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March 2000

Invention to Income

MTTC and the Advanced Technology Council are co-sponsoring a conference for inventors and entrepreneurs entitled "Technical Entrepreneurship: Invention to Income." The seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2000 from 8 AM until 4 PM at the Radisson Conference Center (formerly the Doubletree Hotel). The primary purpose of this conference will be to lead inventors through the step-by-step process necessary to transform a good idea into a money-making manufactured product. Individual presenters and panel discussion members will represent sources of assistance for inventors including banks, legal firms, accounting firms, and sources of investment capital. More broad-based resource organizations, including the MTTC and organizations funded by city or state governments, will also be represented.

Navy Looking for Answers

(3/1/00) Our readers may be able to help the Navy solve an ongoing problem. Shipboard watertight doors (WTD) have handles that, when not being used, are stowed in the vertical direction. The handles are held there in place by spring metal clamps. Some of these WTDs are operated hundreds of times a day. Unfortunately, the clamps being used can corrode, lose their spring (which causes the handles to fall down and block the doorway) or simply break off. The MTTC is looking for a replacement for these clips. They do not have to be made of metal, but, if they are metal, they must be able to withstand salt-water environment. If you have a product or an idea that we could propose to the Navy, please call or email Dick Gilbert at the numbers at the bottom of this page.

Attention: "Closet Inventors": MTTC Luncheon Speakers Available

Are you an inventor? How many of us have had an idea for a product, or a way to make things, while we were driving in the car, taking a shower, or otherwise going about our normal business? If you’ve ever had a "brainstorm" like that, have you done anything about it? Would you know what to do about it? Would you really know if your idea has any potential? And how do you get it to market before someone steals your great idea, or you go broke in the process?

Not only does MTTC, through their ITAP (Innovative Technologies Assistance Program) plan help inventors assess their product, protect it, develop it, and get good inventions to market, now the ITAP team from MTTC is ready to tell your group how we do it. Luncheon or meeting speakers are now available to entertain your gathering on the subject of "Idea to Income." For more details, contact Dave Goddard at 367-2186, or Brian Daly at 452-1131.

MTTC Fleet Maintenance Projects

(3/1/00) The Project Status is as follows:

Portable Chlorinator.  The installation of injection ports and other ship modifications is complete.  All equipment and supplies have been delivered to the USS CARR.  Final crew training was accomplished in December 1999.  Operational tests have now commenced.


Lynx Motor Shock.  A new robust design, with the Space Shuttle APU application in mind, has been completed.   Current plans are to produce this motor from February - May 2000, conduct laboratory tests with Boeing and then to subject this motor to level 1 shock in the summer of 2000.

Heat Exchanger Descaler.  This has become a very high visibility project in the last two months.  COMNAVSURFLANT has expressed a strong desire to accelerate it in order to provide shipboard capability as soon as possible.  As a result, COMNAVSEASYSCOM has become personally involved.   NSWC Carderock/Philadelphia has prepared the test plan and has initiated actions with the Naval Environmental Health Center and the test activities. Limited onboard trials have been conducted.

Watertight Door Hinge.  The 1.25 million cycle operational test has been completed.  There were three clear winners.  In order to expedite fleet introduction, limited sole source procurements from each winning concept will be conducted, with initial hardware being used to fix some especially notorious installations.  Concurrently, a competitive procurement will be staged among the three to obtain the best price for a very large procurement to support the needs of the entire fleet.  This project is considered to be completed successfully.

Bilge Paint Qualification. This is a Secretary of the Navy high interest item.  The USS DETROIT has been assigned as the test ship.  A supply of both Alocit and Euronavy has been procured.  Corrosion Engineering Services, Inc. is the performing contractor.   NAVSEA and MTTC have combined resources to apply both of these paint systems on DETROIT for evaluation and comparison.  Actual ship preparation and paint application is ongoing.  The performance of these paints will be evaluated under fleet conditions for an extended period of time.


Topside Connector Corrosion Protection.   The "Gel-in-the-Middle"clamshell connector cover tests have led to the conclusion that this product will not meet Navy needs.  However, the Rayvolve (type N, roll-on) cover, which was also included in this project, has shown excellent results to date.  While laboratory tests are ongoing, several were installed on the Phalanx CIWS mount on USS MCCLUSKY (FFG-41) Shipboard technicians have used the re-entry capability and have expressed great satisfaction with the concept.

K-Flex Eco Insulation.   Operational tests are ongoing on USS RUSHMORE during its deployment.  At the same time, MTTC has initiated a study of some insulation that was removed during the evaluation in June 1999.  This material had been used at the upper temperature limit of its specification and had exhibited some "charring".  We would like to determine whether this has any effect on the insulating qualities of K-Flex Eco.  A follow-up assessment occurred on RUSHMORE in January 2000. Additional samples were sent to the lab for testing.

DDG-51 Class Louvers.  The test louvers on USS COOK continue to exhibit excellent performance per SURFLANT.   Based on the results to date, the Navy has funded the coating of all louvers on ships under construction and three complete ship-sets for operational units.  This project is complete and based on strong positive Project Office and Fleet feedback, it is considered to be a complete success.

Remote Valve Actuators.  This project is in the process of being modified and expanded.  The original effort to test two Tri-Tec actuators has been scaled back to one unit and it is expected to be delivered to M. Rosenblatt, Inc. this month for installation.  The work is being expanded to include an additional actuator manufactured by Limitorque.

Ecotherm High Temperature Insulation.   MTTC has received a final statement of work from NAVSEA and is working with BBN, Inc. to issue a work order. This fibrous material will probably tested on USS RUSHMORE, as well. If successful, this effort will undoubtedly lead to changes in current shipbuilding program specifications.

Distilling Plant Anti-Scale. NAVSEA is prepairing a statement of work to describe the required testing.

Anti-Sweat Paint. NAVSEA is prepairing a statement of work to describe the required testing.

Stratica Deck Tile. NAVSEA is preparing a statement of work to describe the required testing.


Please Give Us A Call

For additional news or information about opportunities involving technology transfer, send an e-mail to:

Dick Gilbert OR  Dave Goddard


Phone: (502) 367-2186;   Fax (502) 367-4261

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For more information how MTTC can help your company benefit from technology transfer, contact Dick Gilbert or Dave Goddard at (502) 367-2186.



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