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NIST Announces 44 New Advanced Technology Program Awards

The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology today announced 44 new industry-sponsored projects in five key technology areas that will receive cost-shared funding for research and development under the department's Advanced Technology Program, a government/private-sector partnership program aimed at stimulating economic growth and job creation.

The ATP supports strategic, high-risk research in cutting-edge technologies. Fifteen awards are for projects in motor vehicle manufacturing technology, six awards for projects supporting digital video in information networks, nine awards for projects in catalysis and biocatalysis technologies, seven awards for projects in component-based software, and seven awards for projects in manufacturing composite structures.

"The wide range of projects we announce today, from esoteric software technologies to innovative processes for the chemical industry, to pioneering technologies for the nation's traditional manufacturing industries demonstrates the value and potential benefits of the Advanced Technology Program on the U.S. economy," said Commerce Secretary Ronald H. Brown. "The array of companies, from tiny start-ups to major manufacturers, point out industry's commitment for a program that drives the private and public sectors to invest in the future of the U.S. economy."

The Advanced Technology Program provides cost-shared funding to industry for high-risk R&D; projects with the potential to spark important, broad-based economic benefits for the United States. The ATP accelerates, and in many cases enables, potentially important R&D; projects that industry otherwise would not undertake, or would not devote significant resources to, because of the technical risks involved. The ATP does not fund product- development projects. ATP awards are made strictly on the basis of a rigorous competitive review considering scientific and technical merit of each and its potential benefits for the U.S. economy. Applicants must include a credible business plan for bringing the new technology to market with their own funds once technical milestones have been achieved under ATP support.

ATP focused programs concentrate resources on key technical barriers and business challenges in specific technologies judged by industry to offer the potential for major economic benefits to the nation. All current ATP focused programs were established in 1994 and will run for about five years.

The focused program in "Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Technology" supports research to improve manufacturing processes and process monitoring and control in the automotive industry, though the results would likely be applicable to many other mass- production-oriented industries. The program emphasizes technologies that lead to flexible, easily reconfigured manufacturing systems that would support rapid, low-cost product conversion and efficient use of resources. The 15 awards under this program include nine joint research ventures and involve a total of 93 participants.

The focused program on "Digital Video in Information Networks" supports research on innovative technologies to facilitate the use of digital video across a broad spectrum of applications stemming from the growing merger of television, computing, telecommunications and other information technologies. The program concentrates on key integration issues, including making diverse systems interoperable. The six projects under this program include three joint research ventures and involve a total of 19 participants.

The focused program in "Catalysis and Biocatalysis Technologies" works to accelerate breakthroughs in novel catalysts for chemical process industries that can lead to lower costs, reduced energy use, more efficient use of raw materials and more environmentally benign processes. Catalysis technologies are key to an estimated $500 billion worth of products annually in the United States alone, including petroleum products, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, synthetic rubber and plastic, food products and emission-control systems. The nine awards under this program include four joint research ventures and a total of 16 participants.

The focused program in "Component-Based Software" supports research on practical technologies leading to a viable market in software "components," specialized units of software optimized for one particular task or function that can be combined and integrated into application systems using automated techniques. The program emphasizes approaches based on semantic analysis of software components, so that each component is automatically transformed at the point of use to be compatible with the target system.

The focused program in "Manufacturing Composite Structures" supports research in the commercial use of high-performance composite materials in new markets, including surface transportation, civil infrastructure and offshore oil production. Materials research has developed whole families of composite materials, combining polymers with glass or carbon fibers, for example, with dramatically enhanced physical properties such as strength or toughness. Costs and the complexity associated with the design and manufacture of these composites, however, has largely restricted their use to areas such as defense and high-performance sporting goods. This program seeks to overcome these issues and move high-performance composite materials into mainstream manufacturing. The seven awards under this program include three joint ventures and involve a total of 25 participants.

If carried through to completion, the 44 projects announced today will involve approximately $192 million in cost sharing by private industry in addition to approximately $188 million in ATP funding. The awards announced today are contingent on the signing of formal agreements between NIST and the project proposers.

Lists of the selected projects for the five competitions are attached.

As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards.


Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Technology

Rapid Fabrication of Superabrasive Grinding Tools

Abrasive Technology Aerospace, Inc., Westerville, OH

Develop innovative computer-aided design and manufacturing technology for the rapid design and precision manufacture of electroplated superabrasive grinding wheels.

Requested ATP funds: $1,996 K
Est. project budget: $3,034 K
Announced: September 1995

Wet Paint Thickness Measurement System

Autospect, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Develop a non-contact method for measuring the thickness of wet coatings as they are being applied to enable higher-quality, less polluting, and more cost-effective painting processes for the automotive industry.

Requested ATP funds: $1,800 K
Est. project budget: $2,167 K
Announced: September 1995

Advanced Welding Technology for Structural Automotive Products

Dana Corporation, Reading, PA

Develop a versatile manufacturing process that combines a precision metal-forming step with an unconventional welding method, capable of joining dissimilar metals, to build lower-cost, lower-weight aluminum and steel load-bearing structures such as car and truck frames.

Requested ATP funds: $2,000 K
Est. project budget: $4,221 K
Announced: September 1995

Plasma-Based Processing of Lightweight Materials for Motor-Vehicle Components and Manufacturing Applications

Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM), Ann Arbor, MI

  • ABB High Power Semiconductors (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • AO Smith Corporation (Milwaukee, WI)
  • Diversified Technologies Incorporated (Bedford, MA)
  • Empire Hard Chrome, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
  • General Motors (Warren, MI)
  • Harley-Davidson, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)
  • IONEX (Bellaire, MI)
  • Kwikset Corporation (Anaheim, CA)
  • Litton Electron Devices (San Carlos, CA)
  • NANO Instruments Incorporated (Oak Ridge, TN)
  • PVI (Oxnard, CA)
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)

Overcome the science and engineering barriers impeding the development of plasma-source ion implantation, a highly experimental technology with the potential to become a cost-effective tool for producing ultra-hard, wear-resistant surfaces on a wide variety of materials.

Requested ATP funds: $7,691 K
Est. project budget: $15,544 K
Announced: September 1995

Flow-Control Machining

Extrude Hone Corporation, Irwin, PA

  • Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
  • General Motors Corporation (Pontiac, MI)

Develop a finishing technique in which an abrasive liquid fine tunes the hollow flow passages and combustion cavities in automotive engines for higher efficiency engines that consume less fuel while emitting less pollutants.

Requested ATP funds: $3,909 K
Est. project budget: $7,933 K
Announced: September 1995

The Next-Generation Industrial Production Process for High-Density Powder Metal Products

IAP Research, Inc., Dayton, OH

  • Zenith Sintered Products, Inc. (Germantown, WI)
  • General Motors Corporation (Pontiac, MI)

Develop a new method of compacting metal powders using dynamic magnetic compaction to achieve the material properties while eliminating expensive finishing operations now required for making crucial automotive components such as the gears in automotive power trains.

Requested ATP funds: $4,152 K
Est. project budget: $8,459 K
Announced: September 1995

Intelligent Resistance Welding

Intelligent Resistance Welding Consortium, Ann Arbor, MI

  • AK Steel (Middletown, OH)
  • Alcoa Product Manufacturing (Alcoa Center, PA)
  • Alcan Rolled Products Company (Farmington Hills, MI)
  • Allen Bradley Company, Inc. (Troy, MI)
  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation (Bethlehem, PA)
  • Chrysler Corporation (Detroit, MI)
  • Computer Integrated Welding (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • Detroit Center Tool (Detroit, MI)
  • DuPont Central Research (Wilmington, DE)
  • Ford Motor Company (Detroit, MI)
  • General Motors Corporation (Pontiac, MI)
  • Grossel Tool Company (Fraser, MI)
  • Helm Instrument (Maumee, OH)
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. (Plymouth, MI)
  • Lamb Technicon (Warren, MI)
  • Medar, Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI)
  • Progressive (PICO) (Southfield, MI)
  • Robotron (Southfield, MI)
  • Savair, Inc. (St. Clair Shores, MI)
  • Sensotech (Columbus, OH)
  • Square D (Troy, MI)
  • U.S. Steel (Monroeville, PA)

Develop intelligent, computer-controlled technologies and systems to improve the quality and consistency of resistance welding for aluminum and conventional, high-strength, and coated steels.

