With the help of SATOP and Alliance Partner Parker Hannifin Corp., a small New York business has overcome a confounding technical challenge and now is preparing a new product for market.

Late last year, Tangidyne Corporation, which develops and manufactures piezoelectric (quartz crystal type) sensors, turned to SATOP for assistancein finding a high temperature cable system to monitor a radio frequency device in furnace conditions.

Based in Syracuse, NY, Tangidyne specializes in the design and manufacture of advanced quartz crystal and gallium phosphate (high temperature) microbalances,
hardware and control instrumentation. The company develops and manufactures sensors capable of measuring select properties of thin film coatings, chemical vapors and biological agents. These products are utilized in the optics, semiconductor, security and defense sectors. Tangidyne is pushing quartz crystal technology into the next generation of applications, from chemical vapor deposition, liquid monitoring, ultra long life optical coating crystals and high stress ion assisted thin film deposition. The company manufactures both low and high volume products, with quantities ranging from one to one million.

Scott Grimshaw, Tangidyne founder and president, explains the technical challenge he was facing: “We were looking for a coaxial cable system that could monitor a radio frequency device and withstand temperatures of 300-500 degrees Celcius. When I heard about SATOP, I submitted a Request for Technical Assistance (RTA) seeking a supplier of high temperature cables or a design that would accomplish the objectives.”

Small companies sometimes have difficulties finding commercially available products that are field proven for their application. To find a solution, SATOP partnered the company with Parker Hannifin Corp.’s Electronic Systems Division (ESD) in Smithtown, NY, a “Silver” Space Alliance Partner. Parker Hannifin is the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems. Established in 1966, ESD serves clients such as Airbus Industries, Embraer Air and The Boeing Company.

Bob Benward, a principal engineer with the company’s Parker Aerospace Branch-Electronic Systems Division, was assigned the RTA. “I reviewed the request and provided the proper direction and source for the high temperature cables,” said Benward.

“The ceramic system recommended addresses the product requirements,” said Grimshaw. “This solution will be integrated into a new product for sale in mid 2004.”

The Tangidyne RTA exemplifies how SATOP’s assistance can positively affect a small business in a short period of time. “The help from Parker Hannifin Electronic Systems Division has had a direct and immediate impact on Tangidyne; the company is integrating the solution into a new product that will soon be on the market,” said Ryan McLaughlin, SATOP New York Engineering Manager. “Many of our Alliance Partner engineers tell us how rewarding it is for them to work on an RTA and then see such quick results for the companies they are helping.”

As for the quality of SATOP’s aid, “the representatives go out of their way to assist you, are always courteous and are fast in their response,” said Grimshaw. “You couldn’t ask for more.”