Innovation Fund Manufacturing Grant Awardees
Finger Lakes Community College / New Scale Technologies, Inc. (Finger Lakes)
New Scale Robotics (NSR) has a line of precision grippers and other tools that install in minutes on collaborative robots (cobots) from Universal Robots. NSR will collaborate with Dr. Samanta and his students at FLCC to develop a Smart Platform that expands plug-and-play compatibility of its tools to multiple additional cobot brands. A new cobot will be housed at FLCC’s Instrumentation and Controls program. Dr. Samanta will act as consultant on the Smart Platform development project and may use the cobot to teach students, demonstrate cobot applications, and problem-solve any issues that surface during development. The class can work with other local companies to develop solutions for assembly, loading, quality control, and packaging as a part of their curriculum or co-op experience. A successful collaboration for this innovation will increase revenue and employment for New Scale Technologies and will bring Industry 4.0 technology into the FLCC classroom.
University at Buffalo, Department of Chemistry / Molecular Glasses, Inc. (Western New York)
The laboratory of University at Buffalo chemistry professor Luis A. Colón, in partnership with Molecular Glasses, Inc. will develop a new environmentally benign purification process to be implemented in the manufacturing of novel Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) materials that are used in displays on devices such as cell phones, tablets, and flat screen TVs. The purification approach is based on supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), a technology that provides scaleup purification capabilities with the added benefit of minimizing the use of organic solvents in the purification process. The new purification method will allow Molecular Glasses, Inc. to improve reproducibility and replace current methodology that often has lacks the reproducibility to achieve the required purity of their novel OLED materials. The new purification process based on SFC will also enable the production of materials at a reduced manufacturing cost.
University at Buffalo, School of Engineering and Applied Science / Coolnomics (Western New York)
Dr. Shenqiang Ren of the University at Buffalo’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and RENEW is partnering with Coolnomics LLC and QSG Technologies to develop CoolPak Hydrogel for advanced personal cooling solutions. This project will leverage thermal management technology and local manufacturing capabilities to enable superior cooling wearables. The impact of this new cooling technology will shine a light on the University at Buffalo and the entrepreneurial success of a Buffalo innovator. More so, this new cooling technology will enhance physical and mental endurance while also preventing heat injuries among the many populations commonly challenged when exertional heat meets environmental heat; from the endurance athlete to the military. From occupational workers in the construction trades, to the oil, gas, and nuclear industries; the airline industry, fire fighters and first responders; and the one-in-three Americans who become worsened when overheated due to a chronic condition and/or disability.
Cornell University, Kevin M. McGovern Family Center for Venture Development in the Life Sciences / Ionica Sciences (Southern Tier)
Ionica Sciences has developed a high sensitivity, precision platform for the detection of infectious diseases in human serum samples. The first test under development is the IonLyme test, a high-sensitivity assay for Lyme disease in humans. Lyme disease, a tick-borne disease, is the fastest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States. There is a widely recognized and critical need for better assays to detect Lyme disease in humans. Currently Lyme disease is diagnosed using antibodies, or the body’s response to exposure to Lyme disease. This approach results in poor sensitivity, especially for patients tested within 30 days of infection, since antibody production has not reached detectable levels at that point. Further, new and old infections cannot be differentiated. To address the need for a better Lyme disease diagnostic, Ionica Sciences has combined two existing technologies, DNA aptamers and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) to create a novel direct test for Lyme disease. In collaboration with FuzeHub, Ionica will purchase a 96-well Raman spectrometer to help transition the IonLyme test from the research laboratory to a clinical reference lab for future sale of the assay to physicians.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Research Center / Rich Brilliant Willing (Capital Region)
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is teaming up with Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW), a growing, Brooklyn-based company that designs and manufactures custom LED fixtures, to develop a novel approach using additive manufacturing for prototyping, concept validation, and manufacturing of functional 3D-printed heat sinks for LED fixtures. LED lighting products require the heat generated by the LEDs and other components to be properly dissipated. High operating temperatures negatively impact long-term performance and system reliability. Additive manufacturing will provide a simpler, faster, and better predictive design cycle to optimize RBW custom products, expanding their design possibilities without compromising performance or profitability. Through LRC outreach activities, the results from this project will benefit manufacturers of lighting and additive manufacturing equipment and materials at large.
