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LORD Corporation's UltraConductive Technology Wins Innovation Challenge from Aviation Week


LORD Corporation, a supplier of thermal management materials, adhesives, coatings and electromechanical systems, has been selected as a winner in the Innovation Challenge competition sponsored by Aviation Week magazine for its UltraConductive Coating for Lightning Strike Protection technology.

Recognizing game-changing aerospace and defense (A&D) suppliers for their unique responses to market needs, cost improvements, and positive effects on integration barriers, the 2012 Innovation Challenge brings the latest A&D advancements, pre-screened by industry leaders, to aviation buyers. The winners of the Innovation Challenge were announced on March 7 at Aviation Week's Innovation Challenge Showcase in Washington, D.C. Recommended industry actions, insights, and observations marked a full day of focus on innovation at the Innovation Challenge Showcase.

LORD Corporation was honored as a winner in the Advanced Material Composites category for its self-assembling conductive mesh for lightning strike protection - a polymer technology that cuts weight in-half and is easy to apply and repair. UltraConductive Films and Coatings offer equivalent lightning strike protection to conventional expanded metal foils at half of the weight. Due to its polymeric nature, LORD UltraConductive Coating is available as a spray-on-tool primer or surfacing film - improving manufacturability and enabling automation. It provides exceptional EMI protection in addition to lightning strike protection. This epoxy resin system improves surface finish, significantly reducing reliance on sandable surfacing primers required when using metal-expanded foils).

"LORD UltraConductive Films and Coatings protect composites in half the weight and enable OEMs to improve throughput," said Seth Carruthers, Lead Staff Engineer, LORD Chemical Engineering. "OEM evaluations are uncovering savings in part fabrication costs and long term cost of ownership compared to the conventional use of expanded metal foil."

For more information on LORD UltraConductive Coating for Lightning Strike Protection, visit our website at or call +1 877 ASK LORD. 

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