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Dec. 4, 2011: Tata Steel UK ordered a HotEye® system for its bar mill.

Nov. 7, 2011: HotEye® patent allowed in major steel making countries/regions globally.

Mar. 24, 2011: A HotEye® system ordered for V&M seamless tube mill.

Jan. 7, 2011: OG Technologies, Inc. receives grant for innovative monitoring in piercing process.

Nov. 17, 2010: Technologies receives an order from a wire rod mill.

Aug. 18, 2010: OG Technologies, Inc receives grant for optical measurement tool.

Aug. 16, 2010: OG Technologies, Inc receives grants for surface inspection of cast slabs.

Aug. 3, 2010: Handan Iron & Steel is ordering a HotEye® system.

Aug. 3, 2010: OG Technologies and Nippon Steel Corporation filed for a joint patent.

Apr. 15, 2010: OG Technologies received a grant from National Science Foundation.

Apr. 15, 2010: Ivaco Rolling Mills, LP ordered two HotEye® systems.

Apr. 15, 2010: OGT incorporates a new subsidiary and opens China office.

Dec. 14, 2009: A HotEye® system ordered for a section mill.

Dec. 14, 2009: OG Technologies received federal and state grants.

Jun. 16, 2008: HotEye® is a registered trademark.

May. 08, 2008: ArcelorMittal Acindar orders a HotEye™ RSB system.

May. 01, 2008: Second order from Japan for the HotEye™ RSB system.

Apr. 04, 2008: Saarstahl orders 2 HotEye™ RSB systems.

Feb. 06, 2008: Xuanhua Steel orders a HotEye™ system.

Jan. 21, 2008: OGT to present paper at ISIS conference.

Jan. 14, 2008: MACSTEEL leases a HotEye™ system for the rotary cast billets.

Jan. 10, 2008: A company in Taiwan orders a system from OGT.

Jan. 07, 2008: ArcelorMittal Indiana Bar Mill orders a HotEye™ RSB system.

Oct. 30, 2007: A major Japanese steel maker orders a HotEye™ RSB system.

Mar. 06, 2007: OGT awarded a patent in Japan for its Engine Bearing Inspection System.

Feb. 19, 2007: HotEye™ RSB system high speed surface defect detection documented.

Jan. 25, 2007: OGT honored by Edward Lowe Foundation.

Jan. 3, 2007: OGT to partner in an Award from Michigan's 21st Century Job Fund to the University of Michigan.

Jan. 3, 2007: OGT held its first Users Group Meeting for HotEye™ RSB products.

Jan. 3, 2007: Republic Engineered Products, Inc. ordered a HotEye™ RSB system.

Aug. 14, 2006: Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd. (“Bao”) Rod Mill places an order for a HotEye™ RSB system.

Jul. 20, 2006: OGT awarded 2006 R&D 100 Award.

Feb. 2, 2006: OGT awarded US patent for its Bar End Control System.

Jan. 6, 2006: Nucor Bar Mill ordered a HotEye™ RSB system.

Oct. 21, 2005: Stelco, Inc ordered two HotEye™ RSB systems.

Oct. 11, 2005: OGT awarded a key patent.

Aug. 1, 2005: OGT moving toward rail and billet inspection.

Jul. 6, 2005: OGT received new federal grants.

Jun. 20, 2005: OGT placed a HotEye™ RSB system in Asia.

Feb. 22, 2005: HotEye™ backed with international patents.

Aug. 8, 2004: Steel quality gets high-tech help

Jan. 16, 2004: OGT moves to a new location!

Jan. 6, 2004: EBIS Patent issued by US PTO

Aug. 18, 2003: OGT selected for 2003 Sensors, Controls and Automation Crosscutting Technologies

Jun. 6, 2002: OGT's Engine Bearing Inspection System

Dec. 19, 2001: OGT selected for 2001 NICE3

Jan. 23, 2001: OGT selected for 2000 I&I

Oct. 4, 2000: OGT wins 2000 ATP

 

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DECEMBER 4, 2011 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Tata Steel UK ordered a HotEye® system for its bar mill.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Tata Steel UK has ordered a HotEye? RSB903 system for its Thrybergh Bar Mill located in the United Kingdom. Tata Steel UK plans to use the state-of-the-art surface inspection equipment to improve product quality in some of the most safety-critical products in its range, including steels used in gears, steering and braking systems on cars. The system is scheduled to be delivered and installed in the 2nd quarter of 2012. Corresponding information can also be found at Tata Steel UK's news page.

