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Honours and Awards

BRONZE MEDAL during Concours Lepine International Inventions Fair 2014 in Paris for: "The pressure reactor to high porous material fabrication (Lotus-like structure)" (J.J. Sobczak, P. Darłak, P. Długosz, V. Shapovalov, L. Boyko).

GOLD MEDAL during Poznan International Fair for "The pressure reactor to high porous material fabrication (Lotus-like structure)" (J.J. Sobczak, P. Darłak, P. Długosz, V. Shapovalov, L. Boyko).

STATUETTE for the Foundry Research Institute from Malopolska Innovation Fair in 2014.

BADGE II DEGREE for Jacek Przybylski, MSc. Eng. from All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions - OPZZ.

Foundry Research Institute was certified in the European Investment Casters‘ Federation in 2014.

CERTIFICATE "Solidna Firma 2013" and Gold Certificate "Solidna Firma 2013" to Foundry Research Institute have been submitted for the Consumer-Economic Programme under the patronage of the Agency of the European Commission. The title "Solidna Firma 2013" was granted to the FRI from prompt covering of all liabilities and respect for ecology and consumer rights, and Gold Certificate "Solidna Firma 2013" is a special award for the companies have successfully passed the verifications process five times.

 

 

DIPLOMAS from Prof. Lena Kolarska-Bobińska, Minister of Science and Higher Education to the Foundry Research Institute for:

- "Passive composite armor protection" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz),

- "Advanced environmentally-friendly cordierite-based ceramic materials for high-temperature applications, produced from coal power plants‘ waste" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz, Rudolf Krzyżak),

- "Cordierite-based ceramic fitting for high-temperature (indialit) produced from fly ashes" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz, Rudolf Krzyżak).

   DIPLOMAS to prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak and the Foundry Research Institute for the
Nomination to the Competition of Science Service in Poland, the Polish Press Agency granted by the Polish Press Agency SA and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

 

DIPLOMA and STATUETTE "Pearl of Innovation - Progress 2013" in the category: Scientific Body to Foundry Research Institute granted by the English-language economic magazine "Polish Market" and Main Council of the Research Institutes.

GOLD MEDAL won during "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2013" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology for "Advanced environmentally-friendly cordierite-based ceramic materials for high-temperature applications, produced from coal power plants‘ waste" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz, Rudolf Krzyżak).


1st Place in the International Metallographic Contest 2013, Indianapolis (USA), organized by International Metallographic Society in Class 10: "Artistic microscopy - color only" for photo "Non-Metallic Inclusions in Cast Iron" (Łukasz Boroń).

 

Two GOLD MEDALS won during the International Fair of Technologies for Foundry METAL to Foundry Research Institute for:

- "Apparatus for testing the thermal fatigue resistance of ferrous alloys" (Andrzej Pytel, Krzysztof Jaśkowiec, Tadeusz Grochal).

- "Advanced environmentally-friendly cordierite-based ceramic materials for high-temperature applications, produced from coal power plants‘ waste" (Rudolf Krzyżak, Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz).

 

GOLD MEDAL awarded during Poznan International Fair for: "Advanced environmentally-friendly cordierite-based ceramic materials for high-temperature applications, produced from coal power plants‘ waste" (Rudolf Krzyżak, Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz).

 

STATUETTE to Foundry Research Institute from the Malopolska Innovation Fair. and DIPLOMA from Mr Marek Sowa, Marshal of the Malopolska Region.

SILVER MEDALS during Concours Lepine International Inventions Fair 2013 for: "Passive composite armor protection" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz) and "Advanced environmentally-friendly cordierite-based ceramic materials for high-temperature applications, produced from coal power plants‘ waste" (Rudolf Krzyżak, Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz).

DIPLOMA and COLLECTIVE BADGE HONORARY DEGREE of the Presidium of All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions for the Independent Self-Governing Trade Union of Workers of Foundry Research Institute in Cracow for many years of work for employees, pensioners and their worthy material status, leisure, for defending the rights of workers employed in the metallurgical industry.

 
DIPLOMA from Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education to the Foundry Research Institute and PANCERMET Consortium for "Passive composite armor protection" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz).

  

CERTIFICATE "Solidna Firma 2012" to Foundry Research Institute has been submitted for the Consumer-Economic Programme under the patronage of the Agency of the European Commission. The title "Solidna Firma 2012" was granted to the FRI from prompt covering of all liabilities and respect for ecology and consumer rights.

      
DIPLOMA and AWARD of Minister of Science and Higher Education for prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak for outstanding scientific achievements in the category of "Research for the development of the economy."

