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Mide Awarded Phase I Option: Biomass Incinerating Stirling Cycle Energy Producer

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Mide Awarded Phase I Option to continue the development effort for a Biomass Incinerating Stirling Cycle Energy Producer (BICEP Engine). After successful completion of a Phase I contract in October 2016, the Marine Corp has awarded Midé the Phase I Option to continue the development effort for a Biomass Incinerating Stirling Cycle Energy Producer (BISCEP Engine). Marines are often equipped with a significant number of electronic devices such as night vision, range finders, radios, computers, and phones.  These devices all operate on batteries and require regular recharging.  Conventional diesel and gas generators require a continuous supply of fuel, which often have...

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Mide Awarded SBIR Phase I: Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Mide a Phase I contract to develop a piezoelectric energy harvesting system (PEH) for a cubesat (U-class spacecraft) or similar small satellite while in an eclipse.  Significant stored energy is necessary to power satellite systems while the spacecraft is in the nighttime portion of its orbit. To enable the next generation of highly capable small satellites, battery energy density and solar cell efficiency must be complimented with other novel forms of energy harvesting. Piezoelectric energy harvesters convert the kinetic energy of structural vibration into useful electrical energy. Satellites do not have inherent structural vibrations; but...

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“Slam Stick”™ Helps NAVAIR Engineers Troubleshoot Aircraft

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NAVAIR News Article Featuring the Slam Stick. Published September 13, 2016: The proverb “Good things come in small packages” may well be the new mantra of the avionics department of Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) In-Service Support Center-North Island. An engineering tool called “Slam Stick”™ is helping to identify some of the most perplexing maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) issues NAVAIR engineers  face every day. Manufactured by Midé and designed to measure and record vibrations, temperature, and air pressure, the lightweight Slam Stick is a sensor that is 3 inches in length and less than 2 inches in width. And...

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Webinar: Shock & Vibration Overview

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Join our resident Shock and Vibration expert, Steve Hanly, as he presents a webinar entitled; Shock and Vibration Overview.This webinar has been created to help you sort through the many measurement and analysis options available for shock and vibration. In this presentation, attendees will learn about sensor selection, data acquisition systems, and equipment setup guidelines. Participants will gain a better understanding of shock and vibration analysis, and discover the analysis software options best suited to their needs. Live: September 20. 1-2pm EST.

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Mide and Slam Stick Featured as Navy SBIR Success Story

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Midé was recently featured as an example success story for the Navy's SBIR and STTR program.  A total Department of Navy investment of $850K into Midé's Slam Stick data logger technology now yields savings on average of $100K per F/A-18 test flight. Below is an excerpt from the SBIR success story (click link to download). "Slam Stick X provides a compact and lightweight capability to acquire vibration data quickly and easily on any aircraft-reducing aircraft instrumentation costs, flight test costs, and diagnosis time. Slam Stick X is expected to save NAVAIR $3-5M in the four years following its initial procurement. These savings could increase as Slam...

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