Company Press Releases

LORD MicroStrain Wins Manufacturing Leadership Award

(Cary, N.C. – Dec. 5, 2014) – LORD Corporation MicroStrain® Sensing Systems – a global leader in developing embedded sensing systems for aerospace and industrial markets – was recently selected by Energy Harvesting Journal for having the “Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device.”

LORD Microstrain was selected for the development of its On-Rotor Helicopter HUM (Health & Usage Monitoring) System Powered by Vibration Energy Harvesting. The award was announced on Nov. 20 at the opening day of the IDTechEx event. The winners this year were chosen by Peter Fuhr, Ph.D., Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Nikos B. Pronios, Ph.D., Lead Technologist - ICT, Technology Strategy Board; and Steve Halliday, President, RAIN RFID.

As noted in the award announcement, “though the technological principles behind magneto-inductive energy harvesters have been understood for many decades, the successful application of such a harvester to solve real-world problems presents many obstacles which LORD Microstrain successfully tackled, in order to develop this solution for Agusta Westland. It was developed in the initial phase of a project under its Rotorcraft Technology Validation Program, which aimed at development and testing of a wireless, self-powered sensor node that could operate on the main rotor rotating swashplate.”

The goal of the On-Rotor HUM system is to monitor the temperature and vibration of the main swashplate bearing, as indicators of that bearing’s health. The system consists of a vibration energy harvester which powers a wireless sensor node integrated into a 90x50x50mm enclosure mounted on the rotating side of the swashplate. The sensor node conditions and collects data from two charge type accelerometers and an RTD, all mounted in close proximity to the swashplate’s main bearing race. The sensor node is configured to wake up and collect a temperature measurement every ten seconds. At ten-minute intervals it additionally collects a two-second burst of 4kHz data from both accelerometers. All data is transmitted wirelessly to a gateway in the cabin.

“We’re very proud to be recognized by Energy Harvesting Journal for this exciting technology,” said Stephen DiStasi, LORD MicroStrain’s Senior Engineering Manager. “It’s another testament to our mission of providing innovative custom sensing solutions for our customers.”

The energy harvesting wireless sensor node paradigm is enabling technology for making measurements on the rotorhead of helicopters. Other measurements such as pitch link strain (load) can be useful in assessing health and usage of a range of critical components. The same paradigm can be employed for a wide range of demanding measurement applications, such as industrial pump monitoring and other forms of vehicle monitoring.

About LORD MicroStrain

The range of LORD MicroStrain® sensing solutions includes inertial measurement systems, micro-displacement transducers, wireless sensor networks and energy harvesting technologies. Solutions range from rapidly deployed test and measurement to long-term embedded health monitoring. Applications include structural health monitoring, condition-based maintenance, navigation and control, environmental monitoring, and rotating component health. Recognized as a leader in the sensor industry, LORD MicroStrain has received numerous product innovation awards. For more information, visit http://www.microstrain.com.

About LORD Corporation

LORD Corporation is a diversified technology and manufacturing company developing highly reliable adhesives, coatings, motion management devices, and sensing technologies that significantly reduce risk and improve product performance. For 90 years, LORD has worked in collaboration with our customers to provide innovative aerospace, defense, automotive and industrial solutions. With world headquarters in Cary, N.C. and 2013 revenues in excess of $880 million, LORD has more than 2,900 employees in 25 countries and operates 15 manufacturing facilities and nine R&D centers worldwide. LORD actively promotes STEM education and many other community engagement initiatives where we work and live. For more information, visit http://www.lord.com.

US Rep. Elizabeth Esty Visits OFS Specialty Photonics Facility

Congresswoman tours Avon, CT facility to see local impact of photonics research and development

Avon, Connecticut, December 16, 2014 - Today, Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) toured OFS’ Specialty Photonics facility in Avon, CT, to see first-hand the impact of photonics on the community, state and the nation. During the site visit, she met with employees and business leaders to discuss the benefits of photonics and the role that OFS is playing in solving the challenges of a modern world by harnessing the power of light.

