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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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Arkansas Trucking Report: Jim Phillips, A Well-Oiled Machine

NanoMech CEO Jim Phillips and the Arkansas scientists behind better trucks

atr-2017-2It’s not often that you get to meet the man who changed the way the world communicates, conducts business, watches TV, and now maintains the hundreds of machines we’re surrounded by every day. But if you do get the chance to hang out with Jim Phillips, the CEO of NanoMech who developed and introduced instant messaging, the cable modem, DVR and a handful of other devices that run our lives, be prepared to keep up.

Phillips’ presence in a room is electric. He talks about his work with a glimmer in his eye and awe in his voice as he explains how a graduate from Jacksonville High School would dive into the technology sector an introduce the predecessor of texting as we know it, the flip phone, cable internet before Michael Crichton – Yes, that Michael “Jurassic Park” Crichton – tells him about an intriguing new science that could change the world.

If all of this sounds far-fetched, sit back. You need to hear the story of Jim Phillips and the business he’s building in Springdale, Ark. with his closest associate and CTO Dr. Ajay Malshe, one of the world’s first renowned nanoscientists, that promises to make today and tomorrow’s trucks run like a well-oiled machine.

Beam Me Up, Skypager!

Phillips had an early interest in science fiction and moving parts. “I grew up on Star Trek,” he says. At six years old, he was reading hand-me-down issues of Popular Science and Popular Mechanics from his older brother. He grew up all over the world, naming Germany and Panama as early homes, before moving to Arkansas his senior year when his dad was a colonel at the Little Rock Air Force Base.

In a hallway lined with pictures of some of the most powerful entrepreneurs and politicians in the world hanging alongside framed magazine covers he’s graced, Phillips points to a picture of a plane, “The way I learned my life was through flying those like dad.”

He claims his time at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Tex. was just like Top Gun with a best friend whose name was actually Maverick and other real characters like Goose and Major Nail (first name: Rusty). “On Saturdays, I’d go down and learn how to build a plane or take it apart. I’ve always just had an inkling to get my hands on these things. Plus, I was flying in ‘em,” he says.

Something going wrong during high speed dive recoveries in advanced jet training is good motivation to want to know everything about the machine. “You’ve got a speed brake. It’s the flap that drops out of the nose that nobody knows about,” Phillips explains. “I’m hitting this thing to the point that my leather glove got a big hole in it, and [my hand] started bleeding. Open, open, open! Because if [the flap] doesn’t open, I can’t pull it out of that high-speed dive without taking the wings off … and dying.”

For Phillips, the stakes have not always been life or death. He was offered a scholarship to the University of Arkansas. Instead he crossed the Mississippi River to attend the University of Memphis and completed his thesis on Nortel (Northern Telecom), the second largest telecommunications company in the world at that time. He was hired by the company right out of college in 1975 and moved to Dallas to be involved in research and development.

atr-2017-3Phillips has a special ability to recognize the possibilities of technology. It’s as if he sees science fiction as just science. When he was presenting the earliest instant messaging to Wall Street, investors and everyone else, it wasn’t easy to share that vision with others.

“People would say what I’ve got is good enough…,” he pauses before continuing, “they had a fax machine,” as if dropping a punchline. Now it is a punchline to think that a fax machine is good enough or fast enough to communicate or conduct any kind of business, but Phillips knew that then.

“They’d look at me and say, ‘Look, if it’s important, it will be there in the morning when I get there. It beats mail by days.”

When he demonstrated the product, called the Skypager, to FedEx, the head of telecommunications was impressed but bet within the year they’d use only 100 Skypagers. Phillips was incredulous. “You have thousands of pilots?” So he promised them that FedEx would use 500 the first year.

“I can tell you exactly how many they had… 1,787 at $69 a month.” The service went viral overnight, and the rest is history. Phillips called Star Trek’s James Doohan to market the service with a variation of his famous catch-phrase, “Beam me up, Skypager.” Today, we could all no more imagine a world without instant messaging as we could without pizza, and that’s no kind of world anyone wants to live in.

The story was similar with the cable modem. Before Phillips shared his vision of Internet outside of telephone companies and the screetching of a dial up handshake, no one would imagine a million TV channels in their Cox Cable bundle.

Nano Level Is The God Level

The vision Phillips is selling now at NanoMech is not better communication. It’s better machines, and for trucking, NanoMech is a gamechanger for preventative maintenance.  But the company does not actually make or sell machines at all. What’s being created in the laboratories and on the manufacturing floor at NanoMech is much, much smaller, but infinitely more revolutionary.

In drums stack 10 high are grease, lubricants and sealants that will be shipped to trucking companies and suppliers around the region like Navistar, Summit Truck Group, Tyson Foods, Walmart Transportation and J.B. Hunt to name a few, as well as a long list of others around the nation. The plastic white bottles that will soon appear on retail shelves are labeled nGuard, AtomOil, AtomGuard and Guardx.

