PureForge Wins Prestigious R&D 100 Award

PureForge®, the leader in the development of innovative brake solutions, has been recognized as one of the most significant Mechanical Systems innovations of 2013 by R & D Magazine for its Atomic-Forged® brake rotors. The prestigious and influential R&D 100 awards are considered the “Oscars of Innovation” and recognize the top 100 technology innovations of the year. A panel comprised of R&D Magazine editors and industry experts undertake the arduous task of selecting the most innovative 100 achievements from the many worthy candidates submitted each year. A full list of the 2013 award recipients will be showcased in the September/October issue of R&D Magazine. You can also see the list on their website at www.rdmag.com/award-winners

“PureForge is honored and humbled to receive this award and recognition. We are blessed to be surrounded by people with great minds and an even greater commitment to making a positive contribution to the world,” states Douglas F. Wall, co-founder, CEO and Chairman.  “The development of PureForge Atomic-Forged technology began 35 years ago with the groundbreaking work of Nathan K. Meckel our co-founder, President and Chief Technology Officer who says, ‘we are not inventors but only discoverers of God’s inventions.’  So you can only imagine how much we look forward to celebrating the advance of technological innovation with the other R&D 100 award recipients at the awards ceremony on November 7, 2013.”

PureForge brake rotors address some of the most crucial challenges that law enforcement and commercial fleets face today by delivering improved driver safety, better management of shrinking budgets, and significantly reduced environmental degradation as compared with current braking systems.

PureForge offers its patented Atomic-Forged technology to law enforcement agencies and commercial fleets through an innovative Brakes-as-a-Service™ (BaaS™) model.  This model does not require any capital outlay for the PureForge brakes; rather, the brakes and brake maintenance are provided in exchange for a monthly service fee for less than their current average monthly brake maintenance costs. This cost savings allows reallocation of shrinking budget dollars for other critical public safety services.

Dr. Peter Filip, the Director of the Center for Advanced Friction Studies at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Brake Standards Development Committee, performed independent testing of the PureForge brake rotors and stated that, “PureForge rotors enable braking system performance that has previously been unachievable. A combination of stopping power and braking effectiveness that is best in class. I have never seen in my 16 years, a brake rotor and pad combination perform with such exceptional wear resistance and frictional stability as PureForge. This is truly a breakthrough technology and innovation for the braking industry.”

PureForge rotor

About the R&D 100 Awards

Now in its 51st year, the R&D 100 Awards have long been a benchmark of excellence for industry sectors as diverse as telecommunications, high-energy physics, software, manufacturing, and biotechnology. R&D 100 Awards have identified pioneering new technologies such as the flashcube (1965), the automated teller machine (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), the liquid crystal display (1980), the Nicoderm anti-smoking patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), lab on a chip (1996), and HDTV (1998). Winners of the R&D 100 Awards are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine.

About R&D Magazine

Since its founding in 1959 as Industrial Research, R&D Magazine has served research scientists, engineers and technical staff at laboratories around the world, providing timely, informative news and useful technical articles that broaden readers’ knowledge of the research and development industry and improve the quality of their work. R&D Magazine is a publication of Advantage Business Media (www.advantagebusinessmedia.com).

About the Discoverer

Nathan K. Meckel is a prolific discoverer of God’s inventions in the fields of surface sciences, physics and metallurgy. He has led the PureForge development of proprietary Atomic-Forging and Nano-Surface technologies. He is the founder of Molecular Metallurgy, Inc. (“MMI”), an advanced surface engineered coatings services company. Prior to founding MMI, Mr. Meckel was the founder of Deposition Technology, Inc. (“DTI”), a wide-web optical and specialty coating development company, which was successfully sold in the mid 1980’s.

Mr. Meckel has extensive experience in developing and commercializing technology for new applications and is the author of eighteen issued U.S. patents, multiple foreign patents as well as ten pending patents related to surface engineering for brakes and other motor industry applications.