Requested ATP funds: $6,393 K
Est. project budget: $13,068 K
Announced: September 1995

Cubic Boron Nitride (cBN) Coatings for Cutting and Specialty Tools

Kennametal, Inc., Latrobe, PA Extrude Hone Corporation (Irwin, PA)

Develop techniques for depositing superhard coatings of cubic boron nitride onto intricately shaped carbide tool blanks, a new class of more capable cutting tools suitable for machining harder and more wear-resistant materials.

Requested ATP funds: $1,703 K
Est. project budget: $3,440 K
Announced: September 1995

Agile Precision Line Boring

Lamb Technicon, Warren, MI

Develop an experimental prototype of a flexible line boring station with intelligent tooling and controls.

Requested ATP funds: $1,997 K
Est. project budget: $2,372 K
Announced: September 1995

Machine Tool Process Monitoring Diagnostic System

Montronix, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Develop a diagnostic system that can monitor the vital signs of machining operations as they happen to provide a trouble-shooting aid for process engineers increasingly challenged to efficiently machine smaller volumes of a wider variety of parts than has been the case traditionally.

Requested ATP funds: $1,232 K
Est. project budget: $1,527 K
Announced: September 1995

Agile Precision Sheet-Metal Stamping

Near Zero Stamping, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

  • Allen-Bradley Company, Inc. (Troy, MI)
  • ASC, Inc. (Southgate, MI)
  • Atlas Technologies (Fenton, MI)
  • APX International (Madison Heights, MI)
  • AutoDie (Grand Rapids, MI)
  • Autodesk, Inc. (Novi, MI)
  • Bethlehem Steel Corporation (Southfield, MI)
  • Budd Company (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • Chrysler Corporation (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • Deneb Robotics, Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • Detroit Center Tool (Detroit, MI)
  • Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
  • General Motors Corporation (Flint, MI)
  • Helm Instruments (Maumee, OH)
  • HMS Products Company (Troy, MI)
  • ISI Automation Products Group (Mt. Clemens, MI)
  • ISI Robotics (Fraser, MI)
  • Lamb Technicon (Warren, MI)
  • Lobdell-Emery Manufacturing Company (Alma, MI)
  • Minster Machine (Minster, OH)
  • Modern Engineering (Troy, MI)
  • Perceptron, Inc. (Farmington Hills, MI)
  • Sekely Industries (Salem, OH)
  • Signature Technology (Carrollton, TX)
  • Tecnomatix (Novi, MI)
  • Tower Automotive (Farmington Hills, MI)
  • Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)

Develop a new generation of sheet-metal stamping technologies that will improve the accuracy of stamped parts to sub-millimeter tolerances and significantly reduce the time required to design, test, and produce sheet metal dies.

Requested ATP funds: $8,301 K
Est. project budget: $17,751 K
Announced: September 1995

Non-Circular Turning Process for Camshaft Machining

Saginaw Machine Systems, Inc., Troy, MI

Develop a revolutionary variable depth-of-cut machining process to produce non-circular shapes, creating the basis for agile manufacturing approaches to camshaft production.

Requested ATP funds: $1,900 K
Est. project budget: $2,482 K
Announced: September 1995

Fast, Volumetric X-Ray Scanner for Three-Dimensional Characterization of Critical Objects

Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., Austin, TX

  • GE Corporate Research & Development (Schenectady, NY)
  • General Motors (Warren, MI)
  • General Electric Aircraft Engines (Cincinnati, OH)
  • EG&G; Reticon (Sunnyvale, CA)

Develop a volumetric X-ray scanner capable of rapidly generating detailed three-dimensional models of physical objects to enable industry to greatly streamline design and manufacturing processes while providing new means of inspecting items like automotive powertrain components.

Requested ATP funds: $3,753 K
Est. project budget: $7,659 K
Announced: September 1995

Flexible Low-Cost Laser Machining for Motor Vehicle Manufacturing

SDL, Inc., San Jose, CA

  • Utilase Systems, Inc. (Detroit, MI)
  • Teledyne Brown Engineering (Huntsville, AL)

Develop the technology for a new generation of laser-based cutting and welding tools that are more versatile, less bulky, and less expensive to purchase and operate than presently available laser tools, enabling laser-based materials processing to penetrate many more manufacturing niches in the automobile assembly line.