The little “n” (like the lower ‘i’ in Apple products) is a reference to the nano level, the AtomLube a reference to the atomic level, or, as Phillips likes to say, the god level.

“Being a Christian, that’s the way I speak it. A lot of people call it the nature level. But I don’t know who Mother Nature is… We are now down to that level where we can make material things just like DNA.”

“Now using nanotechnology and DNA chromosomes, very soon no matter what problem we have, we’ll be able to in and fix by taking out or adjusting chromosomes,” Phillips continues.

To understand the minuteness of the nano level is just as heady as fathoming the vastness of outer space. “We’ve all seen the telescopes that look out 100 million lightyears, and we know it is infinite because we’ve seen it.” The same massive universes are visible when we look inside electron microscopes, according to Phillips.

“That’s why we are working with nano particles. Inside there is the ability to create 3-dimensional periodic tables, with elements, materials. Everything is made of these materials. All your textiles, all your clothes, what you are sitting on. It’s all materials. The air you breath,” he explains with wonder in his voice.

“We can harness that in nanotechnology.”

When the company was first started, they were helping to solve problems in the oil and gas industry when machines were failing in extreme environments like the BP oil spill. According to Phillips, it was a lubrication and sealing issue, and nanotechnology will make sure it doesn’t happen again.

atr-2017-4“The biggest oil and gas company, they came to us and said, ‘Can you fix this big problem? Can you create us a sealant, grease, lubricant, that can last at 6,000-8,000 feet down in the ocean for 25 years?’” NanoMech make that product now and ships it all over the world. They can create products that maintain machines in even tougher environments, like satellites that can’t come back down for maintenance and no one can go service them.

The nano level makes it possible to manufacture more safely, too. Motor oil doesn’t have to contain dangerous chemicals like ZDDP anymore. At the nano level, Phillips’ team replaces harmful additives with Arkansas-produced canola oil, safe enough to eat.

Since working with J.B. Hunt just a few miles down the road and getting to know the specific problems of the trucking industry, they are harnessing that potential for better trucks, because like oil fields, trucks operate in all kinds of harsh environments. Phillips tells the story of a truck that hauled pickles, and the brine was sloshing around and eating away the trailer. Coating the insides with nanomanufactured sealants protected the trailers and saved the carrier a lot of money.

“I know it’s rocket science. We apply rocket science to trucks. When we look at trucks, we look at it as a space shuttle. We have to deal with satellites and rockets and everything else.”

When it comes to rocket ships, Phillips would know.

When standing on stage two years ago to accept the Edison Award, which honors excellence and innovation in new products and service development, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, leaned over and asked Phillips, “Does your ‘stuff’ really work?” and Phillips responded, “Of course, it does.”

Nano in NWA

In the late 90s, Phillips was serving on the Board of Virtus with Michael Crichton, who was working on his novel, Prey, a cautionary tale about nanotechnology, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.

Around the same time, at a fold-up table outside a public restroom at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Ajay Malshe and Dr. Wenping Jiang were actually practicing the nascent science in Crichton’s book.

To say Dr. Malshe wrote the definition of nanotechnology is no hyperbole. When he graduated in 1992, the formal name of his degree was “submicron physics” because there literally was no word yet for what he was studying. In 2002, he was invited to Puerto Rico with a group of scientists to define nanotechnology as the industry began to gain traction.

“There was no definition. Nothing on Wikipedia, nothing in Encyclopedia Britannica,” Malshe says. “I remember myself being on the board, inventing the word nanomanufacturing and what it means.”

Malshe had been building a program in Arkansas, teaching classes, graduating students and Ph.D.s, writing research publications, but the one thing he felt like he had not yet done was practice what he invented. He wanted to create “something that I can put in the hands of people.”

Malshe grew up in India, but today, he’s spent more of his life in America. “This is my homeland, and India is my motherland.” He and his wife fell in love with Northwest Arkansas when he was recruited to the University of Arkansas for his doctorate. When Malshe had the opportunity to start a business and practice science outside the classroom, he didn’t look further that his own backyard.

“When I was younger, I always had an ambition that I will build a place rather than a place building me. I was one of those people who swam against the flow. So I decided to stay here and build a reputation in my area, what I do – manufacturing,” he says.

It took a long time for NanoMech to win the three Edison Awards (2014, 2016 and 2017), to be granted its latest government contract improve the military’s uniforms with materials that protect the wearer from bullets, odors and disease-carrying insects, or to use that same technology to create antimicrobial truck cabs. Unlike a software or app business that could be built quickly and sold for a lot of money, Malshe says it took time to conceive the idea and understand the sound foundation of science.

“Every business has two sides: a science technology product side and then business acumen. NanoMech in the first ten years was really strong in the science and understanding technology, but I must admit that we never had – I never had a mentor like Jim.”