   
BRONZE MEDAL to the Foundry Research Institute and the Industrial Institute of Agricultural Engineering PIMR for "Technology of manufacturing the cultivator toothseries for new generation of cultivation aggregate, working with higher operating speed" during the International Trade Fair "Ideas - Inventions - New Products iENA 2012 in Norymberga (Marek Gościański, Bartłomiej Dudziak, Radosław Ciechacki, Kamil Żurowski, Marek Łabędzki - PIMR, Zenon Pirowski, Jerzy Olszyński - FRI).


SILVER MEDAL to the Foundry Research Institute and the Industrial Institute of Agricultural Engineering PIMR for "Technology of manufacturing the cultivator toothseries for new generation of cultivation aggregate, working with higher operating speed" during the International Warsaw Invention Show IWIS 2012 (Marek Gościański, Bartłomiej Dudziak, Radosław Ciechacki, Kamil Żurowski, Marek Łabędzki - PIMR, Zenon Pirowski, Jerzy Olszyński - FRI).

   
GOLD MEDAL to the Foundry Research Institute and PANCERMET Consortium for "Passive composite armor protection" during the International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology BRUSSELS INNOVA 2012 (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz).


2nd Place in the International Metallographic Contest 2012, Phoenix (USA), organized by International Metallographic Society in Class 10: "Artistic microscopy - color only" for photo "Aluminium Bronze BA1044 Etched with KlemmIII" (Łukasz Boroń). 

  
GOLD MEDAL won during the XVIII International Fair of Technologies for Foundry METAL to Foundry Research Institute for "Passive composite armor protection".


POSTER PRESENTATION AWARD during 9th International Magnesium Alloys and their Applications to Aleksander Fajkiel, Piotr Dudek (Foundry Research Institute) and Marzena Lech-Grega, Monika Mitka, Mariusz Bigaj (Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, Light Metals Division in Skawina).

  

GOLD MEDAL awarded during Poznan International Fair for the Foundry Research Institute and PANCERMET Consortium for "Passive composite armor protection" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Paweł Darłak, Piotr Długosz).

   

GOLD MEDAL awarded during Poznan International Fair for "Ekomix" and bentonite-Ekomix mixtures called "Cermix" to CERTECH Technical-Trade Enterprise Jan Kuca Jerzy Motyka sp.j. from Niedomice and the Foundry Research Institute, Kraków.

Honorary Statue of the Institute for Nonferrous Metals‘s Jubilee to Prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak.

Foundry Research Institute was certified in the European Investment Casters‘ Federation in 2012.

 

CERTIFICATE "Solidna Firma 2011" to the Foundry Research Institute has been submitted for the Consumer-Economic Programme under the patronage of the Agency of the European Commission. The title "Solidna Firma 2011" was granted to the FRI from prompt covering of all liabilities and respect for ecology and consumer rights.


Foundry Institution of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (FICME) awarded prizes for the best papers in the field of casting. Award-nominated 72 articles, only two of the numbers were considered FOSECO Golden Paper. One of the winners is an article by Prof. Assoc. Natalia Sobczak, Prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak, Prof. Rajiv Asthana and Robert Purgert: "The Mystery of Molten Metal".

1st Place in the International Metallographic Contest 2011, organized by International Metallographic Society in Class 10: "Artistic microscopy - color only" for photo "Ti6Al14V Etched with Modified Weck‘s Reagent, mag. 50x, Polarizied Light" (Łukasz Boroń).

   

On 3rd October, 2011 was a gala award ceremony in the third edition of the Annual Business in Małopolska MeetingThe prize is awarded for outstanding entrepreneurs to support the economy and entrepreneurship. Foundry Research Institute has been awarded in the category of small and medium-sized businesses.

Business in Małopolska

   

GOLD MEDAL won during the XVII International Fair of Technologies for Foundry METAL to Foundry Research Institute in Krakow and SPOMEL‘ Cast Iron and Non-ferrous Metals Foundry the Working Class Cooperative in Lębork for "The innovative technology for the production of brake blocks for railway rolling stock".

STATUETTE of the Poznan International Fair for the Foundry Research Institute on the occasion of 65th anniversary of the Institute with the congratulations and the best wishes for further success.


MEDAL on the occasion of 90 years of the Poznan International Fair for the Foundry Research Institute in Krakow for long-term cooperation.

 

DIPLOMA from Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education to the Foundry Research Institute, Pracownia Rzeźby FORMA Karol Badyna, NOWE STUDIO Wojciech Nowicki for "Maquette models of old Cracow monuments placed along the Royal Tract for disabled persons, including persons blind with impaired vision".

HONORARY BADGE to Prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak from the Metallurgical Federation of Trade Unions in Poland for "services Metallurgical Federation of Trade Unions".



