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More articles... Technology Marketplace Report for Sep 23 2009
 featuring: Refrigerants & Environmental
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Refrigerant dyes provide easy leak detection
These manufacturer-installed refrigerant dyes make it easy for plant and field personnel to detect leaks in air conditioning and refrigerant systems, saving man-hours and easily identifying hard-to-find leaks. The dyes are proven in over 85 million vehicles. The technology comprises formulations of UV dye, solubilizing agent, stabilizing agent, and optional lubricating agent that can be dissolved in refrigerants to facilitate leak detection. The dye-containing refrigerant is stable and storable for long periods, and transportable even at low temperatures. This technology avoids messy handling, mixing, and storage of dyes at service centers. Formulations of this technology meet or exceed SAE J2297, while being extremely easy to use.

Technology reduces up to 99% of smog and greenhouse gas emissions
This advanced emission control technology reduces up to 99% of carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) for any commercial fuel burning engines, including gasoline, propane, natural gas, diesel, and bio-diesel. The technology has been successfully installed and tested in a variety of applications in many geographies around the world. The technology is completely scalable having been installed in as small as a gas powered lawnmower to as large as a 5000 horsepower engine for a co-generation plant. For diesel applications a catalyzed particulate filter is integrated to reduce up to 90% of diesel particulate. This technology exceeds all emission regulations as set out by Environment Canada, United States Environmental Potection Agency, and California Air Resources Board. In addition to reducing smog and greenhouse gas exhaust emissions this technology provides exhaust noise reduction. The technology is market-ready and has a number of independent third party certifications and verifications. The technology is scalable and has been installed in everything from a small gas powered lawnmower to as large as a 5000 horsepower co-generating plant in a variety of geographies around the world.

Aerosol Deposition Method; Fabrication of Ceramic Ultrathin Films at Room Temperature
Aerosol deposition makes possible the formation of ultrathin ceramic films upon metals or plastics at room temperature. This method, developed by AIST, has already proved of interest to private companies and universities. Japanese technologists are currently using this method to develop advanced ceramic integration at nano sizes. Low temperatures at miniature sizes allow faster production. No binders are needed, further reducing materiel costs. The end result is a durable ultrathin film or solid pattern applied to a variety of substrates. We see potential in the areas of integrated ceramic-metal components for use in electronics, energy, and medical apparatuses. JITA's improvements to aerosol techniques for ultrathin film production assure solidly bonded ultrafine particles of uniform density applied to a flat surface. Our multi-stage preparation of precursor powder and aerosol deposited at high-speed produces a mechano-chemical reaction to achieve adherence of the powder particles to each other and the substrate at room temperature. The microcrystalline film resulting from such high impact is ultrathin and uniform. It resists cracking and peeling.

Adapting aviation weapons stations to carry fuel tanks
Extending aircraft range and endurance is a common requirement. While most military aircraft configurations are below maximum take off weight limits, thus allowing for additional carriage, at the same time aircraft weapon stores are not in use for various missions scenarios. The system can increase available fuel by carrying additional fuel drop tanks on modified aircraft weapon stations/hard points, this results in extending combat aircraft's operational range and patrol time. The proposed system uses a Stores Transfer Kit (STK) to allow fuel transfer from "dry" weapon hard stations to dual function "wet/dry" hard stations. Offers Up to 40% increase on ferry flight, up to 25% larger mission radius, and up to 100% increased patrol time!

A smart built-in test device for classifying environmentally induced intermittent faults in systems
This Smart Built-in-Test Device monitors and acquires fault data induced by environmental stresses (e.g., temperature, vibration), then performs statistical analysis of the fault and environmental stress data to correlate the detected fault data to sensed environmental stresses. Knowing the true fault behavior allows proper diagnostic procedures to be used for fault isolation and avoids the use of hard fault diagnostic procedures when intermittent faults are occuring. This US-patented Smart Built-in-Test (BIT) Device has broad claims directed to classifying environmentally induced intermittent faults in systems. The statistical analysis can include linear regression techniques and hypothesis testing techniques. The device can determine intermittent faults caused by one or more environmental stress conditions while operating in real-time.

Tactile perception system and device
The tactile perception system is based on human illusion. When the system provides stimulation to a CG (computer generated) model of a body part in the virtual space, the individual will feel a sense of touch stimulation as if it were occuring to their own body. This invention is a new method that creates unconventional skin sensation, and alters human tactile perception, using visual images of tactile sensation being applied to a body model displayed in virtual space. Using this method enables the display of sensation of human touch activities beyond the expressive capacity of conventional tactile display devices; it can even invoke a sense of touch without actual application of tactile sensation. This characteristic suggests various potential applications into the areas of information technology and multi-media, and can be used towards simplification and cost reduction of existing devices. The tactile display system produces a very realistic virtual image. A person feels 100% touched even though they are not actually being touched. The stimulation depicted in a virtual image differs from the one applied to the actual hand. This leads the subject into the illusion that stimulation in the virtual image is what he/she is receiving, since a person's hand is not visible to him/her.