University of Rochester, The Institute of Optics / Optel, Inc. (Finger Lakes)
The University of Rochester is partnering with Optel, Inc., to develop and build commercial clinical prototypes to characterize and assist in the management of dry eye disease (DED). These prototypes are based on a proprietary laboratory instrument developed at the University of Rochester, The Institute of Optics and Flaum Eye Institute that has been shown to characterize dye eye and the effect of several types of eye drops. DED affects an estimated 40 million individuals in the U.S. and given its predisposition and increased prevalence with age, along with its association with cataract and refractive surgery, incidence is predicted to increase with the aging population and increased use of digital displays that alters blink behavior.
Alfred University, New York State College of Ceramics / Lithoz America, LLC (Western New York)
Alfred University and Lithoz America, LLC have teamed up on an additive manufacturing (AM) of all solidstate fuel cells and batteries project using yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and Lithium Super Ionic Conductor (LISICON) for fuel cell and battery applications, respectively. This project intends to characterize particles and rheology of select ceramic suspensions for 3D printing, sinter AM ceramics, and evaluate AM data for adoption of AM technology for energy applications. This project will be the first step towards making all solid-state energy devices using AM in a commercial scale. The all solid-state energy devices have numerous advantages in terms of energy efficiency, compactness, form factor, low corrosion with no liquid or melt, and longer life. The AM will also dramatically cut the cost to manufacture with significant reductions in material loss due to generally reductive approaches used in manufacture of these materials and devices. Rapid production via AM and flexibility in size and shape will open up new markets for these materials and devices. Results will lay the foundation for scaling up and evaluation of this technology for all solidstate (ceramic) fuel cells and batteries produced by AM, thus revolutionizing energy conversion and storage industries in the NY state as well as across the US.
Alfred University, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Inamori School of Engineering / FlexTraPower, Inc. (Western New York)
Alfred University and FlexTraPower, Inc. DBA Bonbouton are partnering to advance the manufacturing of conductive fibers for functional textiles via an extrusion-based 3D printing of carbon nanomaterials based (CNT, graphene) PDMS composites. This project will develop a novel extrusion-based 3D printing technology to manufacture conductive 1D fibers and 2D patterns for flexible and functional textiles using carbon nanomaterials based PDMS composites.
Rochester Institute of Technology, COE in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing / Enetics, Inc. (Finger Lakes)
The Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) partnered with Enetics, Inc., headquartered in Victor NY, under a previous project to design and engineer a flow-loop testbed for a gas telemetry system that could be constructed for prototype and production unit testing. Enetics tested several prototypes with gas utility companies and ultimately uncovered the need for local testing of the prototypes to enable quicker design iterations. Under this new project, COE-ASM will fabricate a flow-loop testbed with the required features and sensor systems to allow Enetics’ product design to mature faster and create a more accurate and reliable product. Upon COE-ASM’s completion of the testbed, Enetics will be able to finalize development of their GasComm system, calibrate flow rates under prototypic conditions, and update their firmware for more accurate data collection. The company expects to deliver a thousand units to utilities customers in its first year, generating a projected net positive revenue.
Tech Valley Center of Gravity / Mohawk Machine Works, LLC (Capital Region)
Mohawk Machine Works, LLC is developing innovative tech for commercial transportation and infrastructure projects, using advanced Air Sabre TM technology for cleaning and drying surfaces.
Queens Economic Development Corporation / Pepplish Provisions/ Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce/ 718 Heat Factory/ Djablo Sauce/ Lucina’s Gourmet Food, Inc. (New York City)
The Entrepreneur Space, a food and business incubator, is partnering with its client, Pepplish Provisions, to obtain a Piston Head Fill Machine. Pepplish Provisions, a gourmet hot sauce company that has been manufacturing its products in our facility for approximately three years, will beneﬁt from the productivity boost they will receive. QEDC expects that other clients will experience multiple beneﬁts in the form of cost savings and increased productivity and sales and anticipate that roughly 25% of the client manufacturers will experience similar production boosts and compete for a larger share of the market. The QEDC and Entrepreneur Space are proud of their ongoing impact on small-to-medium sized manufacturing companies in New York City and the ﬂedgling industry in Queens.
