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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

What Is Technology Transfer?

Technology transfer is the process of introducing federally funded technologies (products, processes, and services) into the private business sector for:

  • Enhancing U.S. international competitiveness
  • Creating jobs
  • Providing taxpayers with the full benefit of Federal R & D dollars.

Another critical aspect of technology transfer involves introducing commercially developed products into the government to:

  • Lower research, development and procurement costs
  • Increase system performance
  • Access the latest technologies.

Benefits

There are many benefits from technology transfer. This process:

  • Creates new products and services
  • Increases the Nation's base of technical knowledge
  • Increases the return on federal engineering, research, and development investments
  • Provides access to industry expertise
  • Brings new technology from the private sector.

Technology transfer improves the competitiveness and profitability of many businesses. To take advantage of existing research and development efforts, the MTTC team identifies new technologies, developed by the defensedepartment and other public and private organizations, to help regionalbusinesses achieve these goals. MTTC also aids businesses with product sales by advising the military of new applicable commercial products these companies have developed.

Success Stories

In just a few short months of operation, MTTC has already identified,and is working to transfer, several technologies in each of these categories.

  • Visual Computing Systems of Greenville, Indiana has developed an electricmotor that has a much higher efficiency, more level torque curve, and lower weight than current designs. Many weight-critical military applications,such as topside installations onboard ships, could benefit from this technology.This motor will be demonstrated in MTTC's Vendor Showcase for controlling a manufacturing robot.
  • Electro Slag Surfacing (ESS) is one instance of transfer from military to commercial uses. ESS is a weld resurfacing process for applications that require superior corrosion or wear resistance properties. The Navy has qualified this process for cladding ship propeller shafts. MTTC envisions commercial applications for this process in steel rolling, aluminum rolling,and coal mining industries.
  • SLS or Selective Laser Sintering is a "rapid prototyping"process. MTTC is working with several companies on a Navy-sponsored project investigating the use of SLS to produce metallic components directly from a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) file by sintering and hot isostatic pressing.This technology could provide a method for the rapid fabrication of moldsand dies for industrial applications and is linked with the SLS capabilityat the University of Louisville.
  • Applied Surface Technology, Inc. of Louisville. Kentucky has three technologies for transfer: one treats contaminated water, another extinguishes hydrocarbon fires, and a third which is an applied (brush or spray) thermalinsulation coating that provides an R value of 15-20 at a thickness of 15 to 20 mils. MTTC is in the process of transferring these technologiesto the military for some exciting potential uses onboard Navy ships andin the field.
  • MTTC is also assisting Berry Systems, Inc., also of Louisville, in further developing their Visual Layer software that reduces the time requiredto prepare CAD drawings and enhances the quality of CAD layering. In addition to potential commercial applications, one specific military application for this technology would be in map making.

For additional information about opportunities involving technology transfer, contact Dave Goddard at (502)367-2186.

M T T C
119 Rochester Drive
Louisville, KY 40214
Tel: (502) 367-2186
Fax: (502) 367-4261
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