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Company Information:

Company Name: KCF Technologies, Inc
City: State College
State: PA
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.kcftech.com
Phone: (814) 867-4097

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,437,383.00 14
SBIR Phase II $4,622,097.00 7
STTR Phase I $488,435.00 6
STTR Phase II $1,733,567.00 3

Award List:

High Torque Single-Crystal PMN-PT Driven Motor to Morph Naval Flow Control Surfaces

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jeremy E. Frank, President
Award Amount: $68,720.00
Abstract:
"High performance motors are in extreme demand for use in navy underwater flow applications. Specifically, compact motors are needed that are conformable to unusual shapes and sizes, and can deliver higher torque and power than a similarly sized EM motor.A direct-drive smart material motor will be… More

Electric and Smart Material Self-Contained Actuators for LCAC Rudder Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENN STATE UNIV. CAV
Principal Investigator: Jeremy E. Frank, President
Award Amount: $69,810.00
RI Contact: Professor Gary Koopmann
Abstract:
Hydraulic actuators, with the associated hydraulic reservoir and high-pressure lines, perform the rudder-control actuation on the LCAC vehicle. Frequent maintenance and related costs are the primary driver in seeking an alternative self-contained electricactuator to take advantage of recent… More

KCF/PSU Smart Tether Retrofit Device for Localization of Tethered Bodies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Frank, President
Award Amount: $69,885.00
RI Contact: Christopher D. Rahn
Abstract:
A method is needed to measure the location of a submerged body relative to a tethered buoy. The application targeted in this proposal is unmanned crawling robots used to localize submerged mines and other targets. The crawlers require a 60-70 foot tether, creating a large error circle when… More

Low-Cost Vibration Power Harvesting for Industrial Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency: DOE
Research Institution: Pennsylvania State University
Principal Investigator: Jeremy E. Frank, Dr.
Award Amount: $743,627.00
RI Contact: Gary Koopmann
Abstract:
75353-Low cost, self-powered wireless sensors that never require battery changing or other maintenance are needed for U.S. industrial production lines, in cars and buildings, and power generation systems. Systems of these sensors will enable a revolution in industrial efficiency, safety, and… More

KCF/PSU Smart Tether Retrofit Device for Localization of Tethered Bodies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / STTR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Jeremy E. Frank, President
Award Amount: $499,923.00
RI Contact: Chris Rahn
Abstract:
A method is needed to measure the location of a submerged body relative to a tethered buoy. The initial defined Navy need for this technology is underwater unmanned vehicles used in mine identification and neutralization. Crawling vehicles require a 60-70 foot tether, while swimming vehicles… More

Broadband Vibration Power Harvesting for Encrypted Wireless Sensor Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: PENN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Jeremy E. Frank, President
Award Amount: $69,498.00
RI Contact: Sven Bilen
Abstract:
KCF Technologies will develop compact Broadband Vibration Power Harvesting devices to enable Navy distributed wireless sensor systems. Building on KCF's ongoing work in low-cost vibration power harvesting for industrial wireless sensors, a primary technical advance is to develop a harvester with… More

Energy Scavenging Ankle Component for Self-Charging Batteries on Prosthetic Limbs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Research Institution: PENN STATE UNIV.
Principal Investigator: Richard Geiger
Award Amount: $99,935.00
RI Contact: Steven Piazza
Abstract:
KCF Technologies will develop an energy scavenging device as a component in the ankle of a lower extremity prosthetic limb. The component will be designed and demonstrated on a C-Leg, in collaboration with Otto Bock USA. The component will capture and store energy during normal activities such as… More

Ultra-Compact Power Harvesting for Self-Powered Aircraft Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research
Award Amount: $69,742.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies will combine our experience in single-crystal piezoelectric devices and vibration power harvesting to develop ultra-compact vibration power harvesting devices to enable self-powered sensors on aircraft systems. Single-crystal piezoelectric materials enable this technology to meet… More

Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Dave Kraige, Senior Mechanical Engineer
Award Amount: $69,999.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies, in collaboration with Star-H and Penn State ARL, will fabricate a tethered antenna to support two-way RF communication and GPS reception. In addition, the module will incorporate a "watch circle error" position correction using KCF Smart Tether sensors on the tether, to project… More

Rotary Wing Dynamic Component Structural Life Tracking with Self-Powered Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research
Award Amount: $149,875.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies is proposing to develop a novel tool for tracking the fatigue life of rotorcraft components. The tool will consist of a suite of wireless data acquisition sensors, diagnostic and prognostic fatigue life algorithms, and a data management system for storing and accessing component… More

Ultra-Compact Power Harvesting for Self-Powered Aircraft Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research
Award Amount: $429,541.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II project and included Options, KCF Technologies will further develop, produce and demonstrate ultra-compact power harvesting devices enabled by single-crystal piezoelectrics. This technology builds upon KCF's leadership in vibration power harvesting for industrial and shipboard… More

Rotary Wing Dynamic Component Structural Life Tracking with Self-Powered Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research
Award Amount: $749,852.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies will develop a sensor system for assessment of the health of Navy helicopter rotor components and management of their past, current, and projected life. Establishing this system will extend the life of components, reduce scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and improve aircraft… More

Opportunistic Energy Harvesting for Submarine Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Senior Project Engineer
Award Amount: $69,985.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies is proposing to leverage our leadership in power harvesting to develop magnetic field harvesting devices for submarine wireless sensors. The project responds to a Navy opportunity for reducing sensor maintenance and installation cost by providing enabling technology for eliminating… More