If you want to stand on the shoulders of giants, Northwest Arkansas is the place to do it with legacies like Sam Walton, Don Tyson, J.B. Hunt. “I wish I had the opportunity to meet them because entrepreneurship is contagious. But I only heard those stories; I had no one around that I could look at and talk to and get advice.”

Malshe found someone with the business acumen that the company needed in Jim Phillips. Phillips had been asked by Fred Smith to help build the FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) at his alma mater in 2000. Crichton’s book had intrigued Phillips, and FIT, called the MIT of the South, began researching nano bioscience.

This led to Phillips meeting the University of Arkansas professors who were already working at the nano level. It was a “small little group, and then somehow, someway, I invested,” Phillips recalls. “The next thing you know I became CEO. That’s when we started building out here, building factories.”

Assembling a Top Team

While Malshe has advanced degrees from Ohio State University and University of Arkansas, Phillips didn’t groom his love for science and technology in the classroom. The photos that hang on the wall are of his good friends, Steve, Billy and Mike (Jobs, Gates and Dell respectively), and Phillips says, “Those guys not only don’t have science and engineering degrees, they don’t have degrees. They all dropped out as freshman.”

He would never tell someone not to go to college, but he knows that you don’t have to study science if you have vision and are surrounded by people who practice science. And all his life, he’s surrounded himself with the brightest, most beautiful minds on the planet.

atr-2017-5In fact, most of their employees were once Dr. Malshe’s students, and NanoMech has paid the University of Arkansas $1 million, more if you count stocks. They are invested in the students and the community of Northwest Arkansas.

“What attracted me to investing at the beginning of it all was the fact that this science team are brilliant scientists. We hired them here as interns, and they were in Ajay’s classes,” Phillips says.

“They were actually all my students for years. So this relationship we are describing is more than…” Malshe trails off.

At NanoMech, you never get the sense that science is cold. Phillips and Malshe both talk of their team as the smartest, most loyal, most worthy of respect no matter where they come from. In fact, that diversity is celebrated.

“All my scientists come from overseas,” says Phillips. “They are all immigrants. Our parents were immigrants at one point, or grandparents or great grandparents. They got their Ph.D.s here. They got their American citizenship. It’s so neat in Arkansas to see these guys. We start them off as interns when they are students, and then we pick the best and brightest. As they get their master’s and as they get their doctorate or post doctorate, we are also paying and working with them to get their American citizenship. And their wives or husbands get Ph.D.s too,” he continues.

They don’t want them going anywhere else, taking that talent and determination outside of the state or outside of the country, because they believe in American innovation and bringing back U.S. manufacturing.

One of the most recent talents Phillips recruited is not a scientist at all though. Bryan Peoples has been in the transportation industry since he was born. His parents and grandparents both owned trucking companies, and after graduating from University of Central Arkansas with a degree in business, Peoples worked for trucking heavy hitters like J.B. Hunt Transport and Tyson Foods. He was working Lowell, Ark. for Transplace, a large transportation 3PL, when he met Phillips.

NanoMech was looking for someone that knew the trucking industry inside and out. They had Malshe’s students working on the mechanical engineering, wearing the lab coats and producing answers, but what they needed was someone who knew the right questions that trucking would ask.

“From a customer standpoint, I can’t stand not having freight moving. It needs to be rolling. If my truck is in the shop, the customer is getting mad, the driver is getting mad, and we’re losing revenue if the wheels aren’t turning. So how can we improve that?” Peoples asks.

“Bryan knew that the most important thing with trucks is uptime. Any downtime takes the whole system down and can create safety issues… he grew up walking around in trucking maintenance,” Phillips says of Peoples.

Scientific Solutions

Peoples, Malshe and Phillips meet with safety and maintenance executives daily to listen to the problems the machines cause and consider how those solutions can be found using nanotechnology. The new trucks contain more electrical connections than ever, but those connections carry corrosion risk.

To give truck drivers more uptime, NanoMech has created dielectric grease and other lubricants that extend the time between maintenance cycles. Right now, they are regularly extending a truck’s maintenance cycle from every 24,000 miles to every 75,000 miles.

Phillips jokes about wanting to work on gravity resistant materials next for hoverboards, but the science that goes into solving friction issues for 80,000 lb. trucks is just as impressive.

“Think for a second,” Malshe says, “if human cancer is at the human cell level, people treat humans from head to toe with chemotherapy. It’s like you are killing a bird with a cannon. It is so primitive. So I realized that people are taking are of mechanical machines by slapping on lots of lubricants, but the problem is not at that scale. It is at a smaller scale… All the problems left to solve are at nano scale. Therefore, all the solutions are at nano scale.”

And it’s that kind of thinking and the results it produces that Peoples says is blowing the minds of the people they meet who are lathering trucks with the same grease and lubes that were created 30 or 40 years ago.

Phillips says that’s why NanoMech is going to revolutionize trucking, “We out-science everyone.”

Truck-Lite Partners with NanoMech Industries

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FALCONER, N.Y. (February 2017) – Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in heavy-duty lighting, wire harness and visibility systems, has announced its exclusive partnership with NanoMech Industries, a world leader in nanotechnology innovation. According to NanoMech, their nanomanufacturing processes take advantage of the novel properties of nano-scale materials (down to one billionth of a meter) to produce products that provide higher performance in many areas, including lubricants, dielectric materials, corrosion protection and other innovative compounds. Repeatable, reproducible and reliable nanomanufacturing processes are at the heart of NanoMech’s next-generation product innovations.

The basis for this innovation is NanoMech’s patented and patents-pending nGlide® platform technologies. nGlide nano-engineered formulations eradicate corrosion, provide enhanced barriers to moisture, dielectric protection and water washout resistance and reduce friction by orders of magnitude over traditional commodity products. This innovation so dramatically outperforms conventional and nano-particle based technologies that nGlide-based products virtually render all others obsolete.

Through its long-term partnership with NanoMech, Truck-Lite will introduce an exciting new series of Nano™ line products, specially designed to provide a vastly improved level of performance-increasing resistance to electrical malfunction, corrosion and oxidation. Both Truck-Lite and NanoMech are vigilant and keenly aware of the significant threat that electrical system corrosion poses to the medium and heavy-duty trucking industries globally.

“Truck-Lite understands that the desire of the fleet is to find products that can last the life of the vehicle, and Truck-Lite’s new Nano product family moves us a giant step closer to achieving that goal,” said Brad Van Riper, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Truck-Lite. “Our agreement with NanoMech will allow us to offer a superior level and customer-focused product line to the industry.”

“We have dramatically improved the field of multi-functional protection, and our dielectric protection products have been tested and approved by the largest truck fleets and OEMs in the industry,” said Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, NanoMech founder and CTO. “Nanoengineered materials provide unique material behavior, clinging to even the smoothest surfaces with a long-lasting electrical protective coating at the nanoscale. No other product can protect electrical interfaces to the nano-level like this technology; it stands up to the most extreme and harshest operating conditions and is perfect for the widest range of electric connections and interfaces, including LED lighting, batteries, harnesses and many more.”

“Our solutions are made possible by a powerful mechanical systems lens through which we view both present needs and future opportunities,” added James M. Phillips, NanoMech chairman and CEO. “NanoMech aims to revolutionize trucking performance, efficiency and sustainability. Our goal is to always out-science everyone else while working closely with industry leaders such as Truck-Lite.”

ABOUT NANOMECH
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.

ABOUT TRUCK-LITE
Truck-Lite Co., LLC is headquartered in Falconer, New York, with additional U.S. manufacturing facilities in Wellsboro, Coudersport and McElhattan, Pennsylvania; Saline, Michigan; Gilbert, Arizona; and Nashville, Tennessee, with international facilities in Harlow and Birmingham England; Puebla, Mexico; and Eisenach, Germany. Truck-Lite is a major producer of safety lighting, forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches and safety accessories to the heavy-duty truck, trailer and commercial vehicle industries.

Contact:
Andrew Liuzzo
Truck-Lite
Phone: (716) 664-3569
Email: aliuzzo@truck-lite.com

Deloitte Features NanoMech in its 2017 Exponentials Watch List for Science and Technology Innovations

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Tech Trends 2017
Mark White, Tom Nassim, Jeff Carbeck, Asif Dhar
February 07, 2017

FOCUS: NANO-ENGINEERED MATERIALS

The word nano is often used to describe something unusually small. For example, Tata Motors developed a compact automobile primarily for the Indian market it calls the Nano. But beyond its diminutive descriptive usage in product marketing, nano has a much more precise definition. Using one meter as a measuring stick, a nanometer is defined as one billionth of a meter (that’s 1/1,000,000,000). If this is hard to imagine, try using a single carbon atom as a measuring stick. A single nanometer is about the size of three carbon atoms placed side by side. In comparison, a single human hair is 80,000 to 100,000 nanometers wide.

Nano-manufacturing—the process of making things at nano-scale—represents an important emerging capability. To create things smaller than 10 nanometers, we typically turn to advanced chemistry; to some degree, one can attribute the pharmaceutical industry’s achievements to its ability to create precise molecules at these length scales. More traditional manufacturing technologies, such as machining, can get down to features that are close to the size of a human hair, but that leaves a thousand-fold gap in length scales from making molecules to machining. Nano-manufacturing is a set of technologies and techniques that enables making things at this range of size.

