From left: SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Peter Liu, OMAX; SBA Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation Mark WalshClick image to enlarge 

OMAX's MicroMax JetMachining abrasive waterjet machineClick image to enlarge

OMAX has received an innovation award for its micro abrasive waterjet technology used for its MicroMax JetMachining waterjet centre.

OMAX was one of 37 companies to receive the Tibbetts Award at the White House. The Tibbetts Award is given to small businesses and individuals by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) in recognition for innovative research and development of transferrable technology.

Dr. Peter Liu, Sr. scientist at OMAX and creator of the MicroMAX abrasive waterjet, was at the ceremony in Washington DC to receive the award for the company. “Receiving the 2016 Tibbets Award is truly an honour,” says Mr. Liu. “The MicroMax, commercialized based on mAWJ technology, was named a Finalist of the 2016 R&D 100 Awards. At OMAX, we strive to produce high-precision, easy-to-use waterjet machining systems, and research and development is a critical component to achieving that objective. It’s great to be recognized for our R&D work at such a high level.”

The MicroMax is a precise abrasive waterjet with a positioning accuracy of less than five microns. The machine is capable of cutting extremely small parts in virtually any material. The Tilt-A-Jet cutting head on the machine allows for taper-free edges and rapid cutting speeds.

Akhurst to distribute Mitsubishi in Western Canada

Akhurst Machinery has been announced as the new Western Canadian dealer for MC Machinery Systems lasers, laser automation, press brakes and shears.

Bombardier forecast: 24,000 deliveries; $626 B revenue

Bombardier sees a bright horizon for its business aircraft business. It predicts it will deliver 24,000 jets worth $626 billion in its 20-year industry delivery forecast.

LVD buys Compac

LVD Co. has acquired automation solutions provider Compac S.r.l. of Urbino, Italy.

ATI Stellram acquires Greenfield threading line

ATI Stellram has acquired the Assembled Threading Tools product lines of Greenfield Industries Inc.

This tiny drone with a tiny brain is smart enough to fly itself

Engineers in Europe have built the world’s smallest autonomous rotor drone equipped with a neural network running on just 1/100th of a watt.

SPI Lasers rebrands under TRUMPF name

TRUMPF Group has announced that its TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH division will combine the business operations of SPI Lasers UK Ltd. to bring advantages in industrial applications via both disk and fiber technology and enhance customer service offerings.

Nominate apprentices before June 17

Time is running out to nominate hard working apprentices for CTMA’s Apprentice Awards.

Loonie drops to two-month low

The Canadian dollar dropped to its lowest level since January 4, falling 0.7 per cent to $1.3439 versus the U.S. dollar and reducing its climb for 2019 to 1.5 per cent.

BEVs present too many opportunities to ignore

If you’re not already in the battery electric vehicle (BEV) market, you need to consider it; the potential increase in tooling demand is too great to ignore and so too are the risks.

BC government provides $10 million for small and medium manufacturers

The StrongerBC Accelerating Manufacturing Grants program has released $10 million in funding for 43 new projects in the province’s manufacturing sector.

Canadian manufacturing sales continue rise in March buoyed by higher pricing

Manufacturing sales rose 2.5% to $70.2 billion in March, on the strength of higher pricing, particularly in the energy and metals industries.

LVD Strippit, Elliott-Matsuura form partnership

Elliott-Matsuura Canada, Oakville, ON, has signed a distribution agreement with metal fabricating equipment supplier LVD Strippit.

$372.5 M for Bombardier to boost manufacturing, R&D

Bombardier will receive $372.5 million in repayble contributions from the Government of Canada to help support jobs, manufacturing and research and development activities in the country.

Canadian scientists working on made-in-Canada ventilator

Canadian scientists at two national laboratories are working on a stipped-down, easy-to-manufacturer hospital ventilator to meet the demand for machines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a story in The Globe and Mail.

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn