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NanoMech Announced as Winner of 2019 Edison Award with AtomOil®

 

NanoMech Industries has been named a 2019 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize the top in innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy. This honor is one of five Edison Awards for NanoMech, a truly historic achievement never before accomplished by an Arkansas-based company.

“It’s exciting to see companies like NanoMech continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison’s Awards’ executive director. Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services and the teams that brought them to consumers.

James M. Phillips, Chairman & CEO of NanoMech Industries said, “This is an important recognition and award of one of our most breakthrough patented products ever… the best motor oil additive on the market immediately improving the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of every vehicle (new or used) of any type on the road or water today, including all cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and marine craft! AtomOil® Engine Oil Treatment is different from all other available treatments by targeting wear and friction mechanisms in an engine at the nano-scale. The nano-engineered AtomOil® dials-in and delivers multiple targeted functions precisely when and where they are needed to protect engine components and reduce friction and wear within an engine better than any existing technology on the market. With AtomOil® Engine Conditioning Treatment, it no longer matters what motor oil you buy for any vehicle, truck, motorcycle or boat, just add in AtomOil® and immediately experience award-winning top performance, efficiency, and sustainability.”

Dr. Arpana Verma, Chief Science Officer said, “The unique and unrivaled ability to manufacture the best motor oil conditioning treatment utilizing our patented nanomanufacturing processes are unsurpassable and much needed for current market conditions. Deep-science driven nGlide®, a macromolecule enveloping nanoscale components in an open architecture arrangement where each component has distinct functionality is selected based on our near decades of secret research and development. Combinations of macro, micro and nanoscale behaviors to deliver specific functions such as the most advanced anti-friction, anti-wear, anti-corrosion etc., is beyond anything on the market today. The Rubik cube architectural combination offers NanoMech the capability to manufacture AtomOil® at scale with perfect quality control and repeatability by assembling organic and inorganic materials in advanced form and function, unleashing the next generation of molecules and materials to show phenomena that are beyond existing boundaries in performance, efficiency, and sustainability!” “Further, with AtomOil® this technology will revolutionize the industry by reducing the need for high performance and special raw materials which increase the cost and are merely the carrier system.”

AtomOil®provides:

  • Improved Horsepower and Mileage
  • Outstanding Film Strength, Anti-Wear and Extreme Pressure Performance
  • Excellent Friction Reduction and Fuel Economy
  • Early Film Activation and Low Wear from Cold Start
  • Exceptional Oxidation Stability
  • Extended Vehicle Lifetime

Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness (www.compete.org) and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech Industries for their innovative work. “In a world of turbulence, transition, and transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess. The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized benefits to the U.S. industrial base. NanoMech and nGlide® are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability – one that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing: but is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”

ABOUT THE EDISON AWARDS

Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design, and innovation.

Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. While our awards honor innovation, recognize achievement and celebrate success from organizations across the globe, Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bringing students to industry. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

ABOUT NANOMECH INDUSTRIES

NanoMech, an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization, is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of the highest value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the highest quality world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production. The company’s products have applications in high-level energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles, oil and gas, marine, racing, heavy-duty trucking, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles, and strategic military applications, as well as consumer products.

CONTACTS

NanoMech, Inc.

Laura Weiderhaft

laura.weiderhaft@nanomech.com

NanoMech Announced as Winner of 2019 Edison Award with AtomLube®

NanoMech Industries has been named a 2019 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize the top in innovation, creativity, and ingenuity in the global economy. This honor is one of five Edison Awards for NanoMech, a truly historic achievement never before accomplished by an Arkansas-based company.

“It’s exciting to see companies like NanoMech continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison’s Awards’ executive director. Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services and the teams that brought them to consumers.