The drive to develop nano-manufacturing capabilities comes from a variety of different challenges and opportunities that emerge at this scale. Perhaps the most visible driver has been the demand for cheaper and higher-performing computers. Moore’s law, the periodic doubling of transistor density—the number of transistors that can fit on a chip—is a direct result of the development of machines that can create everfiner patterns of semiconductors. In 2014, Intel shipped chips with 14-nanometer resolution. The smallest features on these chips were spanned by fewer than 50 silicon atoms.

Medicine also drives demand for nano-manufacturing. Life emerges at nano-scale through a complex set of molecular “machines” that copy DNA and synthesize proteins; the molecules that carry out these processes are 10–100 nanometers in size. Nano-manufacturing could be used to make objects that either mimic this process—for example, to manufacture proteins that can then be used as drugs—or inhibit it directly to treat disease.

A third area driving the development of nano-manufacturing is the role of nanostructures on surfaces, in the form of coatings, lubricants, and adhesives. Nanostructures can prevent water from wetting a surface, making water-resistant fabrics and mirrors and windows that don’t fog. In a similar way, nanostructured surfaces can prevent the formation of ice—for example, on the wings of an airplane, making it much safer to fly and eliminating the need for the repeated application of liquid de-icing agents. An important business application today addresses wear and friction. These physical factors, as well as adhesion, are a product of the interaction between surfaces at the nano-scale.

Reality check

So what are some current examples of nano-engineered products that are likely to impact businesses today or in the near future?

In addition to integrated circuits, examples of products made through nano-manufacturing include nanoparticles of silver that kill bacteria and are integrated into clothing and medical devices to prevent infection; nanoparticles of titanium that block UV light and when integrated into a lotion or spray and applied to the skin prevent sunburn; and nanoparticles of pigment that make brighter paints and coatings that prevent corrosion.

Manufacturing asperities—imperfections remaining on surfaces after modern milling and machining techniques—are commonly at micron scale, but lubricant molecules are still larger than that. By changing the surface features at nano-scale, or by introducing nanostructured materials between surfaces, friction can be reduced to provide super-lubrication or can be enhanced to provide super-adhesion. NanoMech makes a nanostructured lubricant designed to mitigate these effects for critical mechanical components such as gears, bearings, valves, and chassis points. It is designed to address issues like performance under extreme pressure, anti-wear, anti-friction, corrosion protection, and extreme temperature stability in order to enable extension of service life and reduce maintenance cost of mechanical systems. Beyond the fact that the lubricant or coating is engineered and manufactured for specific business use cases, rather than inventing wholly new ways to make nanostructured materials, the company uses off-the-shelf manufacturing technology and includes both top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly in its process.

However science-fiction-like nanotechnology’s capabilities might sound, applications are becoming evident today. For example, NanoMech’s AtomOil and AtomLube are self-replenishing, which means as friction rubs the nano-manufactured lubricant molecules apart, additional molecules are drawn into the interface. Applications may include equipment for oil and gas production; engines and other machines used in the marine, agriculture, and mining sectors; and macro-manufacturing techniques, including die casting and machining.

MY TAKE
JIM PHILLIPS, CHAIRMAN AND CEO NANOMECH

At NanoMech, we consider ourselves pioneers in nano-mechanics. We design and engineer products at nano-scale while continuing to produce them at macro scale. Our company slogan is, “We make atoms work harder.”

In the world of industrial lubricants, there’s an old saying: The best maintenance is low maintenance. Nano-engineered lubricants and coatings help our clients in the manufacturing, energy, automotive, and defense sectors increase mechanical performance, efficiency, and durability while reducing downtime. These designs also support sustainability: At nano-scale, we can eliminate materials traditionally used in lubricants such as chrome and petroleum products.

If all of the problems in mechanical systems and manufacturing are at nano-scale, then it follows that the solutions must be at nano-scale too. Our solutions are made possible by a powerful mechanical systems lens through which we view both present needs and future opportunities. Consider the potential market for these products: By some estimates, each day every human on earth uses an average of 10 machines. As the population grows, so will the number of machines in operation, all requiring products like ours. The ability to engineer at nano-scale is helping us meet this demand. Over the course of six years, NanoMech has grown from one product offering to 80. Moreover, we’ve been able to drive these levels of growth using off-the-shelf components. As a practice, we take machines designed and utilized for other purposes and adapt them for use in making nano-engineered and nano-manufactured products. We occasionally see companies approach nano-engineering by building the machines they need from the ground up. Working in nano-scale doesn’t require that you reinvent the wheel; doing so is, in my opinion, a waste of time and money.

Expect to see nanotechnology take off in the next two to three years with the expansion of robotics, which represents an intersection of the mechanical and electronic worlds. Longer term, we will likely see a proliferation of nanotechnology solutions in niche markets. For example, the pharmaceutical industry is already engineering new molecules at nano-scale. And more will likely follow. As we journey into the future, materials science can be that catalyst for realizing new possibilities.

