TECH TRANSFER NEWS
MTTC Links with SCORE
MTTCs Director of Technology Transfer, Dr. Dave Goddard, was the featured
luncheon speaker at the May 19th monthly meeting of the Louisville chapter of
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). Using the title, "MTTC Assistance to
Companies, Entrepreneurs, and Inventors." Dave presented the overall activities and
capabilities of MTTC in assisting manufacturers, then focused the major portion of his
talk on MTTCs assistance to inventors. MTTC offers help to inventors in the areas of
technical assessment of inventions and methods of manufacturing them, protection of
intellectual property, Government sources of funding for new technologies, and
step-by-step project development and management. After the speech, several SCORE members
contacted Dave with the information that SCORE had not previously had any means, or known
about any organization, to assist technically oriented businesses and individuals, and
were appreciative of learning about MTTC and their ITAP (Innovative Technologies
Assistance Program) plan. MTTC plays a key role in invention assistance, and we are
"spreading the word" that we are here to help!
Following up on their widely acclaimed
"Invention to Income" (I to I) workshop in March, MTTC and the Advanced
Technology Council (ATC) of Louisville have initiated plans for a series of short seminars
in invention assistance. These seminars are scheduled to start in September 2000, and will
each be held on a Saturday morning. Current plans call for each seminar to address one of
the topics covered in the I to I workshop, although each seminar might include a section
on legal and financial issues. Another proposed idea is to feature a specific manufactured
invention at each seminar. Stay tuned for details as they are finalized.
MTTC Fleet Maintenance
(7/1/00) The Project Status is as
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.
Heat Exchanger Descaler. Ongoing shipboard tests have
demonstrated the viability of this process. As a result, a draft procedure and Fleet
Advisory have been written and are in circulation for comment. Modifications to the
vendors procedure have been incorporated to reduce metal loss in the heat exchanger
tubes. This project has been successfully completed.
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. Painting has been completed. The performance of these
paints will be evaluated under fleet conditions for an extended period of time.
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.
Insulation. Operational tests were complete on USS RUSHMORE Laboratory
tests of hardened material removed from RUSHMORE are ongoing. Upon completion of these
tests, the Navy will make an acceptance decision.
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
Remote Valve Actuators. This
project has been modified and expanded. The original effort to test two
Tri-Tec actuators has been scaled back to one unit which was installed on USS G.
WASHINGTON. An additional actuator, manufactured by Limitorque is being procured and will
be installed on USS T. ROOSEVELT.
High Temperature Insulation. MTTC has issued a work order to BBN, Inc.
Test sections of the insulating material were installed on the USS BOXER in May 2000. At
sea test have commenced.
Distilling Plant Anti-Scale.
NAVSEA has provided a
Statement of Work and MTTC is initiating discussions with NSWC/CD/SSES, Philadelphia, PA. A contract is expected shortly.
Anti-Sweat Paint. NAVSEA has provided a Statement
of Work and MTTC is initiating discussions with GeoCenters, Inc. A contract is expected shortly.
Stratica Deck Tile.
CES, Inc. has been issued a contract to install test sections in accordance with new Navy
procedures. A test ship will be identified shortly.
Give Us A Call
For additional news or information about opportunities involving technology
Goddard [email protected]
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(502) 367-2186; Fax (502) 367-4261