Requested ATP funds: $3,583 K
Est. project budget: $7,313 K
Announced: September 1995

Springback Predictability in Automotive Manufacturing

The Budd Company, Auburn Hills, MI

  • Alcoa (Alcoa Center, PA)
  • Chrysler Corporation (Auburn Hills, MI)
  • Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
  • GM North American Operations (Warren, MI)
  • U.S. Steel (Pittsburgh, PA)

Develop the necessary data and understanding of sheet metal forming processes to build a computer model that will replace much of the expensive and time-consuming trial and error in conventional die design with a more predictive and efficient, science-based protocol.

Requested ATP funds: $3,760 K
Est. project budget: $9,032 K
Announced: September 1995

Digital Video in Information Networks

Mobile Information Infrastructure for Digital Video and Multimedia Applications

AT&T; Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ

  • Sun Microsystems Computer Co. (Mountain View, CA)

Develop and demonstrate technologies for a mobile information infrastructure that can provide digital video and multimedia services to wireless information appliances.

Requested ATP funds: $13,843 K
Est. project budget: $31,071 K
Announced: September 1995

Interoperability Tools for Digital Video Systems

Bell Communications Research, Inc., Livingston, NJ

Develop the knowledge base, expertise, and cross-industry tools that will enable interoperability of digital video systems.

Requested ATP funds: $1,263 K
Est. project budget: $3,073 K
Announced: September 1995

Adaptive Video Codec for Information Networks

Cubic Defense Systems, San Diego, CA

Develop next-generation video compression technology that will enable delivery of digital video to personal computers.

Requested ATP funds: $1,739 K
Est. project budget: $2,974 K
Announced: September 1995

Perceptual-Based Video Encoding and Quality Measurement

David Sarnoff Research Center, Inc., Princeton, NJ

  • LSI Logic (Milpitas, CA)
  • Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
  • Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. (Arlington, VA)

Develop human-vision-based algorithms for the assessment of video quality and demonstrate their potential in real-time MPEG-2 video encoding and for quality management of video-dial-tone networks.

Requested ATP funds: $7,849 K
Est. project budget: $20,978 K
Announced: September 1995

HDTV Broadcast Technology

David Sarnoff Research Center, Princeton, NJ

  • Advanced Modular Systems (Acton, MA)
  • Comark Communications, Inc. (Southwick, MA)
  • IBM (Yorktown Heights, NY)
  • Philips Laboratories (Briarcliff Manor, NY)
  • MCI (Richardson, TX) NBC (New York, NY)
  • Sun Microsystems (Mountain View, CA)
  • CBS, Inc. (New York, NY)
  • Thomson Consumer Electronics, Inc. (Washington, DC)

Develop the critical technologies needed to enable production and delivery of high-definition television (HDTV) and integrate them into an experimental HDTV studio.

Requested ATP funds: $28,421 K
Est. project budget: $58,092 K
Announced: September 1995

Advanced Distributed Video ATM Network for Creation, Editing, and Distribution

Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, OR

Develop technologies enabling a networked, integrated environment for collaborative creation, editing, and distribution of video and multimedia.

Requested ATP funds: $1,914 K
Est. project budget: $3,616 K
Announced: September 1995

Catalysis and Biocatalysis

Thin-Film Solid Acid Catalyst for Refinery Alkylation

ABB Lummus Global, Bloomfield, NJ

Develop a long-life, solid acid catalyst for use in economical, environmentally sound processing of high-octane refinery alkylate.

Requested ATP funds: $1,757 K
Est. project budget: $3,470 K
Announced: September 1995

Elastomeric Polypropylene and Elastic Non-wovens Venture

Amoco Corporation, Naperville, IL

  • Fiberweb North America, Inc. (Simpsonville, SC)

Overcome hurdles to efficient design and tailoring of metallocene catalysts for making low-cost, high-performance, recyclable elastomeric polymers.

