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News Article | August 3, 2017

ST. JOHN'S, NL--(Marketwired - August 03, 2017) - Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) ( : KRKNF) is pleased to update our shareholders on recent corporate developments. "Since our last update, we have not only expanded our current strategic relationships but are also in discussions with potential new strategic partners that could expand our markets and accelerate growth," said Karl Kenny, Kraken's President and CEO. "Our recent hires in Germany add new customer relationships and advance our technical depth required to deliver our Robotics-as-a-Service (RaaS) business model, something demanded by energy industry enterprises seeking more economic and effective solutions than those provided by incumbent service providers." On Friday, July 28th, Kraken officially commenced the search for the lost Avro Arrow test models using its ThunderFish® underwater robot. We expect to generate revenue of over C$250,000 from this contract in Q3. The search has generated significant national and international media interest and will continue through the month of August in Lake Ontario. Various media coverage can be seen on our social media sites including Twitter and Facebook and additional media coverage can be found here: "As we are proving on the Avro Arrow project, RaaS enables us to offer highly adaptable robotic solutions to meet the needs of different customers -- from a single robot to a fleet of robots; rental or lease-purchase options; multi-purpose underwater platforms, which with the right software can perform a variety of tasks," said Mr. Kenny. "In other words, we can provide what is needed; the way it is needed; and when it is needed, affordably, and with assured quality standards. While RaaS has obvious advantages for our customers, it is also a business model that enables us to grow our customer base, greatly increase market share, and drive profitable growth from recurring revenue." In agreement with Elbit, Kraken has extended the at-sea testing time of KATFISH™ to take advantage of good weather conditions. Previous at-sea testing was hampered by harsh winter and ice conditions experienced earlier this year. The extended sea testing time has also enabled enhanced capabilities to the system's active stabilization control system, as well as fine-tuning of third party sensors. The Company expects that KATFISH™ will be shipped in September. To date, Kraken has received milestone progress payments representing over 85% of the contract value. On June 5th, Kraken announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. was awarded a repeat AquaPix® sonar contract valued at over C$400,000 by a leading European defence contractor. This contract is on schedule and is expected to ship by the end of August with revenue being recognized in Q3. The Company has received a contract deposit of 30% and will invoice for final proceeds upon shipment. Kraken's bid activity is at an all-time high driven by new product introductions, new service offerings, new channel partners, new business development team members and the maturation of the company's sales cycle. We believe contract pursuits in both the military and commercial market (mainly oil and gas) will show success later this year. This will include initial development contracts with large oil and gas service companies, setting the stage for longer-term high volume sales and recurring services opportunities. In the defense market, our recent and upcoming trials and partnerships have exposed us to significant international underwater defence opportunities whereby navies are upgrading their aging equipment with modern technology such as those offered by Kraken. In the U.S., Kraken continues to pursue its multi-year business development efforts, and hopes to announce initial contract wins in 2017. Kraken Robotik GmbH began operations in early 2017 in Bremen, Germany with two employees. Today, we are pleased to announce the addition of three important team members that bring strong technical capabilities along with relationships across the commercial market and specifically oil and gas. Dr. Jakob Schwendner, Managing Director of Kraken Robotik GmbH said, "Jan, Sylvain and Patrick are recognized leaders in underwater robotics. As Kraken continues to prepare for more growth in our market areas and product lines, we are delighted to welcome them to our team." After being employed for six years as researcher in robotics at FZI in Karlsruhe, Germany, Jan received his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 2007 for his work on biologically inspired walking machines. He then worked at the underwater robotic branch of DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence) in Bremen. DFKI is one of the world's largest nonprofit research institutes for artificial intelligence. In 2014, Jan moved to SENAI CIMATEC in Salvador, Brazil where he served as technical leader on the BG/Shell FlatFish AUV project and trained a 20-person robotics team. Since receiving his PhD in 2007, Sylvain has been working on software frameworks to enable long-term autonomy in robotic systems. Until 2014 he was part of DFKI in Germany, where he managed autonomy-related projects and later led DFKI's Autonomy team. He is the main software architect of the Robot Construction Kit, a software framework used in a variety of robotic systems at DFKI and elsewhere, that has a focus on robust, fault-tolerant autonomous systems. Since 2014, he has been leading the software engineering efforts of the BG/Shell FlatFish project. Patrick obtained his MSc in Robotics in 2009 from PUC University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he developed probabilistic localisation algorithms for a Petrobras robotic system. In 2010, he started at DFKI and was involved in various robotics projects. In 2013, he moved to business development and helped establish a Brazilian Institute of Robotics and a Brazilian robotics company. Over the past 5 years he has originated over US$30M in research projects in the oil & gas, electrical energy and mining sectors. He was also responsible for client relations and served as the main contact point with BG/Shell for the FlatFish subsea resident AUV project. On April 3rd, Kraken announced that Kraken Robotik GmbH was awarded a contract to design and build a 6,000m rated laser/optical imaging system for the prestigious Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven. The system is based on Kraken's recently announced SeaVision™ technology, but custom engineered and adapted to operate over extended periods under harsh deep-sea conditions. The system was successfully delivered in mid-July and will generate revenue of over C$160,000 in Q3. Kraken introduced the SeaVision™ system during the Ocean Business 2017 conference. SeaVision™ is the world's first full colour, underwater laser imaging system that offers the resolution, range and scan rate to deliver dense 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter resolution in real time. The system is designed for deployment on underwater robotic platforms. The introduction of SeaVision™ has generated significant industry interest and has recently won a product award from the Go-3D underwater technology conference. Prototype units for the SeaVision™ system are currently in production and will be trialed with selected customers this fall. Production units are expected to be available in late Q417 and will be sold for C$100,000 per system. In May, Kraken announced that it has acquired a minority interest in ENITECH Subsea GmbH of Rostock, Germany, and that the company was renamed Kraken Power GmbH. Under the agreement, Kraken can increase its ownership stake to 75%. Over the past ten years, Kraken Power has developed significant intellectual property in the field of deep-sea pressure tolerant technology. This investment provides ownership of know-how, tooling and equipment to produce high performance batteries and propulsion systems for underwater robots. Since being re-capitalized, Kraken Power has successfully restarted operations and is seeing strong international interest in its products. Kraken Power recently signed a C$150,000 contract for T160 RIM thrusters with an Egyptian customer and also signed a spare parts supply agreement with a large defense contractor. In addition, Kraken Power expects to sign a multi-year deal to supply innovative rim thrusters to a commercial customer. This deal is forecasted to generate more than C$2 million in annual revenues to Kraken Power. Finally, Kraken Power has quoted several companies addressing the offshore oil and gas market who have interest in contracting Kraken Power to supply battery systems, thrusters and drives for ROVs and AUVs. Kraken Power is also pleased to have recently won an innovation award (INNO AWARD 2017) at the technology center expo for the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany) for successfully bringing its pressure tolerant technology to market. Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) ( : KRKNF) is a marine technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in St. John's, Newfoundland with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Bremen, Germany; and Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, please visit,, Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. 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Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in the Company's public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this news release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this news release and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this news release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange Inc. nor its Regulation Services Provide (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release, and the OTCQB has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.

