2011 under a public-private partnership, the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing is an applied research center and not-for-profit 501c3 with membership from industry, university, and government. CCAM’s mission is to help industry solve their complex advanced manufacturing challenges. The structure of CCAM allows multiple universities and companies to collaborate in an IP-friendly, collaborative research consortium, saving members valuable resources by accessing pooled talent, tools, and technology to improve methodologies and increase product introductions. CCAM plays an active role in the development of a talented manufacturing workforce and operates a state-of-the-art research facility in Disputanta, Virginia. For more information, visit: www.CCAM-VA.com
Racer opened its doors in 1990 and has been successful in the custom machine tool industry since. The family-owned business engineers and builds specialized multi axis multi-spindle machine centers for the Aerospace, Automotive, military and most manufacturing markets. It also holds product lines covering Mid-sized Lathes and Saws. In the midst of the technology convergence now under way, and as one of the few custom machines tool makers operating in the Americas, Racer is expanding into the Additive Manufacturing arena with build to purpose platforms.