 

December 4, 2011
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, Chairman at (734) 973-7500 x225

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NOVEMBER 7, 2011 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

HotEye® patent allowed in major steel making countries/regions globally.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that that P.R. China will grant a patent on basic elements of our HotEye® technology. The patent is entitled: An Apparatus and Method for Detecting Surface Defects on a Workpiece such as a Rolled/Drawn Metal Bar. With the granting of this patent, OGT now has 29 national and international patents protecting the HotEye® technology (List of Awarded Patents). In addition to the 29 patents, OGT holds another 6 national and international patents in imaging-based inspection, motion control, and measurements.

 

November 7, 2011
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, Chairman at (734) 973-7500 x225

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MARCH 24, 2011 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

A HotEye® system ordered for V&M seamless tube mill.

OG Technologies, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that V&M Star has ordered a HotEye® RSB904 system for its seamless tube mill located in Youngstown, OH. V&M Star is a subsidiary of Vallourec, the world's leader in premium tubular solutions for energy applications. This order represents the first application of the HotEye® technology to the surface inspection of seamless tubes. The system is scheduled to be delivered and installed in the 4th quarter of 2011.

 

March 24, 2011
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, Chairman at (734) 973-7500 x225

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JANUARY 7, 2011 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc. receives grant for innovative monitoring in piercing process.

OG Technologies, Inc. of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that it has received a federal grant of $500,000 from the National Science Foundation. The project aims at the development of a monitoring system for the piercing process in the manufacturing of seamless steel tubes/pipes. This grant is also supported by Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Michigan Seamless Tube, and V&M Star.

 

January 7, 2011
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500 x225

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NOVEMBER 17, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Technologies receives an order from a wire rod mill.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that it received an order for a HotEye® RSB901 system from a wire rod mill located in the Mid-West area of the United States. The delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.

 

November 17, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500 x225

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AUGUST 18, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc receives grant for optical measurement tool.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce they have been selected to receive a federal grant of $933,000 from the Deparment of Energy for the development of an optical caliper, a measurement tool for hot objects. This grant is funded by the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act and supported by ArcelorMittal Steelton, Charter Steel, Elwood City Forge, Michigan Seamless Tube, Morgan Construction, and the Forging Industry Association.

 

August 18, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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AUGUST 16, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc receives grants for surface inspection of cast slabs.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a federal grant of $1 million from Department of Energy for the development of a system to inspect the surface of cast slabs for quality and process control. The project is supported by ArcelorMittal and Nucor. A matching state grant of $125,000 is expected from the State of Michigan's Emerging Technology Fund.

 

August 16, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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AUGUST 3, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Handan Iron & Steel ordering a HotEye® system.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Handan Iron & Steel is ordering a HotEye® RSB901 system for their new wire rod mill located in Handan, China. Handan Iron & Steel is a major steel company in China, providing steel for the manufacturers of durable goods like motor vehicles, machinery, containers, and construction products. The delivery is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2010.

 

August 3, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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AUGUST 3, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies and Nippon Steel Corporation filed for a joint patent.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and Nippon Steel Corporation has filed for a joint patent in Japan (No. 2010-107513).

 

August 3, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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APRIL 15, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies received a grant from National Science Foundation.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that the company has been awarded a federal grant. The grant is a Small Business Innovative Research ("SBIR") Phase I. The award proposes to develop the Data-fusion Predictive Control for the Flaws in the Bulk of the Continuously Cast Products ("DPC") in which (a) an in-line imaging system and other sensors are used to acquire surface conditions of the cast products, (b) a diagnostic module predicts the internal state of the continuously cast products and the presence of internal defects based on the surface conditions, and (c) an inference engine suggests corrective actions to enable reduction or elimination of defects.

 

April 15, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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APRIL 15, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Ivaco Rolling Mills, LP ordered two HotEye® systems.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Ivaco Rolling Mills, LP has ordered two HotEye® RSB901 systems for their two-strand rod mill located in L'Orignal, Ontario, Canada. Ivaco Rolling Mills produces steel billets and wire rod primarily servicing markets in Canada and the U.S.A. They specialize in premium quality products intended for specialized applications. The systems will be delivered and installed in the 4th quarter of 2010.

 

April 15, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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APRIL 15, 2010 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT incorporates a new Subsidiary and opens China office.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce the incorporation of a new subsidiary OG Tech (HK) and the opening of an office in China. The office initially will be used for marketing and sales. The office will be managed by Allen Chen, Marketing and Support Manager for China. The China office address is Suite 1703, Lvdihechuang Building, 450 Caoyang Road, 200063 Shanghai, P.R. China.

 

April 15, 2010
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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DECEMBER 14, 2009 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

A HotEye® system ordered for a section mill.

