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TuffTek wins R&D 100 Award

The editors of R&D Magazine announced NanoMech’s TuffTek as a winner of the R&D 100 Award. This award recognizes TuffTek as one of the most technologically significant products introduced in the marketplace of the past year.

“2013 has been an excellent year for NanoMech,” Chairman and CEO Jim Phillips said. “The company continues to gain momentum and receiving the “Oscar of Innovation” (as the award is commonly referred to in the industry) is a tremendous honor for the NanoMech team.”

TuffTek, applied as a coating, significantly improves the heat resistance cutting tools as well as their precision and wear resistance, according to NanoMech, which is based in Springdale, Ark. TuffTek’s nano-composite patents, based on bio-inspired and nano-engineered technology, can be applied to advanced machining of automotive and aerospace components, according to the company.

NanoMech is working with cutting tool suppliers that are interested in using the coating on their products, and it is also offering its own cutting tools, under the nSert brand name. Phillips noted that NanoMech is working with companies of all sizes that are interested in using its technologies, not just larger firms. 

Dr. Ajay Malshe, Chief Technology Officer and Founder of NanoMech, said: “NanoMech could not have received this prestigious award without the tireless work of our world-class team of scientists, including Dr. Wenping Jiang, Vice President of Manufacturing. I would also like to thank the teams at the Nano Materials Science and Engineering Institute (Mechanical Engineering) at the University of Arkansas, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency for their contributions over the years.”

NanoMech is the only Arkansas company on the 2013 Top 100 list.

The R&D Top 100 list was established in 1963 and over the past 51 years has recognized such revolutionary products as the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Kodak Photo CD (1991), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998). More recent breakthroughs that have earned R&D 100 Awards include next-generation magnetic resonance imaging machines, laser-based metal-forming tools, and the building blocks for fusion experiments.

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