Montalvo, which specializes in web tension control products, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) small business innovation research (SBIR) grant for US$750,000 to develop a new way to control individual tow tension in composites manufacturing.

After successfully completing a phase one grant for feasibility studies and commercial review, Montalvo will utilize the second phase of funds to commercialize the product.

‘Our expertise in tension control technology gives a unique insight into the composites manufacturing processes and the problems that a lack of consistent, uniform, and regulated individual tow tension control created,’ said Montalvo’s director of engineering, Chris Osgood.

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