“Many people take for granted the modern-day technologies made possible largely by photonics,” said Congresswoman Esty, a member of the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology Subcommittee. “From computers to smart phones, photonics are a critical part of our daily life. OFS is on the cutting edge of photonics research, and its Avon facility supports good-paying jobs right here in central and northwest Connecticut. It was rewarding to see first-hand the ways in which OFS and its talented workforce are using photonics to improve the way we live and work. I’m committed to continuing to do all I can in Congress as a member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee to support basic research and development, which is critical for companies like OFS in Connecticut and for our global competitiveness.”

OFS Specialty Photonics facility in Avon employs 140 people and sources materials in the northeast region, while exporting to customers across the globe. The site has been in operation in the Farmington River Valley for more than 30 years and is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of optical fiber solutions for a host of industries. Among other areas of specialty, OFS utilizes photonics technology to help its customers improve the reach and capacity of telecommunications systems; enable the use of lasers in the surgical suite; provide real-time data to optimize oil field production; and develop sensors to monitor the health of man-made structures and the human body.

“It was a privilege to host Congresswoman Esty and demonstrate to her OFS’ commitment to improving our everyday lives through photonics enabled technology,” stated Dr. Timothy F. Murray, CEO and Chairman of OFS. “Inclusion of optics and photonics in the recently passed Revitalizing American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act send a strong signal from Congress that investing in this field is critical to the American workforce and economy. We appreciate the work that Rep. Esty has done on behalf of our business and our district, and we look forward to continuing to work with her and others in Congress to bridge the gap between basic research and product development to ensure U.S. leadership in photonics.”

Historically, the United States has been the world leader in deploying photonics research to power cutting-edge technologies, but global competition has put our leadership position at risk, causing a substantial loss of global market share to overseas competitors as well as thousands of U.S. jobs. Through the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), OFS is working to raise awareness about photonics and unite industry, academia and government experts to identify and advance areas of photonics critical to maintaining U.S. competitiveness and national security: advanced manufacturing, communication and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine. U.S. investment in these photonics-driven fields will create jobs and grow our economy, protect and improve the lives of our people, and position the United States as a global technology leader.

“Educating the public about photonics is key to the future of companies such as OFS and our country,” added Murray. “It was a pleasure to host Congresswoman Esty, and we welcome the opportunity to showcase our work and technology to others both locally and in Washington, DC.”

About OFS

OFS is a world-leading designer, manufacturer and provider of optical fiber, optical fiber cable, connectivity, FTTx and specialty photonics solutions. Our marketing, sales, manufacturing and research teams provide forward-looking, innovative products and solutions in areas including Telecommunications, Medicine, Industrial Automation, Sensing, Government, Aerospace and Defense applications. We provide reliable, cost effective optical solutions to enable our customers to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s digital and energy consumers and businesses.
OFS’ corporate lineage dates back to 1876 and includes technology powerhouses such as AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Today, OFS is owned by Furukawa Electric, a multi-billion dollar global leader in optical communications.

FAA Grants Woolpert Exemption to Fly Unmanned Aircraft in Ohio

Allows company for first time to fly unmanned aerial system (UAS) commercially for data collection

DAYTON, Ohio, December 10, 2014 — Woolpert, Inc., a national geospatial, infrastructure management and design firm specializing in high-tech mapping and imagery collection services, has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly its unmanned aerial system commercially in Ohio and Ship Island, Miss. This exemption comes after years of research and development as well as close coordination with the FAA. This grant of exemption by the FAA marks the first for a surveying and aerial mapping company to be approved to fly a UAS commercially in designated airspace.

“Woolpert has been providing surveying and mapping services for more than 50 years, with a focused commitment on the advancement of related technologies and processes. UAS technology will enable a revolutionary leap in terms of capability, repeatability and efficiency when it comes to monitoring and mapping services,” said Jeff Lovin, Woolpert senior vice president. “UAS will change the way we conduct some of our existing business in the not-too-distant future, but more importantly, will create completely new and world-changing applications we haven’t even thought of yet.”

The data applications with a UAS are far reaching and range from rapid damage assessment and emergency response to surveying and mapping of energy and transportation corridors, construction monitoring, environmental studies and precision agriculture, which could be impactful national disaster recovery to individual farmers. “The data we will be able to collect in Ohio through this exemption will serve as the foundation for a proof of concept on a number of national applications for UAS,” said Matt Hutchinson, Ph.D., Woolpert associate and research scientist, “and we look forward to offering this new technology and its applications to benefit organizations across the U.S.”

