Illinois Technology grants to fund heat treatment and vacuum casting projects.
Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson announced in late 1990 that more than $12.3 million has been awarded in grants to help the state's businesses and institutions further technology research and development.
"An increasingly global economy creates both challenges and opportunities," Thompson said. "Illinois' ability to compete successfully in this global economy depends largely upon our commitment to nurture that development and commercialization of technology-based research."
The 36 grants represent the second round of funding under the Technology Challenge Grant Program, authorized by the 1989 Technology Advancement and Development Act.
Foundry-related programs funded by the grant are:
*Establishment of a Heat Treatment
Demonstration Facility to Improve Productivity and
Quality of Manufacturing
in Illinois: Some $1 million (leveraged
by $6 million in federal money) has
been granted to IIT Research institute
of Chicago to establish a center to
improve heat processing of metals by
determining what factors cause quality
problems and high costs. An education
program also will be formed to
help solve the critical shortage of
trained heat treatment engineers and
operators. This project will lead to
substantial improvements in metal
fabrication-particularly for small- to
medium-sized manufacturing concerns
in Illinois. Partners in the project
are the Defense Logistic Agency and
the instrumented Factory for Gears.
*Vacuum Casting of Composites: Aurora
Industries, Inc., Montgomery, Illinois,
has been awarded $250,000 in
matching funds for this project. The
project's designed to bring the Illinois
foundry industry into the advanced
materials and processing arena in order
to promote economic growth and
worldwide competitiveness. Objectives
of the project are to expand the
knowledge of metal composites in
vacuum casting, to process variables
for use by the manufacturing community
and to develop a metal composites
vacuum casting process model
for component selection for manufacture.
The Technology Challenge Grant Program is administered by the Dept of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCCA) Small Business Assistance Bureau (SBAB), with assistance from the Governor's Science Advisory Committee and The Illinois Coalition.
The grants will be matched with funds from public and private sources, said Steven D. McClure, DCCA director.
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|Title Annotation:||Industry News; Illinois Technology Challenge Grant Program|
|Date:||Feb 1, 1991|
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