See the full article here.

Deloitte on Technology

Nanomech – First Nanomanufacturing Company to Earn ISO 9001:2015 Certification

NanoMech Industries

Springdale, AR – NanoMech, Inc., a leading nano-engineering and manufacturing company based in Northwest Arkansas has earned ISO 9001 certification. An important accomplishment for any company, ISO 9001:2015 is an internationally recognized standard that specifies requirements for a formal quality management system.

ISO 9001 Certified Company“The approval of ISO 9001 is one of the major milestones in the history of our corporation,” said NanoMech’s Chairman and CEO, James Phillips. Most importantly, this certification is a signifier that NanoMech Industries has a robust QMS that can ensure customer satisfaction is maintained and continually improved as we continue to rapidly expand our product portfolios and volumes.”

CTO and Founder Dr. Ajay P. Malshe added, “This is the world’s first ISO approval for a true nanomanufacturing factory where multiple divisions co-exist with the converging theme of providing superior productivity to mechanical applications using nanoscale materials science and engineering, making world-class products for our customers.”

NanoMech’s quality management system affects every operation of the company, requiring the devoted participation of all its employees to qualify for ISO 9001:2015 certification. The company is looking to the future with many previously inaccessible avenues of advancement now open to them.

Deborah Wince Smith, CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and a NanoMech Director, said “Earning ISO 9001:2015 certification guarantees that customers will receive the very best in service and product quality, cementing NanoMech’s place as industry leaders in nanotechnology.”

With the ISO 9001:2015 certification, NanoMech is looking once more to the future, for producing the highest quality innovative breakthrough products that increase American competitiveness and increasing quality of life everywhere.

About NanoMech Industries
NanoMech 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. NanoMech, Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nanoengineered and nanomanufactured product development. Serving many iconic industry leaders, they are recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. NanoMech breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nanoengineered lubricants and coatings. 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 & gas, marine, racing, HD Trucking, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles and strategic military applications.

For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com

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NanoMech reveals retail product launch, partnership with Pace Industries and Tesla

Ajay Malshe, (far left) chief technology officer at NanoMech, and CEO Jim Phillips stand beside auto racer Juan Pablo Montoya after he won the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske in 2015. The company’s nano-engineered lubricant was used in Montoya’s car.

Ajay Malshe, (far left) chief technology officer at NanoMech, and CEO Jim Phillips stand beside auto racer Juan Pablo Montoya after he won the Indianapolis 500 for Team Penske in 2015. The company’s nano-engineered lubricant was used in Montoya’s car.

NanoMech of Springdale has used its nanotechnology experience to develop custom industrial lubricant for Fayetteville-based die-casting company Pace Industries. The partnership is among several moves in the works in the last couple of years that NanoMech is now taking public.

The companies kept their two-year partnership in “stealth mode” until now, according to the company. NanoMech CEO and Chairman Jim Phillips said Pace Industries has had a competitive edge through the use of NanoMech’s industrial lubricant within its manufacturing process, and, now, Pace Industries can use its involvement with NanoMech as a selling point.

For NanoMech, the partnership has allowed it to delve into its applications in the die-casting industry “with a recognized leader serving many of the largest and most iconic manufacturers deploying the very best innovations that increase performance and competitiveness,” according to a press release.

Pace is one of the largest aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting companies in the world, operating 21 facilities across the U.S. and Mexico. It provides prototyping services, tool-making, precision machining and makes metal parts for the manufacturing of a number of industries, including automotive, lighting and electrical and medical devices. Pace makes parts for cars and trucks made by General Motors, Ford and parts for motorcycles made by Harley Davidson.

According to NanoMech, its nano-engineering technology has been used to harden and protect manufacturing tools used within Pace Industries’ production, provided more manufacturing productivity and efficiency. Scott Bull, CEO of Pace Industries, said the use of NanoMech’s products represented “quality breakthrough innovation directly benefitting our customer base.”

Nanotechnology involves manipulating matter on a microscopic scale. Commercially, it is a developing market that can be applied within a vast array of industries, and NanoMech is frequently recognized on a short list of key global leaders in the realm by market researchers. NanoMech’s patented and patent-pending lubricants, coatings, paints and sealants can be used in a wide range of material goods production categories. If you ask Phillips, nanotechnology is “changing the world” because of its implications on machines of all sizes and types.

ON A GROWTH PATH
The company now has offices in Dallas and Houston, and there are plans to open a Silicon Valley office, due to the volume of business NanoMech has in that region, Phillips said. The team regularly works with many in the automobile manufacturing industry in Detroit, he said, but many of the relationships are subject to non-disclosure agreements.

The company now has an annual production capacity of 10 million pounds for its industrial lubricant, said Ajay Malshe, founder and chief technology officer. The production capacity does not include other products being made by NanoMech, including its coatings, paints and sealants.