Novel vanadium complexes of monohydroxamates for the treatment of type II diabetes
The present invention relates to vanadium complexes useful for the treatment of diabetes. In vitro, vanadium salts mimic most of the effects of insulin on the main target tissues of the hormone. Initial clinical studies with low doses of vanadium have yielded several beneficial effects such as abolishing hyperglycemia. The potential usage of vanadium in the future care of diabetes in human, however, requires the development of forms of vanadium with increased insulinomimetic efficacy, without increasing its toxicity. The present invention shows that certain amino acid monohydroxamates interact with intracellular vanadium and and converts it into an active insulinomimetic species. This protocol is both more effective and less toxic than adminstering vanadium and therefore has the potential to be used to treat diabetes in humans in the future.

Seeking: One-handed ergonomic approach to pliers/cutter that easily snips Romex, strapping, nails, and small screws
A high degree of hand fatigue results from repetitively using pliers to grip, hold, twist, pull or cut. Of these tasks, cutting is one of the most repetitive where workers are cutting tough single- or multi-stranded wire for electrical, HVAC, telecommunications, etc. We're seeking a new generation of precise, ergonomic pliers that virtually eliminates the effort that causes hand fatigue. Cutting pliers create extreme hand-fatigue when used for the repetitive cuts that are part of wiring work. For example, most electricians use linesman's pliers to cut Romex, but the cuts are never precise, and there is a great variation in force required to cut the outer insulation of Romex or the wires inside. A change in plier design could result in much less tiring work. Handle ergonomics are important because there are many ways that a worker can hold pliers in order to accomplish tasks. The current mechanical advantage in the cutting edge of pliers ranges to a maximum of approximately 1:15. This need seeks at least a 50% improvement. Ideally, it would require the exertion of zero force to cut through Romex, strapping, or staples.

Seeking: To improve thermoplastic (especially polyolefin) performance properties by using additives, reinforcers, etc.
Our client is looking to improve the performance properties of polyolefins, polyethylenes, and thermoplastics generally. Additives, ingredients, fillers, modifiers, agents and other methods are all of interest. We are open to new additives that enhance any of a long list of properties, or that can enhance the performance of additives already in use. Any additive changes the balance of properties for a given plastic. Talc, wollastonite, and glass fibers are the most usual conventional additives. Typically, talc can comprise 10-30% of a polypropylene by weight. While talc produces a stiffer plastic, the resulting composite is relatively dense. Glass fiber can typically provide the same stiffness as talc at lower use levels. While this provides a less dense composite, it presents other challenges -- such as undesirable surface defects. Our client's focus is on finding new ingredients, modifiers, or agents that improve the balance of properties of a thermoplastic (in particular, a polyolefin) over what is currently used today.

Seeking: A chemical approach to spraying all sides of a complex shape, even the underside
We want to spray water-borne substances - both suspensions and solutions - on all sides of an object, even the under sides, regardless of the attitude of the object (that is, regardless of the direction the object may be pointing), and regardless of the direction from which the spray impinges. Our spray is not high-viscosity, but it does have a specific gravity greater than pure water. We need to obtain near-uniform coating on all surfaces of the object, which may be of a relatively complex shape. Conventionally, electrostatic spraying is the method of choice when uniformly coating a complex shape. A conventional alternative is to use multiple spray nozzles or to rotate the object being sprayed. These conventional solutions are unavailable to us. What we think we need is a chemical approach (but we're wide-open to your creative suggestions). The objects being sprayed are natural and vary in surface roughness and texture. Another approach might be to use natural capillary action or an understanding of microscopic forces at work on the surface of the target object to draw the spray around all sides. Re-capturing overspray (often a consideration in electrostatic spraying) is not a concern here.

Seeking: Leave-on hair treatment/conditioner
We are looking for premium hair treatment or conditioning products that provide unique sensory signals and/or new consumer benefits that are attractive to consumers. Hair Care products that are used in and out of the shower (leave in treatments, conditioners, and styling products) are a growing portion of the retail hair care market. We are interested in treatment or conditioner (in combination with styling is also of interest) products that deliver new and unique sensory experience and/or new consumer benefit to be able to position it as premium product. For example: Sensory experience such as warming, cooling, tingling on the scalp; Product form-change such as solid to liquid, liquid to foam, etc. during use; Is created by mixing two components together at the time of use; Multi-step treatment where each step intensifies the effect(s); Unique activation signals such as foaming, color change, water activation, etc. We are not looking for products that provide only a styling benefit, that require professional application, or that require glass packaging.

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