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Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Technical guide to light-cure PCB conformal coatings
Intertronics has published a technical guide to light cure PCB conformal coatings, authored by Dymax. These coatings provide effective protection with the added benefit of UV/light cure for quick, convenient processing and cost saving.
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Setting the standard for graphene
The University of Manchester and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces by holding the Graphene UK Standardisation Workshop at the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Key figures from the graphene supply chain worked together to provide input into a White Paper and discuss next ste
Aerospace certification for surface coatings company
Ionbond announces that Airbus SAS has certified the Greensboro, NC, USA coating centre for the production of PVD coatings according to Airbus process specifications (AIPS). The certification will allow the facility in Greensboro to provide coatings to Airbus directly and through its suppliers.
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
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.
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
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
Printhead for advanced manufacturing delivers precise fluid control
At InPrint 2014 (8-10 April, Hannover Messe, Germany), inkjet technology developer Xaar launched the Xaar 1002 AMp printhead – the first in a new range of piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads designed specifically for advanced manufacturing applications.
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia.
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
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the tyre and rubber industries in Japan and Korea. After initially operating in Japan, the tw
Sustainable bio-based succinic acid for the production of resins, coatings and adhesives
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid for the produ
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
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
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.
Custom production plant for graphene commissioned in North of England
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has commissioned CPI to build a graphene production plant at Wilton, capable of producing 1 tonne per year of graphene nanoplatelets, based upon its proprietary production methodology.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
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
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make i
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
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.
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
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.
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Technical guide to light-cure PCB conformal coatings
Intertronics has published a technical guide to light cure PCB conformal coatings, authored by Dymax. These coatings provide effective protection with the added benefit of UV/light cure for quick, convenient processing and cost saving.
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Setting the standard for graphene
The University of Manchester and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces by holding the Graphene UK Standardisation Workshop at the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Key figures from the graphene supply chain worked together to provide input into a White Paper and discuss next ste
Aerospace certification for surface coatings company
Ionbond announces that Airbus SAS has certified the Greensboro, NC, USA coating centre for the production of PVD coatings according to Airbus process specifications (AIPS). The certification will allow the facility in Greensboro to provide coatings to Airbus directly and through its suppliers.
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
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.
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
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
Printhead for advanced manufacturing delivers precise fluid control
At InPrint 2014 (8-10 April, Hannover Messe, Germany), inkjet technology developer Xaar launched the Xaar 1002 AMp printhead – the first in a new range of piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads designed specifically for advanced manufacturing applications.
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia.
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
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the tyre and rubber industries in Japan and Korea. After initially operating in Japan, the tw
Sustainable bio-based succinic acid for the production of resins, coatings and adhesives
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid for the produ
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
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
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.
Custom production plant for graphene commissioned in North of England
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has commissioned CPI to build a graphene production plant at Wilton, capable of producing 1 tonne per year of graphene nanoplatelets, based upon its proprietary production methodology.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
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
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make i
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
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.
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
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.
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Technical guide to light-cure PCB conformal coatings
Intertronics has published a technical guide to light cure PCB conformal coatings, authored by Dymax. These coatings provide effective protection with the added benefit of UV/light cure for quick, convenient processing and cost saving.
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Setting the standard for graphene
The University of Manchester and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces by holding the Graphene UK Standardisation Workshop at the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Key figures from the graphene supply chain worked together to provide input into a White Paper and discuss next ste
Aerospace certification for surface coatings company
Ionbond announces that Airbus SAS has certified the Greensboro, NC, USA coating centre for the production of PVD coatings according to Airbus process specifications (AIPS). The certification will allow the facility in Greensboro to provide coatings to Airbus directly and through its suppliers.
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
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.
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
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
Printhead for advanced manufacturing delivers precise fluid control
At InPrint 2014 (8-10 April, Hannover Messe, Germany), inkjet technology developer Xaar launched the Xaar 1002 AMp printhead – the first in a new range of piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads designed specifically for advanced manufacturing applications.
