Turn of the Century Meets State of the Art

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Michigan Technological University’s APS LABS provides a variety of talent, equipment, and expertise to many different customers.  For the first ever annual meeting of the Advanced Light Duty Engine Consortium, APS LABS wanted the experience to go beyond in-depth technical discussions and include informal meetings with student researchers and a touch of local culture.

Michigan Tech - APS LABS - 100517 165651At the turn of the century, “state of the art” technology in Upper Michigan was centered on the mining industry.  The Quincy Mine boasts the world’s largest steam-powered hoist.  It is enclosed in one of the first large reinforced concrete buildings ever built.  This technology was designed to expand the copper mine a distance of almost two miles into the earth.  Fast forward 100 years and the APS LABS Advanced LD Engine Consortium has been formed for the advancement of engine technologies, reducing emissions, improving fuel consumption, and ultimately bettering mobility as a whole. 

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The group in attendance at the opening reception of the annual meeting consisted of sixty-five people.  The mix included APS LABS researchers, students, university administrators, corporate consortium members, and other university staff.  After the tour of the steam hoist, our corporate visitors were able to peruse technical posters and talk to every researcher in a unique and relaxed setting.  

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Posters included information about current and future engine advancements set against a backdrop of equipment that was the best technology had to offer 100 years ago.  

Wherever future engines takes us, Michigan Tech is committed to being on the leading edge of research and technology.