Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) March 9, 2005
The LatchTool Group invites experts involved in new product development to discover new and exciting uses for its PowerCylindersÂ, a new force amplification technology, and will award prizes for suggestions leading to commercial applications. Additionally, LatchTool plans to donate PowerCylindersÂ to engineering schools pioneering applied mechatronics and research laboratories developing advanced robotics, automated systems and assist devices for the elderly and infirmed.
PowerCylindersÂ are a new category of mechanical force amplifiers that leverage pounds into tons. Dr. Josh Hoyt, LatchToolÂs SVP-Technology, says PowerCylinders are based on encapsulated hydraulic circuits made possible by ingeniously small check valves that permit large unrestricted fluid flows.Â ÂWeÂve got some pretty good ideas of where our technology can make a difference, but what we really want to know is where product developers and design engineers see an immediate fit.Â He stresses a PowerCylinderÂ Âis a complete system; it requires neither hydraulic nor pneumatic service. Activate it manually or hook it up to a servo and you are set to go.Â
ÂWho could have dreamt something as fundamental as the PowerCylinderÂ would wait until the 21st century to be inventedÂ, says LatchToolÂs president, Bob McPherson. ÂWhat we are doing now is making up for lost time. Once, the early adopters realize the contributions the PowerCylinderÂ can make to their field, the excitement begins.Â
Contest details are available at latchtool.com along with technical descriptions, animations and a forum for communications with the company.
LatchTool Group designs and manufactures PowerCylindersÂ, mechanical force amplifiers with the speed and power of hydraulics. The Company also manages its portfolio of intellectual properties through active licensing.
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