By Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
Copyright © 2012 Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
STILLWATER, Okla. — The creation of new jobs for Stillwater and the ability for manufacturers to save time and money are a few benefits consumers will notice with Roll-2-Roll Technologies innovative new technology. The company is an Oklahoma State University spin-off located in Stillwater.
The technology, ARIS, is a lateral web guide developed with input from companies within targeted industries, including packaging and labeling, nonwoven materials and flexible printed electronics displays for products like solar panels.
“This technology brings innovation in sensing, control and added intelligence that will change our industry,” said co-founder Aravind Seshadri.
Common issues in the industry include wasted material because of misalignment, complicated machine setup and challenges when material is changed over resulting in production line downtime. ARIS does not require additional setup time and is as simple as plugging in the machine.
“We have finished product development and are testing the guiding system with a few customers,” Seshadri said. “With successful customer validation we will expand our production capabilities and roll out the product to a broader market.”
Chief Operating Officer Pedro Velasco said the next step is to focus on developing products and services to complement ARIS.
“The sensor and control technology have industrial usage beyond guiding, and we plan on working to develop products based on this technology,” Velasco said. “These advancements will help our customers monitor and assess their production process efficiency and productivity.”
The benefits of the new technology extend beyond the Roll-2-Roll customer base to the Stillwater economy.
“We estimate the creation of an additional five to 10 jobs within the next five years, mostly technical jobs,” Velasco said. “Aside from that, there are contractors around the area benefiting from this. One of the best things is that we are building up the high-tech industry here.”
Roll-2-Roll, a company that developed from research started at OSU, is unveiling a product that is the result of 10 years of research and development and the skills from a team with more than 30 years of industry experience.
Housed in the Center for Business Development at Meridian Technology, the company’s corporate office is poised for growth using the built-in support system of a business incubator. With services including management guidance, technical assistance and consulting tailored to young companies, the Center is a logical fit for Roll-2-Roll to call home.
Read the story at the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.