Thursday, July 8, 2010

In the Gilbert Republic newspaper

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Sensor firm gets federal grant

Gilbert-based ColnaTec LLC, a designer, developer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art sensors and electronic instrumentation used in the production of thin-film solar cells, has been awarded a $100,000 U.S. Department of Energy research grant to develop a new breed of industrial sensor.

"The ColnaTec sensor system will improve manufacturing efficiency and lower overall costs by eliminating the need for multiple backup systems, ensuring reliable coating thickness, extending production run times and reducing castoffs," the firm said in a release.

ColnaTec CEO Wendy Jameson said, "As Arizona and the Southwest continue to embrace alternative energy sources and applications, it is vital we continue to be on the forefront of the technology to ensure it is cost-efficient and practical from the manufacturing side of the business."