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Inspection technology identifies surface defects
Automated surface defect inspection technology from Nissan identifies potential defects on a painted surface so that they can be remedied. In this way, products with the highest quality finish leave the factory. The inspection system greatly improves the rate of defect detection over those defects found by visual inspection and provides data to a database so that the size, location, quality and other aspects of production line defects can be tracked over time to improve production quality. The system is applicable for inspection of dots/dust from 0.1mm or greater on coated film such as automobile bodies. It uses a series of LED lights configured in stripes, and CCD cameras.The tracking software identifies defects that pass a preset threshold. The tracking software tests the possible defect location several times before it identifies the location as a defect candidate. Information about type, location and size automatically enters a statistical database for quality control analysis. The system may have additional applications in detecting surface defects on other materials and parts that have surface-quality issues, such as stamped parts and plastic-molded parts, even if they are not painted. The system is already in commercial use, and a later version including lights and camera has been mounted on an articulated arm for robotic inspection of parts smaller than a completed automobile.

Parker technology enables lighter, simpler, and safer power and cutting tools. Safety feedback controls tool action and minimizes vibration. Applications include precision cutting, robotic cutting, agriculture.
Parker-Hannifin is interested in partnering with early adopters of new technology to develop piezo-powered cutting tools. It is expected that these tools would potentially be more reliable, produce less vibration, and operate longer per battery charge when compared to conventional motor-powered tools. Parker has established proof-of-concept capability that cuts through a half-inch-thick pine wood board, and is interested in working with Alpha customers to develop a shelf-ready product. Parker also believes that it has the capability to develop smart actuators that can function as force transducers and actuators simultaneously. When fully realized, Smart ActuatorTM technology could replace multiple-component feedback mechanisms (for example, sensor, control electronics, and actuation mechanism) with a simple, elegant actuator that serves as a force transducer while performing physical work. Potential application areas for Smart Actuator technology include: intelligent hand tools, robotics and haptics, agricultural cutting tools, applications where a high premium is placed on human safety.

Disinfectant foam demonstrates immediate Log 5 kill on MRSA, P. aeruginosa, other microbes
Poly (hexamethylene biguanide), or PHMB, because of its high activity and excellent tolerability, is a broad-spectrum disinfectant in wide professional use (in medical devices and in critical care units), household products (surface disinfectants and antimicrobial fabric conditioners), sanitizing wipes, hand soaps, lens solutions, and other disinfecting applications. Bayer's polyurethane medical foam with PHMB and superabsorber shows superior anti-microbial efficacy on mild-heavy exudating chronic wounds (pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers), with no cytotoxicity and less skin irritation than other antimicrobial wound dressings (as e.g. silver containing products). Bayer's PHMB Foam is patented in major world markets.

Plastic production system uses 25% less resin and gives advanced control of directional forces and tearing through calibrated grooves to achieve performance and lower costs in parts, sheets and packaging
Design and automated production of plastic polymer materials or final products using web extrusion, casting, thermoforming, or vacuforming. The "Smitties" invention produces predicable bi-axial or mono-axial orientation in polymer materials to achieve exacting performance requirements. Applications for Smittie Technology include: packaging, health/medical products, consumer products, industrial products, and construction sheeting. Current methods require expensive tooling and specialized expertise thereby making short runs and design changes costly and time-consuming. Artificially-cooled rollers are required for stretching the material as it cools. The stretching orients the polymers at the molecular level in the direction in which they are stretched. Coolers are energy intensive and increase start-up waste, both adding to production costs. There are challenges in predicting the tooling and method to achieve the desired output with current methods that are addressed by Smittie(tm).

New Smart Grid Technology for Monitoring Power Generation of Each Solar Panel -Reduce power loss by detecting solar cell malfunctions in panels
The National Institute of AIST, Japan has developed a communication technology which uses the direct current (DC) power line of a solar panel as a communication line. Also, AIST has substantiated the principle of the technology using a prototype system. The communication technology helps monitor the power generation in each solar panel, which is useful for the maintenance of the panel and the prompt detection of malfunctions in the panel. The monitoring unit of the developed communication system is small and can be placed in the terminal box of a solar panel. It is inexpensive to produce (the target cost of a monitoring unit when it is mass-produced is less than 2 US dollars). The system does not require additional wiring work because the existing DC power lines from the solar panels are used for communication. Furthermore, malfunctions in a panel can be detected easily because changes in the power generated in each panel can be displayed on the screen of a central unit. A high-efficiency power converter circuit has also been developed for distributed maximum power point tracking (Maximum Power Point Tracking, MPPT). The circuit allows us to extract the maximum power from each solar panel. A high direct current (DC)-direct current (DC) power conversion efficiency of 98% is achieved with this circuit. Since this new smart grid technology for solar power generation allows trouble-free operation of solar panels with high efficiency at small cost, it is expected to promote the use of solar power generation systems, thus contributing to the realization of a low-carbon society.

