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3M's Cubitron II abrasives technology platform has won the TechAmerica Foundation's American Technology Award in the manufacturing category at the Foundation's annual awards dinner held in Washington, D.C.
The Foundation's awards -- also known as "Termans" in honor of Frederick Terman, the late Stanford University engineering professor who is widely regarded as the father of Silicon Valley -- are presented annually to signify American industry's best technological achievements in various categories.
Cubitron II represents a radical advance in cutting and grinding processes, according to Minneapolis-based 3M. It combines several of 3M's core technology platforms to create precision-shaped, uniformly sized, ceramic-based oxide triangles that are oriented with their cutting edges facing the work surface. The result is faster and higher-quality performance, together with ergonomic and safety benefits, and a reduction in the need for abrasive waste disposal.
"3M is honored by the recognition and very pleased that its technology is contributing to a safer and more productive environment in this important sector of manufacturing," said Robert Cowan, manufacturing technology manager for 3M Abrasive Systems Division.
At the 2011 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony, 3M received the Golden Hammer Vendor Award in Cleaning Supplies. The company also received a "Committee Choice" award, selected by the retail committee, for "Category Management."