Synchrony Receives Esteemed R&D 100 Award

July 23, 2009

ROANOKE, Va., July 23 /PRNewswire/ — R&D magazine has named Synchrony’s Fusion(R) magnetic bearing as one of the 100 most technologically significant products of the past year. For 47 years, the prestigious R&D 100 Awards have been recognizing the most advanced products in their industries, judged by their advances in technology and their impacts to their markets and the world around them. The winning of an R&D 100 Award provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year. Fusion(R) greatly improves the performance and simplicity of using magnetic bearings in rotating equipment such as motors and pumps. Synchrony is an industry leader in improving the performance and reliability of high performance rotating machinery and power conversion systems.

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“With the help of experienced professionals, we evaluate the merits of each entry for our annual awards event and find ourselves with a list of the most outstanding 100,” R&D Magazine Senior Editor Paul Livingstone wrote about the annual awards. “These, the R&D 100 Awards, span an impressive array of technologies that often make definitive impacts on our lives.”

The commercial introduction of Fusion(R) bearings comes after years of development and testing. Through innovations related to the electromagnetic and thermal design, digital signal processing, self-monitoring capabilities, and software algorithms, the performance and simplicity of the Fusion(R) bearing system distinguishes it from other magnetic bearings. Some unique features are:

  • No external electronics — No other active magnetic bearing in the world can operate without an external electronic controller.
  • Compact size — Even with the integrated electronics, the size envelope of the Fusion(R) bearing is smaller than other magnetic bearings of equal load capacity.
  • Unequaled diagnostic capabilities — Integrated sensors continuously monitor the health of processors, power devices, coils, and cabling. Each Fusion(R) bearing can record, monitor, and log bearing and machine conditions. This information can be accessed through an integrated Ethernet port, which allows local and/or remote monitoring.
  • High speed digital processing and advanced control algorithms — Each Fusion(R) bearing has a dedicated digital signal processor and Synchrony’s high performance control algorithms to improve machine stability and greatly lower vibration.

Applications of magnetic bearings systems are increasing as traditional oil-lubricated bearings and drive trains are replaced with clean, frictionless magnetic bearings products and direct-drive high-speed drive trains. Fusion(R) magnetic bearings are creating new opportunities for integration into motors, generators, pumps, compressors, fans, and blowers in the oil and gas, air separation, power generation, and defense markets. Last month, Synchrony announced the assembly of its senior sales team to meet rising demand for these efficient and environmentally friendly products.

“Magnetic bearings improve efficiency and reliability while eliminating the need for lubricants that may harm the environment,” said Synchrony CEO & President Dr. Victor Iannello. “At a time when there is world attention on energy and the environment, Fusion(R) bearings now make it simple and economical to integrate magnetic bearings into rotating machinery. We are proud to be named an R&D 100 winner.”

Founded in 1993, Synchrony brings a spirit of engineering excellence, bold innovation and creativity to improving rotating machinery and power conversion systems. The company develops and delivers world-class products that maximize the ROI, energy savings, and environmental benefit of its customers’ machines. Synchrony is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. For more information visit www.synchrony.com.

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