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News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Eriez® introduces its latest breakthrough in magnetic separation technology with the new, incredibly powerful Easy to Clean DSC (Dust-tight, Sanitary, Convertible) Grate in Housing Magnet. According to Eriez, dust-tight construction was their central focus when developing this magnet. “The DSC handles fine powders better and some head velocity pressure while maintaining a positive seal,” says Eric Confer, Separation Product Manager.  He adds, “It delivers a solution for customers who want easy cleaning features, but cannot have any spillage or leaking on their process floor.” The standard housing on this new magnet is sanitary on the interior.  Eriez also provides customized options to meet customers’ specific needs, including sanitary-welded tie bars. Confer explains, “We designed the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet primarily for two groups of customers: those who find they’re cleaning their magnet more frequently than expected due to heavy contamination removal and those who simply are not cleaning their magnet enough and need to improve that frequency.” This separator’s innovative design allows customers to purchase a manual clean unit that can later be easily upgraded to an automatic cleaning unit with simple hand tools and a bolt-on kit.  “This groundbreaking convertible design is something no one else offers,” says Confer. The new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet combines a state-of-the-art design with the industry’s most powerful Eriez Xtreme RE7 magnet circuit. According to the results from performance testing conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), the Eriez® Xtreme® RE7 Tube Circuit is significantly stronger than any other magnet on the market today. Eriez’ magnet was also among the best performers in terms of magnetic flux density. For more information about the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet, contact Eriez and ask to speak with a magnetic separation specialist. Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call toll-free (888) 300-ERIEZ (3743) within the U.S. and Canada. For online users, visit www.eriez.com or send email to eriez@eriez.com. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f6cc401c-b2bc-406b-ad5f-c061610d9f84 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a321eec3-0857-450c-b2bb-80ae6d86569f


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Eriez® introduces its latest breakthrough in magnetic separation technology with the new, incredibly powerful Easy to Clean DSC (Dust-tight, Sanitary, Convertible) Grate in Housing Magnet. According to Eriez, dust-tight construction was their central focus when developing this magnet. “The DSC handles fine powders better and some head velocity pressure while maintaining a positive seal,” says Eric Confer, Separation Product Manager.  He adds, “It delivers a solution for customers who want easy cleaning features, but cannot have any spillage or leaking on their process floor.” The standard housing on this new magnet is sanitary on the interior.  Eriez also provides customized options to meet customers’ specific needs, including sanitary-welded tie bars. Confer explains, “We designed the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet primarily for two groups of customers: those who find they’re cleaning their magnet more frequently than expected due to heavy contamination removal and those who simply are not cleaning their magnet enough and need to improve that frequency.” This separator’s innovative design allows customers to purchase a manual clean unit that can later be easily upgraded to an automatic cleaning unit with simple hand tools and a bolt-on kit.  “This groundbreaking convertible design is something no one else offers,” says Confer. The new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet combines a state-of-the-art design with the industry’s most powerful Eriez Xtreme RE7 magnet circuit. According to the results from performance testing conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), the Eriez® Xtreme® RE7 Tube Circuit is significantly stronger than any other magnet on the market today. Eriez’ magnet was also among the best performers in terms of magnetic flux density. For more information about the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet, contact Eriez and ask to speak with a magnetic separation specialist. Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call toll-free (888) 300-ERIEZ (3743) within the U.S. and Canada. For online users, visit www.eriez.com or send email to eriez@eriez.com. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f6cc401c-b2bc-406b-ad5f-c061610d9f84 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a321eec3-0857-450c-b2bb-80ae6d86569f


