2018 Titanium Applications Development Award Winner
Norsk Titanium, the world’s first FAA-approved supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components, is the recipient of the International Titanium Association’s (ITA) 2018 Titanium Application Development Award. Norsk executives will receive the award during a presentation ceremony at the annual TITANIUM USA Conference and Exhibition, which will be held Oct. 7-10 at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
As reported last year, Norsk Titanium began delivering the structural, additive manufactured aerospace parts to industry giant Boeing. These first OEM-qualified components are now flying on the Boeing 787. Norsk utilizes its Rapid Plasma Deposition™ (RPD™) wire-fed process to produce near-net-shape titanium parts at its production facilities in Hønefoss, Norway, and Plattsburgh, NY.
“Norsk Titanium is honored to be recognized by ITA for the 2018 Titanium Applications Development Award,” Michael Canario, chief executive officer of Norsk Titanium, stated. “This achievement by our dedicated team follows the vision of our Norwegian founders to revolutionize the titanium manufacturing industry with our Rapid Plasma Deposition™ technology. We want to expressly thank our research and development partners for their support in promoting new titanium applications.” Edward A. Sobota Jr., the president of TSI Titanium, Derry, Pa., and the chair of the ITA’s TAD award selection committee, praised
the accomplishments of Norsk Titanium, saying the company is leading the titanium industry into the next phase of industrial additive manufacturing. “This is good for our industry,” Sobota observed. “Additive manufacturing will help get titanium into applications never before possible.” In addition to his executive duties at TSI, Sobota serves as a member of the ITA’s board of directors. Norsk’s Plattsburgh Development and Qualification Center (PDQC) houses nine of Norsk’s proprietary RPD™ titanium printing
machines. The Norsk Norwegian facility, known as the Engineering and Technology Center, continues to operate qualified and approved RPD™ machines. The RPD™ process uses titanium wire with plasma torches to print titanium structural components on an industrial scale.
According to Norsk officials, this additive manufacturing technology has demonstrated it can be used to produce parts weighing over 100 lbs. They said that RPD™ is also 50-100 times faster than powder-based additive manufacturing systems and uses 25-50 percent less titanium than incumbent forging processes. In addition to producing parts for commercial jets, the RPD™ process can be used to manufacture structural parts for the space, transportation, oil and gas, and maritime business sectors.
The ITA (https://titanium.org) sponsors the TAD award to recognize: significant achievement towards improving and expanding the use of titanium; promoting titanium products into new applications or enhancing the performance of titanium in an existing application; unveiling a technical breakthrough that specifically expands the use of titanium; inaugurating or influencing outstanding research or marketing programs leading to the expansion of the titanium market or titanium products; initiating or creating important new and imaginative uses for titanium.
What started out as a simple idea to recognize individuals or organizations who have shown significant achievement towards improving and expanding the use of titanium, has evolved into an internationally recognized program which has awarded a diverse range of candidates using titanium in a variety of sectors including aerospace, industrial, medical and consumer markets.
The program, now in its 12th year, is collecting applications for the $20,000 prize which will be presented to the winner(s) at the TITANIUM USA Conference in Vegas this October.
The TAD award is intended to distinguish and remunerate commendable work in an area too little rewarded as well as potentially help support the continued development of the application.
Dr. Christopher Higgins, Professor at Oregon State University, won the award in 2015 for his role in developing a novel titanium application for repairing highway infrastructure. Dr. Higgins designed the idea of the titanium staple and the requirement of a surface treatment that would allow titanium alloy bars to be used to strengthen concrete bridges.
“The ITA Grant Committee has reviewed applications covering everything from musical instruments to building tools; connecting rods to micromachining technologies; marine vessels to a variety of medical applications.” said Jennifer Simpson, who has been the executive director of the International Titanium Association since 2001, “What is interesting is they were all worthy candidates. Each one of the applications ITA received was so imaginative, admirable and praiseworthy of the award. Unfortunately, only one candidate can win each year, so the committee has to follow careful criteria when evaluating the best candidate. It’s a tough decision for them because there are so many highly creative ideas for using titanium metal."
“The ITA Grant Committee has reviewed applications covering everything from musical instruments to building tools; connecting rods to micromachining technologies; marine vessels to a variety of medical applications.” said Jennifer Simpson, who has been the executive director of the International Titanium Association since 2001, “What is interesting is they were all worthy candidates…each one of the applications ITA received were so imaginative, admirable and praiseworthy of the award.
Unfortunately only one candidate can win each year so the committee has to follow a careful criteria when evaluating the best candidate. It’s a tough decision for them because there are so many highly creative ideas for using titanium metal. Each year the committee is always excited to see what new ideas are out there”.
Synthes USA accepted the award in 2011 for the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR), a medical implant that utilizes the alloy Ti-6Al-7Nb and commercially pure titanium components.
In 2014, Expliseat SAS (Paris, France) accepted the award for the development and commercial launch of a commercial aerospace interior cabin product simply known as the “Titanium Seat.”
ITA Members and Non Members alike are encouraged to nominate any person or organization who would be considered an excellent choice for receiving this valued award.
For titanium industry veteran Stanley Abkowitz, winning the 2013 TAD award was more than just a personal honor; he feels it marks a new era for the use of titanium powder metal technology in the aerospace industry. Dynamet Technology, Inc. (Burlington, MA) pioneered the development and application of titanium powder metal (PM Ti) technology for four decades. Acceptance of PM Ti as a substitute for conventional Ti-6Al-4V mill products or forgings for use in aerospace components has been a long-sought objective that marks a breakthrough for the PM titanium industry.
A team of researchers from Nippon Steel Corporation in Japan were the ﬁrst recipients of the TAD award back in 2007 for expanded use of titanium in exhaust system materials, engine valve materials, materials for parts around engines, and as the material for suspension springs in motorcycles.
Titanium Industries, Incorporated (T.I.) underwrote the ﬁrst TAD award in 2007. “ITA’s education and outreach efforts to promote new applications are considered essential for continued international growth of the Association”, according to Brett Paddock, President and CEO of T.I. and Past President of the ITA. Mr. Paddock, who also chairs the ITA’s Grant and Membership committees, was instrumental in developing the criteria for the award.
“We want to promote the use of titanium in emerging markets. We want to inspire the next big idea for titanium,” Mr. Paddock commented, pointing to potential lucrative, high-end applications in consumer products, medical and automotive as the fertile ground for new business. Mr. Paddock sees the ITA’s TAD award as a beacon to inspire inroads for titanium in new markets and novel applications. Constraining elements that once caused some designers and engineers to hesitate from specifying the use of titanium--such as challenging welding techniques--have long been solved, he said. “The fabrication of titanium products is no longer the mystery it was some time ago.”
Help honor and commend colleagues who have made a positive effort to help advance the titanium industry as well as potentially help support the continued development of the applications.