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia.
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
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the tyre and rubber industries in Japan and Korea. After initially operating in Japan, the tw
Sustainable bio-based succinic acid for the production of resins, coatings and adhesives
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid for the produ
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
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
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.
Custom production plant for graphene commissioned in North of England
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has commissioned CPI to build a graphene production plant at Wilton, capable of producing 1 tonne per year of graphene nanoplatelets, based upon its proprietary production methodology.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
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
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make i
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
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.
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
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.
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Technical guide to light-cure PCB conformal coatings
Intertronics has published a technical guide to light cure PCB conformal coatings, authored by Dymax. These coatings provide effective protection with the added benefit of UV/light cure for quick, convenient processing and cost saving.
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Setting the standard for graphene
The University of Manchester and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces by holding the Graphene UK Standardisation Workshop at the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Key figures from the graphene supply chain worked together to provide input into a White Paper and discuss next ste
Aerospace certification for surface coatings company
Ionbond announces that Airbus SAS has certified the Greensboro, NC, USA coating centre for the production of PVD coatings according to Airbus process specifications (AIPS). The certification will allow the facility in Greensboro to provide coatings to Airbus directly and through its suppliers.
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
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.
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
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
Printhead for advanced manufacturing delivers precise fluid control
At InPrint 2014 (8-10 April, Hannover Messe, Germany), inkjet technology developer Xaar launched the Xaar 1002 AMp printhead – the first in a new range of piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads designed specifically for advanced manufacturing applications.
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia.
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
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the tyre and rubber industries in Japan and Korea. After initially operating in Japan, the tw
Sustainable bio-based succinic acid for the production of resins, coatings and adhesives
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid for the produ
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
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
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.
Custom production plant for graphene commissioned in North of England
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has commissioned CPI to build a graphene production plant at Wilton, capable of producing 1 tonne per year of graphene nanoplatelets, based upon its proprietary production methodology.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
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
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make i
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
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.
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
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.
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
Pioneering engine block innovation uses plasma coating
High performance casting specialist Grainger & Worrall (GW) is working in conjunction with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to develop a new type of cylinder block that uses plasma coatings to reduce the weight and size of engines.
Materials information management software embeds enterprise materials information experience
Granta Design has announced GRANTA MI Version 9, the latest version of its leading materials information management software, delivering a series of new tools based on extensive experience and feedback from enterprise implementations worldwide. This major annual release rolls-up all the upgrades and
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
Technical guide to light-cure PCB conformal coatings
Intertronics has published a technical guide to light cure PCB conformal coatings, authored by Dymax. These coatings provide effective protection with the added benefit of UV/light cure for quick, convenient processing and cost saving.
Ceramics keep supersonic record challenger cool
Cooling a 135,000bhp, 1000mph car poses critical challenges for safety and performance that now, just six months ahead of the first run, the Bloodhound team is looking to solve.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Setting the standard for graphene
The University of Manchester and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have joined forces by holding the Graphene UK Standardisation Workshop at the National Graphene Institute (NGI). Key figures from the graphene supply chain worked together to provide input into a White Paper and discuss next ste
Aerospace certification for surface coatings company
Ionbond announces that Airbus SAS has certified the Greensboro, NC, USA coating centre for the production of PVD coatings according to Airbus process specifications (AIPS). The certification will allow the facility in Greensboro to provide coatings to Airbus directly and through its suppliers.
Automotive EMI shielding: silicone gels enable lighter structures
Although EMI and thermal issues have been prevalent in the military and aerospace sectors for many years, the rapid development and evolution of both automotive electronics and vehicle electric drive systems means that Chomerics is witnessing increasing numbers of automotive industry customers seeki
Perpetuus Carbon Group secures commercial partnership with G24 Power
Perpetuus Carbon Group, a producer of high quality, functionalised graphenes, announces a major initiative with G24 Power a company engaged in design and manufacture of dye-sensitised solar cells, a technology which converts light energy into electrical energy. The tie-up will produce graphene enabl
Potting compounds for protecting electronic circuits
Potting compounds offer protection for electronic circuits. Master Bond has published a white paper covering the properties of the various options available.
