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Airlight Energy, a Switzerland-based supplier of solar power technology, has partnered with IBM Research, Zurich, to bring a solar technology to the market by 2017 that can generate solar electricity, capture thermal energy and produce potable water. Key components to the technology are liquid-cooled microchannels that run through centimeter-sized silicon chips and 0.2-mm thick plastic foils with a silver coating that captures the solar heat.


For the sixth year in a row, Corp! magazine named Seco Tools LLC one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For,” for providing a highly motivating and rewarding work experience to employees, the company said.

Polygon Solutions is one of a handful of local Florida manufacturers that volunteered to host events during National Manufacturing Day on October 3. This is the third year of the event, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers, and the third year the Fort Myers-based company is participating. The ‘rotary broach’ manufacturer was also named a winner of the event’s first ever Manufacturing Day Video Contest.



The NanoSteel Company has successfully expanded its engineered powders business into additive manufacturing. By leveraging its uniform metal matrix microstructures in the laser-sintering process, the company was able to build a crack-free, fully dense bulk sample. 


Steinway & Sons, the New York-based makers of the fine pianos, unveiled a miniature replica of the historic 1903 Steinway White House grand piano that was located in the White House through seven administrations.


Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc. (MITGI) has been awarded a 2014 Image Award, one of eleven Manufacturing Awards presented by Minnesota Business Magazine.  A first time finalist for the award, MITGI was honored for their efforts to improve the industry’s image and for promoting careers in manufacturing.


The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones used 50 years ago, and developing new drugs is difficult, researchers say, because asthma is a patient-specific disease. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another, and the animal models traditionally used to test new drug candidates often fail to mimic human responses.


“Performance” was the theme for the day as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Performance Micro Tool in Janesville, Wis., on Thursday, Sept. 18. The governor toured PMT offices and manufacturing facilities and took a quick course in micro endmills and drills.

Midwest Industrial Tool Grinding Inc., Hutchinson, Minn.,  has expanded its production capabilities with the addition of in-house coating.  Utilizing small batches of similarly sized tools, Eric Lipke, MITGI General Manager, said the company is able to consistently produce superior coating from tool-to-tool, and batch-to-batch, ensuring that the quality of the coating matches that of its tools.



OEwaves announced it has achieved ultra-low semiconductor laser phase noise using its proprietary Whispering Gallery Mode (WGM) micro-resonator. The Pasadena, Calif., company said it is a significant improvement over its previously released Ultra-Narrow Linewidth Laser Source. The new laser technology achieves frequency noise of 15 Hz/√Hz at 10 Hz offset, and 0.5 Hz/√Hz at 10 kHz offset from the optical carrier.