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Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed
Self-adhesive labels detect protein on surface in food preparation
A small, hand-held disposable device for detecting protein on surfaces in food preparation and packaging areas is the latest innovation achieved with the help of self-adhesive labels. Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, Finat explains.
Two-layer PZT bimorph composites withstand high temperatures
Morgan Technical Ceramics is extending its electro ceramics portfolio, with the launch of a new range of high temperature piezoelectric bimorph components, suitable for sensor and actuator use in a wide range of industrial applications.
Daimler adopts generative laser melting of metals in XXL format to replace aluminium castings
Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser have develop a laser fusing (lasercusing) machine on a super scale for the automotive industry.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Vertical milling system for high quality powders combines low energy consumption with compact size
New technology for grinding bulk raw materials into fine powders has the potential to bring significant cost and production benefits.
Recycling to reduce Volvo's environmental footprint can give its old trucks a new lease of life
A truck straight off the factory assembly line may not be quite as new as it seems. One-third of the vehicle
Drain clearage specialist cures damaged pipes with slow-hardening polyester resin
The British drain clearage specialist Dyno-Rod is using a new resin that allows it to plan its sewer repairs better.
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and applied by dispensing. IGBT circuits are made by printing high tin alloys to multiple d
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch transmissions
14 companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the 2011 JEC Innovation awards programme
This year, 14 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (29-31 March 29-31 2011). The programme was originally created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation. Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on
Healthcare trends for medical device manufacturers in relevant to safety, home care and regulation
Increasing regulation, stronger emphasis on patient/provider safety and the shift to cost-effective alternative care delivery are among the top healthcare priorities.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed
Self-adhesive labels detect protein on surface in food preparation
A small, hand-held disposable device for detecting protein on surfaces in food preparation and packaging areas is the latest innovation achieved with the help of self-adhesive labels. Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, Finat explains.
Two-layer PZT bimorph composites withstand high temperatures
Morgan Technical Ceramics is extending its electro ceramics portfolio, with the launch of a new range of high temperature piezoelectric bimorph components, suitable for sensor and actuator use in a wide range of industrial applications.
Daimler adopts generative laser melting of metals in XXL format to replace aluminium castings
Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser have develop a laser fusing (lasercusing) machine on a super scale for the automotive industry.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Vertical milling system for high quality powders combines low energy consumption with compact size
New technology for grinding bulk raw materials into fine powders has the potential to bring significant cost and production benefits.
Recycling to reduce Volvo's environmental footprint can give its old trucks a new lease of life
A truck straight off the factory assembly line may not be quite as new as it seems. One-third of the vehicle
Drain clearage specialist cures damaged pipes with slow-hardening polyester resin
The British drain clearage specialist Dyno-Rod is using a new resin that allows it to plan its sewer repairs better.
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and applied by dispensing. IGBT circuits are made by printing high tin alloys to multiple d
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch transmissions
14 companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the 2011 JEC Innovation awards programme
This year, 14 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (29-31 March 29-31 2011). The programme was originally created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation. Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on
Healthcare trends for medical device manufacturers in relevant to safety, home care and regulation
Increasing regulation, stronger emphasis on patient/provider safety and the shift to cost-effective alternative care delivery are among the top healthcare priorities.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed
Self-adhesive labels detect protein on surface in food preparation
A small, hand-held disposable device for detecting protein on surfaces in food preparation and packaging areas is the latest innovation achieved with the help of self-adhesive labels. Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, Finat explains.
Two-layer PZT bimorph composites withstand high temperatures
Morgan Technical Ceramics is extending its electro ceramics portfolio, with the launch of a new range of high temperature piezoelectric bimorph components, suitable for sensor and actuator use in a wide range of industrial applications.
Daimler adopts generative laser melting of metals in XXL format to replace aluminium castings
Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser have develop a laser fusing (lasercusing) machine on a super scale for the automotive industry.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Vertical milling system for high quality powders combines low energy consumption with compact size
New technology for grinding bulk raw materials into fine powders has the potential to bring significant cost and production benefits.
