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Advanced Diamond Technologies Wins R and D 100 Award for UNCD Seals

Published on July 17, 2008 at 11:15 PM

Advanced Diamond Technologies, Inc., the world leader in developing and applying diamond films for industrial and electronic applications wins the prestigious R and D 100 Award for its UNCD Seals-deemed “one of the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year,” by R and D Magazine.

ADT’s patented, award-winning, and internationally recognized UNCD technology adds the exceptional hardness and low friction attributes of smooth, nanocrystalline diamond, to the demanding application of mechanical seals for fluid pumps. UNCD Seals improve reliability, save energy, and reduce costs in fluid pumping systems.

“Much of the innovation in mechanical seals over the last several decades has been in the materials used for the seal faces. Through the efforts recognized by this award, diamond is now available as a face material for seals. When it comes to durability and low friction, it doesn’t get better than diamond,” said ADT president Neil Kane.

The UNCD Seals resulted from a collaboration among ADT, John Crane Inc., and Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne). ADT developed a commercial manufacturing platform for producing UNCD Seals in volume with exceptional reproducibility and quality. John Crane, the world's largest manufacturer of seals, contributed significant engineering expertise and performed exhaustive qualification tests. Argonne provided materials characterization and testing through the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE-EERE) Industrial Technologies Program.

This is the second R and D 100 win for the UNCD technology. In 2003, UNCD marked the first-ever affordable diamond film suitable for mass production of a wide range of diamond-based microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices, biosensors, and microelectronic circuits.

“We’re honored to receive this level of industry recognition and it validates our vision of diamond as an engineering material,” said Kane.

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