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Steel of West Virginia has ordered a HotEye® RSB953R system for its section mill located in Huntington, WV for long products.   This order represents the first order for applying the HotEye® technology to the surface inspection of complex shapes. It will automatically inspect the long products for surface defects and provide information for separating those steel bars with defects for further review.  The system will be delivered and installed in the 2nd quarter of 2010.

 

December 14, 2009
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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DECEMBER 14, 2009 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies received federal and state grants.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that the company was awarded 3 federal grants from the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation in 2009. The awards were matched by the Emerging Technology Fund from the State of Michigan. All of the federal grants are Small Business Innovative Research ("SBIR") Phase I. The grants are based on OGT's experience in bringing advanced imaging and process control technologies to the hot rolling and casting applications and teamed with both industrial and academic partners.

 

December 14, 2009
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JUNE 16, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

HotEye® is a registered trademark..

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that on May 20, 2008 the United States Patent and Trademark Office has registered HotEye® as a trademark. The United States Registration Number is 3,430,162. Foreign trademark registration of HotEye® is pending.

 

June 16, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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MAY 08, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

ArcelorMittal Acindar orders a HotEye™ RSB system..

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Acindar S.A., an ArcelorMittal company, has ordered a HotEye™ RSB system for their Rolling Mill #1 in Villa Constituction, Santa Fe, Argentina. This order represents the first order of the HotEye™ system in South America, and the 2nd order from the ArcelorMittal family in this year. The HotEye™ system will be delivered in the 4th Quarter of 2008 and installed after a Morgan BRSM.

 

May 8, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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MAY 01, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Second order from Japan for the HotEye™ RSB system..

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that a major Japanese steel company has ordered a HotEye™ RSB systems. This order represents the second order of the HotEye™ system from the Japanese steel industry within 6 months. The HotEye™ system will be delivered to the southern Japan area in the 4th Quarter of 2008. The HotEye™ system will to be installed in-line after a Morgan No-Twist Mill.

 

May 1, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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APRIL 04, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Saarstahl orders 2 HotEye™ RSB systems..

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Saarstahl AG ("Saarstahl") in Germany has ordered 2 HotEye™ RSB systems. This represents the first order of the HotEye™ systems from the European steel industry. The two HotEye™ systems will be delivered to Neunkirchen in Q3 2008. One HotEye™ system will to be installed in Saarstahl's bar mill and the other in its rod mill for the inspection of their quality bars and rods.

 

April 4, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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FEBRUARY 06, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Xuanhua Steel orders a HotEye™ system..

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Xuanhua Steel ("Xuangang"), Xuanhua, China has ordered a HotEye™ system to be installed in its #6 continuous caster. The system will cover the billets on 3 of the 12 strands. The system will be delivered and installed in Q3, 2008.

 

February 6, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 21, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT to present paper at ISIS conference..

Dr. Tzyy-Shuh Chang, OG Technologies' Chief Technical Officer will present a paper at the ISIS (International Surface Inspection Summit). Dr. Chang's paper is entitled: "Deployment of Imaging-based Surface Inspection Systems for Steel Bars and Rods".

The ISIS is an internationally acclaimed forum on surface inspection systems. The conference will be held from February 26th to the 27th in Amsterdam. At the two day conference there will be 31 experienced speakers addressing surface inspection issues. For more information on the conference go to the website: www.isis2008.de.

 

January 21, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 14, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

MACSTEEL leases a HotEye™ system for the rotary cast billets..

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that MACSTEEL, a Division of Quantex Corp ("MACSTEEL") has entered in to a lease to own agreement for a HotEye™ RBS ("Rotary Billet System"). The HotEye™ system is installed in a continuous casting strand of the bar mill in Jackson, MI. The HotEye™ system was developed with grants from the Inventions & Innovations program of the US Department of Energy and the State of Michigan 21st Century Jobs Fund. The system has been in operation, providing unprecedented on-line, real time surface quality information on continuously cast billets.

 

January 14, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 10, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

A company in Taiwan orders a system from OGT..

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that a company in Taiwan has ordered an imaging system from OGT. The system will be delivered and installed in the first half of 2008.

 

January 10, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 07, 2008 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

ArcelorMittal Indiana Bar Mill orders a HotEye™ RSB system.

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that ArcelorMittal Indiana Bar Mill (“ArclorMittal”) has ordered a HotEye™ RSB system for its rod mill in East Chicago, IN.   The HotEye™ RSB system will be installed, inspecting rods, on the No Twist line.  The system will be delivered and installed in the first quarter of 2008.    The HotEye™ RSB system will replace the HotEye™ beta system installed in November 2003.