Requested ATP funds: $10,000 K
Est. project budget: $25,006 K
Announced: September 1995

Tailored Optical Polymers Through a Novel Catalyst System (TOPCAT)

BFGoodrich Company, Brecksville, OH

  • 3M Company (St. Paul, MN)

Develop new catalysis system for making cyclic olefin (optical) polymers for flat-panel displays, and demonstrate component fabrication.

Requested ATP funds: $7,899 K
Est. project budget: $15,958 K
Announced: September 1995

Continuous Biocatalytic Systems for the Production of Chemicals from Renewable Resources

Genencor International, Inc., Rochester, NY

  • Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, TN)
  • Electrosynthesis Company, Inc. (Lancaster, NY)
  • MicroGenomics, Inc. (Somerville, NJ)
  • Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL)

Establish economically viable, continuous-process, biocatalytic systems for the production of industrially useful chemicals from renewable resources.

Requested ATP funds: $15,623 K
Est. project budget: $31,309 K
Announced: September 1995

Biosynthesis of Monomers

General Electric Company, Niskayuna, NY

Develop a biocatalyst and a bioprocess based on fermentation that will reduce the manufacturing costs of a key monomer used to produce high-performance engineering thermoplastics.

Requested ATP funds: $573 K
Est. project budget: $1,099 K
Announced: September 1995

Computational Methods for Catalyst Design

Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, OK

Develop and apply computational chemistry methods that will accelerate the discovery of metallocene-type catalysts for ethylene polymerization.

Requested ATP funds: $1,705 K
Est. project budget: $3,474 K
Announced: September 1995

Breakthrough Technology for Oxidation of Alkanes

Sun Company, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

  • Rohm and Haas Company (Philadelphia, PA)

Develop new catalyst technology for single-step oxidation of low-cost, light alkanes (simple hydrocarbons) to acrylic and methacrylic acids.

Requested ATP funds: $9,153 K
Est. project budget: $18,306 K
Announced: September 1995

Breakthrough Process for Direct Oxidation of Propylene to Propylene Oxide

​​The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

Develop a direct, economical, single-product oxidation process incorporating a silver-based catalyst for conversion of propylene to propylene oxide.

Requested ATP funds: $2,000 K
Est. project budget: $5,076 K
Announced: September 1995

Polar-Tolerant Organometallic Catalytic Technology for Functionalized Linear Polyolefins

W.R. Grace & Company, Columbia, MD

Develop a catalysis system for economically producing functionalized polyolefins (polymers) with superior performance, processing, and environmental characteristics.

Requested ATP funds: $2,000 K
Est. project budget: $3,667 K
Announced: September 1995

Component-Based Software

A Component-Based Software Approach to Analog and Mixed Signal Model Development

Analogy, Inc., Beaverton, OR

Enable a component-based software approach to developing and using analog and mixed-signal circuit simulations to boost design productivity in a wide variety of U.S. industries, including automotive, traction, industrial controls, and power systems.

Requested ATP funds: $1,999 K
Est. project budget: $2,399 K
Announced: September 1995

Component-Based Software for Advanced Interactive Systems in Entertainment and Education

Extempo Systems Inc., Atherton, CA

Develop component-based software for the creation of computer "characters" that can take directions and improvise appropriate courses of action in interactive systems.

Requested ATP funds: $1,990 K
Est. project budget: $2,537 K
Announced: September 1995

Component-Based Software Tools for Real-Time Systems

Real-Time Innovations, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA

Develop a real-time system platform architecture based on tools that capture the essential semantic characteristics of real-time module interfaces and attach them to reusable software modules, in order to enable a new market in real-time system components.

Requested ATP funds: $1,973 K
Est. project budget: $2,618 K
Announced: September 1995

A Plausible Dependability Model for Component-Based Software

Reliable Software Technologies, Sterling, VA

Develop a statistical method for assessing the dependability of complex software by combining and integrating measurements of the dependability of the software's components to remove major inefficiencies in the software industry while greatly reducing the time and expense of product testing.

Requested ATP funds: $2,000 K
Est. project budget: $2,375 K
Announced: September 1995

Cost-Based Generation of Scalable, Reliable, Real-Time Software Components

Sagent Corporation, Bellevue, WA

Develop new mathematical algorithms to enable scalable, reliable, real-time software components to manage the synchronization and coordination of complex distributed systems.