Canisius College / K-Technologies/ Electroskip LLC (Western New York)
Researchers at Canisius College are partnering with established electronics manufacturer K-Technologies and startup Electroskip LLC, who will begin commercialization of a patented technology for gait training and analysis. The Electroskip devices will be manufactured with GMP’s to produce wireless wearable footwear medical devices for nationwide research sites conducting clinical studies. Originally developed for dancers and electronic musicians, a 2018 study with a Parkinson’s patient showed great promise, demonstrating improvements in physical and cognitive tasks while walking. Electroskip LLC will expand its clinical partnerships to nationwide research Institutes and beta locations to explore all the possible commercial applications of this platform technology. Over the next year, K-Technologies will collaborate with Canisius faculty on DFM and DFT and manufacture 30 product units to fulfil this demand.
CUNY RF Grove School of Engineering / InnovBot LLC (New York City)
The City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York system (CUNY), in partnership with lnnovBot LLC, proposes to design and fabricate five Wind-Rider robots and distribute them to stakeholders (wind blade manufacturers, blade testing facilities, wind-farms, etc.) to evaluate their performance for six months. Feedback will be collected to improve WindRider as a more mature product for providing visual & contact-based inspection of utility scale wind blades to benefit wind energy industry by means of improving quality control of blade manufacturing processes and in-service inspection of wind blades that will reduce O&M costs.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) / Pvilion, Inc. (Capital Region)
Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will conceive, design, prototype and demonstrate an automated lamination process for Pvilion, Inc., a manufacturer of PV-integrated products in Brooklyn, NY, to integrate its solar modules with fabric panels. Shifting Pvilion’s solar fabric manufacturing from a manually intensive process to an automated or semi-automated process will significantly reduce its labor time and complexity, improving the quality and reliability of its products while lowering the unit price. An automated/robotic lamination process would be incredibly valuable for helping the company manufacture competitive products in a number of industries including flexible hybrid electronics, defense and aerospace.
Mohawk Valley Community College / Casestry (Mohawk Valley)
Mohawk Valley Community College has been awarded a $35,000 FuzeHub grant to further grow the college’s FABLab digital fabrication capabilities. The grant will fund a state-of-the-art 3D scanner which will benefit the college’s programs as well as provide local business access to high-tech tools not normally available to them. Partnering with MVCC on the grant is a local startup, Casestry LLC. Highly accurate digital scanning is a crucial step in Casestry’s manufacturing process. Having the ability to scan items locally at MVCC will greatly reduce the time to get new products to market.
University of Rochester / SiMPore, Inc. (Finger Lakes)
Prof. James McGrath (Dept. of Biomedical Engineering) will lead an effort to prototype and test a consumable component that is integral to a biomarker detection platform under development at SiMPore. A biomarker is a molecule, like a protein, that can be measured in a bodily fluid, like blood or urine, in order to gain information on health or disease status. An emerging area of biomarker interest is the use of vesicles, known as exosomes, that are released from all cell types throughout the body. Exosomes have been shown to provide more information-rich content as biomarkers, so there is tremendous interest in their application. The project will develop proof-of-concept demonstration that SiMPore’s novel, ultrathin, silicon-based filter membranes can serve as efficient means for isolating and then analyzing exosomes. The Company plans to build upon this project by developing a system for exosome analysis to support drug development and biomedical research.
Center for Economic Growth (CEG) / United Aircraft Technologies (Capital Region)
United Aircraft Technologies, Inc. (UAT) is developing an aircraft clamp, which will replace a metal legacy design with a new ergonomic and lighter alternative. This clamp is designed to improve fuel economy (by reducing the overall weight of an aircraft), decrease the occurrence of Repetitive Strain Injuries, simplify maintenance, and reduce the environmental impact of CO2 emissions. The team’s focus is on the aviation industry and their entry into the aerospace military market. Through assistance from the Center of Economic Growth’s (CEG’s) Business Growth Service group and regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership, UAT and CEG have secured funding from the FuzeHub Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund to facilitate the commercialization of UAT’s technology.
Manufacturing and Technology Enterprise Center (MTEC) / Nuravine LLC (Mid-Hudson)
Nuravine is developing The Indoor Farming Automation Platform of the Future. Their first product, The Elixir, automates water nutrient management and analysis for hydroponic systems. Early customer trials have already shown to save farmers 93 hours of work per month while increasing yields by 10%. MTEC is bringing their experience in Design for Manufacturing to usher Nuravine’s Elixir from prototype through to their initial production run of 50 units.
