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Touchstone Research



Touchstone Research

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Project Type:
Expansion
Location: Boone County
Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd., located in Triadelphia, West Virginia, provides both commercial and government research along with development and materials testing services, and is a developer of new technologies. One of these innovations is a carbon foam material made from regional coal sources. This CFOAM® material provides a variety of attractive properties with a host of applications, including its first commercial sales in composite tooling.

Crucial to the design and inspection of its composite tools, Touchstone recently purchased a FaroArm portable, computer-aided 3-D measurement instrument at the cost of $105,000. The GGWFP provided matching training funds for four Touchstone employees to learn to install and use this equipment.

The funds also supported training on the associated software to allow for inspecting, building, and evaluating composite tools and parts that Touchstone currently supplies to the aerospace market. These employees will then train other staff to more easily, quickly and precisely perform CAD analysis, inspections, alignments and assessments of its composite tools. The quality control afforded by the software will allow for meeting standards expected by the aerospace manufacturers that are Touchstone’s customers.

Assistance through the state’s program is aiding Touchstone in its capacity to provide on-time delivery of an increasingly wider variety of complex composite tools and parts, many with complicated geometries.

Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Kraftician says of the state’s assistance, “This program enables our company to continue its role as a high-tech manufacturer. We no longer have to go out-of-state to receive quality control inspection. We can design and make pre-assessments before molds and parts are built and make certified inspections.”
“This program enables our company to continue its role as a high-tech manufacturer. We no longer have to go out-of-state to receive quality control inspection. We can design and make preassessments before molds and parts are built and make certified inspections.”

Elizabeth Kraftician,
Chief Executive Officer