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Taylor Devices of North Tonawanda was among eight upstate companies receiving Greater Regional Industrial Technology grants, according to the University at Buffalo.

The university is part of a consortium that helps selected manufacturers use the latest technology to make their products.

Taylor was awarded $49,489 to design, test and fabricate new devices that will be used in systems that dissipate seismic energy.

Faculty and students from the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will help Taylor test and develop the devices.

Other grants in Western New York were:

$44,420 to Diversified Manufacturing in Lockport to conduct intercooler performance analysis and testing plus $19,166 to assess operation and implementation. The UB engineering school will assist.

$20,098 to BUD Medical Devices of Holland to redesign dental implants. UB School of Dental Medicine students and faculty will work with BUD.

$50,000 to Trek Inc. of Medina to study and develop ways to improve electrostatic probes that measure the charge of photoconducters used in copiers and laser printers. University of Rochester faculty and students will help Trek.

$24,278 to Buffalo Brake Beam Co. of Lackawanna to conduct engineering analysis of proposed changes in its brake beam design. Three Rochester-area firms also received grants.

The grant program is financed by the Small Business Administration.

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