2018 Round 2
Alfred University / Free Form Fibers (Western New York)
Free Form Fibers (FFF), working in partnership with Alfred University, seeks to develop a critical concept design for a strategic million fiber manufacturing facility in New York State. This will prepare FFF for investment and scale-up of their novel approach that uses laser chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) to grow a wide variety of value-added fibers. Prof. Holly Shulman, from Alfred University, will serve as principal investigator, leading a design team of engineering students to interface with FFF to analyze facility needs to accommodate a completely new concept in fiber manufacturing. The team will specify the physical and technical parameters of laser banks, power, cooling, gas handling, and analytical equipment, with a goal of minimizing handling and optimizing process flow.
Clarkson University, Shipley Center for Innovation/ LC Drives (North Country)
Clarkson University continues to be a driving force behind efforts to facilitate sustained economic growth throughout New York State. This project aims to further this mission by enhancing the North Country Business lncubator with the installation of a paint booth in Clarkson’s Damon Hall. Damon Hall is one of three buildings that make up the North Country Business lncubator network. It has been renovated to house light manufacturing startups, including the flagship tenant LC Drives. This private company Is developing unique manufacturing processes and they, like many manufacturers, require a paint booth to put their product into production. This paint booth will begin helping LC Drives the day it is installed, but it will also provide long term benefits to future manufacturing startups in the region including some that are already in the pipeline.
Research Foundation on behalf of New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics/ S Howes LLC (Western New York)
University at Buffalo’s Center for Materials Informatics (CMI) has partnered with S Howes LLC, a 160- year-old manufacturer of process equipment. The company has continuously operated in the same location in Silver Creek, NY since 1856. The Innovation Grant will enable S Howes to improve upon an existing thermal conveyor design to better compete with older technologies and add up to 5 new high-quality jobs over the next three years.
Rochester Institute of Technology/ Empire Medicinals (Finger Lakes)
RIT will study the use of how best to optimize fermentation growth parameters in the production of filamentous fungal mycelium, which are used by a Rochester based mushroom technology company, Empire Medicinals. In addition, RIT professor Thomas Trabold and his research team will study the potential of its commercial partner using excess whey, a common waste product in the yogurt industry, in a stirred tank reactor as a production resource for the commercial mushroom industry. RIT researchers also will conduct an economic assessment of whey and its scalability as a food waste up-cycling and re-use alternative to wastewater treatment for the New York state dairy industry.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace & Nuclear Engineering/ Tire Conversion Technologies (Capital Region)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Tire Conversion Technologies, Inc. (TCT) of Latham, NY are teaming up on a 12-month project to improve and implement a novel manufacturing process with US origins but only European execution, to date, that involves binder-less compression molding of ‘crumb’ rubber from recycled tires for solar, safety and environmental containment products. This technological advance could allow TCT to reduce product cost by 50%, generate unique IP, undercut foreign and domestic competition, push deeper penetration into domestic and international markets, and enter into markets currently out of reach due to price. If successful, expected economic impact within three years includes a 230% increase in sales volume, 20 new employees, up to $320K in capital expenditures, and opening up a second facility in NY State.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Center for Automation Technologies & Systems/ Tidy Tots (Capital Region)
This project introduces technology and automation to manufacture an innovative product – reusable Tidy Tots diapers – that is currently manufactured with a labor-intensive process. This new production process will enable the company to meet market demand. The company contracts its labor from the Schenectady ARC, which provides vocational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. Success of this project will not only have a tremendous economic impact for the company, but will dramatically increase the number of jobs available to the clients of Schenectady ARC.
2018 Round 1
Center for Economic Growth/ VARA Corporation (Capital Region)
Vara Corporation is a firearm security company leading in design, technology, and user experience. Vara’s mission is to create innovation that embraces customers’ diverse lifestyles to enable safer, more convenient lives. In partnership with the Center for Economic Growth and support from FuzeHub’s Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, Vara will be implementing a design for manufacturing project to assist them in creating new jobs, growing their supply chain, and improving their manufacturing capabilities here in Upstate NY.