Recycling to reduce Volvo's environmental footprint can give its old trucks a new lease of life
A truck straight off the factory assembly line may not be quite as new as it seems. One-third of the vehicle
Drain clearage specialist cures damaged pipes with slow-hardening polyester resin
The British drain clearage specialist Dyno-Rod is using a new resin that allows it to plan its sewer repairs better.
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and applied by dispensing. IGBT circuits are made by printing high tin alloys to multiple d
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch transmissions
14 companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the 2011 JEC Innovation awards programme
This year, 14 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (29-31 March 29-31 2011). The programme was originally created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation. Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on
Healthcare trends for medical device manufacturers in relevant to safety, home care and regulation
Increasing regulation, stronger emphasis on patient/provider safety and the shift to cost-effective alternative care delivery are among the top healthcare priorities.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed
Self-adhesive labels detect protein on surface in food preparation
A small, hand-held disposable device for detecting protein on surfaces in food preparation and packaging areas is the latest innovation achieved with the help of self-adhesive labels. Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, Finat explains.
Two-layer PZT bimorph composites withstand high temperatures
Morgan Technical Ceramics is extending its electro ceramics portfolio, with the launch of a new range of high temperature piezoelectric bimorph components, suitable for sensor and actuator use in a wide range of industrial applications.
Daimler adopts generative laser melting of metals in XXL format to replace aluminium castings
Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser have develop a laser fusing (lasercusing) machine on a super scale for the automotive industry.
Three new ways to protect aircraft against wing icing
When ice builds-up on the wings of aircrafts, it drives up costs and impedes safety – and in the worst case scenario, could even cause an aircraft to crash. At the ILA Berlin Air Show, researchers demonstrated new ways to keep ice off of the aircraft's wings.
Vertical milling system for high quality powders combines low energy consumption with compact size
New technology for grinding bulk raw materials into fine powders has the potential to bring significant cost and production benefits.
Recycling to reduce Volvo's environmental footprint can give its old trucks a new lease of life
A truck straight off the factory assembly line may not be quite as new as it seems. One-third of the vehicle
Drain clearage specialist cures damaged pipes with slow-hardening polyester resin
The British drain clearage specialist Dyno-Rod is using a new resin that allows it to plan its sewer repairs better.
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and applied by dispensing. IGBT circuits are made by printing high tin alloys to multiple d
Materials advance reduces carbon footprint of key transmissi​on component
Federal-Mogul has developed a clever elastomeric compound that makes the production of its Unipiston bonded hydraulic clutch pistons more energy-efficient. The component is used in most automatic and dual-clutch transmissions
14 companies rewarded for their composite innovations in the 2011 JEC Innovation awards programme
This year, 14 companies and their partners will receive awards at the JEC Composites Show (29-31 March 29-31 2011). The programme was originally created in 1998 with the goal of promoting innovation. Each year, a jury of renowned international experts chooses the best composite innovations, based on
Healthcare trends for medical device manufacturers in relevant to safety, home care and regulation
Increasing regulation, stronger emphasis on patient/provider safety and the shift to cost-effective alternative care delivery are among the top healthcare priorities.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
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
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Handheld spectrophotometer manage production batches with high colour accuracy
X-Rite Pantone has launched the Ci6x series of handheld spectrophotometers which provide accurate colour measurements to improve colour consistency and reducing the product costs of complex materials.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Fibre reinforced H-frame for transmission lines meets environmental challenge
FRP Transmission Innovations, in collaboration with BC Hydro, is setting a new environmental standard for high voltage infrastructure with the installation of a fibre reinforced polymer H-frame structure built for transmission lines.
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Asia-Pacific to drive growth in the non-destructive testing equipment market
The non-destructive testing equipment market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.9 billion by 2018, driven by technological developments, stringent product usage specifications and strong government safety regulations.
