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We are passionate about education and collaborative problem solving. An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers, the Materials Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is a fully-staffed, open access, analytical research facility at Penn State's Materials Research Institute charged with enabling research and educating the next generation of highly qualified researchers. Our laboratories in the Millennium Science Complex are integrated with the Nanofabrication Laboratory to maximize impact and efficiency. Additionally, MCL is a partner in the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) and the Materials Research Facilities Network (MRFN). Supported by the National Science Foundation, these networks enhance our ability to support commercial, government, and academic researchers around the globe.

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By Teaming Up with Penn State's MCL, we were able to Take Ownership of a challenging technical issue on one of our flagship products. The collective expertise and access to state of the art analytical equipment available at MCL, enabled us to:

  • Quickly, and quantitatively identify the root cause of this problem
  • Implement a statistically valid solution
  • Leverage this learning to improve quality on several similar products
  • Generate a (30X ROI) in cost avoidance for the business

In working together, PHILIPS and Penn State's MCL, have demonstrated that we are Eager to Win, when it comes to improving people's lives through meaningful innovation.

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