Clarkson University -Sponsored Research Service/ Create O&P/ Modern Mechanical Fab Inc. (North Country)
Create Orthotics and Prosthetics will work closely with Clarkson University to finalize the design, sourcing and manufacturing plan of the company’s 3D printing systems. This project will lead to increased profitability at Create O&P, new manufacturing jobs in New York’s North Country Region, and the commercialization of Create’s cutting-edge fused deposition modeling printer head technology. Additionally, students at Clarkson University will benefit from real world experience in product design, process design, product sourcing and value engineering.
Regenerative Research Foundation/ StemCultures (Capital Region)
The Regenerative Research Foundation (RRF) and StemCultures, LLC collaborate to develop, manufacture and distribute StemBeads®, a revolutionary controlled-release growth factor technology. The StemBeads® product is currently used for improved cell culture in more than 100 scientific laboratories globally. The enhanced manufacturing process supported by FuzeHub will provide an improved StemBeads® product to the research community through the use of a new microfluidic method and will foster compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices established by the Food and Drug Administration.
Rochester Institute of Technology -Center of Excellence Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing/ Enetics, Inc. (Finger Lakes)
The Center of Excellence in Advanced and Sustainable Manufacturing (COE-ASM) at Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with Enetics, Inc., headquartered in Victor, NY, to design a test bed for advanced prototype and production unit testing of products that provide remote, near real-time condition monitoring of gas distribution pipelines. Natural gas distribution systems in the U.S. are under pressure to increase reliability and safety through monitoring. Enetics has partnered with multiple U.S. natural gas utilities to develop a first-of-its-kind telemetry product to remotely monitor the millions of miles of distribution pipelines. Under the project, COE-ASM will engineer and design a flow loop test bed for testing of gas telemetry systems. Upon COE-ASM’s completion of the design, the test flow loop will be fabricated by Enetics as an on-site platform to rigorously replicate the testing of their telemetry system to ensure it performs effectively.
University of Rochester -Dalecki Lab/ Imaginant Inc. (Finger Lakes)
Professor Diane Dalecki of the University of Rochester Department of Biomedical Engineering is partnering with Imaginant, Inc. to develop ultra-high-frequency ultrasound transducers and novel batch-manufacturing processes for the biomedical and biotechnology markets. Imaginant, Inc., located in Pittsford, N.Y., is a world leader in ultrasonic instrumentation for non-destructive testing. This joint project enables the advancement of Imaginant’s innovative, wafer-level, transducer-manufacturing process as well as the development of novel bio-engineering applications and systems based upon these transducers.
University of Rochester -Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology/ EndoGlow (Finger Lakes)
This project will produce a medical device that fluoresces using near infrared imaging for clinical evaluation. The device is called “The GreenEgg” and is used in robotic-assisted surgery to help the surgeon identify critical anatomy and improve surgical efficiency. The project will complete proof-of-concept manufacturing including injection molding, safety testing, sterilization, and packaging validation necessary for FDA approval of the device. A mold for manufacturing will be fabricated for production of GreenEgg devices. The clinical evaluation trial data will support the application to the FDA for regulatory approval as well as publication in scientific journals and marketing materials.
CATS-Center for Automation Technologies and Systems at Rensselaer: Fort Miller FAB3 Corp., PEKO Precision Products, Samscreen Inc., MTI Instruments (Capital Region)
This project establishes a state-wide resource for advanced robotic arc welding to beneﬁt manufacturers in multiple industries and across all regions. The latest robotic arc welding technologies are assembled into a shared resource for application development, technology evaluation and training in advanced robotic arc welding.
High Tech Rochester: LighTopTech Corp., BZDesign, Inc. (Finger Lakes)
High Tech Rochester is partnering with an optics startup, LighTopTech Corp., and a design ﬁrm, BZDesign, Inc., to help launch an innovative instrument that enables optical biopsy — noninvasive imaging of cellular structures in the human body — in real time.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/ Vistex Composites, LLC (Capital Region)
Vistex Composites LLC is a manufacturing innovation company currently developing and commercializing an advanced composites manufacturing process which is a sustainable alternative to autoclaving, the industry standard. This process drastically reduces capital investment, recurring manufacturing costs, energy consumption, and labor and cycle times while providing equivalent or better quality products. Vistex’s patented technology uses a special Pressure Focusing Layer (PFL) that through a proprietary optimization algorithm and FEA modeling is designed to apply a uniform pressure distribution during the manufacturing process. The proposed work performed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to help the company lower the cost of initial prototypes and reduce turn-around time from order to delivery.
