July 7, 2020

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Zenagui Brahim
President, NH MEP

Hanover, NH – Creare LLC, a New Hampshire-based research and development engineering firm, revealed their newest innovative technology to support ongoing and future NASA missions. In addition to their 60,000 sq. ft. of offices and laboratory facilities, Creare works with many small to mid-size New Hampshire manufacturers to develop their products. “Creare’s partnerships with local manufacturers have been vital to the success of our technology in NASA’s and DOD’s space programs,” said Paul Movizzo, Creare’s DoD Business Development Officer. Continuing their space heritage from the Hubble Telescope, Creare has several projects destined to be in space in the near future.

Space Cryocoolers Creare built on years of component and system development when it successfully constructed a cryocooler to extend the life of the Near-Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), a critical instrument on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Most recently, Creare’s cryocooler technology is baselined for thermal management of the cryogenic fuels on NASA’s Human Landing System that is part of the Artemis Program. “We are excited by the opportunity to participate in this exciting program and look forward to having our hardware on or orbiting the moon in 2024”, said Mark Zagarola, Creare’s lead space-based, cryocooler principal engineer. Creare also delivered a cryocooler to NASA/GRC for use in ground demonstrations of technologies critical for management of cryogenic propellants, including zero-boil-off cryogen storage, transfer, and liquefaction in space. For future astrophysics missions, Creare plans to leverage recent developments in gas bearing technology and low-temperature alternators to engineer a Turbo-Brayton cryocooler that will provide component cooling with negligible vibration emittance and high efficiency at cryogenic temperatures.

Oxygen cooler and flow meter for the Exploration Space Suit System Creare has developed an innovative flow meter / heat exchanger (FMHX) for use in the portable life support systems that are under development for future space suits. The purpose of the FMHX is to cool the space suit ventilation gas and provide an accurate measurement of the ventilation flow rate. It is a critical system planned for use on Gateway, Moon, and Mars missions. In a project for NASA Johnson Space Center, Creare is designing, building, qualifying, and delivering a prototype for integration with the advanced exploration life support system test bed.

Image by: NASA  |  Parts pictured above: Oxygen cooler and flow meter for the Exploration Space Suit System

Thermal Storage for High Power Small Satellites Creare is developing an innovative thermal storage technology for small satellite thermal control systems. The technology offers high-energy storage density, excellent thermal conductance, and simple system integration. Thermal storage will enable high-power small satellites to continue using passive thermal control systems instead of active thermal control systems while operating high-power components in variable thermal environments.

Miniature Vacuum Pumps for Interplanetary Exploration Creare capitalized on years of support from NASA and other agencies to build the world’s smallest turbomolecular vacuum pumps, including the pumps sent to Mars in late 2011 on the Curiosity rover. The vacuum pumps are vital to enable NASA’s search for life on other planets. Work is ongoing for the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission and the NASA Dragonfly mission to Titan

“Creare is one of the most proactive organizations in new technologies. We are fortunate to have Creare as a member of our manufacturing community and a client of New Hampshire MEP. We wish them success on their NASA projects,” said Zenagui Brahim, President of NH MEP.

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Students Will Virtually Tour Manufacturers in October During NH Manufacturing Month

An entire month of celebrating manufacturing in New Hampshire!

For the last 7 years New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership with help from the NH Department of Business and Economic Affairs, the Community College System of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Education and many other partners organized NH Manufacturing Month. NHMEP hopes to encourage students into building their career with local manufacturers, keeping them in state after graduation.

What is it all about?
In previous years, throughout the month of October, high school and middle school students went on field trips to visit local manufacturers. During those trips, manufacturers had the opportunity to show students how cool manufacturing is and inform them of all the in demand careers their field has to offer. This year, our plan is to engage students in virtual visits to manufacturers.

StopTheSpread’s ImpactAssets COVID-19 Response Fund

StopTheSpread is an organization whose mission is to catalyze the private sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since early March, StopTheSpread and NIST MEP have worked together, matching StopTheSpread partners with MEP Centers and clients in order to facilitate increased production of personal protective equipment (PPE), testing and treatment equipment, and ventilators. Recently, StopTheSpread joined forces with ImpactAssets an organization raising capital for their COVID Response Fund.

StopTheSpread has opened their intake form to manufacturers facing financial roadblocks in their COVID-19 pandemic response efforts.

Any manufacturer that wants to produce PPE (e.g., masks, gloves, gowns, etc.) or testing and treatment equipment may apply for an impact investment using the intake form.

Progressive Manufacturing Expands Team with New Marketing and Communications Specialist

West Lebanon, NH – September 2020: Progressive Manufacturing, Inc. is excited to announce that Lori Decato-Metz has joined the team as Marketing Communications Manager. In her role, Lori will develop creative content to expand Progressive Manufacturing’s presence in the New England market and also promote their brand SÓLAS Contemporary Fire, which produces modern and efficient fireplace products.

Prior to joining Progressive Manufacturing, Lori worked as a creative marketing professional for many regional and global brands, including Timberland, Eastern Mountain Sports, ECCO and Bauer Hockey.

Mascoma Community Development Wins $65 Million Tax Credit to Facilitate New England Expansion

Mascoma Community Development, an entity of New England based Mascoma Bank, has received a $65 Million tax credit allocation to facilitate industrial and manufacturing expansion, along with retail and main street redevelopments in rural and minor-urban communities of New England. The award is from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) authority from the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund. Project developments will be focused on New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

“We will use this award to provide much needed flexible financing for manufacturers needing to update deteriorating facilities and aging equipment,” said Dick Jennings, Managing Director, Mascoma Community Development.

Rewarding Opportunities at USAF Advanced Manufacturing Olympics Virtual Event

Virtual Event: October 20-23, 2020

This October, the US Air Force will launch an inaugural virtual event, the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics (AMO), which is “aimed at translating innovative ideas into enduring solutions” in manufacturing technology across the United States. Distinguished leaders in academia, government and industry will be speaking to discuss the future of advanced manufacturing.

Topics at the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics will include Industry 4.0, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality, automation and more. There will be open discussion on technical challenges and potential solutions for the Air Force’s sustainment issues.

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