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Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Surge of Chinese steel exports to USA predicted in Q4
Steel producers in the United States need to brace themselves for a significant increase in the supply of steel from China in the final quarter of this year. The price differential between domestic prices in the United States and the estimated landed price for exports from China (usually a strong co
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Battery Manufacturing Conference highlights role of nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network held its one day Battery Manufacturing Conference at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick. Battery Manufacturing 2013 is sponsored and hosted by the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and features many of the UK battery indu
The role of label printers in food regulation and consumer safety
Recent changes in European legislation concern food packaging materials, of which labels are an integral part. FINAT, in a collaborative effort with its member UPM Raflatac, reports on the new EU 10/2011 regulation. This regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with
Foam polymer coating grown directly from gases
A researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customisable coatings of foam-like polymers. Useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties, they are used in a variety of ways, including the delivery of drugs in the body, as a framework f
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The target market is automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers worldwide.
Shape memory scaffold for manipulating nanoparticles into shape - and back
A shape-memory chitosan scaffold (CSS) fabricated by an ice-templated method can be used as a versatile host matrix for self-assembly of a wide range of functional nanoscale building blocks, and thus it can produce a family of functional three-dimensional (3D) macroscale assemblies, which show promi
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Eco-designed urethane surfboards feature polycarbonate skin
An Araldite adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used by French surfboard maker Newtis Innovation in the manufacture of the 'JAB’; the first hand-finished polyurethane surfboard to feature a polycarbonate skin. The JAB surfboard has received two first prizes in the Technological and Ec
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
AHSS steel structures can eliminate weight gap against aluminium for car bodies, claims research study
The latest in a continuing series of research studies strongly suggest that steel auto body structures in the near future can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and at comparable cost of current steel structures. The studies also address crit
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
Graphene aerogel looks set to become the world's lightest material
Graphene has scooped fourth place in the Great British Innovations Vote as scientists in China create a Graphene aerogel that looks set to claim the title of the world's lightest material. Coutts has been informing clients of the potential of super-material Graphene for some time, as part of its Fu
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Aluminium sheet capacity in China surpassed 10 million tonnes in 2012
Strong growth in the output of China's aluminium rolling market in 2011 has resulted in the output of aluminium sheets in China surpassing 10 million tonnes in 2012 for the first time. Investment in the manufacture of high precision aluminium sheets and strips, tank aluminium sheet, electronic foil
Lease implications of the withdrawal of the air-conditioning refrigerant gas R22
With the use of refrigeration gas, R22, being banned from January 2015 with no exceptions, Brethertons LLP offers guidance on the lease implications of the withdrawal of the refrigerant.
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different catalyst which overcomes the sensitivity to oxygen
Fifth Annual HiPerNano Conference and Exhibition - solving engineering challenges with nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces details of its fifth annual HiPerNano conference and exhibition, taking place on 17 April 2013 in Birmingham, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Early-bird rates are available until Friday 22 March 2013.
Ink evaluation kit for flexible thin film transistors (TFTs)
SmartKern's Technology Transfer Kit combines education and technical support to further advances in next generation flexible displays for use in smartphones and tablets.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Surge of Chinese steel exports to USA predicted in Q4
Steel producers in the United States need to brace themselves for a significant increase in the supply of steel from China in the final quarter of this year. The price differential between domestic prices in the United States and the estimated landed price for exports from China (usually a strong co
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Battery Manufacturing Conference highlights role of nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network held its one day Battery Manufacturing Conference at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick. Battery Manufacturing 2013 is sponsored and hosted by the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and features many of the UK battery indu
The role of label printers in food regulation and consumer safety
Recent changes in European legislation concern food packaging materials, of which labels are an integral part. FINAT, in a collaborative effort with its member UPM Raflatac, reports on the new EU 10/2011 regulation. This regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with
Foam polymer coating grown directly from gases
A researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customisable coatings of foam-like polymers. Useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties, they are used in a variety of ways, including the delivery of drugs in the body, as a framework f
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The target market is automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers worldwide.
