Dura-Line has invested more than $2 million during the past two years in its Clinton, Tenn., manufacturing location to build a state-of-the-art research and development lab, The Center for Excellence.
Leading the development of Micro Technology, Dura-Line manufactures and distributes communication and energy infrastructure products including HDPE conduit, cable-in conduit, and accessories. MicroDucts and FuturePath configurations are available for both outside and inside installations which often are used to provide fiber optic cable connectivity. Pathway systems are rugged, but flexible and range in outside diameter size from 8 millimeters to 6 inches.
The Center of Excellence now plays a crucial role as a central base for advanced research for future challenges. Under the concept of “Intellectual Fusion, Innovation and Value Creation,” the Center facilitates a dynamic fusion of extensive knowledge, technologies, and techniques.
One of the recent projects by The Center for Excellence has been to develop a new innovative product called Low Smoke Zero Halogen (LSZH) Conduit and MicroDucts.
Manager of R&D/New Product Development, U.S., Thomas Chung, Ph.D., said. “Up until now, no one in the U.S. and Canada has truly perfected a finished product. We are the first to pioneer these unique properties and introduce it to the market.”
The Center for Excellence has various modern, leading-edge instruments and is capable of performing:
- Thermal and mechanical characterizations of existing and new materials
- Structural identification of base polymers and additive
- Understanding rheological properties of molten polymers
- Scale up from lab to full manufacturing scale
- Development of new formulated materials
I like what I do. In the morning, I’m so excited by new challenges.
Thomas Chung, Ph.D., Manager of R&D/New Product Development, U.S.