Custom Brazing Firm Helps Greentech Innovators Speed to Market
GRANTS PASS, Ore.--Its depth of experience in brazing a wide range of materials is a key strength of Omley Industries, a provider of custom vacuum brazing services since 1963. The company's brazing expertise encompasses most metals, including many of the special alloys, as well as most ceramic materials. Omley also has considerable experience in brazing materials that are difficult to join, such as titanium, beryllium, and molybdenum, among others. The company has now launched itself into the thick of the burgeoning greentech industry, building on its history of meeting the special requirements of the aerospace, medical technology, and cryogenics industries. To solve the needs of technology innovators in the greentech industry, Omley can provide engineering assistance and prototyping, as well as production services, with an emphasis on speed.
"Omley has the ability to tailor all facets of the development and production process to meet our customers' needs," wrote Douglas Rich, Omley's sales manager, in an email to Design-2-Part. "In the realm of product development and prototyping, time is always of the essence. Omley's ability to move quickly on new projects is a very valuable benefit to our customers."
Its dual combination of being a small company--which allows it to be nimble--and one with many years of experience in challenging projects gives Omley the ability to test process variations very quickly, according to Rich. "This allows us to find solutions for our customers in a very short amount of time," he states. "Our years of cumulative experience allow us to start projects well into the learning curve, which saves our customers valuable time and money."
In the greentech space, Omley manufactures electrical feed-thrus used in various coating processes for solar applications; it also produces OEM components for fuel cell applications. The company's work on these components includes brazing thin foils to frames for hydrogen separation, as well as various frame assemblies, small burner assemblies, and tube and manifold assemblies.
"Our cleantech customers have presented us some of the most challenging assemblies that Omley has been asked to braze," Rich continues. "Heat exchangers, gas distribution manifolds, and reactor assemblies often present unique challenges for brazing. Our many years of experience and creativity give Omley a unique advantage in finding solutions to challenging projects."
One of the most challenging pieces of development work--even for a company with extensive experience in brazing thin materials--involved brazing very thin, 0.001-inch foil materials to frame assemblies and achieving hermetic results. What made this particular project so challenging, according to Rich, was that the foil components readily alloyed with nearly all braze alloys. "The trick was to seal the foil without having it melt and go into solution with the braze alloy," he concluded.
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