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Prime Photonics hosts New River Community College Field Trip

April 13, 2015 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics hosted a field trip for New River Community College (NRCC) students in the electronics curriculum. As a part of the Electronics Technology Degree Program at New River Community College, students have the option to enroll in a class on the theory and application of lasers and fiber optics. Malcolm Laing, Product Engineer, presented a brief overview of optical sensing techniques before leading a demonstration of the Prime Photonics Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system.

Prime Photonics to exhibit at P-SAR 2015

March 27, 2015 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics will be attending and exhibiting at the Propulsion – Safety and Affordable Readiness Conference held March 30 – April 2 in Baltimore, Maryland. The P-SAR Conference highlights recent advanced turbine engine technologies that will have significant impacts on reducing engine related Class A mishaps, reducing maintenance costs and increasing average time on wing. In the technical conference, Dr. Dan Kominsky, VP of R&D, will be presenting recent test results from the Prime Phonics foreign object damage (FOD) detection and blade health monitoring program.

Prime Photonics Participates in Virginia Tech “What Fuels our Planet?” Drillfield Series

March 23, 2015 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics Principal Scientist, Dr. David Gray, served as an expert panelist at the 2015 Virginia Tech Drillfield Series presentation, “What Fuels Our Planet” at the Holtzman Alumni Center Saturday, March 21. The Renewable Energy Panel, moderated by Prof. Shashank Priya of the Center for Energy Harvesting Materials and Systems (CEHMS) at Virginia Tech, discussed how technology advancements are creating new opportunities to harness alternative energy sources, and how developments at Virginia Tech have the potential to change local communities and the world.

Prime Photonics Exhibits at PIWG/EVI-GTI 2014 Conference

November 10, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics exhibited its FOCIS™ gas turbine blade sensor product line at the joint PIWG/EVI-GTI conference held in Hasbrouck, New Jersey, October 20-24. The bi-annual joint meeting and conference held by the Propulsion and Instrumentation Working Group (PIWG) and its European counterpart, the European Virtual Institute for Gas Turbine Instrumentation (EVI-GTI), provides a forum for engine companies, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Energy, university researchers and suppliers, to discuss new gas turbine instrumentation products and technology, future measurement needs in the industry as well as gas turbine sensor standards activities. At the PIWG/EVI-GTI meeting, Prime Photonics’ Products and Applications Lead Malcolm Laing presented the FOCIS™ sensor product line and also discussed upcoming additions to the product line, including a higher temperature Blade Tip Timing (BTT) probe and new probe configurations. Prime Photonics has been a member of the PIWG Steering and Advisory Board since 2010 and is a member of multiple PIWG-driven standards efforts including ISA 107.1: Tip Timing for Use in Gas Turbine Engines.

Prime Photonics Exhibits at TETS 2014

November 5, 2014 – Blacksburg, VA – Prime Photonics exhibited at the 2014 Turbine Engine Technology Symposium (TETS) tradeshow held in Dayton Ohio, September 8th through the September 10th, 2014.  TETS is a biennial forum where the United States' turbine engine community gathers to review and discuss the latest turbine engine technology advances. Attendees of the conference included approximately 1000 representatives from aircraft engine manufactures, airframe manufactures, component and system suppliers, research universities and DOD personnel.  At the conference Prime Photonics exhibited the fiber optic -based FOCIS™ gas turbine sensor product line and gave a live demonstration of the FOCIS™-based Foreign Object Damage (FOD) detection and gas turbine blade health monitoring system. In addition to the FOCIS™ products, Prime Photonics, CEO Steve Poland, and Engineers Malcolm Laing and Todd Pickering, discussed the new technologies that Prime Photonics is developing including its Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) technology for subsurface flaw detection and surface acoustic wave-based high temperature sensors, as well as the upcoming additions to the FOCIS™ gas turbine sensor product line.

Prime Photonics wins Best Technology Demonstration at PHM 2014

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.

NASA to fund Prime Photonics to develop thermal-powered pump technology

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.

Prime Photonics Announces Pentair CapaciSense and EDAS Partnership

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.

Prime Photonics Identified as 2012 STEP Grant Participant by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP)

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.

Prime Photonics Identified as 2011 Army Commercialization Pilot Program Company

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.

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