 

January 7, 2008
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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OCTOBER 30, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

A major Japanese steel maker orders a HotEye™ RSB system.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that a major Japanese steel maker has ordered a HotEye™ RSB system for its mill located in northern Japan. The HotEye™ RSB system will be installed inspecting wire rod. The system will be delivered and installed in the second quarter of 2008.

 

October 30, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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MARCH 06, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT awarded a patent in Japan for its Engine Bearing Inspection System.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that its Engine Bearing Inspection System (EBIS™) is awarded a patent (No. 3905475) in Japan. OGT's EBIS™ is a system designed to inspect the racing surface of the half-shell bearings for surface defects such as cracks, nicks, scratches and pinholes at a rate as fast as 80 parts per minute.

 

March 06, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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FEBRUARY 19, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

HotEye™ RSB system high speed surface defect detection documented.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA has documented that ability of its HotEye™ RSB system to detect surface detects at a speed of 105 m/s (20,600 FPM or 236 MPH). The picture below shows a surface defect captured by the HotEye™ RSB system on a 5.5 mm rod while traveling at over 105 m/s.

 

February 19, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 25, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT honored by Edward Lowe Foundation.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, has received the Michigan 50 award. The Edward Lowe Foundation annually celebrates high-performing, second-stage companies for their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, unique processes or philanthropic actions, these companies represent a wide range of industries from all corners of Michigan.

 

January 25, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 3, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT to partner in an Award from Michigan's 21st Century Job Fund to the University of Michigan.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that it will be a partner in the awarded project that focuses on delivering new technologies to the steel and forging industries. The University of Michigan ("UM") will receive $895,000 from the State of Michigan Job Fund for a project entitled "S-P3 System: Sensor-based Prognostics and Predictive Process Control for Hot Deformation Processes". The UM research team, led by Professors Jan Shi and Judy Jin will team up with OGT and other industrial partners in the steel and forging industries. The team is expected to deliver technologies that can be integrated with OGT's proprietary HotEye™ imaging system to serve the industrial applications with hot deformation processes.

 

January 3, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 3, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT held its first Users Group Meeting for HotEye™ RSB products.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA held its first Users Group Meeting for HotEye™ RSB products in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 20-21, 2006. Ten individuals representing five steel mills attended the meeting. In this meeting, attendees exchanged their experiences of using the HotEye™ RSB systems, provided suggestions, and shared their views about how the HotEye™ RSB systems could be used.

 

For instance, a mill with a 90% customer base in the automotive industry shared its experience in using HotEye™ RSB data. In addition to process and quality control, the HotEye™ RSB data provided the basis for changes of the billet preparation and rolling equipment. Not only the internal holding is reduced, its customer complaints on the focused area decreased to 1/10 of its level prior to the installation. Within 6 months after installation, the HotEye™ system has paid for itself through simplified processes and improved quality. Another mill shared its plan of expanding the use of HotEye™ data into quality control.

 

Attandees also received OGT's technological plan for the next 12 to 24 months, including improvement projects and new projects. All the attendees agreed that such a meeting was informative and productive, and suggested that the meeting be held regularly along with other communication channels facilitated by OGT such that experiences and questions can be shared.

 

January 3, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 3, 2007 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Republic Engineered Products, Inc. ordered a HotEye™ RSB system.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Republic has ordered a HotEye™ RSB system for its rod mill in Lorain, Ohio. The HotEye™ RSB system will be installed after a Morgran RSM mill and inspecting rods ranging from f5 mm to f24 mm. The system is scheduled to be delivered and installed in the second quarter of 2007. Commercial operation is expected in the beginning of the third quarter of 2007.

 

The HotEye™ RSB system is an in-line, non-contact surface inspection system. It is based on OGT's patented , proprietary technology. HotEye™ RSB automatically inspects the entire surface of a rod, bar, or billet, detecting surface defects as small as 25 micrometers in critical dimension. The system provides a report identifying the type, size, severity, and location of each surface defect as well as an image of the surface defect. The HotEye™ RSB systems have been used in bar mills for process control, mill setup monitoring and product quality assurance with evidence of proven benefits.

 

January 3, 2007
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JULY 20, 2006 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT awarded 2006 R&D 100 Award.

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized with a 2006 R&D Award for its HotEye™ RSB product by R&D Magazine.  According to the official notification: “Your technology has been recognized as one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year by R&D Magazine.  The 44th annual competition of the R&D 100 Awards saw entries from many of the most prestigious companies, research organizations, and universities in the world”.

 

Mr. Terence Liddy, President of OG Technologies, Inc. stated “This award is a tribute to Dr. Tzyy-Shuh Chang, our Chief Technical Officer and our superb engineering staff.  We brought state of the art machine vision technology and innovation to the steel industry and have succeeded in helping steel companies become more productive, less energy intensive, and more globally competitive.”