James M. Phillips, Chairman and CEO of NanoMech Industries, said AtomLube® All Purpose Grease is the next generation product to combine 3 premium grease options (heavy duty grease, multi-purpose grease, as well as marine grease) to a single grease solution. In addition to reduced SKUs, this nano-engineered premium grease product does not just eliminate friction and wear at nano-scale, it also significantly extends application range of grease by providing superior extreme pressure protection as well as corrosion and water resistance.” Phillips further stated that tests have shown AtomLube to be the most comprehensive, easy-to-use lubricant on the market. It has recently been stocked for sale in all 3,700 Walmart stores.

This breakthrough product is approved by NLGI GC-LB, the highest automotive grease certification.

Dr. Arpana Verma, Chief Science Officer of NanoMech stated, “AtomLube® All Purpose Grease is designed specifically for an extended range of applications such as general purpose, heavy-duty machinery, automotive, HD Trucking and transportation, agriculture, etc. It can also be used for marine applications which are environmentally sensitive. It is designed and manufactured with high-performance base stocks, high-quality lithium complex thickener, and nGlide® leading-edge and proprietary multi-component lubricant additives. It is engineered using principles of nanomanufacturing to offer the top range in high-temperature performance, longer service life, water resistance, rust and corrosion protection, extreme-pressure (EP) resistance, low coefficient of friction, and anti-wear properties. It can be used in mechanical components and systems, such as bearings, pins, studs, joints, couplings, plugs, bushings, chassis, motors, pumps, conveyors, and other contacting surfaces where long-lasting lubrication is desired. It is ideal for severe operating conditions, including EP, corrosive environments, and water contamination.” AtomLube® All Purpose Grease is a state-of-the-art product designed by our scientists and engineers using specially selected combinatorial chemistries to develop a “fit for all”, environment and user-friendly product. It outperforms every major brand in terms of wear, corrosion, and water resistant properties combining All-Purpose benefits in one convenient packaging ranking it as the top choice of professional.

Only AtomLube®provides:

  • Outstanding Extreme Pressure and Wear Protection—Forms a layer of protection between metal surfaces to eliminate welding and scoring associated with severe shock loading
  • Excellent Oxidation and Corrosion Resistance—Protects metal surfaces from harmful effects of water, acidity, and other contaminants
  • Superior Water Resistance—Resists harmful dilution and corrosive effects of water while protecting equipment. AtomLube® greases are designed to keep the environment out of bearings
  • Extended Service Life—Extra protection provides the ability to extend preventive maintenance (PM) intervals, reduce lubricant consumption, and prolong the useful life of the equipment
  • Extended Application Range—Can be applied to various applications and extended application temperatures from -40 to 400 °F and beyond.

Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness (www.compete.org) and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech Industries for their innovative work. “In a world of turbulence, transition, and transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess. The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized benefits to the U.S. industrial base. NanoMech and nGlide® are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability – one that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing: but is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”

ABOUT THE EDISON AWARDS

Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. While our awards honor innovation, recognize achievement and celebrate success from organizations across the globe, Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bringing students to industry. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

ABOUT NANOMECH INDUSTRIES

NanoMech, an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization, is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high-value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the highest quality world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production. The company’s products have applications in high-level energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles, as well as consumer products, oil and gas, marine, racing, heavy-duty trucking, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles, and strategic military applications.

CONTACTS

NanoMech, Inc.

Laura Weiderhaft

laura.weiderhaft@nanomech.com

NANOMECH WINS 2017 EDISON AWARD

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nGlide® Superflo Coating Lubricant Makes Superior Aerodynamic Vehicles Possible

April 19, 2017 Springdale, Ark. – NanoMech Industries has been named a 2017 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize the top in innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. This honor is the third Edison Award in four years for NanoMech, a truly historic achievement never before accomplished by an Arkansas-based company.