This exemption marks a significant milestone for the state of Ohio. With its aviation heritage, Ohio has made huge strides to lead the charge in developing training centers, technologies, data processing techniques and advanced applications related to UAS. By securing the exemption from the FAA, Woolpert contributes to this effort by advancing Ohio and the Dayton region as a leader in developing exciting new uses for UAS with the potential for substantial industry growth.

To date, the FAA has received 167 requests for exemption.

About Woolpert

Woolpert, ranked by Engineering News-Record as a top national design firm, provides professional design, geospatial and infrastructure services to clients in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1911, and with more than 600 professionals in 22 offices located throughout the U.S., Woolpert’s collaborative and multidisciplinary approach is driven by great people, great clients and great projects. For more information on Woolpert, visit http://woolpert.com/.

L-3 SoCal Microwave's MICRO Secure Digital Data Link Selected for U.K. MOD’s Desert Hawk III DDL SUA

SAN DIEGO, December 1, 2014 – L-3 Southern California Microwave (L-3 SCM) announced today that it has been selected by Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Training (LM MST) business to provide its MICRO Secure Digital Data Link (MICRO SDDL) as the secure command & control and ISR communications backbone for the U.K. Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) digital Desert Hawk III DDL small unmanned aircraft system (SUAS) platform. The MICRO SDDL transceivers enable optimal utilization of frequency spectrum through a single RF channel supporting an IP-based, bidirectional TDMA secure communications link.

“After extensive evaluation of available wireless communication systems, we selected the MICRO SDDL for its performance and versatility to meet program requirements for our digital Desert Hawk III DDL SUAS offering to the U.K. MOD,” said Kevin Westfall, director of LM MST’s Unmanned Solutions business area. “Previous experience with L-3 products, services and support for the Desert Hawk III program made its selection an obvious choice. We have extreme confidence in this solution.”

“L-3 is proud to be once again selected to provide communications support for this MOD program. Our MICRO SDDL is a very flexible, reliable and robust wireless communications system that meets the demanding performance requirements of SUAS systems such as the Desert Hawk III DDL,” said Dennis Burman, director of business development at L-3 SCM. “We look forward to extending our record of proven performance on this platform, which began with our analog communications solutions.”

About Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corporation (LM), headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

About L-3 SCM

L-3 Southern California Microwave (L-3 SCM) is a leading manufacturer of microwave transmitters, receivers, transceivers, power amplifiers and RF signal sources covering diverse applications for military test ranges, SUASs, RPVs, UGVs, security and surveillance markets, law enforcement agencies and various branches of the DoD. Offerings are available as standard commercial products for the majority of applications or as custom solutions for unique requirements. To learn more about L-3 SCM, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/SCM.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 48,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. The company reported 2013 (revised) sales of $12.6 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

Altavian Awarded $4 Million Contract by U.S. Army to Supply Gimbal Sensor Payloads for the RQ-20PUMA

Gainesville, FL November 4, 2014

Altavian Inc. has been awarded a $4 million contract in partnership with Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] to provide gimbal sensor payloads for the Army’s RQ-20 Puma small unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The payloads provide intelligence and situational awareness to the warfighter using real-time infrared and visible-spectrum video with laser illumination capabilities. The sensor package is powered by the Lockheed Martin Procerus Technologies’ Perceptor gimbaled imaging sensor, which provides advanced stabilization and target tracking features to improve image quality and sharpness.

“Altavian is committed to supporting the warfighter and providing value to our Government customer,” said John Perry, CEO of Altavian, “This partnership brought together Altavian’s agile technology development approach and small business efficiency with Lockheed Martin’s extensive experience and engineering leadership. It has been a resounding success in developing a product that will equip our warfighters with the best technology available to help keep them out of harm’s way.”

The jointly developed Altavian and Lockheed Martin Puma Perceptor payload has successfully completed Army product verification testing. Having completed these demanding tests, the payload is now available to all branches of the military and Special Forces that require improved imaging capabilities on their RQ-20 Puma UAS.

