TEC Tuesday Tours

SyracuseCoE and CenterState CEO are pleased to announce the beginning of a new series of “TEC Tuesday” events as part of the TEC Innovates Program for firms that are engaged in designing and building systems for “Thermal and Environmental Controls (TEC).” The series of monthly tours and networking events for TEC firms is made possible by an award from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to SyracuseCoE and CenterState CEO. The EDA funding supports a three-year initiative that is designed to promote entrepreneurship in Central New York (CNY) in TEC innovations.


2020

January, 2020 – Density has developed innovative, over-the-door people-counting sensors designed to accurately and anonymously count foot traffic and room occupancy, providing companies with the analytics and insights needed to boost operations efficiency, improve energy savings and security, and improve building occupants’ experience. Founded in Syracuse in 2014, Density had been producing its devices at a facility in Plano, Texas, just outside of Dallas. Its new hardware center allowed the company to move its light manufacturing to Syracuse, creating new jobs and consolidating its manufacturing operations at The Tech Garden. 


2019

December, 2019 – United Radio was established in 1923 by Jacob H. Rubenstein, a self-taught engineer who opened a one-person repair shop in a department store in downtown Syracuse.  Over the years, the company adapted and transformed with changes in technologies and markets for communications products. Today, the company employs hundreds of workers in three buildings in East Syracuse and it serves customers around the world, providing repair and remanufacturing of automotive and consumer electronics and customized communications solutions for police, first responders, Homeland Security, commercial security firms, and others.

November, 2019 – Currier Plastics uses advanced equipment, statistical analysis and precise traceability of products with a strict performance standard of zero defects in its blow and injection molding processes. This is especially important for in vitro diagnostics, where products must be consistent, clean, and biocompatible every time without exception. They offer capabilities that include design for manufacturability (DFM), injection molding and blow molding with a one-team approach that provides focus on the consistency and quality of customer products.

October, 2019 – TCGplayer is a fast-growing e-commerce marketplace for buyers and sellers of collectible items. Founded in 2006, the company is the stock market of collectible card games. The website hosts real-time pricing information and executes thousands of daily transactions for a multi-billion dollar industry with more than 50 million players, selling and shipping tens of thousands of cards daily. The new TCGplayer’s new home in downtown Syracuse has quickly become an iconic headquarters designed to inspire current and future teams of employees. 

September, 2019 – Covanta Onondaga operates on a 12-acre facility in Jamesville, NY, and generates up to 39.5 megawatts of renewable energy daily that is sold to National Grid. The facility began operations in February 1995 and is equipped with three 330 ton-per-day waterwall furnaces with Martin® reverse-reciprocating grates and ash handling system, as well as an air-cooled condensing steam turbine generator. Covanta Onondaga processes approximately 990 tons of municipal solid waste daily.

May, 2019 – Ephesus Lighting is a Syracuse-grown company that has lit the Super Bowl! Ephesus improves the world with lighting solutions that contribute to brighter, more vibrant, and more sustainable environments. Through their uncompromising commitment to innovative and insight-driven engineering, they provide the solutions and support to help people confidently create more positive and productive experiences in the places they live, work, and play. The power of these ideas has helped them grow and expand; and in 2015, they were acquired by Eaton, a global leader in technology.

April, 2019 – Managed by NUAIR, the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport is part of a 50 mile UAS Traffic Management corridor being developed to facilitate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) testing and operations in Central New York. The NY UAS Test Site is one of seven FAA designated UAS Test Sites in the United States consisting of a highly instrumented UAS test ecosystem. The systems and technologies at the NY UAS Test Site lay the foundation for testing and certification of UAS detect-and-avoid systems to meet future UAS standards and support safe UAS integration into the national airspace system.

February, 2019 – The Smart Grid Lab was established in 2010 as part of a $2.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to a partnership of Syracuse University and five other New York State colleges and universities. Working in collaboration with National Grid and other energy-sector businesses, the schools have established labs and infused their curricula with smart grid technology used for measuring, monitoring, and controlling components in power electronics and electromechanical devices, but also for the development of complex and advanced smart grid and smart home ideas. 