“It’s exciting to see companies like NanoMech continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison’s Awards’ executive director. Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services and the teams that brought them to consumers.

nGlide® Superflo SPF Coating Lubricant

The patented macromolecular powered nGlide® Superflo is a specially formulated, spray-on high temperature coating lubricant that has been engineered to not only increase the efficiency/performance of metal processing, but also to ensure a higher level of protection for the equipment it runs on. It utilizes a blend of proprietary nano-engineered multi-component materials to achieve difficult superplastic metal forming (100%+ sheet metal elongation rate for aerodynamic body) and manufacturing yield. nGlide® Superflo has demonstrated success at SPF (High Temperature Superplastic Forming) with major 30% productivity enhancement, better surface finish and staggering 67% reduction in part cleaning time under severe SPF metal forming conditions. This innovation is based on an environmentally friendly water-based system, easy to apply, non-staining and non-corrosive. Meanwhile, it only costs 33% of legacy product ($60-75/gallon compared to $190+/gallon), demonstrating NanoMech’s “less-is-more” sustainability mission critical supremacy. It strategically increases industrial competitiveness and consumer value. nGlide® Superflo has the ability to make the SPF process a reality for traditional automotive OEMs such that advanced energy-saving body designs can be manufactured in high volume and at an affordable price.

Key Benefits:
· 30% productivity enhancement by providing less intervention from less or no material accumulation in the die;

· Less surface defects such as galling on die and blanks by providing superior coating adhesion and super low friction;

· Post-treatment productivity enhancement by providing easy cleaning and good metal finish;

· Enhancement of longevity of system by providing no metal corrosion

James M. Phillips, Chairman and CEO NanoMech Industries stated, “Globally, automotive vehicles, aircraft, race cars, spacecraft, and motorbikes demand complex aerodynamic and aesthetically appealing body shapes, that simultaneously increase fuel efficiency, control and safety. These bodies are monolithic lightweight metals manufactured by superplastic forming (SPF), using complex dies under severe pressure and temperature demanding high productivity that is dramatically improved by our award winning nGlide® Superflo.”

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO and Founder added “nGlide® Superflo has the ability to make the SPF process a reality for advanced vehicle bodies including for automotive OEMs such that advanced energy saving body designs can be realized! They are manufactured by stretching sheet-metals more than 100%, and traditional lubricants fail due to friction, resulting in ruptured parts with production yield. The problem is at nanoscale and therefore the solution must be at nanoscale and nGlide® Superflo is the most advanced nanoengineered multi-functional coating for metal forming applications manufactured in high volume and at an affordable price. nGlide® is the world’s first nano-engineered design innovation, unlike ineffective nano particles approaches.

Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness (www.compete.org) and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech Industries for their innovative work. “In a world of turbulence, transition and transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess. The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized benefits to the U.S. industrial base. NanoMech and nGlide® are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability – one that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing: but is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”

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ABOUT EDISON AWARDS
Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. While our awards honor innovation, recognize achievement and celebrate success from organizations across the globe, Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bridging students to industry. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

ABOUT NANOMECH INDUSTRIES
NanoMech nGlide 2017 Edison Award WinnerNanoMech, an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization, is focused on patented platform nanomanufacturing technologies that offer a broad range of high value market opportunities. The operating vision of NanoMech is to be the highest quality world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production. The company’s products have applications in high-level energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles, as well as consumer products, oil and gas, marine, racing, heavy-duty trucking, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles and strategic military applications.

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NanoMech Named Edison Awards Winner

phillips-malshe-edison-award-smSpringdale, Ark. (April 18, 2014) – TuffTek by NanoMech has been named a 2014 Award Winner by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.

“It’s exciting to see companies like NanoMech continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognizes the game‐changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.” These award winners will be recognized April 30, 2014 at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in the historic Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, CA.

Added Jim Phillips, NanoMech CEO, “The TuffTek platform is the Company’s patented, award winning and nanoengineered advanced coating technology incorporated into cutting tools and wear parts for machining materials used in automotive, aerospace, energy and other sectors, and critical wear parts for machines and vehicles. Its novel bio-inspired surface architecture—designed to mimic a lotus leaf—is capable of self-sustained lubrication.  A tool or wear part coated with the TuffTek technology can outlast any similar tool on the market today.  TuffTek is a true R&D success story.”

