NH Industrial Research Center
Awards $40,000 to Process Instrumentation, Inc. of Hampton
Contact: Denise Hart or
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 10, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. — Process Instrumentation, Inc., of Hampton
is the recipient of a $40,000 grant recently awarded from the New
Hampshire Industrial Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.
The start-up company with six employees plans to develop a wireless system
for instrumentation interfaces. The project will include the development of
a central unit to control the wireless network, poll units, log data and present
data for analysis in a user-friendly format.
"The Department of Energy says about 20 percent of the energy factories
use is spent on routine operations like providing compressed air or other things,” says
John McHugh, associate professor of mechanical engineering and principal investigator
with this project. “The idea is to keep track of this and monitor the
system so it can be controlled in more efficient ways.”
Process Instrumentation is developing a new technology that will marry industrial
sensors with wireless communications,” says Paul Richards, company president.
Previously, industrial sensors used in factory settings have been wired with
hard wires. This technology aims to eliminate the wiring using radio waves.
The one-year project is being developed at UNH’s Kingsbury Hall with
assistance from Tim Upton, research scientist. The cost is $80,000, with Process
Instrumentation, Inc. providing 50
percent. The technology will be targeted toward Fortune 500 companies
such as General Electric and Dow, according to Richards.
Industrial manufacturing operations face prohibitive costs to install and wire
monitoring sensors; the ultimate goal of the project is to reduce the cost
to deploy the sensors so manufacturers can afford to monitor and control energy
savings. The initial plan is to develop instrumentation interfaces to the system
and then test it by performing power monitoring at UNH.
Process Instrumentation serves New England with products ranging from pressure,
temperature, flow, level and analytical to data acquisition, recorders, calibration
and calibration start-up service. Current companies they represent include
Thermo Brandt, General Monitors and Magnitrol Calve Corporation.
Since its creation in 1991, the NHIRC has had an estimated $500 million impact
on the state’s economy and created 3,000 jobs, according to Henry Mullaney,
the center’s director. The NHIRC was created by the state legislature
and is funded through the Department of Economic Development (DRED). The goal
of the NHIRC is to promote applied and basic scientific, engineering and associated
marketing research and technological transfer and to support the New Hampshire
industrial and business community. Mullaney estimates the NHIRC contributes
$8.7 million a year in additional tax revenue to the state.
The NHIRC is a wise investment for the people of New Hampshire,” says
Mullaney. “We help small companies like Process Instrumentation to develop
new technologies and to stay at the cutting edge of innovation, enabling them
to grow and remain competitive in world markets.”
For more information on the IRC program, contact Mullaney at 862-0123.
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