News Article | May 26, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Arias Bosinger, PLLC is pleased to announce Frank J. Lacquaniti has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Altamonte Springs office. Mr. Lacquaniti has over 10 years of federal and state court experience in all phases of real estate, corporate, and community association litigation and counseling. He has handled countless title, contract, corporate dissolution, shareholder/membership interest, landlord/tenant, foreclosure, covenant enforcement, and debt collection disputes throughout Florida. In addition, Mr. Lacquaniti represents condominiums and planned developments assisting with their entity formation, analysis and interpretation of governing documents, amendments and restatements of governing documents, developer turnover issues, election disputes, and matters of corporate governance. With respect to transactional matters, Mr. Lacquaniti regularly handles complex corporate entity formation and governance, acquisition and development of real estate, residential and commercial closings, leasing transactions, and negotiation and drafting of contracts, easements, bank finance transactions, and asset/stock purchases and sales. Mr. Lacquaniti received his J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in 2006 and his B.A. from University of Florida in 2002. Mr. Lacquaniti is licensed to practice in the State of Floriad and before the Middle District of Florida. “Frank represents a continuation of our efforts to recruit the brightest industry leaders. He brings a wide range of experience, skill, and knowledge to our team,” said Sonia A. Bosinger, founding partner. AriasBosinger is a full-service real estate law firm with a practice providing legal services to community associations, developers, investors, landlords, tenants, businesses and business owners. The firm has offices in Orlando, Florida; Melbourne, Florida; and Altamonte Springs, Florida. AriasBosinger’s major areas of practice include: condominium and planned development; commercial and residential real estate transactions; commercial and residential landlord/tenant; eminent domain; bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate law; and civil and commercial litigation. Our distinguished backgrounds provides a solid understanding of the industries and clients we serve. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at http://www.ABLawFL.com.


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Eriez® introduces its latest breakthrough in magnetic separation technology with the new, incredibly powerful Easy to Clean DSC (Dust-tight, Sanitary, Convertible) Grate in Housing Magnet. According to Eriez, dust-tight construction was their central focus when developing this magnet. “The DSC handles fine powders better and some head velocity pressure while maintaining a positive seal,” says Eric Confer, Separation Product Manager.  He adds, “It delivers a solution for customers who want easy cleaning features, but cannot have any spillage or leaking on their process floor.” The standard housing on this new magnet is sanitary on the interior.  Eriez also provides customized options to meet customers’ specific needs, including sanitary-welded tie bars. Confer explains, “We designed the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet primarily for two groups of customers: those who find they’re cleaning their magnet more frequently than expected due to heavy contamination removal and those who simply are not cleaning their magnet enough and need to improve that frequency.” This separator’s innovative design allows customers to purchase a manual clean unit that can later be easily upgraded to an automatic cleaning unit with simple hand tools and a bolt-on kit.  “This groundbreaking convertible design is something no one else offers,” says Confer. The new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet combines a state-of-the-art design with the industry’s most powerful Eriez Xtreme RE7 magnet circuit. According to the results from performance testing conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), the Eriez® Xtreme® RE7 Tube Circuit is significantly stronger than any other magnet on the market today. Eriez’ magnet was also among the best performers in terms of magnetic flux density. For more information about the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet, contact Eriez and ask to speak with a magnetic separation specialist. Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call toll-free (888) 300-ERIEZ (3743) within the U.S. and Canada. For online users, visit www.eriez.com or send email to eriez@eriez.com. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f6cc401c-b2bc-406b-ad5f-c061610d9f84 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a321eec3-0857-450c-b2bb-80ae6d86569f


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Eriez® introduces its latest breakthrough in magnetic separation technology with the new, incredibly powerful Easy to Clean DSC (Dust-tight, Sanitary, Convertible) Grate in Housing Magnet. According to Eriez, dust-tight construction was their central focus when developing this magnet. “The DSC handles fine powders better and some head velocity pressure while maintaining a positive seal,” says Eric Confer, Separation Product Manager.  He adds, “It delivers a solution for customers who want easy cleaning features, but cannot have any spillage or leaking on their process floor.” The standard housing on this new magnet is sanitary on the interior.  Eriez also provides customized options to meet customers’ specific needs, including sanitary-welded tie bars. Confer explains, “We designed the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet primarily for two groups of customers: those who find they’re cleaning their magnet more frequently than expected due to heavy contamination removal and those who simply are not cleaning their magnet enough and need to improve that frequency.” This separator’s innovative design allows customers to purchase a manual clean unit that can later be easily upgraded to an automatic cleaning unit with simple hand tools and a bolt-on kit.  “This groundbreaking convertible design is something no one else offers,” says Confer. The new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet combines a state-of-the-art design with the industry’s most powerful Eriez Xtreme RE7 magnet circuit. According to the results from performance testing conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), the Eriez® Xtreme® RE7 Tube Circuit is significantly stronger than any other magnet on the market today. Eriez’ magnet was also among the best performers in terms of magnetic flux density. For more information about the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet, contact Eriez and ask to speak with a magnetic separation specialist. Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call toll-free (888) 300-ERIEZ (3743) within the U.S. and Canada. For online users, visit www.eriez.com or send email to eriez@eriez.com. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f6cc401c-b2bc-406b-ad5f-c061610d9f84 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a321eec3-0857-450c-b2bb-80ae6d86569f