 

HotEye™ RSB is a fully automatic, in-line, machine vision system that provides the steel mill with accurate, reliable, and timely information about steel surface quality and surface defects.  It is critical that mill identify and analyze surface defects and there causes in order to reduce scrap, eliminate waste, and improve productivity.  HotEye™ RSB systems are being used to inspect the surface of rods, bars, billets, and rails.  OGT continues to explore new applications for this innovated product.

 

July 20, 2006
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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FEBRUARY 2, 2006 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT awarded US patent for its Bar End Control System.

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that a patent was issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office on January 31, 2006.  The patent (US 6,992,756) is entitled “Apparatus and Method for Movement Measurement and Position Tracking of Long, Non-textured Metal Objects at an Elevated Temperature.”  The technology was used in OGT’s product HotEye™ BECS. 

 

HotEye™ BECS system is an in-line, non-contact system designed to address the bar end issues associated with the Hot Shearing of a Hatebur hot forming presses.  The BECS measures each cut-off length as the steel bars are sheared (+/-0.005"), detects and tracks bar end positions (+/-0.125" at shear), and monitor the shear knife and the first station for any residual slivers or bar ends.  The BECS is calibration free.

 

February 2, 2006
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 6, 2006 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Nucor Bar Mill ordered a HotEye™ RSB system.

OG Technologies, Inc. (“OGT”) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Nucor Bar Mill, Norfolk, NE Division has ordered a HotEye™ RSB systems for their plant in Norfolk, NE.   The HotEye™ RSB system will inspect bars ranging from f12.5 mm to f77 mm.  The system is scheduled to be delivered and installed in the second quarter of 2006.  Commercial operation is expected in the beginning of 3Q06.

HotEye™ RSB system is an in-line, non-contact surface inspection system.  It is based on OGT’s patented, proprietary technology.  The HotEye™ RSB automatically inspects the entire surface of a rod, bar, or billet, detecting surface defects as small as 25 micrometers.   The system provides a report identifying the type, size, severity, and location of each surface defect as well as an image of the surface defect.  The HotEye™ RSB systems have been used in bar mills for process control, mill setup monitoring and product quality assurance with evidence of proven benefits.

January 6, 2006
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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OCTOBER 21, 2005 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

Stelco, Inc ordered two HotEye™ RSB systems.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that Stelco, Inc., Canada's largest steel maker, has ordered two HotEye™ RSB systems for Hilton Works in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Stelco will install a HotEye™ RSB system in their bar mill for bars ranging from f12.5 mm to f75 mm. Another HotEye™ RSB system is to be installed at their billet mill, in which blooms are reduced to square billets, sized from 100 x 100 mm to 200 x 200 mm. The HotEye™ RSB billet system will also provide dimensional measurements on the billets, including the diagonals. The two systems are expected to be delivered and be installed in the first quarter of 2006.

HotEye™ RSB system is an in-line, non-contact surface inspection system. It is based on OGT's patented , proprietary technology. The HotEye™ RSB automatically inspects the entire surface of a rod, bar, or billet, detecting surface defects as small as 25 micrometers. The system provides a report identifying the type, size, severity, and location of each surface defect as well as an image of the surface defect.

The HotEye™ RSB systems have been used in bar mills for process control, mill setup monitoring and product quality assurance with evidence of proven benefits. The HotEye™ RSB billet system, as an extension of the bar mill system, is expected to facilitate "direct charge" for the bar mills. Hot billets can be qualified at working temperature for direct charge into the bar mills. Only those billets that require surface conditioning will be cooled down for further processing. Doing so is expected to reduce the energy in reheating the billets in the bar mills while the bar quality can be preserved. A similar project is supported by the Inventions and Innovations program of the US Department of Energy (DOE) for OGT to install and test a hot billet qualifier in a US mill.

The HotEye™ RSB is a product developed by OGT, with supports from the US government. The support from the Advanced Technology Program of Department of Commerce laid the foundation for the product and the funds from DOE's Sensors and Control program is bringing the product to maturity. The Sensors and Control program is an on-going project, aiming at delivering the benefits of process controls based on the HotEye™ data.

October 21, 2005
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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OCTOBER 11, 2005 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT awarded a key patent.

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA is pleased to announce that it received a patent award from the US Patent and Trademark Office on September 27, 2005. This patent, entitled "Apparatus and method for detecting surface defects on a workpiece such as a rolled/drawn metal bar", is assigned a US Patent Number 6,950,546.