Shape memory scaffold for manipulating nanoparticles into shape - and back
A shape-memory chitosan scaffold (CSS) fabricated by an ice-templated method can be used as a versatile host matrix for self-assembly of a wide range of functional nanoscale building blocks, and thus it can produce a family of functional three-dimensional (3D) macroscale assemblies, which show promi
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Eco-designed urethane surfboards feature polycarbonate skin
An Araldite adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used by French surfboard maker Newtis Innovation in the manufacture of the 'JAB’; the first hand-finished polyurethane surfboard to feature a polycarbonate skin. The JAB surfboard has received two first prizes in the Technological and Ec
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
AHSS steel structures can eliminate weight gap against aluminium for car bodies, claims research study
The latest in a continuing series of research studies strongly suggest that steel auto body structures in the near future can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and at comparable cost of current steel structures. The studies also address crit
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
Graphene aerogel looks set to become the world's lightest material
Graphene has scooped fourth place in the Great British Innovations Vote as scientists in China create a Graphene aerogel that looks set to claim the title of the world's lightest material. Coutts has been informing clients of the potential of super-material Graphene for some time, as part of its Fu
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Aluminium sheet capacity in China surpassed 10 million tonnes in 2012
Strong growth in the output of China's aluminium rolling market in 2011 has resulted in the output of aluminium sheets in China surpassing 10 million tonnes in 2012 for the first time. Investment in the manufacture of high precision aluminium sheets and strips, tank aluminium sheet, electronic foil
Lease implications of the withdrawal of the air-conditioning refrigerant gas R22
With the use of refrigeration gas, R22, being banned from January 2015 with no exceptions, Brethertons LLP offers guidance on the lease implications of the withdrawal of the refrigerant.
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different catalyst which overcomes the sensitivity to oxygen
Fifth Annual HiPerNano Conference and Exhibition - solving engineering challenges with nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces details of its fifth annual HiPerNano conference and exhibition, taking place on 17 April 2013 in Birmingham, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Early-bird rates are available until Friday 22 March 2013.
Ink evaluation kit for flexible thin film transistors (TFTs)
SmartKern's Technology Transfer Kit combines education and technical support to further advances in next generation flexible displays for use in smartphones and tablets.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Surge of Chinese steel exports to USA predicted in Q4
Steel producers in the United States need to brace themselves for a significant increase in the supply of steel from China in the final quarter of this year. The price differential between domestic prices in the United States and the estimated landed price for exports from China (usually a strong co
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Battery Manufacturing Conference highlights role of nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network held its one day Battery Manufacturing Conference at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick. Battery Manufacturing 2013 is sponsored and hosted by the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and features many of the UK battery indu
The role of label printers in food regulation and consumer safety
Recent changes in European legislation concern food packaging materials, of which labels are an integral part. FINAT, in a collaborative effort with its member UPM Raflatac, reports on the new EU 10/2011 regulation. This regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with
Foam polymer coating grown directly from gases
A researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customisable coatings of foam-like polymers. Useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties, they are used in a variety of ways, including the delivery of drugs in the body, as a framework f
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The target market is automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers worldwide.
Shape memory scaffold for manipulating nanoparticles into shape - and back
A shape-memory chitosan scaffold (CSS) fabricated by an ice-templated method can be used as a versatile host matrix for self-assembly of a wide range of functional nanoscale building blocks, and thus it can produce a family of functional three-dimensional (3D) macroscale assemblies, which show promi
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Eco-designed urethane surfboards feature polycarbonate skin
An Araldite adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used by French surfboard maker Newtis Innovation in the manufacture of the 'JAB’; the first hand-finished polyurethane surfboard to feature a polycarbonate skin. The JAB surfboard has received two first prizes in the Technological and Ec
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
AHSS steel structures can eliminate weight gap against aluminium for car bodies, claims research study
The latest in a continuing series of research studies strongly suggest that steel auto body structures in the near future can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and at comparable cost of current steel structures. The studies also address crit
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
Graphene aerogel looks set to become the world's lightest material
Graphene has scooped fourth place in the Great British Innovations Vote as scientists in China create a Graphene aerogel that looks set to claim the title of the world's lightest material. Coutts has been informing clients of the potential of super-material Graphene for some time, as part of its Fu
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Aluminium sheet capacity in China surpassed 10 million tonnes in 2012
Strong growth in the output of China's aluminium rolling market in 2011 has resulted in the output of aluminium sheets in China surpassing 10 million tonnes in 2012 for the first time. Investment in the manufacture of high precision aluminium sheets and strips, tank aluminium sheet, electronic foil
Lease implications of the withdrawal of the air-conditioning refrigerant gas R22
With the use of refrigeration gas, R22, being banned from January 2015 with no exceptions, Brethertons LLP offers guidance on the lease implications of the withdrawal of the refrigerant.
