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  • #10946
    RIT Researchers Receive New York State Environmental
    Excellence Award

    Pollution-limiting technology developed at Rochester
    Institute of Technology is receiving commendation from the state’s environmental
    policy administrators. RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS)
    is winner of this year’s New York State Environmental Excellence Award.

    The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has singled out CIMS
    for its work on the Imaging Component Analyzer. This system enables reliable
    reuse of components used in toner cartridge manufacturing. The Analyzer,
    developed within CIMS’ National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery
    (NC3R), detects and defines voids in the working edge of each component and
    evaluates its capability of completing an additional life cycle.

    The Analyzer is being used in four countries, and NC3R researchers say it has
    diverted approximately 24 tons of metal and urethane from entering the waste
    stream each month.

    “By the end of this year, estimates indicate that approximately 400,000
    components will be recovered monthly,” explains Andrij Harlan, CIMS industrial
    programs manager. “This will divert nearly 1,000 tons, or 2 million pounds, from
    landfills every month.”

    The patented Analyzer is exclusively licensed to Optical Technologies Corp.
    (OTC) in Long Island City, N.Y., where the company operates this technology. OTC
    also sublicenses the technology to various remanufacturers around the world.

    The complete process consists of a cleaning station, inspection and
    lubrication of the imaging components. NC3R researchers put the technology’s
    reliability at better than 99.99 percent.

    This is the second time in three years that CIMS has been honored by the
    Department of Environmental Conservation. Nabil Nasr, CIMS director, says the
    recognition highlights the multiple benefits that the center’s work creates for
    the community at large.

    “It’s the hallmark of CIMS—research and development that promote both
    environmental conservation and economic prosperity,” states Nasr. “Projects like
    this more than pay for themselves in the form of economic development and job

    The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) at Rochester Institute
    of Technology exists to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers through
    applied technology and training. Established in 1992, CIMS provides technology
    and workforce development solutions that strengthen industrial clients’ ability
    to compete in the global marketplace. CIMS represents a dynamic collaboration of
    in-house technical experts, as well as academic, industry and government

    The National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) is the
    nation’s leading center for applied research and development in remanufacturing,
    helping remanufacturing and resource recovery industries improve productivity,
    reliability and processes without harming the environment. With its advanced
    proven technologies and hands-on experience, NCR3 is uniquely capable of
    developing the innovative and concrete solutions needed to take remanufacturing
    and resource recovery industries to the cutting edge