News Article | May 23, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

Eriez® introduces its latest breakthrough in magnetic separation technology with the new, incredibly powerful Easy to Clean DSC (Dust-tight, Sanitary, Convertible) Grate in Housing Magnet. According to Eriez, dust-tight construction was their central focus when developing this magnet. “The DSC handles fine powders better and some head velocity pressure while maintaining a positive seal,” says Eric Confer, Separation Product Manager.  He adds, “It delivers a solution for customers who want easy cleaning features, but cannot have any spillage or leaking on their process floor.” The standard housing on this new magnet is sanitary on the interior.  Eriez also provides customized options to meet customers’ specific needs, including sanitary-welded tie bars. Confer explains, “We designed the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet primarily for two groups of customers: those who find they’re cleaning their magnet more frequently than expected due to heavy contamination removal and those who simply are not cleaning their magnet enough and need to improve that frequency.” This separator’s innovative design allows customers to purchase a manual clean unit that can later be easily upgraded to an automatic cleaning unit with simple hand tools and a bolt-on kit.  “This groundbreaking convertible design is something no one else offers,” says Confer. The new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet combines a state-of-the-art design with the industry’s most powerful Eriez Xtreme RE7 magnet circuit. According to the results from performance testing conducted by The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), the Eriez® Xtreme® RE7 Tube Circuit is significantly stronger than any other magnet on the market today. Eriez’ magnet was also among the best performers in terms of magnetic flux density. For more information about the new Easy to Clean DSC Grate in Housing Magnet, contact Eriez and ask to speak with a magnetic separation specialist. Eriez is recognized as world authority in separation technologies. The company’s magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, fluid filtration, flotation, materials feeding, screening, conveying and controlling equipment have application in the process, metalworking, packaging, plastics, rubber, recycling, food, mining, aggregate and textile industries. Eriez manufactures and markets these products through 12 international facilities located on six continents. For more information, call toll-free (888) 300-ERIEZ (3743) within the U.S. and Canada. For online users, visit www.eriez.com or send email to eriez@eriez.com. Eriez World Headquarters is located at 2200 Asbury Road, Erie, PA 16506. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f6cc401c-b2bc-406b-ad5f-c061610d9f84 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/a321eec3-0857-450c-b2bb-80ae6d86569f