Nunes S.G.,State University of Santa Cruz | Nunes S.G.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Da Silva L.V.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | Amico S.C.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul | And 2 more authors.
Materials Research | Year: 2017

This work addresses the use of piassava fibers (PF) as reinforcement for recovered polypropylene (PPr) in the manufacturing of composites. The composites were molded with variable amounts of PF (10, 20 and 30 wt%), with and without maleic anhydride functionalized polypropylene (MAPP) (10 wt%) as compatibilizer. The composites were characterized using mechanical tests (flexural, tensile, impact and hardness), thermal analyses (thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry), along with evaluations of heat deflection temperature, melting flow index, density and morphology. Tensile and flexural strength of composites increased with PF content, but impact strength decreased, since the material became stiffer. The use of MAPP in the formulations yielded superior properties, showing good fiber/matrix interaction. In all, the use of PF as reinforcement in PPr was considered an interesting way of reducing solid waste and to reinforce plastics, being a possible alternative for the substitution of wood in WPC composites. © 2017, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos. All rights reserved.

Machado S.L.,Federal University of Bahia | da Silva Paes Cardoso L.,SENAI CIMATEC | de Oliveira I.B.,Federal University of Bahia | de Faria Mariz D.,Petrobras | Karimpour-Fard M.,Iran University of Science and Technology
Transport in Porous Media | Year: 2016

This paper presents the results of permeability tests performed using different organic fluids and soil types in order to derive a model to predict soil permeability based on the soil water permeability values. The equation proposed by Nutting (Am Assoc Petrol Geol Bull 14:1337–1349, 1934), which uses the concept of intrinsic permeability, was extended in order to take into account the fluid and solid particle interactions. The properties of soil (plasticity index, (Formula presented.) , water permeability, (Formula presented.) and water saturation, (Formula presented.)) and fluid (density, (Formula presented.) , viscosity, (Formula presented.) , and relative dielectric constant, (Formula presented.)) were used in the model. The model results demonstrated good adherence to experimental values ((Formula presented.)). An error of about 6.4 times for the predicted soil permeability values was obtained, considering a confidence interval of 90 %. Experimental results extracted from technical literature were used to validate the model, using the same fitting constants as the experimental dataset of the authors. The model was able to capture the variation in the experimental results, although more than 10 % of the experimental results are located outside the confidence interval. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Lukacs L.,Ford Motor Company | Dassanayake M.,Ford Motor Company | Magalhaes R.,SENAI CIMATEC | Fontes C.,Federal University of Bahia | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Automotive Technology | Year: 2011

