RichlandWaPNNL_1Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was recently awarded two Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards by the Federal Laboratory Consortium. The awards recognized the Department of Energy's Richland Lab for their partnership with other companies to transfer technology. With these two new awards PNNL now has more awards than any other lab since the awards program began in 1984; they have 71 awards.  The first award was for their work to speed up protein analysis. PNNL teamed up with Pressure BioSciences Ind. in Massachusetts to make proteain analysis quicker and more cost effective. In order to do this they found out that is proteins were under high pressure instead of just placed with enzymes to make them smaller then it cuts the process down to a few minutes instead of taking hours. This process has been liscensed and is being sold to costumers doing life sciences research. The second award was for their research in reducing the manufacturing costs of metal tubes. In order to do this PNNL teamed up with Sandvik and LSP Technologies in Ohio. Both companies began with pilger dies which are used in industrial manufacturing to reduce the circumference and thickness of the metal in metal tubes. Pilger dies tend to crack and fail quickly so the two companies used laser pulses on the pilger die to create deep stresses which will make the dies last up to six times longer. Image Source. Posted by Colleen Lane on
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