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York on behalf of SUNY New Paltz: Preprocess, Battenkill Fiber, Sunstrand (Mid-Hudson)
The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, on behalf of SUNY New Paltz, is partnering with Battenkill Fibers, Preprocess Inc, and Sunstrand LLC, who are key stakeholders committed to making New York a leader in industrial hemp, to develop a database of properties of technical industrial materials. These technical materials rely on processing to extract the ﬁber and hurd from the bast stalk with innovative processing techniques. As identiﬁed by these partners, the success of hemp in industrial and technical applications is a function of how it compares to other plant-based and man-made materials on a cost and performance basis. The equipment purchased, and housed at SUNY New Paltz, will allow for the group to develop new standardized testing methods speciﬁcally for these highly variable ﬁbers. Thus, the impact of each variation on the ﬁber ﬁneness, ﬁbrillation, strength, and stiﬀness will allow for clear identiﬁcation of key innovative material processing methods.
Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium- Stony Brook University (Long Island)
The Manufacturing and Technology Resource Consortium (MTRC) at Stony Brook University is working with Carson Optical, a consumer optics company located in Ronkonkoma, NY, to advance the optics industry. This award will fund a project which will integrate CNC-based machinery with state-of-the art technology employing advanced controls, software & metrology techniques. The expansion of the Long Island-based company into new sectors utilizing these innovative systems will aid Carson in retaining and increasing jobs, such as engineers, skilled technicians and additional support staﬀ.
Syracuse University – Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental Energy & Systems (Central New York)
Syracuse University will collaborate with NuClimate Air Quality Systems to develop an innovative new technology for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). The project will create a new Advanced HVAC Testbed at the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (SyracuseCoE) that will be designed to support development and testing of prototypes of a variety of new HVAC products from New York ﬁrms. In the ﬁrst use of the new facility, NuClimate will collaborate with SyracuseCoE to reﬁne and test a new HVAC product for dormitories and other residential buildings. NuClimate expects that commercialization of the envisioned new product will increase its sales revenues by 50% and create 10 new jobs in manufacturing, engineering, and professional positions.
University at Buffalo (Western New York)
Dr. Edward Furlani of the University at Buﬀalo’s Depts. of Electrical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering has partnered with CleanSlate UV and Grantwood Technologies to develop an innovative desktop ultra violet (UV)-based disinfection technology. This project will leverage CleanSlate UV’s current UVC countertop disinfection technology, which enables hospitals and food processing facilities to rapidly sanitize smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. It will also leverage Grantwood Technologies’ optical design expertise and Dr. Furlani’s expertise in photonics. This project will generate at least 10 new advanced manufacturing jobs in Western New York within 12 months.
University of Rochester (Finger Lakes)
The University of Rochester is proposing to purchase two ophthalmic research instruments, a Visiometrics HD Analyzer, and a LambdaX NIMO, which allow measurement of a contact lens’ prescription, as well as the visual performance and scatter of the contact lens on the eye. These tools will initially be used to support a collaboration with The Institute of Optics and the Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester and Clerio Vision, Inc. to support their sponsored research on developing a novel method to manufacture contact lenses. Clerio Vision will leverage this research to advance the diagnostic capability in order to manufacture refractive devices with higher accuracy and to further the understanding of the impact of the LIRIC manufacturing process on optical performance. This project will have a considerable impact on Clerio Vision’s ability to scale up to commercial contact lens manufacturing and is expected to create around 10 jobs in the Rochester region over the next 36 months.
Alfred State – Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory (Western New York)
Alfred State will collaborate with American Fuel Cell, a Rochester-area company that produces Fuel Cell MEAs is illustrative of New York State’s leadership in the field of alternative energies. Alfred’s Energy Storage and Conversion Laboratory will integrate new testing capabilities that will allow for rapid advances in the company’s manufacturing operations, and position the laboratory to pursue other collaborative projects with New York State-based fuel cell companies. American Fuel Cell expects to hire up to ten engineers and five technicians in the next four years with the skillset fostered by this project.
