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Selected Projects from UC’s Tech Expo 2008

Companies as diverse as Acculube in Dayton, Aeronca, Inc., in Middletown, and Yanmar America Corporation of Illinois seek out and sponsor Tech Expo projects. Below is a partial list of the 150 projects that will be on display May 22.

Date: 5/7/2008 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824

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The local, regional and national firms that seek out, sponsor or make use of the applied-research projects created by University of Cincinnati students for their annual Tech Expo make for a diverse roster: AK Steel, Cincinnati Bell Telephone, Cincinnati Thermal Spray, Duke Energy, F&M Mafco, The Kroger Company, LexisNexis, Meritor Webco, SolidWorks, Sun Chemical and many more.

All of the above-named firms have come to UC to participate in Tech Expo set to run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, May 22, in the Duke Energy Center, downtown. Others seeking to benefit from specific projects include the following companies sponsoring the following projects.

  • An at-home paper recycling machine sponsored by International Paper of Tennessee.
  • An automated spindle washer to clean 38,000-pound steel mill couplings, sponsored by Xtek Incorporated of Sharonville, Ohio.
  • A device that pulls multiple bullets at a time and sorts the components, sponsored by BAE Systems of Fairfield, Ohio.
  • An easy caulk gun sponsored by Albion Engineering Co. of New Jersey.
  • A chemical test to determine the best food flavors possible for products, sponsored by Cargill Flavor System of Cincinnati.
  • A new design for a machine insert to cut large swaths of a material into desired smaller strips (like band-aids), sponsored by Northpointe Custom Machine and Tooling Solutions of Hebron, Ky.
  • A rear-view camera system sponsored by Nortrax (Cincinnati) and Bray Arnsperger Excavating, Inc., of Alexandria, Ky.
  • A rotary-table and drilling station that will automatically assemble hex picnic table seats designed for The Plastic Lumber Company of Akron, Ohio.
  • A study of bio-enzymatic floor cleaners sponsored by Procter & Gamble Company.
  • A special table for viewing construction documents has been designed for HTC Products, Inc., of Michigan. A patent will be sought on the device, which is transportable, accessible and durable.
  • A three-wheeled vehicle sponsored by a consortium of local and national firms including Bud Herbert Motors Inc. (with locations in Cincinnati and Harrison)  and Tuff Torq Corporation of Tennessee.
  • A torque-limiting belt tensioner, for which a patent will be sought, designed to prevent excess tension on a belt-driven precision spindle, sponsored by SETCO Sales Co. of Cincinnati.

Other Tech Expo projects include

  • A device that detects when drivers might be falling asleep and sounds an alert.
  • A “Simon Says” alarm clock that requires the user to play a game of “Simon Says” to disable the alarm.



UC's Tech Expo at a glance

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, May 22, 2008

Where: Duke Energy Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202

Admission: Free and open to the public


To partner with UC’s College of Applied Science, contact
Allen Arthur, Associate Dean
UC’s College of Applied Science

Other UC research partnerships:
Sandra Degen, Vice President
UC Office of Research

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