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Alpha Technologies Supports University in Polymer Research

Rheology Scientists & Engineers


Alpha Technologies

HUDSON, Ohio. – March 30, 2023 – Alpha Technologies, a leader in polymer testing and analysis, announced today its commitment to collaborating with The University of Akron (UA) in a multifaceted program that includes scholarship support, equipment donation, training, and participation in the University’s co-op program.

Alpha Technologies will donate a $10,000 scholarship each year for the next five years to the UA School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Additionally, the company will donate a new Premier RPA (Rubber Process Analyzer) for University use. The donation will support a number of researchers, including Dr. Li Jia, professor of polymer science and chemistry, who is working on overcoming performance issues with the use of recycled rubber so that more sustainable tires can become a reality.

“We greatly appreciate the support of Alpha Technologies and their commitment to our College and University,” said Dr. Craig Menzemer, dean of the College of Engineering and Polymer Science. “Industrial partnerships are key to the success of our students by providing them opportunities to use state-of-the-art equipment in their field of study and real-world experiences through co-op, which strengthen their skillsets while encouraging strong talent development in Northeast Ohio.”

Alpha Technologies will also participate in the University co-op program and offer free rheometry training once per year to students. These initiatives are part of Alpha Technologies’ strategy of delivering deeper material insights for its customers and gaining new insights from academia.

“We are honored to be collaborating with The University of Akron to support sustainable polymer research,” said Neil Friery, president of Alpha Technologies. “We partner with the best polymer universities in the world to support research in material performance and sustainability. And we are building the future of rheology testing technology with the next generation of engineers, who are being trained at these universities.”

This collaboration with The University of Akron highlights Alpha Technologies’ commitment to supporting sustainable materials research and furthering education in polymer science and engineering. Alpha Technologies is proud to be a reliable resource for its customers, providing deeper material insights and innovative solutions for the industry.

Alpha Technologies’ most recent initiatives and accomplishments include the launch of its new Sub-Zero Technology™ that extends lower operating temperature for the RPA to –25C. In January this year, Alpha became part of Indicor, a diversified industrial solutions company specializing in mission-critical products for industrial manufacturers. 

About Alpha Technologies

Alpha Technologies is the world leader in design and manufacturing of instruments and software that delivers precision analysis of rubber and elastomeric materials. Premier RPA™ with Sub-Zero™ Technology is their newest offering in a long line of products that measure the dynamic, physical and processability characteristics of rubbers and polymers. With a dedication to helping clients improve and enable performance, value and safety, Alpha continues to innovate and advance with best-in-class testing solutions. Headquartered in Hudson, Ohio, the company is staffed with highly trained professionals around the world who are ready to assist clients in achieving their goals.

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