NanoMech of Springdale Gets $770,000 Navy Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 8:54 am  

NanoMech LLC of Springdale has received a contract worth about $770,000 from the Office of Naval Research to work on a new lubricant additive called NanoGlide.

The additive is based on nanotechnology that originated from nanomanufacturing research at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. NanoMech has an exclusive license to commercialize the technology, which has a patent pending.

The Navy is seeking "to increase durability and improve energy efficiency of naval components and systems through use of this advanced technology," a NanoMech press release said.

"NanoMech's development of this breakthrough product marks a significant improvement in performance by an environmentally sustainable additive that can save energy," the press release quoted Neil Canter, a lubricant industry expert and a contributing editor to Tribology & Lubrication Technology magazine. "The combination of solid lubricant nanoparticles with environmentally friendly organic additives provides a unique set of properties that are not matched by any additive commercially available today."

"NanoMech represents the type of high-tech manufacturing and product development that can increase top-paying jobs in the State of Arkansas, evidenced by this important contract with the U.S. Navy," said James M. Phillips, chairman of NanoMech. "We are especially grateful to Senator Pryor and Congressman Boozman for supporting NanoMech's efforts to develop innovations that generate knowledge-based jobs and help protect our Armed Forces while driving safer, environmentally sound efficiencies for our naval fleet."

In February, the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal reported that NanoMech subsidiary Duralor had perfected new coatings for metal cutting tools and was marketing the technology under the brand name TuffTek.



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