October 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics received the Best Demonstration Award at the 2014 Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Conference held in Dallas, September 29 – October 2, 2014. At the conference Prime Photonics demonstrated their fiber optic sensor-based FOCIS™ Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. The demonstration, conducted by Senior Engineer Chris Westcott, utilized a projectile (Airsoft pellet) fired into an enclosed high speed Electric Ducted Fan (EDF). FOCIS™ sensors provide data from the fan during operation, and Prime Photonics proprietary software algorithms use the data to identify the impacted blade. In the demo, impact location was verified with a high-speed digital camera. After the live demo, Mr. Westcott then provided an overview of how the results are produced and challenged the audience to accurately predict future demonstration impacts.
March 14, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that it has been selected for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) award by NASA to develop devices based on its novel magnetothermal-powered pump technology. The Prime Photonics technology requires no electricity to operate, resulting in thermal-powered fluidic pumps that can be used in a wide range of thermal control applications ranging from solar cells to advanced microelectronic devices. The Phase II project was one of 98 selected nationwide by NASA.
December 13, 2012 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that it has been identified by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) for participation in the State Trade and Export Promotion Grant (STEP) program. Limited to 16 participants from eligible Virginia companies, the goal of the STEP program is to help small businesses generate new export revenues and create new jobs in Virginia.
June 5, 2013 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that Pentair Thermal Management will begin offering the Prime Photonics fiber optic-based FOCIS™ Turbine Blade Tip Timing product line as an addition to the existing Capacisense product offerings. Also included in the 3-way partnership is EDAS, Inc., a leading supplier of high cycle fatigue and vibration test solutions and provider of blade tip timing software solutions.
December 3, 2010 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics, LC, announced today that it has been identified by the US Army for participation in the Army Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) for 2011. Limited to 25 participants from approximately 500 candidate companies, the goal of the Army CPP is to assist small businesses in commercializing new technologies and in transitioning them into US Army applications.