Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:47

UMaine Students Help Develop Smart Shingle

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ORONO - If you look around your neighborhood, you may notice several of the houses are sided with cedar shingles. Now a Maine company has developed a new type of "smart" shingle.

It may look like your average cedar shingle, but it's actually an Ecoshel, the first cedar shingle panels being manufactured in Maine.

CEO, Bryan Kirkey, teamed his company with University of Maine engineering students to come up with an efficient way to produce the panels.

UMaine's Advanced Manufacturing Center developed an automated system that can scan, optimize, and cut raw lumber to produce a shingle every second.

Ecoshel is set to have a new manufacturing facility in Ashland, supporting the state's forest products industry and the Northern Maine economy.

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