published Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Record year for inventions at Y-12 plant


Aerial photograph of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Aerial photograph of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge.
Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OAK RIDGE, — Officials at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge are celebrating a record year for employees receiving patents.

There were 11 U.S. Patents and Trademark Office Patents awarded to workers in 2012. A dozen employees were recognized. Another 74 workers were honored for submitting invention disclosures.

Nine-year Y-12 employee Paul Vanatta said he and Rusty Hallman began working on a moisture blending system in 2007 to fulfill a need at the government weapons plant. Vanatta said now that a patent has been granted, he and his fellow researcher are working to transfer the process to the private sector.

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