Study highlights new materials opportunities in microfluidic devices
The penetration rate and potential for materials used in microfluidic devices are presented in a report by Lyon, France-based Yole Développement. This new Yole Développement report provides a complete analysis of microfluidic device markets and technologies. Based on an accurate investigat
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Published ISO standard defines calculation method of carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is welcoming the publication of an ISO standard that defines a calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard is based on the CO2 data collection methodology that has been used for the past five years in t
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
New technologies including 'smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
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
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Handheld spectrophotometer manage production batches with high colour accuracy
X-Rite Pantone has launched the Ci6x series of handheld spectrophotometers which provide accurate colour measurements to improve colour consistency and reducing the product costs of complex materials.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Fibre reinforced H-frame for transmission lines meets environmental challenge
FRP Transmission Innovations, in collaboration with BC Hydro, is setting a new environmental standard for high voltage infrastructure with the installation of a fibre reinforced polymer H-frame structure built for transmission lines.
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Asia-Pacific to drive growth in the non-destructive testing equipment market
The non-destructive testing equipment market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.9 billion by 2018, driven by technological developments, stringent product usage specifications and strong government safety regulations.
Study highlights new materials opportunities in microfluidic devices
The penetration rate and potential for materials used in microfluidic devices are presented in a report by Lyon, France-based Yole Développement. This new Yole Développement report provides a complete analysis of microfluidic device markets and technologies. Based on an accurate investigat
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Published ISO standard defines calculation method of carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is welcoming the publication of an ISO standard that defines a calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard is based on the CO2 data collection methodology that has been used for the past five years in t
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
New technologies including 'smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
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
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Handheld spectrophotometer manage production batches with high colour accuracy
X-Rite Pantone has launched the Ci6x series of handheld spectrophotometers which provide accurate colour measurements to improve colour consistency and reducing the product costs of complex materials.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Fibre reinforced H-frame for transmission lines meets environmental challenge
FRP Transmission Innovations, in collaboration with BC Hydro, is setting a new environmental standard for high voltage infrastructure with the installation of a fibre reinforced polymer H-frame structure built for transmission lines.
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Asia-Pacific to drive growth in the non-destructive testing equipment market
The non-destructive testing equipment market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.9 billion by 2018, driven by technological developments, stringent product usage specifications and strong government safety regulations.
Study highlights new materials opportunities in microfluidic devices
The penetration rate and potential for materials used in microfluidic devices are presented in a report by Lyon, France-based Yole Développement. This new Yole Développement report provides a complete analysis of microfluidic device markets and technologies. Based on an accurate investigat
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Published ISO standard defines calculation method of carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is welcoming the publication of an ISO standard that defines a calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard is based on the CO2 data collection methodology that has been used for the past five years in t
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
New technologies including 'smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
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
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Handheld spectrophotometer manage production batches with high colour accuracy
X-Rite Pantone has launched the Ci6x series of handheld spectrophotometers which provide accurate colour measurements to improve colour consistency and reducing the product costs of complex materials.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Fibre reinforced H-frame for transmission lines meets environmental challenge
FRP Transmission Innovations, in collaboration with BC Hydro, is setting a new environmental standard for high voltage infrastructure with the installation of a fibre reinforced polymer H-frame structure built for transmission lines.
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Asia-Pacific to drive growth in the non-destructive testing equipment market
The non-destructive testing equipment market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.9 billion by 2018, driven by technological developments, stringent product usage specifications and strong government safety regulations.
Study highlights new materials opportunities in microfluidic devices
The penetration rate and potential for materials used in microfluidic devices are presented in a report by Lyon, France-based Yole Développement. This new Yole Développement report provides a complete analysis of microfluidic device markets and technologies. Based on an accurate investigat
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Published ISO standard defines calculation method of carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is welcoming the publication of an ISO standard that defines a calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard is based on the CO2 data collection methodology that has been used for the past five years in t
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
New technologies including 'smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
Expanded portfolio of foamable polymers
SABIC regards polymer foam technologies as essential to meet growing needs for improvements in sustainability and efficiencies along global production and supply chains. They offer material and energy savings while retaining or even improving product performance; and they offer benefits in thermal a
The future of metal laser melting
Metal laser melting has mastered the leap from rapid prototyping to recognised production technology. Additive manufactured parts are used in a wide range of industries. Toolcraft has expanded its machinery in order to more effectively meet the demand, with an M2 Cusing multilaser system made by Con
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.
