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New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded

Luvata Group : 08 February, 2013  (Company News)
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

The additional manufacturing space will support on-going efforts to double sales of superconducting wire for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), high energy physics projects and related applications.
 
In addition to supplying MRI superconducting wire, Luvata superconductor strands were used at the heart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, in Switzerland, the world’s largest highest-energy particle accelerator. In 2015, CERN plans an upgrade to the LHC super collider.
 
Introduced in the 1980s, new imaging modalities continue to emerge and widen the application scope of MRIs, moving from disease-cause-detection to monitoring the progress of treatment, which results in more scans per illness. The growing application for MRI images is also propelling the need for higher field strength magnets that offer superior image quality. Higher-field strength MRI machines with a larger bore for better patient access and comfort increases the length of wire needed for the magnet in a MRI system.

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