Non-Contact Sensor Technology to Locate Electromagnetic Grids in Ceramics

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$730,000.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W31P4Q-12-C-0097
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
A2-4857
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-151
Solicitation Number:
2010.3
Small Business Information
130 North Main Street, Suite 600, Butte, MT, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
836287680
Principal Investigator:
Stephen Galbraith
Principal Investigator
(406) 497-5223
sgalbraith@resodyn.com
Business Contact:
Lawrence Farrar
President&CEO
(406) 497-5252
lcfarrar@resodyn.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Electromagnetic grid structures buried in optical ceramic domes may be accurately located using an electromagnetic sensing and detection techniques. Under the Phase I effort, Resodyn Corporation developed a sensor and detection technology that demonstrated position location to within 1 mil is possible. Competing technologies such as capacitive, optical, or sonic lack a key advantage the electromagnetic approach offers - optical ceramic, cutting fluids, dust, and surface conditions are electromagnetically transparent. In a manufacturing environment the sensing technology can be used to direct grinding and polishing machine operations, real-time, where to locate dome surfaces with respect to the buried grid. In a metrology environment the technology can be integrated with a coordinate measuring machine. Under the Phase II effort, Resodyn Corporation proposes to develop two useful prototypes. The first is a low-cost tabletop tool that will locate grid depth from the surface of a dome. The second is a higher cost hybrid sensor that combines the electromagnetic sensor for grid location with a laser sensor for dome surface location. The hybrid sensor could be used with a variety of manufacturing equipment.

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