CONGRATULATORY LETTER and DIPLOMA from Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education to the Foundry Research Institute in Cracow and Industrial Institute of Agricultural Engineering PIMR in Poznan for the joint project "Manufacturing technology of cast components of agricultural machines - shares for reversible and conventional tractor ploughs".

CERTIFICATE "Solidna Firma 2010" in Małopolska Region to Foundry Research Institute has been submitted for the Consumer-Economic Programme under the patronage of the Agency of the European Commission. The title "Solidna Firma 2010" was granted to the FRI from prompt covering of all liabilities and respect for ecology and consumer rights.

MEDAL of 65 YEARS OF MATERIALS SCIENCE‘S TRADITION IN SILESIA for Prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak, awarded by the World Academy of Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.


 
SILVER MEDAL during "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2010" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology to the Foundry Research Institute, Pracownia Rzeźby FORMA Karol Badyna, NOWE STUDIO Wojciech Nowicki for "Maquette models of old Cracow monuments placed along the Royal Tract for disabled persons, including persons blind with impaired vision" (Jerzy J. Sobczak, Jacek Krokosz, Andrzej Gil, Rafał Pabiś, Karol Badyna, Wojciech Nowicki).

SILVER MEDAL to the Foundry Research Institute and Industrial Institute of Agricultural Engineering PIMR in Poznan for the joint project "Manufacturing technology of cast components of agricultural machines - shares for reversible and conventional tractor ploughs" during the IV International Warsaw Invention Show IWIS 2010.


Awards for the employees of the Foundry Research Institute in the world photography competition in China.
The winners of the photo contest are:
Aleksandra Siewiorek, PhD. Eng. - Silver Medal for a series of historical photographs,
Jan Witkowski, MSc. Eng., MA - Bronze Medal for the picture "Happy young scientists" and the Award for photo of "Enlightenment",
Jacek Krokosz, PhD. Eng. - Award for the pictures: "Casting feeders on work" and "Casting imitating nature",
Łukasz Boroń, MSc. Eng. - Award for the picture: "Carpathians
Landscape" and "Missing shelter".


GOLD MEDAL won during the XVI International Fair of Technologies for Foundry METAL to Foundry Research Institute in Cracow and firmy Hydromega Sp. z o.o. for "Innovative cast filter holder of the RF type to the oil media". 

GRAND PRIX SAWO granted by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy in the category of EDUCATION and PREVENTION for "Computer program PRO-M carrying out a risk assessment to assist in the machine design", developed by a consortium composed of: the Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute, Warsaw; the Institute of Mining Technology KOMAG, Gliwice; the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Krakow; the Foundry Research Institute, Krakow; the Metal Forming Institute INOP, Poznan; COBRO - Packaging Research Institute, Warsaw; the Technology Partners Partnership Foundation, Warsaw.

 

ZŁOTA GĄSKA 2010 awarded to Prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak by the Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals in Gliwice, Light Metals Division in Skawina for long-term cooperation.

GOLD MEDAL during the Poznan International Fair Innovations-Technologies-Machines Poland in 2010 in the category of transfer of scientific results into economic practice for "Art castings made ​​from melted or burnt models of synthetic and natural" (Edward Czekaj, Jacek Krokosz, Aleksander Karwiński, Stanisław Młodnicki, Ryszard Ćwiklak, Rafał Pabiś).

 

 

Silver Medal for the Long Service Work in the State to Prof. Natalia Sobczak, Head of the Centre for High-Temperature Studies, was awarded by the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski.

CERTIFICATE "Solidna Firma 2009" in Małopolska Region to Foundry Research Institute has been submitted for the Consumer-Economic Programme under the patronage of the Agency of the European Commission. The title "Solidna Firma 2009" was granted to the FRI from prompt covering of all liabilities and respect for ecology and consumer rights.

GOLD MEDAL for the "Development of Technology for Manufacturing Art Castings using the Natural Models of Fauna and Flora" during 58 "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2009" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology (Edward Czekaj, Jacek Krokosz, Aleksander Karwiński, Stanisław Młodnicki, Ryszard Ćwiklak).

GOLD MEDAL won during 58 "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2009" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology for "A process for preparing molding and core bonded in the form of alkaline metal silicates" to the Institute of Organic Chemistry (M. Stechman, D. Różycka, J. Marszałek) in the cooperation with the Foundry Research Institute (Andrzej Baliński, Maciej Szolc).

SILVER MEDAL won during 58 "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2009" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology for "A Technology for Manufacturing Innovative Casts for Medicine" (Aleksander Karwiński, Wojciech Leśniewski, Piotr Wieliczko).

