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Congratulations to the 2012 Innovation Challenge Winners!

The 11 Innovation Challenge winners include:

Electronics and Overall Innovation Challenge Winner: PacketDigital LLC- PowerSage Power Management Integrated Circuits, which monitor activity in electronics, correlate this to real-time energy demand, and provide dynamic voltage scaling—thus improving performance, extending battery life, and reducing heat


Aero Structures: 3D Metal Forming- Integrated Structures, a process that uses explosive forming technology to produce large, complex, and double-curved shapes that are ready for machining

Communications: Rockwell Collins- ANT-7000 C-Band Antenna, developed to resolve cost, size, weight, and reception issues for aircraft antenna by enabling multi-directional digital communication

Advanced Material Composites: Lord Corp.- Self-Assembling Conductive Mesh for Lightning Strike Protection, a polymer technology that dramatically cuts weight and is easy to apply, repair and interconnect

Manufacturing Processes: Makino Inc.- ADVANTiGE, a machining technology used with titanium to overcome limitations of low metal-removal rates and rapid tool wear

Other: Industrial Technology Research Institute- REDDEX, a composite material made of urethane-based components and alumni-trihydrate that adheres as a foam or in sheets for fire protection against gas and smoke


Process Innovation: Adducent Technology, Inc.- AeroProbe Electronic Tool Detection System, which is used plane-side to detect tools that may have been left behind during repair or MRO activity


Power and Propulsion: Fraunhofer ILT- Additive BLISK, a manufacturing technology that reduces material losses and production cost, slashing manufacturing time by 30%


Sensors: LOGOS Technologies Inc.- Lightweight Expeditionary Airborne Persistent Surveillance (LEAPS) System, which provides local ground commanders sole control of persistent surveillance assets


Service Products: Air New Zealand Technical Operations- A320 MLG Retraction Actuator Jack In-Situ Boring and Spotfacing Tool, a single, indexable cutting insert that saves maintainers 400 man-hours per aircraft

Software: BridgeNet International- VOLANS, an internet-based prototyping tool that creates, evaluates and displays flight operations in 3D, allowing for Next Gen ATM data about economics, emissions and efficiency




Aviation Week’s Innovation Challenge! Winners will be profiled in Aviation Week & Space Technology, Defense Technology International and on the Aviation Week Innovation Challenge web site.

Finalists of Aviation Week's Innovation Challenge will be invited to showcase their innovative solutions and groundbreaking work in the exhibition hall.  See the complete list online!

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