2018

November, 2018 – Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Switzerland, INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance productivity and quality in sophisticated industrial vacuum processes. These analysis, measurement and control products are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration, and automotive manufacturing. They are vital to equipment manufacturers and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for optics, flat panel displays, solar cells and industrial vacuum coating applications. Other users of vacuum-based processes include the life sciences, research, aerospace, packaging, heat treatment, laser cutting and many other industrial processes. Inficon leverages expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental monitoring.

October, 2018 – Founded in 1993, Oneida Air Systemsmanufactures industry-leading cyclonic dust collection systems, primarily for the woodworking industry. The benefits of good dust collection have been known in large industry for years. Air quality is healthier, productivity is higher, and clean up timesare significantly reduced. Oneida’ssystems are designed to filter 99.99% of the most harmful dust particles for a healthy, clean, and efficient shop. With over 30 patents in the United States and Europe, OAS is a Central New York innovator and manufacturer that focuses on quality in design, production, and customer service. All systems are made in the USA using USA-made components, and several OAS products have received prestigious woodworking and consumer awards, including, most recently, the AWFS Fair Visionary New Product Award.

June, 2018 – Fulton’s new facility houses the operations team for Fulton Heating Solutions, Inc., devoting 8,000 ftto engineering, customer service, planning, and purchasing support services. Another 34,000 ft2 of production space is allocated to equipment testing, electrical assembly, and mechanical assembly for the company’s hydronic condensing boiler lines. Opened in early 2017, the facility at Running Ridge Road is the fifth building in Central New York to house a division of Fulton’s manufacturing workforce, with four additional locations, including Fulton’s global headquarters, found in Pulaski, NY. In early 2018, Fulton Heating Solutions opened a second Syracuse-based location at Benedict Road in East Syracuse to complement the production activities at Running Ridge Road in the Beacon North Industrial Park.

May, 2018 – Air Innovations is a world leader in designing and building environmental process control systems for applications that can’t be addressed with standard HVAC equipment. The company customizes packaged solutions for temperature, humidity, filtration, and pressurization to create the environment customers need to achieve success. Air Innovations prides itself on its ability to meet almost any need in environmental control across almost any industry. Highlights of Air Innovations’ work include maintaining the environment in the world’s tallest observation wheel (the Linq High Roller in Las Vegas), creating custom systems for NASA to regulate environmental conditions in the payload sections of rockets on their way to the launchpad, controlling cleanroom conditions at semiconductor facilities to ±0.03°C, and designing Wine Guardian wine-cellar cooling units for high-profile clients around the world.

April, 2018 – Acumen Detection has leveraged SRC’s deep experience in high-performance chemical and biological sensor systems for defense applications to develop revolutionary capabilities for food producers and processors. Their “Point of Need (PoN)” detection system can sense pathogens and toxins early in the food processing chain, dramatically reducing delays and costs associated with traditional approaches, which typically rely on laboratory testing of samples drawn from centralized processes.

March, 2018 – The Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering (CASE) is a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in complex information systems that provides businesses from a wide range of industry sectors with expertise in all aspects of “big data,” from data mining and analytics, to information fusion, predictive analysis, cybersecurity, autonomy, UAVs/drones, and the “internet of things.” 

February, 2018 – A visit to The Tech Garden in downtown Syracuse to look at Optimizing Building Systems with Sensors, including a discussion with representatives from NYSERDA’s Advanced Buildings program about priorities for their upcoming funding opportunity for innovations in Next Generation HVAC. Also a visit to Density, a local start-up company that has developed an innovative sensor for counting foot traffic and room occupancy.  Density’s initial customers include firms that value real-time and historical data on occupancy in a variety of applications, including retail, use of shared meeting rooms in commercial buildings, and others. Envisioned future uses include integration with building management systems to improve energy efficiency of HVAC systems.

January, 2018 – Carrier’s new Innovation Center includes resources for ideation of TEC innovations and rapid prototyping.