Thursday, April 12, 2012

Climbing High for Global Expansion

Posted by Tina

Rich Wurzbach on top of a 400 foot
wind turbine tower in Denmark 
“It really is a fantastic story of support from the World Trade Center of Central Pennsylvania and the State’s International Office” says Richard Wurzbach, President of York Laboratories. York Laboratories developed a grease sampling device and analysis instrument, which requires as little as 1 gram of grease, making it especially useful for sampling used grease from inservice equipment. Their international expansion story started with a small market access grant which supported their attendance at the NORIA Lean, Reliable and Lube Conference in Columbus, Ohio back in 2009! At this event, a participant from Belgium initiated discussions regarding the most competent lab outside of the US for grease analysis, Oelcheck, located in Germany. When Oelcheck held their inaugural lubrication conference in February 2011, Richard Wurzbach was invited to be a presenter for a session on grease analysis. With the help of another market access grant, Rich traveled to the conference in Germany where he met with representatives of the Danish wind industry, who flew him to Denmark in January 2012. York Laboratories is now under contract to DONG Energy and Vattenfall to develop a standard method for grease sampling in wind turbines, and they are routinely performing grease analysis on samples being sent from Denmark and Germany. “It is hard to imagine how we could have afforded those opportunities without the support of Pennsylvania’s International Programs”

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