The vehicular illumination system has undergone considerable technological advances in recent decades such as the use of a Light Emitting Diode (LED) Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), which represents an industry breakthrough in lighting technology and is rapidly becoming one of the most important innovative technologies around the world in the lighting community. This paper presents AFS control alternatives using fuzzy logic (types 1 and 2) to determine its operating parameters taking into consideration the road conditions in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). Fuzzy logic is a well-known extension of the conventional (Boolean) logic that enables the treatment of uncertainty present in the information through the definition of intermediary membership values between the "completely true" and the "completely false". This technique or modeling strategy is particularly important when a multi-parameter decision must be taken or the decisions are based on the human knowledge. The results show the potential of the methodology proposed and its suitability for light control providing safer nighttime driving. © 2011 The Korean Society of Automotive Engineers and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Andrade L.P.C.D.S.,SENAI CIMATEC | Silva R.C.D.,Brazilian Technological Institute of Aeronautics | Mascarenhas L.A.B.,SENAI CIMATEC | Gomes J.D.O.,Brazilian Technological Institute of Aeronautics | Marinho F.D.S.,SENAI CIMATEC
Procedia CIRP | Year: 2016

A considerable bottleneck in Brazil is the lack of technology centers aimed at industrial R&D. On one side, universities conduct basic research that is usually does not go beyond bench testing. On the other side, companies have their structure focused on large-scale production. Pilot plants, which are fundamental environments for the innovation process, are rarely found within Brazilian companies. This paper proposes a model for an innovative infrastructure, focused on meeting industrial demands that require special conditions of operation and control. Its scope is limited to supporting innovation mainly in the pre-competitive stage of product and process development. To this effect, the proposed model consists of a technology service center, embedded in an industrial environment, which focuses on production scale-up, large scale testing, manufacturing/assembly of pilot plants, and development of real size prototypes. Through these activities, this center is expected to give full support to technological development and to industrial innovation processes. In order to validate this proposal, an environment was modeled for the development of renewable energy solutions, which encompasses scale-up, testing and certification. © 2016 The Authors.

Andrade L.P.C.D.S.,SENAI CIMATEC | Ferreira C.V.,Federal University of Santa Catarina | Silva R.C.D.,Brazilian Technological Institute of Aeronautics | Gomes J.D.O.,Brazilian Technological Institute of Aeronautics
Procedia CIRP | Year: 2016

Industrial competitiveness has required from companies elevated quality standards, cost reduction and a high capacity of delivery. Within this scenario, an important industrial segment has a fundamental role: the tool and die industry. Tools and dies are resources that are fit to a specific task and are either produced as a single-unit batch or intermittently according to demand. Generally, this industrial segment has demonstrated low competitiveness, which in turn affects the performance of other production chains that rely on it. This is the case of the plastic transformation and metalworking industry, especially when forged and stamped parts are considered. This low competitiveness is a consequence of the deficient corporate structure found in these companies, which results in lack of compliance to quality standards, high costs and long delivery times. Besides the support given to current tool-and-die making clusters, a decentralization structuring project of this industry to other regions of Brazil is necessary. This need is illustrated by new automotive and other consumer goods production plants that have recently started operating in the northeast and central regions of Brazil. In order to contribute to this issue, this article proposes a strategic management model for the incubation process of industrial companies that comply with competitiveness standards required by current market demands. Besides the usual difficulties related to incubation and the creation of any enterprise, the tooling industry faces an additional obstacle related to investment in assets (buildings, machinery, and software). Therefore, a nucleation process based on an existing structure that will be shared by several companies is proposed (IDS-Industrial Development Structure). This structure shall be preferably established on an ICT (Brazilian denomination for Science and Technology Institutes) that shall contribute with professional training (tool and die making) and specialized services (e.g. metrology and tool tryouts). © 2016 The Authors.