About Altavian

Altavian manufactures small unmanned aircraft systems designed for high quality geospatial data collection while providing exceptional services and support. Altavian is a small business Prime contractor on the $248M IDIQ with the Army’s SUAS Program Office. Altavian’s NovaTM family of small unmanned aircraft systems is designed and manufactured at its headquarters in Gainesville, FL and its aircraft are currently in operation with the Army Corp of Engineers as well as other public entities around the country. Altavian is a Sustaining Member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), a member of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Learn more at altavian.com.

KVH Receives $4.3 Million Order for Military Navigation Systems

TACNAV tactical navigation systems selected by major defense contractor providing armored vehicles to international military customer

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 3, 2014 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced today that it has received a $4.3 million order for its TACNAV tactical navigation systems from a new customer who is a major defense contractor providing armored vehicles for an international military client. With a short delivery requirement, shipments for this order are expected to be substantially completed in the fourth quarter of 2014.

“KVH is extremely pleased to be selected by another major defense contractor to provide the tactical navigation solution for their new armored vehicles. Providing precise navigation as well as coordination of vehicles in critical situations is an important tool that helps keep soldiers oriented wherever they operate,” explains Dan Conway, executive vice president of KVH’s Guidance and Stabilization group.

KVH’s TACNAV military vehicle navigation systems provide unjammable precision navigation, heading, and pointing data for vehicle drivers, crews, and commanders. TACNAV can also serve as a heading and position source for situational awareness.

TACNAV systems are currently in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as many allied customers including Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Egypt, Botswana, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Malaysia, Switzerland, South Korea, Singapore, Brazil, and Italy.

Note to Editors: For more information about KVH’s TACNAV tactical navigation systems, please visit the KVH website. High-resolution images of KVH’s products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library, for download and editorial use.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries is a premier manufacturer of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications, having sold more than 18,000 TACNAV systems and 80,000 fiber optic gyros. The company is also a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 175,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Hydroid Named Gold Winner in 11th Annual MassEcon Impact Awards

Award recognizes job growth, investment and facility expansion

Pocasset, Mass. – October 15, 2014 – Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced that it has been named the Southeast division gold winner in the 11th Annual Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards. Designed to recognize excellence in job growth, facility expansion, and investment since January 1, 2014, the award celebrates companies that have made outstanding contributions to the Massachusetts economy.

“We are so proud to be recognized with this MassEcon Impact Award,” said Duane Fotheringham, president of Hydroid. “Our continued growth is a testament to the remarkable group of people that make up Hydroid, whose hard work and dedication has propelled our company to the top. Additionally, we’d like to thank our customers, whose continued trust has allowed us to expand our operations and cement ourselves as a leading global AUV manufacturer.”

Hydroid has grown by more than 33% in the last three years and plans to add a total of 41 jobs in 2014. The company recently opened a state-of-the-art, 40,000 square foot building in Pocasset, MA to house its engineering, manufacturing, and quality assurance operations. Hydroid has long emphasized its commitment to the Cape Cod economy and environment, and worked closely with the Town of Bourne and the Cape Cod Commission to ensure the building was completed to the highest standard. A new 15,000 square-foot administration building is also anticipated for 2015.

Companies compete in the MassEcon Impact Awards based on region, defined as West, Central, Southeast, Northeast, and Greater Boston, with one winner is chosen from each division. Competing in the Southeast division, Hydroid was selected from a group of five finalists. This year’s winners will be recognized at an awards luncheon on November 25th at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston. More than 400 business and community leaders are expected to attend.

“MassEcon is proud to celebrate and thank these companies for their commitment to Massachusetts. Their investment and job growth generates benefits in all regions of the Commonwealth, and we are thrilled to publicly acknowledge the achievements of these outstanding corporate citizens,” stated Susan Houston, Executive Director of MassEcon.

About Hydroid, Inc.

Located in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, Hydroid is the world's most trusted manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles. Its flagship line of REMUS AUVs, together with Kongsberg Maritime's HUGIN, MUNIN and Seaglider underwater vehicles, provide marine professionals worldwide with intelligent marine robots they can rely on. These innovative full-picture AUV systems are utilized internationally in marine research, defense, hydrography and energy exploration. This family of AUVs represents the most advanced, diversified and field-proven line of AUVs and support systems in the world.