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
Transparency in mould handling
Mold ID from Balluff supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in mould handling.
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Fran
Graphene manufacturer secures exclusive supply agreement for plasma reactors
Haydale has entered into an exclusive development and supply agreement with Tantec A/S, a leading manufacturer of standard and customised plasma reactors. The new reactors to be built and commissioned by Tantec A/S represent another step forward towards the commercialisation of graphene.
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
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
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Laboratory expands oil and gas testing capability
The oil and gas testing facility operated by Element Materials Technology in Hitchin, UK, is set to complete a significant expansion and improvement project in order to consolidate operations, increase efficiency, and expand capacity. Hitchin works with clients in the Aerospace, Oil & Gas (O&G) and
Climate Center: new refrigeration tube guidance set to unify UK with EU
Revised guidance on the selection of copper tube and fittings for use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems has been agreed by two leading industry bodies. The Institute of Refrigeration and British Refrigeration Association have collaborated on the important update, following a proposed cha
High-flow polysulfone coupling for healthcare industry
LinkTech Couplings, a supplier of quick couplings and valves is to launch its 60PS series of high-flow couplings made of Udel polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers for healthcare and industrial applications.
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
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
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
Can germanium replace silicon in mid-infrared group IV photonics?
A new research project led by the University of Southampton is aiming to establish whether germanium, a group IV semiconductor, can be used as the material of choice in mid-infrared (mid-IR) photonics circuits and sensors.
Ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) developed to enable microstructural control
Finnish thin film coating specialist Picodeon has developed its ultra-short pulsed laser deposition (USPLD) surface coating technology to be able to create either porous or dense aluminium oxide (Al2O3) coatings on heat-sensitive substrates for use in a wide range of industrial metallisation applica
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
Laser displacement sensors for rail dimension inspection
The rails are designed by Tata Steel Rail Division France for high-speed lines, conventional networks, heavily loaded routes, metro and urban tramways. The company has recently retrofitted its end straightness inspection systems with Keyence' latest generation of CCD laser displacement sensors, the
Radiometer simplifies validating and monitoring UV-curing processes
Intertronics, with sales partner DYMAX, has released the ACCU-CAL 150 – a simple to use radiometer which offers accurate, repeatable measurement of UV light.
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
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
3D composites fabrics for storage tanks and ships
3D Fiberglass Fabric is a newly developed fibreglass-braided fabric consisting of two bi-directional woven fabrics knitted together by vertical braided pillars.
Test system for full-scale structural testing of carbon fibre aircraft wings
Moog Industrial Group has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace of Belfast to supply an aerospace test system to undertake a full-scale structural test on the CSeries aircraft advanced carbon fibre wing.
Handheld spectrophotometer manage production batches with high colour accuracy
X-Rite Pantone has launched the Ci6x series of handheld spectrophotometers which provide accurate colour measurements to improve colour consistency and reducing the product costs of complex materials.
Tow carbon fabrics save over 50% of weight on e-Go aircraft
In front of a large invited audience, the e-Go prototype took to the skies of Norfolk on 30 October 2013 for its official First Flight. In the careful hands of the company’s Chief Test Pilot, Keith Dennison, the aircraft gracefully took to the air and flew a lively display sequence.
