New Orleans-based Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies (APMT) has partnered with Tulane University and Louisiana State University (LSU) on a $2 million project funded by the United States Department of Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).
The new funding will support the development of automated feedback control software for polymer production. APMT develops, manufactures and distributes products and services for the real time monitoring and control of polymer reactions. The project will utilize the company’s instrumentation.
“The complementary teams working on this project have led to exciting results beyond original expectations,” said Wayne F. Reed, the Tulane Principal Investigator. “The project is on course to achieve fully automatic control of polymerization reactions, including optimized process paths and molecular weight distribution targets before the end of 2016.”
Alex Reed, co-founder and CEO of APMT, says their mission is to play an enabling role in the polymeric materials industry of the 21st century by developing new technology for monitoring and control of polymer reactions to reduce cost, improve quality and reduce the environmental footprint of the polymer industry.
“AMO supports the development of next generation manufacturing technologies for the future of manufacturing,” shared Dr. Dickson Ozokwelu, Technology Manager at AMO. “This 2-year project seeks to create a paradigm shift in how polymers are manufactured in the 21st century utilizing novel analytical, modeling and process control technologies.”