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KCF Wins $25,000 in Shale Gas Innovation Contest

The Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center held its finals on May 15th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Southpointe, PA., with brief live presentations from each of the finalists. KCF was chosen from over 80 entries as one of the four winners of the contest with its SmartDiagnostics® Vibration Monitoring System (VMS). The system operates on low-power, wireless vibration sensors that enable engineers and technicians to monitor the state of their equipment in order to predict the best time to perform maintenance. The technology is employed in a variety of fields including oil and gas, industrial HVAC/R, pulp and paper, water and wastewater, and power generation. 

When asked why SmartDiagnostics® won, KCF Technologies' President and Co-Founder Dr. Jeremy Frank pointed out that this predictive maintenance technology began with a resolution to avoid pitfalls common among competing products by creating a purpose-built sensor system and software from scratch. Chief Technology Officer Jacob Loverich and KCF Technology’s hand-picked team of innovative engineers “understood the vision,” Frank added, “and made sure that we got there.”

“After presenting as a finalist last year, we dedicated ourselves to learning, and then meeting, the shale energy industry’s needs. SGICC support has been vital, funding trial installations with Universal Well Services and initiating Shale Net workforce training at Westmoreland County Community College and Penn College of Technology."

We are thrilled to have won the competition after participating as finalists last year and look forward to continuing our work helping to give machines a voice!

To learn more about what we do, visit our website at: www.kcftech.com.

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