LORD Corp. wins award for lightning strike coating

LORD Corp. has been selected as a winner in the Innovation Challenge competition sponsored by Aviation Week magazine for it UltraConductive Coating for lightning strike protection technology.

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LORD Corp. (Cary, N.C., USA), a supplier of thermal management materials, adhesives, coatings and electromechanical systems, reports that it 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 Corp. 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 said to be 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 good 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).

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