Fatigue standard will facilitate fracture toughness testing
A new ASTM International Standard will enable fracture toughness testing on defects that are directly analogous to those commonly found in structural applications. ASTM E2899, Test Method for Measurement of Initiation Toughness in Surface Cracks under Tension and Bending, was developed by Subcommitt
Standalone infrared linescanning system takes thermal images of industrial processes
The recent introduction of the ScanIR3 infrared linescanner system complements the product portfolio of the Ircon pyrometer brand. This new series was specially developed to create real-time thermal images in a wide variety of applications, for instance in the glass, metals, semiconductor, and plast
Fibre reinforced H-frame for transmission lines meets environmental challenge
FRP Transmission Innovations, in collaboration with BC Hydro, is setting a new environmental standard for high voltage infrastructure with the installation of a fibre reinforced polymer H-frame structure built for transmission lines.
Reflecting titanium dioxide pigment could transform greenhouse film performance
New research indicates that Huntsman's Altiris infra-red reflecting pigment can improve the performance of polyethylene (PE) greenhouse film to provide improved growing conditions.
Stave-shaped ceramic components developed for defence and commercial sonar sectors
Sonar systems utilised by many of the world’s navies contain ceramic materials, where high acoustic transmission properties are required in low frequency environments. Morgan Advanced Materials announces the launch of its improved range of stave-shaped ceramic components for the defence and commerci
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Tata Steel's lightweight armour steel now mechanically punched before hardening
Tata Steel has received orders for more than 200 samples of its perforated armour steel, which has been exported to a number of countries worldwide including Germany, France, the USA and India. This revolutionary armour steel, formerly known as Super Bainite, has also undergone a number of design im
In-situ billet welding to slash downtime on FPSO platforms
Trelleborg has launched a revolutionary new SealWelding technology which allows seals to be welded in-situ on an FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) platform. This new technology will massively reduce the downtime and associated costs that come from maintaining a floating production,
Aerospace industrial strategy - UK competition announced for collaborative R&D funding
Government and industry published in March 2013 a joint Aerospace Industrial Strategy (AIS)*, which included the commitment to create an Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). As part of the ATI’s programme, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest, through the Technology
Asia-Pacific to drive growth in the non-destructive testing equipment market
The non-destructive testing equipment market is forecast to reach a value of US$1.9 billion by 2018, driven by technological developments, stringent product usage specifications and strong government safety regulations.
Study highlights new materials opportunities in microfluidic devices
The penetration rate and potential for materials used in microfluidic devices are presented in a report by Lyon, France-based Yole Développement. This new Yole Développement report provides a complete analysis of microfluidic device markets and technologies. Based on an accurate investigat
Advanced applications of high temperature magnetics
By combining high temperature, grain oriented magnetic materials along with high temperature packaging processes, Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) has created advanced high temperature magnetic systems that are viable for applications across a wide range of high temperature electronic
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby
Record PVC recycling in Europe in 2012
VinylPlus, the European PVC industry sustainable development programme, had a record 362,076 tonnes of PVC recycled last year, keeping it on track to meet the challenge of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020. A more comprehensive and wider scope for what constitutes ’recycled PVC’ has been ado
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
JEC Composites Exhibition: Innovative thermal treatment of carbon fibre composite materials
Precise process parameters and reliability are of great importance for the production of high-quality CFRP aviation structures, as for example helicopter cockpits made from carbon fibre-reinforded plastic material. For this challeging application, Vötsch Industrietechnik offers customised ovens
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.
Published ISO standard defines calculation method of carbon dioxide emissions from iron and steel production
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) is welcoming the publication of an ISO standard that defines a calculation method of carbon dioxide emission intensity from iron and steel production. The standard is based on the CO2 data collection methodology that has been used for the past five years in t
Will new rules to make Chinese steel industry greener work?
Special emissions restrictions are to be put in place by the Chinese environment agency in April, this year. These will affect the steel and several other polluting industries.
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
New lease allows manufacturing capacity of MRI superconducting wire to be expanded
Luvata has signed a new 15-year lease that includes a major overhaul of its current superconducting wire manufacturing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut. The newly renovated 160,000-square foot facility will offer additional manufacturing space in addition to a state-of-the-art laboratory and is ex
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
New technologies including 'smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
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