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Protocol freedom paves way for high-speed networks

July 28, 2009 8:00 am | Award Winners

The Huawei Optix OSN 6800/OSN 3800 wavelength division multiplexer (with Geographically Distributed Parallel Sysplex support) developed by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. (Shenzhen, China), approved by IBM for network applications, provides dense WDM for independent data channels using any protocol.

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Dual-head SPM puts two techniques in one

July 28, 2009 7:54 am | Award Winners

The SOLVER Next from NT-MDT Company (Zelenograd, Moscow, Russia) is one of the new generation of automated scanning probe microscope (SPM). However, it differs from other SPMs in that it offers both atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) capabilities in a single, automatically exchangeable platform.

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Stacked wafers disrupt SEM architecture

July 28, 2009 7:50 am | Award Winners

By leveraging silicon processing technologies, Novelx (Lafayette, Calif.) has brought to market a significant innovation in how scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) are built and operate. mySEM is a compact, low voltage, company, field emission SEM.

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Caterpillar Offers New In-frame Overhaul Kits

July 28, 2009 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Caterpillar introduced Precious Metals In-frame Overhaul Kits for on-highway engines—four pre-packaged engine overhaul options that are backed with Cat warranties.

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Powder coatings gain color, lose wasteful inefficiencies

July 28, 2009 7:38 am | Award Winners

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, Pa.) introduced a proprietary manufacturing process for powder coatings that eliminates the inefficiencies associated with the process. Duranar Powder Coatings are created by dispersing the resins, pigments, and other additives that make up a coating in water.

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Nanomaterials increase wear plate toughness

July 28, 2009 7:35 am | Award Winners

The NanoSteel Company (Idaho Falls, Idaho) developed the Super Hard Steel Wear Plate for mining, processing and industrial applications, by going small. The SHS 9700 and SHS 9800 overlay wear plate system is formed by a carbon steel or low alloy steel substrate with a highly engineered weld overlay.

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Nanostructures help polymers go with the flow

July 28, 2009 7:31 am | Award Winners

POSS Flow Additives from Hybrid Plastics, Inc. (Hattiesburg, Miss.) are a family of high temperature, nanostructured chemicals used as alloying agents to increase the flow of thermoplastic polymers, especially for high performance, high temperature thermoplastic polymers.

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The Ford Mustang has seats of soy

July 28, 2009 7:27 am | Award Winners

After long period of development, Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, Mich.) and Lear Corp. (Southfield, Mich.) recently began an industry-first use of functionalized soybean oil in the manufacture of flexible, polyurethane foam for automotive seating.

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Olefin polymer an alternative to toxin-laden PVC

July 28, 2009 7:24 am | Award Winners

Flex Olé TPO Polymers from Dynamic Modifiers LLC (Atlanta, Ga.) are a family of environmentally sustainable, custom engineered thermoplastic olefin (TPO) resin systems that can be used to replace flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compositions without disruption to the existing polymer extrusion.

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Battle against damaging heat finds new hero

July 28, 2009 7:19 am | Award Winners

CarAl heat transfer material, developed by Applied Nanotech Inc. (Austin, Texas) and Advanced Material Technologies Co. Ltd. (Fuji-shi, Shizuoka, Japan) overcomes technical impasses of conventional heat transfer materials in its combination of heat diffusivity, high heat conductivity, low density, and thermal coefficient of expansion similar to electronics packaging materials.

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Self-terminating technology holds Li-ion energy in check

July 28, 2009 7:15 am | Award Winners

STOBA Battery Technology, pioneered by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (Hsinchu, Taiwan), employs a self-terminating oligomer in its hyper-branched battery architecture to minimize the risk of internal short-circuits that lead to thermal runaway.

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Microwave to beam Moon images to Earth

July 28, 2009 7:08 am | Award Winners

NASA Glenn Research Center (Cleveland, Ohio), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Md.), and L-3 Communications Electron Technologies' (Torrance, Calif.) L-3 ETI Model 2300HE space traveling–wave tube amplifier is a high efficiency, high reliability microwave power amplifier operating at 25.65 GHz, and is capable of transmitting video images and science data from six onboard instruments from the Moon to Earth.

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Modulators conserve supercomputer power

July 28, 2009 7:03 am | Award Winners

Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.) developed the Ultralow-Power Silicon Microphotonic Communications platform to address the bandwidth and power consumption limitations of future microelectronic inter-chip networks.

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Recloser minimizes power interruptions

July 28, 2009 6:44 am | Award Winners

IntelliRupter PulseCloser from S&C Electric Company (Chicago, Ill.) helps address the increasing demand for improved electrical power reliability (the availability of power) and power quality (the suitability of this power). Its primary function is replacement of conventional overhead line reclosers in medium-voltage electric distribution systems.

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Solution heals damaged wires

July 28, 2009 6:40 am | Award Winners

Developed by the Univ. of Dayton Research Institute and Pinnacle System (Beavercreek, Ohio), PATCH—Power Activated Technology for Conductor Healing—is an applied aqueous solution or an inner insulation layer that enables powered wires to self-heal conductors exposed by damaged insulation.

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