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Company Information:

Company Name: REL, Inc.
City: Calumet
State: MI
Zip+4: 49913
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL:
Phone: N/A

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $219,856.00 2
SBIR Phase II $472,859.00 1

Award List:

Cast Encapsulation of Unfinished Ceramic Armor Tiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Josh Loukus, President
Award Amount: $70,000.00
Presently, the Army experiences numerous problems with existing manufacturing processes for the metal encapsulation of ceramic tiles within the current inventory of armor solutions. REL, Inc. will address the specific problems of directly casting the encapsulated ceramic structure to net/near net… More

SBIR Phase I: Development of a Selectively Reinforced Aluminum Composite Brake Rotor

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Josh Loukus
Award Amount: $149,856.00
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project is focused on developing a one-piece functionally graded hybrid (fiber/particle) reinforced aluminum alloy matrix automobile brake rotor. Composite brake rotors have substantial weight savings potential, but costs and performance have limited… More

Cast Encapsulation of Unfinished Ceramic Armor Tiles

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Josh Ph.D., President – (906) 337-3018
Award Amount: $472,859.00
REL has demonstrated that Squeeze Casting a is viable process for encapsulation of ceramic tiles for Warfighter protection systems. The SBIR Phase 1 has demonstrated that squeeze cast encapsulation can offer the following process attributes: a. Use of low tolerance as-pressed tiles, b. Control of… More