PEL Associates has built a new
Chemical-Physics Laboratory suited for development of new and novel products
including applications of our smart micro sensors and renewable coating aimed at
applications not readily served by other approaches. The laboratory is
equipped for defense and homeland security applications with focus on detection
and surveillance, underwater R&D, container security, port security, border
security, chem/bio and missile detection. The laboratory launch was
described in a recent news article cited below.
PEL Associates Has New R&D Lab In Pawcatuck, CT
By Anthony Cronin
Published on 3/14/2006
Reprinted from The Day Newspaper
A Groton-based high-tech firm has expanded its local operations with a new
research and development
laboratory in Pawcatuck that will develop products for industrial uses as well
as maritime, defense and
homeland security applications.
PEL Associates, which already serves a broad client base including the
Stratford-based Sikorsky Aircraft, the
Groton-based Electric Boat and Dow Chemical in Gales Ferry, said its new
research and development
operations are located on South Broad Street in Pawcatuck.
The firm also has served numerous government agencies, including the Defense
Advanced Research Projects
Agency, or DARPA, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and NASA's Kennedy
Morton L. Wallach, the firm's president and chief executive officer, said the
new Pawcatuck R&D complex
includes equipment that can be used for chemical, physical and analytical
approaches to developing products,
including those geared toward underwater research, detection and surveillance.
The R&D focus will include the
company's emerging smart sensors and specialized micro and nano coatings.
PEL Associates' main office is in the Marine Sciences & Technology Center at the
Avery Point campus of the
University of Connecticut. Wallach said his firm offers a broad base of
technology and engineering systems
used by industry and marine, defense and homeland security agencies. The firm
also focuses on submarine
technology and homeland and coastal security.
The Groton firm's current defense work involves anti-submarine “smart sensor”
development as well as underwater vehicle tracking using its smart sensors. The
firm is developing new low cost
sensors for shipping containers and port security for homeland security
purposes. This country receives
more than 16 million containers each year in ships as well as trucks, posing
potential hazards, which the firm's
sensors can protect against.
In the construction industry, PEL Associates is working with construction
companies to develop new roofing
materials and structural materials that offer environmental advantages,
including being chemically inert and
therefore long-lasting. The roofing materials can be used for both residential
and commercial construction