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.scientificamerican.com

Electric vehicles have long been a promising option for sustainable transportation. They come with practical headaches like expensive, bulky batteries that often need recharging, however. Israel is tackling those hurdles by investing in roads that power electric buses—as they ride down the street. The government is collaborating with Israeli start-up ElectRoad to install a public bus route in Tel Aviv, using an under-the-pavement wireless technology that eliminates the need for plug-in recharging stations. Although still in its infancy, the technology could clear the three biggest hurdles—cost, weight and range—that have held back the widespread adoption of battery-powered vehicles for more than a century. First, though, ElectRoad will have to demonstrate that its “inductive charging” technology can be scaled up cheaply enough to be adopted on roadways worldwide. “It’s exciting because it’s charging without wires,” says Tim Cleary, director of BATTERY, an energy-storage research laboratory at The Pennsylvania State University, who is not involved in the project. “But unless it’s affordable and cost-effective it’s not going to take off.” ElectRoad is betting it will. Wireless charging means the electric buses can carry a light, inexpensive battery instead of a bulky, costly one—and never have to stop for recharging. And once a roadway is outfitted with the technology, it can continuously power properly equipped vehicles. “You only need to pave for the infrastructure one time, and that’s it. You can use it for all kinds of vehicles, so that’s a big advantage,” says Oren Ezer, chief executive and co-founder of the four-year-old company. So far, the firm’s only proving ground has been an 80-foot test route at its headquarters in Caesarea. But the technology performed well enough for the company to win a $120,000 grant from Israel’s Ministry of Transport and Road Safety and approval to outfit a portion of a Tel Aviv bus route with their technology, says Shay Soffer, chief scientist at the ministry. The route will be around half a mile long and is slated to open in 2018. If all goes well, the government plans to deploy the technology more widely, starting with an 11-mile shuttle between the city of Eilat and the Ramon International Airport. “Tel Aviv is the biggest city [in Israel], like New York on a small scale. If it will work in Tel Aviv, it will work anywhere,” Soffer says.“I think in 10 years you’ll see a lot of solutions like ElectRoad in our transportation.” ElectRoad’s Ezer declined to give the price of the Tel Aviv project but says the total cost of construction will be shared by the transport ministry, the city and the company. The cost per kilometer of roadway will be a crucial factor in future years as the company attempts to scale up. Israel joins a growing number of nations exploring the technology. South Korea, for example, already has several wireless bus routes around the country. The European Union is studying the feasibility of widespread wireless charging, too. ElectRoad’s technology is different, Ezer says, because the transformers are less expensive and the installation process is faster and more efficient. Inductive charging has been around since the 1890s, when inventor Nicola Tesla first discovered he could wirelessly power lightbulbs. Since then it has been used in an array of devices ranging from phones to toothbrushes—but only recently on the scale of a 13-ton bus. The buses are charged and propelled by power from the interaction of two electromagnetic fields. Inverters installed along the side of the road provide power to plates of copper embedded in the road. Similar copper plates are installed on the bus’s underside. As the vehicle passes over the charged roadway, the two fields interact and generate power. ElectRoad says it can install the technology in an existing road with minimal disruption, using two tractors that can fully equip one kilometer of roadway in a single night. Each bus still needs a small onboard battery for a couple of reasons: The first is to accelerate, because the jolt of energy required to propel a stationary bus is far more than the energy it needs to coast down the street. The second is to provide power on short stretches of road that are not fitted with the technology. ElectRoad’s buses can travel off the charging road for about three miles. The biggest advantages of wireless charging are that it allows for significantly smaller batteries or the ability to travel longer distances with a larger battery. Both are convenient, says Burak Ozpineci, who works on wireless technologies at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. However, the cost of the infrastructure and materials, especially copper, will likely be expensive, he says. Currently, the metal costs about $2.60 per pound. In addition to costing more, wireless power might not be as straightforward as simply plugging into a socket—the bus could stray from the main strip, becoming misaligned and delivering less power, according to Penn State’s Cleary. In addition, the advantages of ElectRoad’s technology may become less important as electric vehicle batteries get cheaper, lighter and more efficient. Breakthroughs in engineering and chemistry have made batteries much more cost-efficient over the past 15 years, says Dustin Grace, director of battery engineering at Proterra, an electric bus company. A few years ago a typical electric vehicle battery cost about $1,000 per kilowatt hour. But now many companies are down to $200 to $300 per kilowatt hour, and a few, including Tesla, General Motors and Nissan, are even lower, according to Grace. “I’m in the camp where I see the cost of lithium ions and energy storage just plummeting,” Grace says. “What these auto manufacturers are finding when they’re getting into the $100-to-$200-per-kilowatt-hour range is these vehicles are really on parity with other vehicles. They’re no longer looking at batteries as this challenge that has to be solved.” Ezer acknowledges battery prices are falling but emphasizes ElectRoad’s solution is not for individual vehicles but for all-encompassing infrastructure that can eventually serve entire cities. That’s where the savings are, he says. And remember that small, light battery onboard? It is only used about 6 percent of the time the vehicle is running, and thus can last as long as 25 years, Ezer asserts. By contrast, conventional batteries in electric buses, like those made by Proterra, last around six years. Despite the challenges of scaling up, ElectRoad is optimistic about the growing synergies between its vehicles and electric grids that are transitioning to renewable energy sources like solar and wind, instead of fossil fuels. Eventually, the company even hopes to make wireless charging a two-way street: not only from road to bus but vice versa with the energy generated from braking, according to Ezer. And down the road, the start-up’s dreams are even bigger, Ezer says. “We plan to start with buses, of course, but we believe in revolutionizing the entirety of transportation.”


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC), a non-profit faith-based senior living organization headquartered in Skokie, announces the addition of Jody Holt as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Janine Wilson as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Jody Holt, a certified public accountant, brings more than 28 years of experience in both the public and private sectors and will work closely with CRC leadership on major strategic and operational issues while providing oversight on all financial and planning functions. Holt comes to CRC after serving as CFO for a leading global provider of high speed internet. In addition, she has served on the CRC board of directors. She holds a BS in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University. Janine Wilson brings more than 30 years of experience in operations, change management and resource development. As COO, she will oversee campus operations on CRC’s 12 senior living communities across the country, along with Lean Six Sigma, risk management and purchasing. She is a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma, a certified public accountant and certified project manager. Wilson has an MBA in strategic planning and a BS in business and engineering from the University of Toledo. “With the addition of Jody and Janine to the leadership team at CRC, we are poised to continue providing our 5,000 residents and 3,000 team members with solid operational excellence,” said Terri Cunliffe, CRC president. “Their breadth and depth of knowledge helps to round out our team as we provide day-to-day operations and strategically plan for the future with fiscal responsibility as a key focus.” ABOUT COVENANT RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES Chicago-based Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) is the nation’s sixth largest, non-profit, senior services provider. It serves 5,000 residents at 15 retirement communities in 10 states and offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and rehabilitation. Through CRC’s LifeConnect® Wellness Partnership, residents can access resources and opportunities that are designed to enrich the mind, body, and spirit and complement each person’s unique journey. CRC is a ministry of the Evangelical Covenant Church and has been serving seniors since 1886. For more information, visit http://www.covenantretirement.org, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.