TuffTek®  extreme wear resistant coating product lines of cutting tools and critical machine wear parts provide innovative solutions for enhancing machining productivity as high as 100-1000%  for many manufacturing applications, compared to traditional cutting tools, and machines most commonly used, as well as difficult-to-machine alloys such as pre-hardened steel, hardened steels, cast iron, and others which are the back bone of automotive and trucking, aerospace, military, earthmover and other strategic industries. This invention is a major sustainability solution as TuffTek® coated carbide significantly extends the life of tungsten, which is a mission critical strategic element for manufacturing in the U.S. and globally, but is significantly declining in availability. TuffTek® extreme wear resistant coating technology and products also allow dry or minimum-quantity-lubrication (MQL) machining operation where millions of gallons of machining liquid could be saved annually! The combination of exceptional wear resistance and unsurpassed toughness which as an invention is inspired-by-nature, brings TuffTek® cutting tools performance beyond any other cutting insert presently on the market.

Edison Award nominees are judged by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation whose votes acknowledge the Finalists’ success in meeting the award’s stringent criteria of quality.

Dr. Ajay Malshe, Chief Technology Officer and Founder, was honored by the award and immediately thought of those with whom he has worked.  “NanoMech could not have received this prestigious award without the tireless work of our world-class team of scientists, including Dr. Wenping Jiang, Vice President of Manufacturing.  I would also like to thank the teams at the Nano Materials Science and Engineering Institute at the University of Arkansas, the National Science Foundations and the Environmental Protection Agency for their contributions over the years”.

NanoMech is an internationally recognized world-class nanomanufacturer with top award winning breakthrough innovations in machining, coatings, lubrication and strategic military applications.

In addition to the Edison Award Finalist honor in Materials Science, TuffTek has received numerous accolades and awards, recently receiving the coveted R&D 100 Award in November, 2013. The Company has also received the Frost & Sullivan Award for Excellence in Technology. The industry’s leading trade journal, Cutting Tool Engineering Magazine, has dubbed TuffTek as the “holy grail of coating” in a major article. Additionally, U.S. federal agencies have shown their support for the technology by awarding NanoMech project grants for various applications of the technology.  NanoMech is a member of President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, both based in Washington, DC.

Deborah Wince-Smith, CEO of the Council on Competitiveness (www.compete.org) and also a member of NanoMech’s Board of Directors, praises NanoMech for their innovative work.  “In a world of turbulence, transition and transformation, nothing matters more to the competitiveness of companies and countries than innovation and manufacturing prowess.  The ability to develop and deploy the most cutting-edge tools and products to bolster U.S. advanced manufacturing will deliver outsized benefits to the U.S. industrial base.  NanoMech and TuffTek are at the leading edge of a resurgent U.S. manufacturing capability – on that is not dumb, dirty, dangerous and disappearing:  but is smart, safe, sustainable and surging.”

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. The 2014 Edison Awards are sponsored by Lpsos. For more information about the Edison Awards, Edison Universe and a list of past winners, visit www.edisonawards.com.

NanoBusiness Commercialization Association Honors NanoMech Leaders

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (January 10, 2012) NanoMech, a leader in nanotechnology nanomanufacturing innovation, is pleased to announce that The NanoBusiness Commercialization Association (NanoBCA) has honored two of its leaders, Jim Phillips, Chairman, president and CEO, and Dr. Ajay Malshe, chief technology officer, on its Most Influential Nanotechnology Leaders List of 2011.

“We are so proud of this recognition,” stated Jim Phillips, Chairman, president and CEO. “This national recognition is a tremendous development for us and our company, as we are included on a list of honorees that include some of the best scientific minds and business leaders in the nation. It is both inspiring and humbling to appear on this list of nanotechnology leaders who are creating a more competitive and innovative nation.”

Phillips and Malshe join an esteemed national list that includes Dr. Sally Tinkle, Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office of the National Science and Technology Council; Lloyd Whitman, PhD, Deputy Director, Center for Nanoscale Science & Technology; Dr. Mihail C. Roco, Senior Advisor for Nanotechnology, National Science Foundation; and Peter Hebert, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Lux Capital.