Adding to an early patent (US Pat. No. 6,859,285), the newly issued patent is in time to support OGT's position in applying imaging technologies for the bar/rod/wire applications as OGT's HotEye™ RSB systems are getting deployed into the steel industry.

In addition to the US, this patent is now being filed globally. On May 11, 2005, the patent was award in Taiwan, assigned a Patent Number I232298. The filings are under review in other countries/areas.

October 11, 2005
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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AUGUST 01, 2005 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT moving toward rail and billet inspection.

OG Technologies, Inc. (OGT) is pleased to announce that it is ready to deliver and install a HotEye™-based automatic inspection system to a US rail rolling facility, and that it formally kicked off the project to install a HotEye™-based in-line surface inspection system for cast billets.  OGT expects the rail inspection system will be commissioned in the 4th quarter of 2005.  The billet inspection system will be installed by the end of 2005.

August 01, 2005
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JULY 06, 2005 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT received new federal grants.

OG Technologies, Inc. (OGT) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards by the National Science Foundation and one Inventions and Innovations (I&I) award from the Department of Energy.

These two SBIR awards total approximately $200,000. The Ohio State University is collaborating with OGT in performing research in connection with the award entitled "An Inference Engine for an Intelligent Imaging System for Detecting and Eliminating Hot Rolled Seams." Dr. Jan Shi, a Professor of Engineering at The University of Michigan is collaborating with OGT in performing research in connection with the award entitled "Advanced Tonnage Analysis System for Forging Processes." Dr. Tzyy-Shuh Chang, Vice President of OGT is the Principal Investigator on both projects.

Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President of OGT indicated that "These awards support OGT’s strategic focus on the hot rolled steel industry and the hot forging industry and will significantly enhance the competitiveness of basic American industry."

The I&I award, entitled "Hot Billet Surface Qualifier," will support a commercial demonstration of  an in-line imaging-based surface defect inspection for steel billets.  This project will be carried out in conjunction with MACSTEEL (Jackson, MI).  If successfully demonstrated, the technology could help facilitate high-quality direct-charge steel operations.

July 06, 2005
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JUNE 20, 2005 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT placed a HotEye™ RSB in Asia.

OG Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the installation of a HotEye™ Rolled Steel Bar (RSB) system in a Taiwanese steel mill located in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The system is based on OG Technologies’ proprietary HotEye™ technology. HotEye™ has been recently granted patents and there are several additional patents pending in both the US and worldwide.

The HotEye™ RSB System is a state-of-the-art, real-time, in-line surface defect detection system for hot rolled metal rods/bars. It has been installed in rolling lines and is field-tested. It delivers an additional dimension in surface quality information to the rolling industry.

Not only does the HotEye™ RSB System automatically detects surface defects down to 25 mmicrons for the entire rod/bar, but classifies the type of surface defect, grades the severity of the surface defect, locates the surface defect on the rod/bar, and saves an image of the surface defect. All data including the surface defect images are presented in a report for each bar produced in real time. 

June 20, 2005
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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FEBRUARY 22, 2005 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

HotEye™ backed with international patents!

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan annouced today that its HotEye™ technology has been awarded patents from several countries, including US.  The international patents form the strong basis for OGT's position in the business of applying imaging technologies to surface defect inspection for hot rolled bars. 

February 22, 2005
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 16, 2004 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OGT moves to a new location!

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan moved to a new location. The new address is:

OG TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
4480 Varsity Drive, Suite G
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108
Phone: (734) 973-7500; Fax: (734) 973-1966

Friday, January 16, 2004
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 6, 2004 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

EBIS Patent issued by US PTO

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan announced today that it has received the first patent protecting the technology used in the OGT's Engine Bearing Inspection System ("EBIS™") products. The United States patent 6,661,506 provides a broad base protection in scanning an engine bearing with a line scan camera while keeping both the camera and the engine bearing stationary during the inspection. It is one of several pending patents that will extend the protection throughout the world.

Currently there are EBIS™ products in several companies worldwide. We are working to install additional systems. We have recently completed a new modification to the EBIS™ ID product, which expands the system to inspect bearings up to 35 mm in width and 120 mm in diameter. In addition, the software is also greatly improved. The new functions include the ability to detect nicks on oil holes, to measure dimensions of the bearing surfaces and oil grooves/holes, to handle parting lines with big notches/grooves on a narrow bearing, and to control the light intensity automatically. This beta version software is currently field-tested. The latest system is capable of running at a throughput up to 89 ppm.