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different catalyst which overcomes the sensitivity to oxygen
Fifth Annual HiPerNano Conference and Exhibition - solving engineering challenges with nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces details of its fifth annual HiPerNano conference and exhibition, taking place on 17 April 2013 in Birmingham, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Early-bird rates are available until Friday 22 March 2013.
Ink evaluation kit for flexible thin film transistors (TFTs)
SmartKern's Technology Transfer Kit combines education and technical support to further advances in next generation flexible displays for use in smartphones and tablets.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Fuse box uses toughened nylon 66 has low temperature impact strength and uniform surface finish
Clariant is supplying a special nylon 66 compound for a moulded power distribution box manufactured by GEP Power Products, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. The material exhibits low-temperature impact resistance and durability, good dimensional stability and uniform surface finish.
Process control process regulates metals pretreatment
In the manufacture of metal components, the ability to continuously monitor surface pretreatment processes and to ensure the optimum infeed of the chemicals required is of crucial importance. Henkel’s TCS Engineering department has developed a modular metering and control system under the brand name
Solar Rotational Moulding (SRM) uses sun-tracking mirrors
LightManufacturing LLC, a solar thermal technology company, has announced a US patent covering the use of concentrated solar thermal energy for moulding plastic.
Aerogel in insulation - impact, and the future
Recent years have seen some truly staggering advances into material development and use that promises to change the landscape of how we implement and use technology in a number of fields and applications. Melissa Coates reviews the development of aerogels in insulation.
Refrigeration company welcomes F-gas Phase-down in Europe, relaxes hydrocarbon policy
On December 16 2013 the European Parliaments’ Environment Committee, Council and Commission agreed on a phase-down of F-gases. Specific sectors, such as commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning, will be restricted while remaining sectors for safety reasons will keep the opportunity to use F-gas
Two thermoplastic composite pioneers join forces in strategic partnership
Cato Composite Innovations, a leading technology company developing, manufacturing and selling thermoplastic composite components and parts worldwide, and Michael Effing, CEO and founder of AMAC, announce their strategic partnership for global sales and marketing activities.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Surge of Chinese steel exports to USA predicted in Q4
Steel producers in the United States need to brace themselves for a significant increase in the supply of steel from China in the final quarter of this year. The price differential between domestic prices in the United States and the estimated landed price for exports from China (usually a strong co
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
Battery Manufacturing Conference highlights role of nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network held its one day Battery Manufacturing Conference at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), University of Warwick. Battery Manufacturing 2013 is sponsored and hosted by the WMG Centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and features many of the UK battery indu
The role of label printers in food regulation and consumer safety
Recent changes in European legislation concern food packaging materials, of which labels are an integral part. FINAT, in a collaborative effort with its member UPM Raflatac, reports on the new EU 10/2011 regulation. This regulation on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with
Foam polymer coating grown directly from gases
A researcher at the University of Rochester has developed a process to grow highly customisable coatings of foam-like polymers. Useful because they combine light weight with rigid mechanical properties, they are used in a variety of ways, including the delivery of drugs in the body, as a framework f
Metal forming joint venture agreement cover Europe and North America
Vari-Form and EMARC SpA of Piemonte, Italy, have announced a joint venture agreement, whereby both companies will offer hydroforming, roll forming and aluminium stretch bending in both their local markets. The target market is automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers worldwide.