NanoBCA is the industry’s top trade organization dedicated to promoting the commercialization of nanotechnology while helping companies bring affordable, life-improving nanotech products to the market. Each year NanoBCA develops a list of the top 25 most influential leaders in nanotechnology in America. “The common thread amongst the honored individuals is that they are all nanotechnology evangelists. Kudos to these leaders for their contributions to our nanotechnology community,” says Vincent Caprio, executive director of NanoBCA.

Mr. Caprio added, “Mr. Phillips keynoted our annual meeting this fall, and the membership and audience were especially appreciative of his ability to articulate how the nanoscale material science revolution is very similar in scope and importance in terms of innovation and transformation as was the digital revolution of the 20th century.”

“Nano-technology is the next revolution in innovation, that will usher in manufacturing advancements and sustainable energy efficiencies creating spectacular new products and healthcare that will shape the 21st century,” says Ajay Malshe, founder, executive vice president and chief technology officer.

In June of 2011, Nanomech announced the creation of nGlide, a lubrication additive that tremendously improves the efficiency and performance of machines and engines while decreasing America’s dependency on foreign oil. Real-world commercial and technology success of innovations made this year by Nanomech’s nGlide and TuffTek divisions helped secure the positions on the list.

Nanomech has created a pipeline of innovative product lines, such as Tufftek, Element X, and nGuard to position the company as a multi-platform leader in the nanotechnology innovation and commercialization fields.

Nanomech poised to revolutionize the Arkansas and International econcomy

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NanoMech is poised to revolutionize the Arkansas and international economy.

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There’s gold in the Ozark Mountains – actually, a golden-colored coating made of cubic boron nitride that may be more valuable than any precious metal. Tufftek, one of many patented products Springdale-based NanoMech is introducing to the market, is a spray-on coating – second only to diamonds in hardness – that is capable of increasing the life of manufacturing cutting tools by 300 percent and often by much more, and all at only 5 to 10 percent additional cost.

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NanoMech Recognized for Excellence in Innovation

Local company receives national acclaim

Fayetteville, Arkansas – U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology, Robert Cresanti, presented NanoMech, LLC with a Recognition of Excellence in Innovation certificate as part of a roundtable discussion on “Overcoming Barriers to Nanotechnology Commercialization.” NanoMech is a company developing innovative nanomanufactured materials and related products. For example, NanoMech has pioneered and successfully developed an extremely flexible and effective production process for a formation of coatings onto two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. The coatings are made up of particles in the nanometer to micrometer size range and have properties, such as extreme wear resistance, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, which are customized to specific applications.

The Recognition of Excellence in Innovation certificate recognized the significant strides that NanoMech has made in the development and commercialization of this innovative nanotechnology. The award presentation and roundtable discussion were hosted by Under Secretary Cresanti, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois-Springfield. The development of nanotechnology-based companies has been of particular interest to Senator Pryor because of the potential to boost and diversify the economy of the State of Arkansas. “NanoMech is putting Arkansas on the map for the progressive technological development going on in the state. Their groundbreaking work is a prime example of how investments in nanotechnology can result in real-world applications,” said U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

NanoMech’s innovations are currently in four application sectors, machining and manufacturing, biomedical, military, and specialty packaging. In the machining and manufacturing area, NanoMech’s patented industrial coating process is extremely versatile and can be adapted for a wide range of strategic applications. For example, the company’s TuffTekTM coating for cutting tools will increase the productivity of U.S. manufacturers that use cutting tools by increasing the life span of the tools and reducing the down time required to replace worn tools. The use of TuffTekTM will allow these manufacturers to produce parts that are stronger, lighter and last longer and meet the additional demands of producing parts more quickly and at lower cost.

NanoMech is also commercializing a lubricant called NanoGlide® that will reduce wear and increase energy efficiency of machinery and vehicles and is environmentally friendly, thus helping companies achieve greater sustainability in their operations. A third promising application of NanoMech’s technology in the biomedical arena is a coating for dental and orthopedic implants that fights infection and promotes healing.