News Article | May 10, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HealthCare Royalty Partners (“HCR”), a global healthcare investment firm, today announced the appointment of life sciences industry veteran Julie McHugh to the firm’s Strategic Advisory Board. “ Julie has vast experience as a pharmaceutical executive, spanning from large multinational pharmaceutical companies to smaller venture backed companies. Julie’s insights and expertise in the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products will be invaluable in assisting our team’s evaluation of potential investments,” said Clarke B. Futch, Managing Partner at HCR. Ms. McHugh spent over a decade at Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) in various positions, including as Company Group Chairman, Global Virology Business Unit and as President of the Centocor division of J&J. More recently, Ms. McHugh served as the Chief Operating Officer of Endo Health Solutions and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nora Therapeutics. Prior to Centocor, Ms. McHugh worked at Astra Merck and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Pharmaceuticals, after beginning her career at Smithkline. Ms. McHugh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration in International Management from Saint Joseph’s University. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of New Xellia Group A/S, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Trevena, Inc., Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. Ms. McHugh is also a member of The Penn State Smeal College of Business Board of Visitors. “ I have been thoroughly impressed with the intellect and diligence capabilities of the team at HCR. I look forward to working with HCR as they seek to provide bespoke, non-dilutive financing to innovative companies that provide medically necessary products to patients around the world,” commented Ms. McHugh. HCR is a private investment firm that purchases royalties and uses debt-like structures to invest in commercial or near-commercial stage life science assets. HCR has $3.5 billion in cumulative capital commitments with offices in Stamford (CT), San Francisco, and Boston. Since 2003, HCR's senior professionals have completed more than 60 healthcare investments. For more information, visit www.healthcareroyalty.com.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.materialstoday.com

Optomec, which makes additive manufacturing (AM) systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics, says that the results of a three-year study have validated the repeatability and transferability of its LENS metal additive manufacturing process. The study was performed on different LENS metal additive manufacturing systems at different locations using the same processing parameters and the printing results from each LENS system were consistent and repeatable, exhibiting tensile and fatigue properties equal to or better than wrought Titanium Ti-6-4 material, Optomec says. The ability to achieve repeatable machine to machine high quality printing results addresses current challenges faced by the U.S. Air Force, and provides a framework for the future adoption of metal additive manufacturing for repair and remanufacturing throughout the aircraft industry. The study, sponsored by AM institute America Makes, included participation by industry leaders GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, United Technologies Research Center and Rolls-Royce, as well as a group of technical experts serving as lead contributors, including Edison Welding Institute (EWI), Connecticut Center of Advanced Technology (CCAT), University of Connecticut, TechSolve, The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Lab (ARL) and Concurrent Technologies Corporation. The scope of the study evaluated over 200 process elements and corresponding results spanning the metal additive manufacturing process, from powder optimization, process development, process monitoring and controls, part measurement, non-destructive testing and post processing. According to Optomec, it demonstrated the benefits of LENS powder-fed directed energy deposition technology over traditional welding techniques for the repair and remanufacturing of aerospace components. ‘This effort has set a foundation the industry can build on to implement LENS processing for sustainment, as well as new production,’ said Henry Phelps, senior staff engineer at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. ‘It established a set of feedstock requirements and build parameters for aerospace component repairs, as well as identifying areas for future capability enhancement.’ ‘This study is significant in that it reinforces the LENS additive manufacturing process as a viable alternative to conventional repair and remanufacturing methods,’ added Tom McDonald, Optomec program manager for the project. ‘This development sets the stage to significantly reduce the cost and cycle time of returning critical aerospace assets into service to support military and commercial applications.’ This story is reprinted from material from Optomec, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.

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