NanoMech also is working with some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies, including Tesla, SpaceX and General Electric. Tesla is a client with which NanoMech has worked over the last two years. Its nanotechnology is being used in the San Francisco-based electric vehicle company’s Model S and Model X cars, Malshe said.

Also, the company is planning to launch a retail line in big-box stores and other retailers in the near future, Phillips said. More details about the launch will be released later this month, but the products will include the automobile lubricant AtomOil. Phillips said the lubricant was used in the vehicles of the last two Indianapolis 500 race winners, and NanoMech’s products are also used by trucking companies, including J.B. Hunt Transport, and their original equipment manufacturers like Navistar, based in Illinois. Agriculture vehicle maker John Deere, also based in Illinois, is another NanoMech client, Phillips said.

QUIET WORK
Phillips said the company has stayed quiet on a lot of the work its doing, partly because a lot of its customers, many of which are Fortune 500 companies, have the NanoMech team sign nondisclosure agreements.

“Secrecy is everything in technology,” Malshe said.

There were a couple of times this past year, however, when the company made headlines. In August, NanoMech announced a $10 million investment from the world’s largest oil company, Saudi Arabia-based Saudi Aramco, tied to the technologies applications in the oil and gas realm.

In September, it was announced that NanoMech was contracted to use its patented nGuard technology on textiles, which shields against bacteria and pathogens, in U.S. Army uniforms. NanoMech has developed a wide range of coatings, many of which are waterproof and/or fireproof, for textiles and other materials like electrical equipment.
NanoMech breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nanoengineered lubricants and coatings.

In 2013, NanoMech won the R&D 100 award from R&D Magazine. Its products received Edison Awards in 2016 and 2014


Originally posted on Talk Business & Politics, January 5th, 2017

 

Collaboration Between Two Arkansas Based Companies Boosts Manufacturing Productivity and Performance

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NanoMech, Inc. and Pace Industries, both based in Northwest Arkansas, have come together as an example of Arkansas’ collaborative ingenuity in manufacturing. Because of the partnership, Pace has achieved unsurpassed quality control, repeatability, and scalability in producing some of the best components and products. NanoMech has proven once again their ability to innovate lubricants that enhance manufacturing productivity, quality, efficiency and competitiveness. The teamwork between Pace and NanoMech supplies years of validation and customer acceptance to this success and improvement.

Working together in stealth mode for two years on a highly-advanced lubricant, NanoMech’s patented and patents pending technology offers tremendous value to Pace Industries’ business. NanoMech’s lubricant innovation provides longevity for specific manufacturing equipment at Pace Industries.

“Pace Industries and NanoMech’s continued commitment to produce world-class products and inventions is a testament to Arkansas’ entrepreneurial spirit,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “The global reputation of the companies, their talented workforces, strong connections to industry leaders, and partnerships with the University of Arkansas make the sky the limit for NanoMech and Pace Industries!”

The success of the teamwork between Pace and NanoMech is an example of the real world implementation of breakthrough nano-manufacturing to enhance competitiveness and the supremacy of American manufacturing.

“This partnership with Pace Industries has enabled NanoMech to accelerate our core nano-engineered technology of advanced lubricants into the critical manufacturing platform of die-casting with a recognized leader serving many of the largest and most iconic manufacturers deploying the very best innovations that increase performance and competitiveness,” said Jim Phillips, Chairman and CEO of NanoMech Inc.

The American manufacturing industry is a giant in terms of job creation and dollars contributed to the nation’s economy. With increasingly efficient manufacturing processes, more products can be produced in less time. This opens the door for new or larger jobs and people needed to manage the workload.

Mr. Scott Bull, Chief Executive Officer of Pace Industries said, “The successful collaboration between Pace and NanoMech represents a positive impact throughout the manufacturing chain and is a shining example of Pace Industries’ commitment to industry leadership in quality breakthrough innovation directly benefitting our customer base.”

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO and Founder added, “As we worked hand in hand with Pace Industries’ technology and operations teams it became obvious that they are a true innovator consumed in continual quality and performance enhancements for their customers using science to achieve top machine performance like never before to deliver significant competitive advantage and customer loyalty!”

About NanoMech
NanoMech 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 Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NanoMech, Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nanoengineered and nanomanufactured product development. Serving many iconic industry leaders, they are recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. NanoMech breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nanoengineered lubricants and coatings. 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 & gas, marine, racing, automotive, aerospace, electronic vehicles and strategic military applications. NanoMech recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. They are members of The White House Materials Genome Initiative, the U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI), and the U.S. Technology Leadership and Strategy Initiative, based in Washington, DC.

