EKLIPSE, LLC contacted the Advanced Manufacturing Center to aid in refining the design of a new type of clothespin targeted towards the American and European markets. This clothespin will be more ergonomic, robust, and easy to use and care for than traditional spring based wooden and plastic clothespins commonly used today. EKLIPSE received assistance from the AMC in collaboration with private vendors in developing a 3D model, FEA simulations of performance, recommendations in initial base materials, and finally transferring this knowledge to industry for tooling and injection molding of the product.
Electronic Tuning Fork
O’Brien Medical partnered with The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) and the AMC to develop a modern testing device for diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or damaged or deteriorating nerves in the feet of diabetics. The condition all too often can lead to foot ulcers and eventual foot amputation. The current practice of using tuning forks is subjective leaves too much room for human error. This device will eliminate the guesswork, and produce consistent results from user to user.
Crimping Station for Stainless Tubing
Gemini Marine Products commissioned the AMC to design and manufacture a tube crimping station for connecting stainless tubing to their patended hinge system for Marine awnings and shades. This crimping system replaces a manufacturing process that involved drilling out each piece and fasting with roll pins. The result was a 60% increase in productivity for the production line.
Composite Toe Cap Development
Falcon Performance Footwear partnered with the AMC and the AEWC to develop a composite toe cap for military, fire, and police boot applications. This high-tech protective insert is a fraction of the weight of traditional steel toe caps and meets all of the same ASTM safety requirements. This toe cap will be produced here in Maine and will create a new market for Falcon.
1:50th Scale Wind Blade Mold
The AMC worked with the Advanced Structures and Composites Center, to develop and manufacture this aluminum mold. The blade profile is 48 inches long and has over 14 degrees of twist along it’s axis. The mold withstands over 21,000 lbs of internal forces from an inflatable bladder that forms the composite material into a hollow blade.
High Performance Compressor Heads
These refrigeration compressor heads are an integral part of a proprietary retrofit system that is designed to increase refrigeration cycle capacity and decrease compressor load, reducing the power draw of the system by 30%. By providing more work at less cost for systems already in the field, this client will be able to reach a larger market than new, more complex, and more expensive replacement systems will.