RICHMOND, VA., MARCH 21, 2013 - The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) today announced that Swiss company Blaser Swisslube has joined the collaborative research center. Blaser Swisslube is CCAM's 15th member and the second from Switzerland. Headquartered in Hasle-Ruegsau, Switzerland, and with a U.S. production facility in Goshen, NY, the company joins other international members from Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States at CCAM to solve business and operational challenges facing advanced manufacturers.
Advanced manufacturing often involves precision cutting of metal and other materials to form essential parts for sophisticated and critical machinery, such as fan blades for jet engines or breakers for mining operations. Blaser Swisslube's line of coolants, cutting oils and grinding oils ensures that the complex machines used to cut and fabricate manufacturing components do their jobs efficiently and successfully. The company's presence at CCAM, where members will have access to several high-precision cutting machines, brings decades of advanced manufacturing technique and expertise to the collaborative's research projects.
"Maximizing ROI on significant investments in tools and machinery is high on the list of every advanced manufacturer," said Dr. Michael Beffel, interim president and executive director of CCAM. "Blaser Swisslube brings that expertise to the research table and we are thrilled to have the company's insight as member companies and universities ramp up projects."
Founded in 1936, Blaser Swisslube serves customers worldwide across the manufacturing spectrum. With its products, the company seeks to lower operating costs, increase productivity, extend tool life and improve the surface quality of parts fabricated by its customers. The company joins CCAM as a Tier 2 Member, granting it access to results of generic research conducted by members and a seat on CCAM's technical advisory committee, which sets research direction.
"We've been in business for more than 75 years helping manufacturers stay a step ahead through improved equipment operations," said Marc Blaser, CEO at Blaser Swisslube. "CCAM's collaborative approach to advanced manufacturing challenges allows us to contribute, learn and keep our customers on the cutting edge."
About the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing
CCAM is a research-based collaboration between the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University and manufacturing companies worldwide. Manufacturers join CCAM as members and guide research leveraging both university faculty and CCAM scientists in two focus areas: surface engineering and manufacturing systems. CCAM recently completed a 60,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility in Prince George County, Va., adjacent to Rolls-Royce's jet engine components plant. CCAM took occupancy of the research center on September 11, 2012. For more information, visit www.ccam-va.com.
About Blaser Swisslube
Blaser Swisslube is a globally active company in the metalworking fluid sector. The independent and family-owned Swiss company was founded in 1936 and has since grown from a small business into a global player, employing over 500 people worldwide. With its own subsidiaries and representative offices, Blaser Swisslube is close to its customers in about 60 countries. Blaser Swisslube develops, produces and sells high-quality cutting and grinding fluids. Customers use Blaser metalworking fluids with great success to produce everything from the tiniest of components for the watchmaking industry or medicinal technology to gigantic structural elements in the aircraft industry. For more information about Blaser, please visit www.blaser.com.
The CCAM manufacturing research center will be developed at Crosspointe in Prince George County, Virginia.
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