The versatility of NanoMech’s technology is simultaneously promising and difficult to commercialize because each application requires the formulation and testing of specific coatings. The challenges surrounding the commercialization of nanotech-based products were part of the focus of the roundtable discussion, held August 7, 2007 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. This roundtable, convened by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Technology Administration (www.technology.gov), is the second of three meetings nationwide and allows for the collaboration of the founders of nanotechnology companies, venture capitalists, state and local development agencies and other experts in promoting the development of nanotechnology-based companies.

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of NanoMech, said that the fact that a wide range of experts have been meeting to discuss the barriers to nanotechnology commercialization is extremely timely and benefits from the leadership provided by the Department of Commerce and Senator Pryor, “I am very honored that the NanoMech team was chosen to receive this distinguished Recognition of Excellence in Innovation. Organization of this key event in Arkansas and recognition that NanoMech is founded in this state is a clear sign of increasing federal and private support for commercialization of such world class nanotech innovations. Investment in nanotech and its successful fruition will result in an important economic engine for the state and the country at large.”

This is the third year in which NanoMech has received national or international recognition. NanoMech received the 2005 Excellence in Technology award from Frost & Sullivan and the 2006 Micro/Nano Competition award from R&D Magazine. NanoMech’s technological innovations have been developed, in part, using grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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NanoMech Receives 2006 Innovation Award

Coating Technology Recognized as One of the Most Innovative Micro/Nano Technologies of 2006

 

Fayetteville, Arkansas – NanoMech, LLC has received an award from R&D Magazine for producing one of the 25 most innovative and ground-breaking technologies of 2006. NanoMech won the award for its nanostructured cubic boron nitride coatings for cutting tools and other wear applications. R&D Magazine and its affiliated Micro/Nano Newsletter conducted an inaugural MICRO/NANO 25 Competition to select the best micro- and nanotechnologies of 2006. According to the newsletter’s editors, the products, processes and innovations they selected are “groundbreaking technologies that are likely to have the largest impact on their specific industries and society.” Criteria used for selecting the winners included the uniqueness of the technology, the potential value and performance that the technology exemplifies, and the creation of new intellectual property as compared to existing technologies.

The award provides additional national and international recognition for NanoMech and its nanostructured coating technology, following closely on the heels of the 2005 Excellence in Technology Award that NanoMech received earlier this year from Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting company known for its high-quality research on market trends and new technologies. NanoMech has developed nanostructured cubic boron nitride (cBN) coatings based on a patented electrostatic spray coating process originally developed at the University of Arkansas. NanoMech has exclusive license to this technology, and has demonstrated the feasibility and performance of the TuffTek cBN coatings for cutting tools through research and development projects funded by the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. In announcing the award, Micro/Nano Newsletter noted that the application of cBN nanoparticles “has been shown to dramatically improve the cost and effectiveness of the surface coatings of carbide cutting tools.” This innovation promises to enhance the machining productivity for manufacturers who are continually looking for ways to produce more at lower cost.

NanoMech’s patented NanoSpray coating process involves physical spray of pre-synthesized materials, such as nanoparticles, under the influence of an electric field. Nanoparticles are the smallest scale materials currently available to scientists for industrial and biomedical applications. They range in size from about 1/1,000th to 1/10,000th the width of a human hair. In the NanoSpray process, the electric field allows deposition of the nanoparticles on the surface to form a uniform coating of desired thickness on simple or complex, three dimensional geometries. “We are very proud of this award, which recognizes the superior research and development that is ongoing at the University of Arkansas and the significant value provided by NanoMech’s commercialization of this unique technology” says Ajay P. Malshe, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of NanoMech. In addition to cutting tools and other wear applications, the company is pursuing other important spin-off applications of the technology, including lubricating, anti-corrosion, biocidal and biocompatible coatings, as well as thin films for use in microelectronics applications.

R&D Magazine noted that there has been a flurry of activity in micro/nanotechnology, resulting in “a slew of products, processes, and potential device structures, all carrying the promise of improving upon current technologies.” The MICRO/NANO 25 Competition aimed to determine which of these represent true breakthroughs. The exclusive award recognizes “the best of the best in micro/nanotechnology innovations produced in 2006.”

