M4 Sciences Delivers First Ever 'LIVE' TriboMAM Drilling System

  M4 Sciences Delivers First Ever 'LIVE' TriboMAM Drilling System

Business Wire

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- November 14, 2012

James Mann, CEO of M4 Sciences LLC, announced that M4 Sciences has delivered
new 'LIVE' TriboMAM® drilling systems for Modulation-Assisted Machining (MAM)®
technology. The system could change global product manufacturing because it
enables a new method of mechanical drilling in high-performance metals and
alloys such as stainless steels and titanium alloys.

Last year the company announced a major advancement in product development by
demonstrating the first-of-its-kind rotating 'LIVE' TriboMAM system. The new
system is an innovation in M4 Sciences' patented drilling system that uses
piezo-electric actuators and precision motion control to oscillate drill tools
and increase drilling productivity in computer numerically controlled (CNC)
lathe machine tools. The 'LIVE' TriboMAM drilling system is now adaptable to
CNC vertical or horizontal machining centers and drilling machines with
rotating tools (referred to as "live" tools) that serve a key role in global
manufacturing.

Mann, Ph.D., described the new application as a "breakthrough in machining
technology" since the new TriboMAM drilling system not only delivers increased
production efficiency, but enables drilling of complex and difficult-to-drill
metals and alloys.

"The commercial TriboMAM-LIVE drilling system will alter the future course of
machining technology," Mann said. He said the introduction was motivated by an
"industry champion and partner customer that recognized M4 Sciences' TriboMAM
drilling system and MAM technology as a pathway to a market leap."

Although commercial agreements prevent M4 Sciences from naming the customer or
disclosing the product application, Mann said, "The delivery of this new
version of TriboMAM marks a historic event for M4 Sciences. This will enable
an industry leading customer to market and manufacture a new product design
that was previously not viable to produce."

In 2012 M4 Sciences introduced two new TriboMAM drilling system designs and
expanded market applications for its existing product line.

"By expanding M4 Sciences' product line and working in partnership with our
customers, we are engineering our way into new markets," Mann said.

This year M4 Sciences delivered TriboMAM systems to new markets in Brazil,
Taiwan and Germany. Mann anticipates the introduction of the new TriboMAM-LIVE
drilling system will increase the target market. He said vertical and
horizontal CNC machining centers make up the majority of metal machining
systems world-wide production of a diverse range of high-performance products
in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and orthopedic sectors. Manufacture
of these products often requires some type of drilling on CNC machining
centers and the production efficiency can benefit directly using TriboMAM
drilling systems.

"We are working together with our customers, machine tool manufacturers and
university researchers to achieve global adoption of MAM technology," Mann
said. "MAM technology offers a profound advantage in machining operations by
altering the physics of the process. The underlying physics in metal cutting
is a technology barrier to achieving increased machining productivity. M4
Sciences is breaking that barrier now with a disruptive innovation in drilling
operations."

M4 Sciences' TriboMAM drilling systems and MAM technology enable up to a 500
percent productivity increase for CNC mechanical drilling processes. In 2009
M4 Sciences introduced the first commercial TriboMAM drilling system with
product sales to date in nine countries. In 2011 it announced a technology
sub-licensing agreement with a world-leading manufacturer, Belgium-based NV
Bekaert SA.

The patented machining technology developed by M4 Sciences was discovered at
Purdue University's School of Industrial Engineering and licensed through the
Purdue Research Foundation's Office of Technology Commercialization. Mann, a
co-author of the patents, co-founded M4 Sciences in 2005 at the Purdue
Research Park of West Lafayette.

"The ability to successfully and smoothly drill through a titanium alloy is an
important breakthrough in the global machining industry," said Joseph B.
Hornett, senior vice president, treasurer and COO of the Purdue Research
Foundation, which manages the Purdue Research Park. "The work that the M4
Sciences researchers and engineers are doing and the industrial agreements
they have generated with companies around the globe demonstrates well the
importance of the work they are doing in the area of advanced manufacturing."

Contact:

For M4 Sciences LLC
Cynthia Sequin, 765-588-3340
casequin@prf.org
 
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