Shape memory scaffold for manipulating nanoparticles into shape - and back
A shape-memory chitosan scaffold (CSS) fabricated by an ice-templated method can be used as a versatile host matrix for self-assembly of a wide range of functional nanoscale building blocks, and thus it can produce a family of functional three-dimensional (3D) macroscale assemblies, which show promi
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Hierarchical porous polymer film synthesis controls pore sizes
Forming perfect porous polymer films is not enough; they need both large and small pores, and the process of making them needs to be simple, versatile and repeatable. Creatively combining already established techniques, Cornell materials researchers have devised a so-called hierarchical porous polym
Eco-designed urethane surfboards feature polycarbonate skin
An Araldite adhesive from Huntsman Advanced Materials has been used by French surfboard maker Newtis Innovation in the manufacture of the 'JAB’; the first hand-finished polyurethane surfboard to feature a polycarbonate skin. The JAB surfboard has received two first prizes in the Technological and Ec
A general guide to machining nickel-iron alloys
Nickel-iron alloys are not hardenable by heat treatment. The alloys can be made harder though cold working only. The annealed hardness for these alloys is generally in the range of RB 70/80. Material in the annealed condition will be more difficult to machine because it is soft and gummy. The tools
AHSS steel structures can eliminate weight gap against aluminium for car bodies, claims research study
The latest in a continuing series of research studies strongly suggest that steel auto body structures in the near future can be as lightweight as today’s aluminium bodies, while meeting all crash performance standards and at comparable cost of current steel structures. The studies also address crit
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Plastic moulding - avoiding flash where channels meet
There are all sorts of reasons to create channels within a plastic part. Channels, tunnels, and holes can convey liquids, gases or, in some cases, even solids; we often see them in parts for medical devices.
Graphene aerogel looks set to become the world's lightest material
Graphene has scooped fourth place in the Great British Innovations Vote as scientists in China create a Graphene aerogel that looks set to claim the title of the world's lightest material. Coutts has been informing clients of the potential of super-material Graphene for some time, as part of its Fu
JEC Composites Exhibition: AZL launches centre of expertise and Composites Academy
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University has announced its 33 founding partners. This follows the framework of the so-called Excellence Initiative by the German Government, with new clusters established on the campus of the University of RWTH in Aachen
JEC Composites Exhibition: Carbon fibre prepreg content on each A350 XWB is worth over $4 million to Hexcel
At the 2013 JEC Composites show in Paris, Hexcel provided details of its work on the Airbus A350 XWB, which represents the largest contract in the company’s history, with overall revenues of between $4-5 billion. Hexcel’s total content on each A350 XWB is now claimed to be worth over $4 million. Whe
Aluminium sheet capacity in China surpassed 10 million tonnes in 2012
Strong growth in the output of China's aluminium rolling market in 2011 has resulted in the output of aluminium sheets in China surpassing 10 million tonnes in 2012 for the first time. Investment in the manufacture of high precision aluminium sheets and strips, tank aluminium sheet, electronic foil
Lease implications of the withdrawal of the air-conditioning refrigerant gas R22
With the use of refrigeration gas, R22, being banned from January 2015 with no exceptions, Brethertons LLP offers guidance on the lease implications of the withdrawal of the refrigerant.
High-performance dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) based prototyping formulations enable faster time-to-market
Telene SAS has recently developed a new family of high-performance DCPD based formulations. The Telene 1800 series consists of two component-systems, using the same monomers as more traditional, RIM-orientated Telene grades but based on a different catalyst which overcomes the sensitivity to oxygen
Fifth Annual HiPerNano Conference and Exhibition - solving engineering challenges with nanotechnology
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) announces details of its fifth annual HiPerNano conference and exhibition, taking place on 17 April 2013 in Birmingham, sponsored by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Early-bird rates are available until Friday 22 March 2013.