Frost & Sullivan Selects NanoMech for Technology Award

Award Provides National Recognition for NW Arkansas Nanotechnology Company

Fayetteville, Arkansas – NanoMech, LLC has received a 2005 Award for Excellence in Technology from Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company known for its high-quality research on market trends, growth opportunities, and important new technologies. Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Technology Award is bestowed upon a company that has pioneered the development and introduction of an innovative technology into the market; a technology that has either impacted or has the potential to impact several market sectors. This award recognizes a company’s successful technology development that is expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. It also recognizes the company’s overall technical excellence and its commitment toward technology innovation. In selecting a company for this award, Frost & Sullivan research analysts compare all industry players, measure performance through in-depth interviews, and track extensive secondary proprietary data. The company that emerges with the highest ranking is chosen as the Award recipient.

The award provides national recognition for NanoMech and its nanostructured coating technology. In particular, Frost & Sullivan recognized NanoMech’s development of nanostructured cBN (cubic boron nitride) coatings for cutting tools. The coatings are based on a patented electrostatic spray coating process originally developed at the University of Arkansas with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NanoMech has exclusive license to this technology, and has demonstrated the feasibility and performance of the cBN coatings for cutting tool inserts through research and development projects funded by the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. “Previously cBN coatings were limited in thickness and have suffered from the poor performance of physical, chemical (PVD and CVD) and hybrid techniques. NanoMech’s approach for producing cBN coatings has overcome the limitations of the previous techniques,” noted Frost & Sullivan’s research analyst R. Srimathy. NanoMech has demonstrated through extensive testing that their NanoTuffTM cBN-TiN composite coatings provide greatly improved performance compared to tools using conventional coatings. This innovation promises to enhance the machining productivity for manufacturers who are continually looking for ways to produce more at lower cost.

NanoMech’s patented NanoSprayTM coating process involves physical spray of pre-synthesized materials, such as nanoparticles, under the influence of an electric field. Nanoparticles are the smallest scale materials currently available to scientists for industrial and biomedical applications. They range in size from about 1/1,000th to 1/10,000th the width of a human hair. In the NanoSprayTM process, the electric field allows self-assembly of the nanoparticles on the surface, helping to form a uniform coating of desired thickness on simple or complex, three-dimensional geometries. “NanoMech has successfully developed a unique portfolio of technologies for synthesis of nanomaterials and products coated with nano- and micro-particles” says Ajay P. Malshe, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of NanoMech. Other important spin-off applications of the technology that the company is pursuing include lubricating, anti-corrosion, biocidal and biocompatible coatings, as well as thin films for use in microelectronics applications.

“NanoMech is another example of a technology-based enterprise from the university that has been successful in getting government and private investment to develop competitive products,” said Larry Walther, Director of the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. “We appreciate that the company’s innovations have been recognized by Frost & Sullivan. This is an outstanding achievement, and prospects are brighter than ever that the company will make a market impact and in the process create high-paying, sustainable jobs and wealth in the state.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents the award to a company that has pioneered the development and introduction of an innovative technology. The award recognizes development of technology that has affected or has the potential to affect several market sectors and is expected to bring significant contributions to industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. It also recognizes the company’s overall technical excellence and commitment toward technology innovation. Previous honorees of the Frost & Sullivan awards for technology include companies such as Texas Instruments, IBM, W.R. Grace, Lucent Technologies, Sun Microsystems and GE Healthcare.

“NanoMech is putting Arkansas on the map for the progressive technological development going on in the state. Their groundbreaking work is a prime example of how investments in nanotechnology can result in real-world applications,” said U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

“I’m very excited for NanoMech and what their research is bringing to Arkansas. This prestigious award compliments their long list of accomplishments and demonstrates how NanoMech has worked tirelessly to be at the forefront of nanotechnology and innovation,” added U.S. Congressman John Boozman of Arkansas.

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