Clarkson University – Shipley Center for Innovation (North Country)
Clarkson University will use these grant funds to outfit its North Country Business Incubator with a ‘whole-building’ compressed air system critical to the operations of tenants like groundbreaking LC Drives, whose unique motor designs are half the size and more efficient than current leading motor designs. Clarkson’s Damon Hall, where the air system will be installed, is designed to house light manufacturing start-ups like LC Drives, and will provide long-term benefits to young manufacturing companies in the region.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – Industrial and Systems Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Programs (Capital Region)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is partnering with Ecovative Design—an award-winning biomaterials company famous for replacing synthetic protective packaging and construction materials with sustainable mycelium-based molded products—to help the company transition from a research start-up to a full-scale manufacturer. Upgrades to process flow, quality systems, and key production processes and capabilities will lead to improvements in plant performance including dramatic reductions in waste and increases in equipment utilization, helping Ecovative to meet growing market demand. Ecovative expects a threefold increase in sales and doubling of operations staff when a second shift is added.
Weill Cornell Medicine’s Laboratory of Bioregenerative Medicine Surgery (LBMS) (New York City)
Weill Cornell Medicine’s Laboratory of Bioregenerative Medicine Surgery (LBMS) will work with Sterifre Medical Inc. toward the commercialization of a new wound therapy device that delivers a patented therapeutic effluent to a wound site via gas-phase resulting in rapid, pain-free wound disinfection for the treatment of acute & chronic wounds. This treatment has practical and biological advantages over liquid and topical treatments and has the flexibility to account for different therapeutic needs. The FuzeHub Manufacturing Innovation Grant will help the team acquire key data necessary to securing FDA approval for a first-in-human study in 2018.
Center for Economic Growth (Capital Region)
The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is working with ThermoAura Inc. to help them with the integration of new equipment into their manufacturing process to enable the high-volume manufacture of advanced nanocrystalline thermoelectric alloys. ThermoAura is an early stage company commercializing high-performance nanostructured thermoelectrics produced by a unique chemical method. Through working with CEG and the new equipment the project will support, ThermoAura will be able to decrease assembly times by more than four-fold, permit a three-fold increase in the number of parts produced per cycle and yield per-unit manufacturing costs that are the best in the world and up to 20% more competitive with overseas manufacturers.
Clarkson University (North Country)
Clarkson University is creating a new shared laboratory for both academic and industry collaboration in which both will have access to laboratory tools and equipment. The new space, named the Clarkson Biomaterials Characterization Laboratory, will use the Manufacturing Innovation Grant award to purchase a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer/ infrared (IR) microscope for the purpose of developing and manufacturing next-generation metamaterials-enhanced infrared imaging systems for commercial, security and defense markets. Industry demand for the FTIR/IR microscope at Clarkson is driven by Phoebus Optoelectronics LLC, which has been performing metamaterials research, development and commercialization over the last ten years. The project with Clarkson will generate significant economic impact for Phoebus Optoelectronics, Clarkson University, Potsdam and the surrounding communities, including the creation of 10 high quality jobs over the next two years.
Cornell Center for Materials Research (Southern Tier)
Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) and Professor Yong Joo of Cornell University’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are working with IdealChain, a spinoff of Buckingham Manufacturing, who manufactures safety products (harnesses, rescue systems, etc.), to develop and build a bench-scale multi-nozzle Air-Controlled (AC) electrospray system for encapsulation of dyes, to use as stress indicators in safety products. The resulting roll-to-roll electrospray system will be used by IdealChain to fabricate stress-indicating fibers and patches for safety equipment, helping the user to determine when to safely retire their equipment. The manufacturing technology originally developed through the CCMR Industrial Partnerships Program between the Joo Group and Buckingham Manufacturing not only has a large impact on the safety industry, but also wide-ranging ramifications for the fragrance, food, drug delivery and self-healing material industries. Additionally, this project will help IdealChain add 10 new jobs in the next two years.