Ultra-light, Quasi-active Noise Control Solution for Quiet UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Senior Project Engineer
Award Amount: $80,000.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies in partnership with Insitu, Inc. proposes an ultra-light, quasi-active noise control method for quiet Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's). The main motivation of this proposed effort is reducing the SPL's of the radiated tones of UAV's, since stealth is critical to the success of their… More

SBIR Phase I:Electro-active Polymer-based Energy Harvesting

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Michael D. Grissom, PhD
Award Amount: $149,250.00
Abstract:
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project seeks to demonstrate an electro-active polymer-based energy harvesting system to power portable electronics and remote devices. As portable wireless electronics and wireless sensors become ubiquitous, their power sources (batteries) continue… More

Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: David Kraige, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $443,122.00
Abstract:
The primary purpose of the KCF Technologies Retractable UUV Antenna Buoy with Smart Tether GPS is to allow RF communication and GPS position update for a UUV without surfacing the vehicle. This can be done periodically by alternately surfacing and retracting the antenna, or the antenna can remain… More

Energy Harvester Powered Wireless Sensors for Extreme Temperature Environments

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOE
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Dr.
Award Amount: $100,000.00
Abstract:
Application of wireless sensors in industrial markets is generally more technically challenging due to the need for a higher level of robustness and tolerance to harsh environmental conditions. Although numerous wireless sensor products exist for industrial wireless sensing, powering the sensors and… More

Manufacturing Adaptive Energy Harvesting Materials with Micro-robot Swarms

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Technical Project Manager – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $79,910.00
RI Contact: David Cappelleri
Abstract:
KCF Technologies in partnership with Stevens Institute of Technology proposes a desktop manufacturing, micro-robot unit to perform advanced adaptive energy harvesting material fabrication and assembly. The primary solution is based on Professor David Cappelleri"s micro-robot/micro-manipulation… More

Energy Harvesting Technologies

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Technical Project Manager – (814) 867-4009
Award Amount: $99,978.00
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: To provide innovative technologies and system components which increase the lifetime and utility of various systems within DTRA"s Tag, Track, and Locate (TTL) portfolio to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The specific innovations sought under this topic are improved… More

Robust Piezoelectric Sound Source with Helmholtz Acoustic Amplification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $99,997.00
Abstract:
KCF Technologies proposes to develop a robust and efficient sound generator for separation/isolation of aerosols. The critical limitations in the performance of conventional piezoelectric sound generators include degradation in performance over long periods of operation, poor electro-acoustic… More

Opportunistic Energy Harvesting for Submarine Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Technical Project Manager – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $749,908.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR proposal is responsive to a Navy need for powering battery-free wireless sensors on submarines. The Phase I work effort that supports this proposal demonstrated that it is feasible to harvest power levels sufficiently high to power wireless sensors from perturbations in a… More

Ultra-light, Quasi-active Noise Control Solution for Quiet UAVs

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Senior Technical Project – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $749,820.00
Abstract:
In this Phase II project and included Option, KCF Technologies"will further develop, produce and demonstrate ultra-light, quasi-active noise control method for quieting unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The project will be used to fabricate a fully-integrated prototype to be installed in a… More

Robust Piezoelectric Sound Source with Helmholtz Acoustic Amplification

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $999,874.00
Abstract:
This Phase II SBIR proposal responds to a CBD need for improved Acoustically Enhanced Impaction (AEI) air purification in support of low pressure drop filtration. Prior to the SBIR Phase I effort, a first generation/benchmark (AEI) system developed by Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA)… More

Multiple-user Wireless Hearing Protection Device Validation and Training System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Richard Geiger, V.P. Product Development – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $149,952.00
Abstract:
KCF proposes to build a general wireless hearing protection device validation system with miniature, wireless in real ear microphones. The microphones will be battery-free to enable the reduction in size necessary to fit in the canal for testing with any hearing protection device. KCF has… More

A New Generation of Actuators for Robotic Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Michael Grissom, Senior Technical Project Manager – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $99,980.00
Abstract:
KCF in partnership with Penn State will evaluate and demonstrate a new generation of intrinsically safe robotic actuators built up from micro-actuator module units. The technical approach is based on state-of-the art prosthetic development where the human-mechanism interface is the primary focus. … More

Wireless Rotor Head Power and Data Bus

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, Director of Research – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $79,920.00
Abstract:
This proposal addresses the opportunity to develop an optimized power and data bus for aircraft rotor loads monitoring by offering an innovative solution that delivers high power density energy harvesting and reliable delivery of large volumes of data from a rotating frame to a fixed frame. The… More

Rotary Wing Dynamic Component Structural Life Tracking with Self-Powered Wireless Sensors

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Jacob Loverich, VP of Research and Develo – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $499,980.00
Abstract:
The embedded rotor load monitoring system developed under this SBIR project principally consists of Smart Rod Ends and a wireless base station. The Smart Rod Ends are conventional push rod ends that have an energy harvester powered wireless sensor system built into the shank of the rod end. The base… More

Assistive Technology Sensor Platform

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2014 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Jeremy Frank, President – (814) 867-4097
Award Amount: $149,985.00
Abstract:
Current prosthetic technologies allow amputees to return to a form of normal life, but create new risks, such as improper socket fit, which can lead to a heightened risk for tissue damage that could result in infection and hospitalization. These risks could be minimized by using a sensor system to… More