Paggi R.A.,Federal University of Santa Catarina | Beal V.E.,SENAI CIMATEC | Salmoria G.V.,Federal University of Santa Catarina
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology | Year: 2013

Nanocomposites produced through the addition of carbon nanotubes to a polymeric matrix can improve the material properties. The mobility of the polymer chains is usually affected, and this is also related to the properties. Parts produced with the free-form fabrication process using the selective laser sintering (SLS) technique can be used in different high-performance applications as they do not require expensive tools for their manufacture. A specific field of interest is the aerospace industry which is characterized by a low production volume and the need for materials with a high performance to weight ratio. In this study, the free-form fabrication by SLS of parts made from nanocomposites comprised of polyamide 12 and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was investigated. Specimens were manufactured by SLS to identify the appropriate processing parameters to achieve high mechanical properties for aerospace applications. Laser energy density was adjusted to improve the material density, flexural modulus, and stress at 10 % elongation. Design of experiments was used to identify and quantify the effects of various factors on the mechanical properties. The results obtained showed that there was a limit to the amount of MWCNTs which could be mixed with the polyamide powder to improve the mechanical properties since a higher content affected the laser sintering process. © 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

Yurgel C.C.,Senai Cimatec | Lora F.A.,Senai Cimatec | de Oliveira C.A.S.,Federal University of Santa Catarina | Schaeffer L.,Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
International Journal of Material Forming | Year: 2015

This work has the objective of evaluating the effect of electromagnetic stirring (EMS) used in continuous ingot (CI) in the mechanical and metallurgical properties of hot forged flanges of AISI 1025 steel. Three conditions of raw material were supplied and compared before the forging process: one from CI using EMS; the other, prevenient from CI without EMS, and the last, with CI without EMS, and, subsequently, submitted to hot rolling process. Billets were extracted from these raw materials to manufacture connection flanges through hot forging. To evaluate the mechanical properties of the forged pieces, tension, hardness and impact tests were done, and the microstructure was observed by optical microscopy. Macrographs and penetrating liquid non-destructive testing were also done. The results of the above-mentioned tests showed proximate mechanical and metallurgical properties approved by the reference norm (ASTM A105) of the flanges manufactured with the raw materials obtained by CI with EMS and hot rolling. © 2013, Springer-Verlag France.

Mascarenhas L.A.B.,SENAI CIMATEC | Gomes J.D.O.,ITA CCM | Beal V.E.,SENAI CIMATEC | Portela A.T.,SENAI CIMATEC | And 2 more authors.
Wear | Year: 2015

A current trend in the automotive industry is to reduce the engine size while increasing power. The valve and valve seat perform the functions of ensuring the entry of air and combustible material, the output of combustion gases and sealing during the compression and combustion processes. As a result, the pair valve and seat are the most critical components in high-efficiency engines. To ensure the robustness of their operation while providing clean combustion and low emissions, the use of the correct materials is required. The high temperatures of the exhaust gases, the velocities of the valves and the high operating pressures are several of the parameters that cause wear on the valve seats and valves. The materials used to create the valve must be characterized by good workability, high wear resistance, good mechanical strength and good fatigue and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. However, the tests applied to develop new materials are limited to lower temperatures than those expected in the next generation of combustion engines. In this study, the development of a new valve seat and valve test machine for high temperatures is presented. A comparison of the currently available designs of apparatuses for this purpose is also presented with the new proposed design. The results of testing the valve seats and valves using this new design are presented and evaluated along with the results of the standard test machines. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

Breda Mascarenhas L.A.,SENAI CIMATEC | De Oliveira Gomes J.,ITA CCM | Portela A.T.,SENAI CIMATEC | Ferreira C.V.,Federal University of Santa Catarina
Procedia CIRP | Year: 2015

The trend in the automotive industry is to reduce the size of engines while increasing power. The concept of leveraging considers not only the efficiency of manufacturing a product but all consumption of energy or other natural resources during the life cycle of the product. In this process, one of the bottlenecks to more efficient engines is the exhaust valve. The valve and valve seat together perform the function of ensuring the entry of air and combustible material, the output of combustion gases and the sealing function during the compression and combustion processes. The valve is the most demanding component in high efficiency engines. To ensure the rigor of operation while providing clean burning and low emissions, the application of special materials is necessary. The extremely high temperatures of the exhaust gases, the velocities of valves and the high operating pressure are only some of the parameters that cause wear on valves. The materials used in valve production must be characterized by good workability, low wear, good mechanical strength and good fatigue and corrosion resistance at high temperatures. In this context, the CCM / ITA and SENAI CIMATEC jointly developed a workbench to simulate the durability of valves and valve seats, analyze their wear resistance and evaluate their behavior with varying parameters. This paper shows the workbench development process and a new testing method that considers the high engine operation temperatures and focuses on reducing the new material development life cycle and the emissions during the product usage life time. © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

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