Cornell Nanoscale Science & Technology Facility (Southern Tier)
The Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) at Cornell University has partnered with Xallent LLC to develop a next generation diagnostic tool to more rapidly and economically test and characterize semiconductor devices and thin film materials during manufacturing. This tool is built on Xallent’s innovative nanoscale imaging and probing technology. The ability to rapidly probe and measure electrical components at the nanoscale for diagnostics and failure analysis non-destructively is expected to tap a broad range of industry applications. The Manufacturing Innovation Grant will be used to adapt Xallent’s nanomachine platforms to analytical instruments at the Cornell NanoScale Facility for validation, user interface focus, and reliability studies to ready the company for product launch and scale up. Additionally, this project will help Xallent add 8 new jobs by the end of 2019.
Cornell University (Southern Tier)
Cornell University researchers and VitaScan have developed the VitaScan diagnostics platform: a low cost and portable instrument that can determine micronutrient deficiencies including vitamin D and iron from a finger stick of blood. A key innovation that makes this possible is the design and manufacturing of a proprietary lateral flow assay that combines blood filtration, chemical mixing, and capture of antibodies into one rapid process. Cornell and VitaScan will together develop a medium-scale manufacturing and packaging process to optimize the procedure and create reliable tests for validation studies. VitaScan will pursue the manufacturing strategy in preparation for commercialization, and plans to create 10 new jobs in the next two years.
Rochester Institute of Technology (Finger Lakes)
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is working with OptiPro Systems on a project to develop an innovative ultrafast-laser-based polishing system and process for optical manufacturing to eliminate polishing waste, long lead-time, and high-cost factors. The laboratory version laser polishing system will be developed in the Laboratory for Advanced Optical Fabrication and Instrumentation by Dr. Jie Qiao and her team at RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science with the award-winning research and development (R&D) engineering team led by R&D Manager Edward Fess at OptiPro Systems, a leading manufacturer in Rochester specializing in manufacturing equipment for the fabrication of high-precision optics.
Rochester Institute of Technology (AMPrint Center) (Finger Lakes)
Rochester Institute of Technology’s Additive Manufacturing and Multifunctional Printing (AMPrint) Center is working with Sensor Films on a project to define the operating conditions for high throughput additive manufacturing equipment capable of rapidly printing electrically conductive patterns on plastic substrates. The AMPrint Center will purchase an inkjet head assembly to be integrated with currently installed printing equipment to execute the project, adding long term manufacturing prototyping capability to the Center. Sensor Films’ ability to apply the experimental results to a suite of new manufacturing equipment will result in commercially implemented products to be built and sold in 2017 and beyond, and will create eight new high technology jobs in the local economy.
Alfred Technology Resources, Inc DBA IncubatorWorks (Southern Tier)
IncubatorWorks’ project with Emission Logistics will support market identification, manufacturing-related equipment purchase and manufacturing scale-up for emission control devices in vehicles. Emission Logistics’ focus is on the development and manufacture of emission control devices that address the negative health, safety, and environmental impact of exposure to diesel and other fossil fuel emissions.
Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership (Capital Region)
This project involves the expansion of manufacturing capacity and capability for Extreme Molding, a contract manufacturer, that has had exponential growth inside the Watervliet Arsenal since 2002. Extreme Molding manufactures using silicone and plastic materials often in unique combinations. They do full packaging and order fulfillment for 85% of their customers, shipping around the world including exports to Asia. The primary markets they serve are infants, toddlers, pet care, and high end consumer products.
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (Finger Lakes)
The Center of Excellence in Advanced & Sustainable Manufacturing’s proof-of-concept manufacturing project with Markin Tubing will help the company identify new materials and processes to further enhance the performance of its coated steel tubing products, which are primarily sold to the automotive industry. The proposed innovation is designed to have a significant impact on Markin Tubing’s ability to continue to grow and thrive in the Finger Lakes region.
Tech Valley Center of Gravity (Capital Region)
The Tech Valley Center of Gravity, a makerspace in Troy, NY, is expanding their services to support NYS manufacturers with a Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC). Manufacturers and start-ups will have access to more equipment that will enable them to build prototypes of manufactured goods. No such center exists in the Capital Region for both entrepreneurs and manufacturers alike to work on prototypes. Five companies have committed to use the RPC in the first year, and as many as 20 companies a year will have access to the Center’s equipment. One Husdon, Shandor Engineering, Beckmann Engineering, Self Array, and Axiom North America, LLC will all use the RPC when it is complete.