Tuesday, January 6, 2004
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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AUGUST 18, 2003 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc. selected for 2003 Sensors, Controls and Automation Crosscutting Technologies

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, Michigan announced today that it has been selected for negotiations for a four year multi-million dollar award by United States Department of Energy ("DOE"). The award is based on OGT's Proposal entitled "SQA™: Surface Quality Assured Steel Bar Program" which was submitted in response to the DOE's Office of Industrial Technology ("OIT") "Sensors, Controls and Automation Crosscutting Technologies" solicitation. The DOE stated in its solicitation that "Through this solicitation, DOE anticipates awarding a total of $12 million to four research projects over a five-year period. With the required minimum 50% non-federal cost share (over the life of the project), the total value of projects undertaken could reach $24 million. The solicitation addresses two separate topics including "Crosscutting Sensors and Controls." In the Crosscutting Sensors and Controls area, according to the DOE web site, the "Focus is on control systems, chemical and physical property measurements, numerical processing, imaging, and emissions measurement. Priority will be given to those concepts that can save substantial quantities of energy by enabling a change in the manufacturing process."

According to DOE, "OIT supports technology partnerships to improve industrial energy efficiency today and tomorrow… Since 1994, U.S. industries have used our Industries of the Future strategy to set their own R&D goals and priorities... (through) partnerships that pool the resources of industry, academia, and government to accelerate the pace of R&D in meeting industry's top needs and achieving national goals for energy and the environment."

The SQA™ project will have a huge impact on the US Special Quality Bar ("SQB") steel industry by reducing scrap, energy consumption, minimizing environmental damage and dramatically improving the quality of the finished SQB steel. This will lead to higher productivity and lower energy consumption in the forging industry, the main customer for SQB steel. The ultimate goal of the project is to eliminate all steel surface quality related rejects by SQB end-users. The project will develop and demonstrate an SQA™ prototype, based on OGT's HotEye™ sensor technology.

OGT formed and leads an SQA™ team that includes, among others, the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin, Charter Steel and Metaldyne Hatebur Operations, Royal Oak, MI. to conduct this project.

Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President of OG Technologies, Inc. stated that "The SQA™ award from DOE is a major opportunity to give domestic SQB steel and forging industries a substantial competitive advantage over foreign rivals in terms of cost, quality and productivity. The SQA™ project will save American jobs and perhaps create new ones." SQA™ is a logical extension of OGT's HotEye™ sensor technology invented by Dr. Shuh Chang, Chief Technical Officer of OG Technologies, Inc. HotEye™ is currently being extended into Predictive Process Control systems for the forging and steel industries.

Monday, August 18, 2003
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Patrick B. Long, Chairman at (734) 973-7500

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DECEMBER 19, 2001 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc. selected for 2001 NICE3

OG Technologies, Inc. announces the award of a $500,000, two year grant from the United States Department of Energy 2001 National Industrial Competitiveness Through Energy, Environment, and Economics Program. Eight projects were selected from among 55 applications by the DOE National Selection Panel.

The grant will finance the installation of the Company's Automatic High Temperature Steel Inspection and Advice System at the Ispat Inland Bar Products Indiana Harbor Works. The award has been made through the State of Indiana Dept. of Commerce. Ispat Inland is contributing $400,000 to the project and the Company is contributing $300,000. Additional supporters of this project include Charter Steel, North Star Steel and Quad Engineering.

The technology covered by this grant has the potential to save the United States 3.6 Trillion Btu and reduce steel plant emissions by 174,000 pounds on an annual basis. This project is based on the Company's proprietary HotEye™ technology.

The Company has been previously awarded two major grants to develop technology based on HotEye™. The first, a $2 Million grant, was awarded in November, 2000, by the US Department of Commerce. The second, a $200,000 grant from DOE, was awarded in January, 2001.

"We are the global leader in vision systems for very hot materials such as forging products and steel" said the Company's Dr. Tzyy-Shuh Chang, Chief Technical Officer. "100% of our proposals have been selected for award, based on technical merit, management capability and their enormous potential impact on the national economy." "We can now take one step further to bring our HotEye™ technology into the steel mills where speed, temperature and other issues are so challenging." In the extreme, the steel bars can travel at a speed of 225 miles per hour with a temperature at 2,000 degrees F or hotter.

"The Company has the opportunity to help smokestack industries dramatically improve quality, efficiency and productivity. We will have a significant near-term impact on the rustbelt's ability to survive and compete in the global market" remarked Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President.

Mr. Patrick B. Long, Chairman, compared using HotEye™ based systems to the use of radar in battle. "HotEye™ lets you see the surface of a very hot part or material just as radar lets you see the enemy fighter planes. Once you can see the subject, you can decide what to do." Currently, forging companies and steel producers are flying into battle "blind" and they pay a huge price in energy costs and waste.

