Tech Expedition Has Manufacturing Focus

^ Photo of NHF contingent (lower left) at an earlier technology expedition to the ARL labs.

NHF hosted another of its fact-finding technology expeditions in June, including visits to two Department of Defense laboratories with a Lea County manufacturing company. NHF met with officials, engineers and researchers at the Naval Air Station at Patuxent River, Maryland. The Lea County manufacturer designs and builds oil field equipment as a major part of its operation, and the Navy is focused on much of the same industry challenges when they are tasked with how to prevent corrosion-related damage during extended periods on the open sea. The Navy has developed advanced capabilities and knowledge in many of the same areas that the local manufacturer utilizes in its daily operations.

The NHF delegation also met with a number of engineers, researchers and officials at Picatinny U.S. Army Arsenal in Rockaway, NJ. Picatinny Arsenal is the Joint Center of Excellence for Guns and Ammunition, providing products and services to all branches of the U.S. military. The Picatinny team of more than 6,000 personnel includes soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, U.S. federal employees and contractors who lead in the research, development, acquisition and lifecycle management of advanced conventional weapon systems and ammunition. Picatinny’s portfolio comprises nearly 90% of the Army’s lethality and all conventional ammunition for joint warfighters. Picatinny has more than 1,010 permanent structures, including 64 laboratories, situated on the installation’s nearly 6,500 acres.

Prior to the arrival of the group from the Lea County manufacturer, NHF leadership (Entrepreneur-in-Residence Gary Pankonien, Technology and Federal Lab Relations Manager Tim Wittig and Executive Director Dale Gannaway) met with officials at the Army Research Laboratories.

In addition, during meetings at ARL Adelphi, NHF conferred with Mike Scanlon, the developer of the sound suppression technology that NHF has licensed from the ARL labs. The team talked with Scanlon and other department officials at ARL about other technologies that have been invented that can be utilized for other companies and entrepreneurs in Lea County and Southeastern New Mexico. NHF also met with ARL’s microelectronic fabrication researchers and the predictive sensor technology engineers concerning the labs’ various capabilities for potential NHF projects with a specific Lea County entrepreneur.

Individuals or companies interested in learning more about NHF and accessing technologies to support their company and key projects should contact Dale Gannaway, Executive Director, New Horizons Foundation, at or complete and send us THIS FORM.


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