Ink evaluation kit for flexible thin film transistors (TFTs)
SmartKern's Technology Transfer Kit combines education and technical support to further advances in next generation flexible displays for use in smartphones and tablets.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Nanoparticle based coating for aircraft engines may triple service life
Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. Such coatings are used on combustion chamber walls, inlet guide vanes, turbine blades and vanes, these being the so–called hot section components t
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Nanoparticle based coating for aircraft engines may triple service life
Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. Such coatings are used on combustion chamber walls, inlet guide vanes, turbine blades and vanes, these being the so–called hot section components t
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Nanoparticle based coating for aircraft engines may triple service life
Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. Such coatings are used on combustion chamber walls, inlet guide vanes, turbine blades and vanes, these being the so–called hot section components t
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous prec
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
Nanoparticle based coating for aircraft engines may triple service life
Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engines from heat. Such coatings are used on combustion chamber walls, inlet guide vanes, turbine blades and vanes, these being the so–called hot section components t
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Open cell versus closed cell polyurethane foam: is there a difference?
The application of closed cell polyurethane foams for building insulation has been around for over 30 years, but recently the availability of an open cell option has come onto the market. Architects, specifiers and building consultants may well be confused as to the merits of these different systems
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Unlocking the potential of Graphene
CPI has received £14m from Innovate UK to create the UK’s Graphene Applications Innovation Centre to assist companies to develop, prove and commercialise products using graphene technologies. The centre offers access to a world-leading capability in the development of graphene, printable and fo
Carbon nanofibres can be made from carbon dioxide in the air
Scientists in the US have found a way to take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. But can they be made in sufficient volumes to contribute to climate change?
Layered semiconducting black arsenic phosphorus alternative to silicon
Graphene, the only one atom thick carbon network, achieved overnight fame with the 2010 Nobel Prize. But now comes competition: Such layers can also be formed by black phosphorous. Chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a semiconducting material in which individual p
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) to take IT beyond the electronic age
A £5.2 million project led by the University of Leeds is aiming to transform data communications with a new generation of photonic microchips. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced funding for a multi-university research programme and a pilot manufacturin
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Metal-oxide clusters for molecular storage devices could bridge memory gap
New molecules could be the key to solving a looming problem with flash memory storage, researchers from the University of Glasgow are saying.
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Low flammability structural composites and adhesives for aerospace interiors
The use of composite materials on aircraft interiors is emerging from the shadow of composite airframe applications. With fuel prices currently accounting for over a third of operating costs, it is now widely recognised that interior composites can deliver significant cost savings in this area. Comp
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
Imaging technique can detect acoustically invisible cracks
The next generation of aircraft could be thinner and lighter, thanks to the development of a new imaging technique that could detect damage previously invisible to acoustic imaging systems.
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Graphene-based flexible display produced for first time
A flexible display incorporating graphene in the pixel electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, said to be the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.
Self-mating parts - searching for symmetry
If a part has the potential to be split into symmetrical halves that can self-mate, Proto Labs recommends exploring that option early in the design process. It could save time and money. Generally speaking, if a manual assembly process that involves screws or ultrasonic welding can be turned into a
Transparent silver nanowire (AgNW) mesh electrode could replace brittle, rare ITO in silver cells
Olympus has released a new application note detailing how the quick and non-destructive nature of the Olympus LEXT OLS4100 high-resolution analysis and stitching function capabilities has enhanced research into organic semiconductors and transparent electrodes.
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Wastewater company introduces rotomoulded tanks
Conder Aqua Solutions, a UK company specialising in packaged water and wastewater systems, has invested in new rotomoulding technology which is set to significantly increase production capabilities and produce a 20% growth in turnover.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories th
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Nano-thin protective layer of copper reduces friction in heavy machinery
Nanotechnology can be employed to reduce friction, in everything from cosmetics to paint, or steel and even toothpaste. It is also used in the oil and lubrication businesses. But how can microscopic particles help reduce fossil-fuel use and extend the life of components for some of the heaviest and
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Smoke and toxicity compliant canopy barriers add to passenger safety on the London Underground
London Underground has awarded Icon Polymer a six-figure contract to manufacture about 2000 canopy barriers, to be fitted to trains on the Central, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines. The award follows the successful completion of a similar contract for the Bakerloo line.
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
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