REM Unveils Large Extreme ISF Process Cell

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Friday, March 19th, 2021 in

Brenham, Texas – In August 2020, after nearly a year of design, prototyping, permitting, and construction, REM Surface Engineering has unveiled its new self-contained Extreme ISF® Process Cell.

The unit, funded in part by a SBIR research grant with NASA Marshall, is one of the largest self-contained vapor abduction units in the state of Texas, complete with automated neutralization systems, vapor scrubbing units, fully programmable lift/hoist functions, and the ability to conduct and research advanced chemical polishing and chemical mechanical polishing technology in fully operator-free and environmentally safe system. This unit was featured in the Fall 2020 edition of Metal AM Magazine as a part of REM’s article covering its work in conjunction with NASA and the RAMPT (Rapid Analysis and Manufacturing Propulsion Technology) project.

“This system, developed by our Research and Engineering teams, is truly the first of its kind.”Before After 1.2K HR1 Nozzle

It allows us to develop and implement surface finishing technology to optimize advanced propulsion components as large as 4 cubic feet for NASA’s Artemis Mission. Not only does it allow us to support NASA’s mission timeline and deliverables to return humans to the Moon and Mars, but it also allows for REM to continue developing ground-breaking surface finishing techniques for advanced superalloy components in a range of industries.” – says VP of Strategy, Nathan Michaud. “We are incredibly proud of our design team and our scientists for executing this complex project to a tight deadline for our partners at NASA Marshall.”

“NASA’s commitment to accelerating the adoption of advanced manufacturing through public-private partnerships is opening many new applications for industry. Their aid in funding REM’s development of this surface polishing technology and processing apparatus is enabling large component and large component volume processing for many of REM’s customers. We at REM look forward to the next steps we will take with NASA to enable the processing of even larger and more complex flight hardware.” CEO Justin Michaud.

About REM Surface Engineering

REM Surface Engineering, the inventor of the ISF® Process, the Rapid ISF® Process, the Extreme ISF® Process, and the REM® Process, is a global leader in providing surface engineering solutions. The REM’s isotropic superfinishing technologies are value-adding and performance-enhancing improvements to conventional machining operations such as grinding and lapping. Founded in 1965 in Southington, CT by Robert Michaud, REM Surface Engineering is a family-owned company that has proudly been serving our partners and customers for over 50 years. REM Surface Engineering operates four locations in Brenham, TX, Southington, CT, Merrillville, IN, and St. Neots, UK that provide products and services globally. For more information, please visit

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Media Contact: Christina Michaud