For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com

About Pace Industries
Pace Industries is North America’s largest full-service aluminum, zinc and magnesium die casting company. Pace is a solution provider, offering a wide array of capabilities and services including advanced engineering, tool making, prototyping, precision machining, assembly, finishing and painting. Headquartered in Fayetteville, Ark., Pace operates 12 divisions and 21 facilities across the U.S. and Mexico. More information can be found at paceind.com

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Nanotechnology – Disrupting Military, Energy, Aerospace, Medicine, and More

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Nanotechnology is changing the world in ways that 20 years ago we thought were impossible. It’s transforming many industries and creating new ones. Largely because of nanotechnology, many believe the world will have more new inventions in the next 5 years than we have had over the last 100 years. The progress and innovation that we will see is likely only comparable to perhaps the wheel, the industrial age brought on by the printing press, or maybe even the Internet.


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Springdale Company Partners with U.S. Army to Offer New Armour

 

NanoMech was featured on FOX 24 for their new contract with the U.S. Army. NanoMech will be partnering with the armed forces to create new chemical warfare suits to better protect American GIs that are under attack from chemical agents. The new uniform will incorporate nanotechnology to reduce weight and protect against extreme temperatures, diseases, toxins, and insects. They can also repel water and eliminate odors.

 

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NanoMech Wins Contract from U.S. Army To Develop Next- Generation Combat Uniforms

nGuard® Nanoengineered Versatile Material System to Protect Soldiers

Springdale, AR NanoMech is proud to announce it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Army (Project Manager Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment) to develop and evaluate advanced multi-functional textiles using NanoMech’s proprietary and patent pending technology platform, nGuard®. If successful, the new technology could be used for next generation Army Combat Uniform (ACU) and other Army individual equipment and clothing items.

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“I applaud the Army’s decision to award NanoMech this ground-breaking contract, which demonstrates the innovation and advanced technologies developed in Northwest Arkansas,” said U.S. Senator Tom Cotton. “I’ve seen firsthand the tremendous operation NanoMech has built over the last several years. They are a leader in the tech community and are attracting top engineering and scientific talent to Arkansas. Through their partnership with the University of Arkansas, NanoMech is growing Arkansas’ high tech workforce and research capabilities, and will help make the state a destination for high tech manufacturing long into the future.”

This multi-functional nanoengineered chemical finish will deliver substantial improvements to ACU textiles including very advanced vector protection to shield (or safeguard) soldiers against vector-borne diseases such as malaria, zika, etc. and anti-attractant against other infected arthropod species insects while maintaining low toxicity and increased safety for the soldier. Through novel material science improvements, the new generation combat uniforms will resist a broad range of flash flame and thermal threats while lightning the auxiliary load carried by the soldier, improving wearable comfort, and increasing fabric durability and breathability capabilities. In addition to yielding effective vector and flame protection, nGuard® has superior antimicrobial activity to improve immunity of soldiers against infectious bacteria/microbes and inhibiting human odor-causing bacteria to resist odor discomfort, distraction, and natural attractant for mosquitoes.

nGuard® is a cost-effective coating finish and additive for a wide variety of textile fabricscotton, nylon, polyester, and synthetic blends. In particular, nGuard® is highly adaptive for various modern fabrics and materials. NanoMech has created a unique nano-engineered composite functional delivery system that combines proven metal-mineral complexes that are environment-friendly. This composite delivery vehicle provides high efficacy for antimicrobial, vector protection, and fire-resistant functionalities. Various application specific chemistries of nGuard® platform are engineered using unique convergent assembly processes. nGuard® is a tested and durable product that can endure many wash cycles to continue offering high-performance.

James M. Phillips, Chairman and CEO of NanoMech said, “As a veteran, I am proud to be associated with being selected in this innovative effort to protect America’s soldiers! The $235,000.00 contract will be most helpful along with NanoMech’s very significant financial investment to help create the most advanced military apparel in the world.”

Dr. Ajay P. Malshe, CTO & founder of NanoMech added that, “Given its excellent multifunctional performance, the nGuard® platform can be utilized in a variety of military, civilian, sports, recreation, clothing, and industrial applications. This extreme innovation will provide the U.S. Army better combat uniforms to tackle their most challenging environmental encounters.”

About NanoMech

NanoMech 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 Six Sigma world leader in nanomanufacturing innovation with swift product development and an emphasis on platform technologies that are scalable for efficient mass production.

NanoMech Inc. creates advanced engineering materials through patent and patent-pending nanoengineered and nanomanufactured product development. NanoMech is recognized as a leader in innovation and technology. Their breakthroughs in nanomaterials and manufacturing include the first cubic boron nitride coating for machine tools and advanced nano-engineered lubricants and coatings. The company’s products have applications in very advanced energy manufacturing, machining, lubrication, highly durable and sustainable protective multi-functional coatings for metals and textiles as well as consumer products, and strategic military applications. NanoMech has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award and two Edison Awards. 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. For more information please visit www.NanoMech.com.

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