Wednesday, December 19, 2001
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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JANUARY 23, 2001 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc. selected for 2000 I&I

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") of Ann Arbor, MI is pleased to announce that it has been notified by the United States Department of Energy ("DOE") that it has been selected for an award negotiation in the 2000 Inventions and Innovation ("I&I") Program to develop a Hot Eye™ Based Coordinate Measuring Machine for the Forging Industry. OGT's proposal was one of 43 projects selected from the 2000 I&I Solicitation.

Dr. Chang, OGT's Chief Technical Officer stated "We look forward to extending our Hot Eye™ technology to 3-D inspection and measurement of complex parts while they are at very high temperature." The inspection and measurement of very high temperature complex parts is of great interest to makers of complex forged parts such as Jet Engine Turbine Blades.

This DOE award compliments an earlier award from the United States Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Advanced Technology Program to develop SmartSmith™ for the Forging and Steel industries.

"OGT has now been recognized twice within four months by two different federal agencies for its breakthroughs in inspecting and measuring very hot objects quickly and accurately. These two awards confirm the dramatic potential represented by this technology" according to Mr. Patrick B. Long, Chairman of the Company.

Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President of OGT acknowledged that there is considerable commercial interest in OGT's HotEye™ products in both the Forging and Steel industries. " These industries must become more productive and energy efficient quickly and HotEye™ can be an immediate impact player," said Mr. Liddy.

OG Technologies, Inc. delivers timely, useful information about hot metal deformation manufacturing processes through its patent pending HotEye™ technology. The Company's mission is to dramatically enhance the profitability of the domestic Forging and Steel industries by reducing scrap, accelerating ramp up times, and extending die life.

Friday, Jaunary 26, 2001
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500

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OCTOBER 4, 2000 - ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

OG Technologies, Inc. wins ATP award

OG Technologies, Inc. ("OGT") is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $2 Million contract from the US Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology Advanced Technology Program ("ATP") to develop its "Smartsmith™ " machine vision system for the steel rolling and forging industries. The State of Ohio, through The Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute, is also providing $180,000 in support for OGT's Smartsmith™ Project.

Mr. Patrick B. Long, Chairman, stated that "selection for an ATP is a huge step forward for OGT. Smartsmith™ is based on OGT's patent pending HotEye™ technology. If Smartsmith™ is successful, savings in the steel and forging industries could be more than $9 Billion annually in scrap reduction, with additional energy savings amounting to 3 Billion kilowatt hours of electricity."

The Company submitted its proposal in cooperation with American Axle and Manufacturing, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Dana Corporation, Ford Motor Company, The Forging Industry Association, GE Aircraft Engine, Ladish Co., Textron Turbine Engine Components, Inc. and The Timken Company. Professor Rajiv Shivpuri from The Ohio State University, Professors Jan Shi and Jack Hu from The University of Michigan and Professor Ramana Grandhi from Wright State University are subcontractors to OGT in the ATP project. OGT is one of 54 awardees in this year’s competition. There were 417 proposals submitted and 89 selected as semifinalists.

According to Mr. George F. Mochnal, Director of Research and Education, Forging Industry Association, OGT’s technology "has the potential to significantly reduce press setup time and production scrap in the forging industry." Mr. Mochnal assisted OGT in preparing and presenting the proposal to ATP.

Dr. Tzyy-Shuh Chang, Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of OGT, commented that the "ATP award represents a way to leverage the Company's HotEye™ technology for advanced control of high temperature deformation processes in the forging and steel rolling industries." Dr. Chang believes that HotEye™ and Smartsmith™ will provide technological impacts to the forging and steel rolling operations. "The results of this project will significantly improve productivity and profitability in these major industries," said Dr. Chang.

Mr. Terence C. Liddy, President of OGT, indicated that, with the ATP funding in hand, Smartsmith™ will be the basis for rapid corporate growth. "Both government and the steel and forging industries want this technology developed and commercialized as soon as possible" said Mr. Liddy.

More information is available at Advanced Technology Program web site.

OGT is a machine vision company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan that develops innovative solutions to very challenging inspection and measurement problems. These solutions dramatically enhance the productivity and quality of OGT's customers operations. Machine vision solutions developed by OGT include the OG™ family of flatness gages capable of measuring critical surfaces as large as 24"X24", EBIS™ a unique engine bearing inspection system, CBID™ an automatic inspection system to detect non-clean-up in combustion engine cylinder bores and Cross-View™ a technology for acquiring images simultaneously from an object using one camera and multiple illumination schemes.

Wednesday, October 04, 2000
By OG Technologies, Inc.
Contact: Terence C. Liddy, President at (734) 973-7500.

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