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Two Companies Graduate from Wyoming Technology Business Center

April 22, 2016

Two high-tech companies are the latest graduates of the Wyoming Technology Business Center (WTBC) incubator, with its main offices located at the University of Wyoming.

Analogic Engineering Inc. and Z4 Systems LLC are companies that focus on advanced sensors, and on novel wind and solar energy product development. Both are managed by Georgia Gayle and Steven Turner, says Jon Benson, WTBC CEO.

Administered by the UW Office of Research and Development, the WTBC is a business development program that focuses on assisting early-stage, high-growth companies. The business incubator provides space for client companies, access to shared services, and business and management advice for early-stage companies.

According to the WTBC, companies that have graduated from the program employ more than 125 people, contribute more than $17 million in gross annual revenues to the state and local economies, and occupy 30,000 square feet of office space. Currently, WTBC has 22 client companies across the statewide incubator network, with locations in Laramie, Casper and Sheridan.

After completing a U.S. Department of Agriculture Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program grant, Z4 is commercially offering a fully developed, portable, stand-alone solar-powered stock tank heater.

This turnkey device uses photovoltaic power to run a proprietary heater system effectively that automatically de-ices remote stock tanks. The system greatly reduces the need for ranchers to access and inspect remote stock tanks, and to physically chop holes in the ice to provide water for their livestock.

Gayle and Turner are developing a marketing strategy after using one of the fully operational units this past winter on their Buford property.

Analogic is a company focused on advanced electromagnetic hardware that detects stress, cracks and defects in materials.

The hardware, based on a technology called “Electromagnetic Acoustic Transducers” (EMAT), has been used to effectively detect cracks and defects in oil under-sea pipes.

Analogic has expanded its application base for the EMAT and has received a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant to detect stress and flaws in rail lines. The FRA device would increase both rail stress detection speed and accuracy over working rails.

“This is important, since a major cause of derailments is due to stress and crack propagation resulting in rail failure. Mitigation of that will lead to much safer railroad operations,” Benson says.

Analogic and Z4 have moved research and development operations to Buford.

“The WTBC advisory role will remain as we support the continued success for the companies,” Benson adds.

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