Requested ATP funds: $1,927 K
Est. project budget: $2,095 K
Announced: September 1995

Design Maintenance System

Semantic Designs, Austin, TX

Replace much of the intellectual labor involved in upgrading and maintaining software with a more formal, automated, and programmable approach, to greatly reduce software development costs while increasingly product quality.

Requested ATP funds: $1,981 K
Est. project budget: $2,131 K
Announced: September 1995

Graph Visualization Technology

Tom Sawyer Software, Berkeley, CA

Develop advanced software tools and techniques that smoothly integrate interactive and incremental graph layout with advanced techniques for global graph layout to support improved graphic displays for a wide range of application software.

Requested ATP funds: $2,000 K
Est. project budget: $2,919 K
Announced: September 1995

Manufacturing Composite Structures

Vapor-Grown Carbon-Fiber Composites for Automotive Applications

Applied Sciences, Inc., Cedarville, OH

  • General Motors Corporation NAO R&D; Center (Warren, MI)
  • EMTEC (Kettering, OH)
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (Akron, OH)
  • Gas Research Institute (Chicago, IL)
  • GM Delphi Chassis Systems (Dayton, OH)

Develop and demonstrate manufacturing technology that incorporates inexpensive carbon-reinforced composites into automobile components.

Requested ATP funds: $2,256 K
Est. project budget: $5,123 K
Announced: September 1995

Polymer Matrix Composites for Surface Transportation Applications

Ciba Composites Industrial Business Group, Kent, WA

Design, fabricate, and test affordable structural components made of advanced composites for surface transportation applications.

Requested ATP funds: $1,997 K
Est. project budget: $3,855 K
Announced: September 1995

Composite Drill Pipes

Cullen Engineering Research Foundation, Houston, TX

  • SpyroTech Corporation (Lincoln, NE)
  • Phillips Petroleum Company (Bartlesville, OK)
  • Amoco Exploration and Production Technology Group (Tulsa, OK)
  • CEAC - The University of Houston (Houston, TX)

Design, manufacture, test, and demonstrate affordable composite drill pipes for use in offshore oil drilling operations.

Requested ATP funds: $1,384 K
Est. project budget: $2,770 K
Announced: September 1995

Integrated Agile Manufacturing for Advanced Composite Electric Vehicles

Northeast Alternative Vehicle Consortium, Boston, MA

  • Solectria Corporation (Wilmington, MA)
  • TASC, Inc. (Redding, MA)
  • TPI (Warren, RI)
  • Boston Edison Company (Boston, MA)
  • Bonded Technology, Inc. (Cromwell, CT)
  • Composite Engineering Inc. (Concord, MA)
  • Textron-Defense Systems (Wilmington, MA)
  • Tufts University (Medford, MA)
  • Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources (Boston, MA)

Develop technologies for manufacturing of affordable, safe, and recyclable monocoque composite structures to be used in electric vehicles.

Requested ATP funds: $3,249 K
Est. project budget: $6,499 K
Announced: September 1995

Innovative Joining/Fitting Technology for Advanced Composite Piping Systems

Specialty Plastics, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA

Develop innovative composite joining and fitting technologies that will enable and stimulate the use of composites in offshore oil and gas production pipelines.

Requested ATP funds: $1,818 K
Est. project budget: $2,867 K
Announced: September 1995

Manufacturing Methodologies for Automated Thermoset Transfer/Injection Molding (TIM)

The Budd Company, Troy, MI

Develop a low-cost method for manufacturing polymer matrix composite automobile components by reducing cycle time, capital expenses, and post-molding operations.

Requested ATP funds: $2,000 K
Est. project budget: $3,068 K
Announced: September 1995

Light-Weight/High-Strength Composite Intelligent Flexible Pipe Development

Wellstream Inc., Panama City, FL

Develop and validate flexible composite pipe with built-in performance monitoring capability for use in oil and gas production.

Requested ATP funds: $1,969 K
Est. project budget: $5,760 K
Announced: September 1995

Released September 1, 1995, Updated November 27, 2017