Two honourable mentions for:

  • Decorative castings of the specimens of flora and fauna made in ceramic moulds from artificial and „real" patterns

and

  • "Ekomix" and bentonite-Ekomix mixtures called "Cermix 15; 20; 25", which are environment-friendly moulding compositions used in manufacture of high-quality iron castings (jointly with CERTECH Technical-Trade Enterprise from Niedomice).
On the same day, a Diploma „A Contributor to our Success" was granted by the Management Board of Kielce Fair with expressions of gratitude for the long-lasting cooperation and assistance of the Foundry Research Institute in Cracow (September 2009)

"Gold Medal" awarded during Poznan International Fair for „Cast Ploughshares for Rotary and Bed Ploughs" - a joint work executed by Foundry Research Institute, Cracow, Industrial Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Poznań, and METCHEM Pilzno - The Metal-Chemical Works" (June 2009)

 

On the 9th of March 2009, the opening ceremony of the 16th Fair of Polish Inventions took place. The ceremony was attended, among others, by Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education, who handed the diplomas and commemorative cups. The Foundry Research Institute in Cracow received the diplomas for:

  • "Iinventions promoted in foreign countries"
  • "A set of versatile and advanced apparatus for high-temperature studies of liquid metals and alloys" (N. Sobczak, R. Nowak, W. Radziwiłł, A. Glenz, J. Budzioch)
  • "A method to manufacture abrasion wear resistant blades cast from ausferritic-martensitic ductile iron for fettling machines and mixers " (A. Kowalski, A. Nowak)
  • "Ultralight ALFA Aluminium Brake Disks of High Utility Properties Reinforced with Fly Ash Particles" (J. Sobczak, A. Wojciechowski, R. Purgert, P. Darłak, D. Rudnik).

Officer‘s Cross of the Order of Inventiveness conferred by the Supreme Decorations Commission of the Kingdom of Belgium to Prof. Jerzy J. Sobczak, DSc., PhD., Eng. for notable achievements in the field of science and inventions (November 2008)

GOLD MEDAL won during 57 "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2008" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology for "A method to manufacture abrasion wear resistant blades cast from ausferritic-martensitic ductile iron for fettling machines and mixers" (A. Kowalski, A. Nowak)

 

SILVER MEDAL won during 57 "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2008" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology for "A technology to manufacture cast parts for agricultural machines" (Z. Pirowski, J. Olszyński, M. Gościański, M. Labecki, D. Kapcińska)

 

BROWN MEDAL won during 57 "BRUSSELS INNOVA 2008" International Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology"for "A set of versatile and advanced apparatus for high-temperature studies of liquid metals and alloys"(Natalia Sobczak, Rafał Nowak, Waldemar Radziwiłł, Andreas Glenz, Janusz Budzioch)

 

Medal awarded by French Association of Inventors and Manufacturers during Concours Lepine International Inventions Fair for "Ultralight ALFA Aluminium Brake Disks of High Utility Properties Reinforced with Fly Ash Particles" (J. Sobczak, A. Wojciechowski, R. Purgert, P. Darłak, D. Rudnik)

 

In the period of 24-26 September 2008, in exhibition pavilions of Kielce Fair, the 14th International Fair of Technologies for Foundry METAL took place. In a competition announced by the Management Board of the Fair, on the 25th of September 2008, the Foundry Research Institute in Cracow was the only R&D centre to win two medals for:

  • Centre of Rapid Prototyping
  • Turbine blades for OWT 400 fettling machine, developed jointly with Odlewnie Polskie S.A. Starachowice
    and
  • Honourable Mention for thin-walled casting of highly developed surface made by rapid prototyping technique.

 

The Jubilee Edition of International Poznań Fair, held in the period of 9 to 12 June 2008 under a motto: Innovations - Technologies - Machines ITM 2008, was a great success of the Foundry Research Institute in Cracow. In a packet called Foundry Park and Science for Economy, our Institute presented its offer comprising, among others, "Ultralight ALFA Aluminium Brake Disks of High Utility Properties Reinforced with Fly Ash Particles", which won the Gold Medal.

 

 

Gold Medal with Honourable Mention awarded by The Association of Polish Inventors and Rationalizers. for the invention called "Ultralight ALFA Aluminium Brake Disks of High Utility Properties Reinforced with Fly Ash Particles"   (June  2008)

 

With great satisfaction we announce that our staff member, Ms Janina Radzikowska, MSc., Eng., won the Crystal Flask - a prize honouring „The Best Laboratory Worker of the Year". Ms Radzikowska received the Prize on the 1st of June 2008 at Jurata during the 14th Symposium "Information technology applied in laboratories" organised by the Polish Club of Testing Laboratories.   

The Prize was awarded by Editors of the LAB Magazine.  

Ms Janina Radzikowska is author of the images of microstructures well-known in Poland and abroad, as proved by numerous national and international awards and distinctions.