A US startup company called Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies (APMT) has been formed to commercialize smart manufacturing analyzers for polymers processing based on the technology licensed from Tulane University in the US.
APMT entered into an exclusive license agreement with Tulane for a number of patents and patent applications invented by Prof. Wayne F. Reed, Director, Tulane Center for Polymer Reaction Monitoring and Characterization (PolyRMC).
The underlying technology for the company’s automatic continuous online monitoring of polymer reactions (ACOMP) product line was developed by Prof. Reedover the past 16 years.
The commercialization of this technology allows manufacturers to monitor fundamental polymer properties continuously during the reaction enabling much more efficient control over the quality of the product and the use of production, feedstock and energy inputs, according to the company.
APMT’s other product line, Argen, is a 16 channel light scattering tool that enables researchers and manufacturers to rapidly and continuously monitor the stability of their products under varying stressor conditions.
Argen applications include characterization of biopharmaceutical stability, polymer degradation, and stability of other formulations such as paints, electronic materials and nano-particle suspensions.
John Christie, Executive Director, Tulane Office of Technology Transfer, said, “Tulane University is proud to have APMT, Inc. as a start-up company, a licensee and a research collaborator. The team at APMT has demonstrated their ability to develop novel technology and deliver meaningful results to industry. We look forward to APMT’s impact on the polymer industry, reducing energy consumption and product waste. The polymer industry will be a more sustainable and cost-efficient industry thanks to APMT.