Seeking: New microbiological biocontrol agents
Many microbiological organisms are utilized to effect control of plant, fungal, and insect pests. We are seeking new microbiological approaches for the control of major agricultural or fungal pests. These microbial agents may be active or dormant state in storage, but must have efficacies comparable to commercial pest control standards when applied. We are seeking micro-biological approaches to new pesticides. These naturally-occurring organisms include bacteria, fungi, yeast, and protozoa; and will have unique modes of action, while providing commercially acceptable levels of control on specific target species such as weeds, insects, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, viruses, and other crop pests. Currently, we are not seeking approaches that include genetic engineering or genetically modified organisms (GMO), although selective breeding for effect is acceptable, we are not seeking viral or macrobiological approaches (i.e. insects), and we are not seeking parasitic macroorganisms nor are we seeking botanical extracts.

Seeking: Use of mobile devices for data collection and marketing
Mobile devices (e.g. devices) that can send and receive information via email or web interfaces are becoming more common throughout the world. The extent of use of such mobile devices presents an opportunity to interact with consumers in a new medium - both to collect data (listen to them) and market our products (speak to them). We are looking for ways to reach consumers through mobile devices to learn more about their attitudes and behavior and wish to learn how mobile devices, especially Smartphones, can be used for market research purposes. We are looking for practical applications of mobile devices: o Understand our consumers, in more parts of the world, more completely; o Help consumers learn about products and how they can improve their lives. Inspiration can be drawn from the use of mobile devices in other industries. We are not looking for theoretical proposals with no clear business application potential. We are willing to experiment with ideas, but theory on its own is not sufficient.

Seeking: Solutions, methods and processes that track the food stored in the kitchen
The kitchen is ever-changing and it is hard for consumers to always know what food, supplies, ingredients are stored within it at any point in time. This complexity leads to extra work in preparation for meals, snacks and creation of a shopping list. Additionally, because so many different household members interact with the kitchen and pantry, the solution has to be simple and provide the information the kitchen manager needs. We hope to find solutions that track products, particularly food, that enter and leave the kitchen. The solution will allow the kitchen manager a visual database of what they have to work with and what they need to buy.

Seeking: Technology for detecting and measuring online and offline 3D defects in 3D packaging
Consumers desire perfect dent-free packages and properly affixed labels on 3D rigid packaging without noticeable imperfections, wrinkles, or bubbles. Currently, we have no way of detecting and measuring these imperfections as part of our automated packaging process, and no cost-effective way of gaining useful information about these imperfections that could be used to reduce or eliminate them. In our packaging development labs, label imperfections on 3D rigid packaging are checked by a labor-intensive manual/visual inspection. This method is slow, expensive, and inaccurate with limited learning gained on identifying causes and informing efforts to reduce or eliminate these imperfections.We are seeking technology and development partners for an automated system to check the quality of these labels, and to detect, measure and record critical information about these imperfections which would inform changes in processes, materials, or equipment to reduce or eliminate these imperfections. Such technology would first be applied for off-line lab tests, and then ideally be scaled for use in our on-line packaging system for real-time monitoring during packaging production.

Seeking: Improvements in composting technology
As recycling gains popularity, so too is composting. Making the act of composting easier is important in gaining wider acceptance. We are looking for a product or technology that would: 1. Reduce the malodorous side effects of storing organic material in the house until it's transported to the composter. 2. Accelerate the rate at which the organic material breaks down. 3. Simplifies the process of composting. We would like to find a range of methods or technologies filling this need. The company is open to licensing arrangements.

Seeking: Reducing facial skin wrinkles with optical blurring
As people age, they develop undesirable facial lines and wrinkles. These lines and wrinkles are most apparent with multi-polar light and are highlighted by specular gloss (i.e. shine) from the skin. Many consumers hide these lines and wrinkles by using colored cosmetics that create a uniform color on the skin. This can lead to a caked appearance which is subject to distortion, cracking and flow as the day progresses. We need better ways to hide facial wrinkles and lines. Optical effects like specular gloss can enhance or hide lines and wrinkles. Use of cross polarized light and optically matte finish greatly reduces the visibility of facial lines and wrinkles. Creating a consistent matte finish on skin across a wide range of skin topographies is needed. While many materials will create a matte finish on uniform surfaces like glass, skin has its own topography that can create unwanted optical effects. Materials must be safe for human use (have an MSDS with no hazardous impurities), achieve the desired result at 1-5 mg/cm2 (5-25 micron film thickness) and cost less than $12/lb. Application techniques will need to be easy to handle in the consumers' hands.

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