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DOE-FACILITY TECHNOLOGY LICENSED TO ALABAMA COMPANY

 OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Proving that even small companies can benefit from technologies spawned by Department of Energy-sponsored research, a small Alabama company specializing in condition monitoring recently was granted its second license for motor current signature analysis (MCSA) technology developed in Oak Ridge.
 MCSA is a nonintrusive method for monitoring the condition of electric motors and the equipment driven by them. The load on an electric motor changes constantly, reacting to conditions within the system the motor is driving. The load changes are reflected back into the motor, which responds instantly to them. Changes in the system's condition, such as deterioration or wear, can be determined by analyzing signals caused by these load fluctuations.
 Predictive Maintenance Inspection, Inc. (PMI), of Madison, Ala., was granted rights in 1989 to the original MCSA technology developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).
 A second MCSA technology developed at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (Y-12) has also been licensed to the company.
 Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., manages ORNL and Y-12 for the Department of Energy (DOE).
 The Y-12 Plant was built in 1943 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Manhattan Project. After World War II, and until recently, the primary mission of the plant was to manufacture nuclear weapons components and to recycle uranium components from retired or obsolete weapons.
 Today, the plant no longer is producing nuclear weapons components. Y-12 now has a new Technology Transfer initiative to share its state-of- the-art technologies and the expertise of its highly skilled work force with U.S. industry.
 Explaining why he has obtained licenses for technology from the DOE facilities, F. Scott Hoover, president of PMI, said, "The cost of that technology is extremely reasonable to a small business. Using the national lab's technology is extremely cost-effective for us."
 PMI is a condition monitoring company which goes to facilities and looks at equipment onsite, determining the condition of systems to help enhance reliability and availability, increase production time and reduce maintenance costs. The company uses such technologies as MCSA, infra-red thermography, vibration analysis, lubrication analysis, electrical diagnostics and energy management.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Culver, Martin Marietta Energy Systems, 615-576-6349; or F. Scott Hoover, Predictive Maintenance Inspection, Inc., 205-464-9679/
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CO: Predictive Maintenance Inspection, Inc.; Oak Ridge National
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