Some engineering students at the University of Maine helped unveil a new manufacturing process today for an innovative building material.
EcoShel is a special cedar shingle that has a ventilation system to prevent cupping and curling and is easier to install, we’re told, than regular shingles.
The company enlisted UMaine’s Advanced Manufacturing Center to design and build an assembly line for their so-called “smart shingle.”
Today students, along with public and private partners in the project, demonstrated how the system works, and showed off the final product.
The assembly line will be operated in Ecoshel’s new production facility in Ashland.
“To be able to reinvigorate any part of the forest products industry in Maine is a good thing, and we’ve done it a couple of times before. It’s great to be doing it again,” said Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais.
“This facility has really been essential to being able to experiment, develop, have a work-in-progress kind of relationship with the team here and get it off the ground,” said Bryan Kirkey, CEO of Ecoshell, Inc.
“Seeing it all come together is really kind of special, and especially today with everybody here and seeing the whole thing running so smoothly and the work that everybody’s done. It’s really nice,” said Ben White, a UMaine mechanical engineering student.
Besides providing a learning experience for engineering students, the EcoShel project also created eleven jobs.