Versatile active brazing alloy process for joining metals to ceramics
Morgan Advanced Materials has highlighted the benefits of its active brazing alloy (ABA) process to join metals to ceramics in a variety of applications where conventional metallisation and brazing are either costly or impractical.
Dutch polymer giant opens international research centre for innovative materials
Royal DSM has opened a new centre for research into and development of high-performance materials on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands. The completion of DSM's largest materials centre worldwide is part of the €100 million investment in knowledge and innovation
Selective brush plating for industrial applications
"Why take the surface to the tank when you can take the tank to the surface?’ is the idea on which the portable, selective brush plating process is based. Derek Vanek of SIFCO Applied Surface Concepts (ASC) - part of Norman Hay - discusses the application benefits and possibilities of selective pla
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
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.
Nano-diamond-enhanced electroless nickel plating claimed to yield three-times improvement in wear resistance
Through the controlled addition of nano-diamonds, Carbodeon has announced improvements to electroless nickel plating, including a three times improvement in wear resistance.
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Thermally conductive, two-component epoxy passes medical device specifications
Master Bond EP21AOLV-2Med meets USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 specifications for medical device applications. It is thermally conductive and a competent electrical insulator.
Mullite ceramic in industrial waste converted to coating for aircraft turbines
A group of specialists from the Center for Research in Advanced Materials (Cimav), have developed nanostructured coatings capable of withstanding temperatures exceeding 1000C, which are used in aviation turbine components.
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014
The Graphene Supply, Application and Commercialisation Summit 2014 will be held on 12 and 13 June 2014 at the University Of Manchester, UK. Collaborating with the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, this year's summit aims to take graphene one step closer to commercialisati
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
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
Printhead for advanced manufacturing delivers precise fluid control
At InPrint 2014 (8-10 April, Hannover Messe, Germany), inkjet technology developer Xaar launched the Xaar 1002 AMp printhead – the first in a new range of piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads designed specifically for advanced manufacturing applications.
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia.
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
End-of-life tyre rubber converted to Micronized Rubber Powder (MRP)
Connell Brothers (CBC), distributor of specialty chemicals and ingredients in the Asia-Pacific region, has partnered with Lehigh Technologies, to market Lehigh's PolyDyne micronized rubber powders (MRP) to the tyre and rubber industries in Japan and Korea. After initially operating in Japan, the tw
Sustainable bio-based succinic acid for the production of resins, coatings and adhesives
As a first time exhibitor at the American Coatings Show 2014, Reverdia will highlight the benefits of Biosuccinium. This 100% bio-based succinic acid offers a more sustainable alternative to conventional raw materials such as fossil-based succinic acid, adipic acid or terephthalic acid for the produ
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
Surface coating company secures strategic supply agreement with major engineering company
Hardide Coatings, provider of advanced surface coating technology, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Strategic Supply Agreement with the General Electric Company Inc.(GE).
Stand-up paddle boards reinforced by low carbon fabric
BlkBox Surf is an American brand and manufacturer of Stand-Up-Paddle (SUP) boards that is using TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics to achieve weight savings and mechanical performance benefits, together with a pro[rietary resin known as Resin-X.
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
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.
Custom production plant for graphene commissioned in North of England
Applied Graphene Materials (AGM) has commissioned CPI to build a graphene production plant at Wilton, capable of producing 1 tonne per year of graphene nanoplatelets, based upon its proprietary production methodology.
Safer and more sustainable materials for manufacturing
Manufacturing industries rely on a supply of raw materials; increasingly these are rare, expensive, difficult to source, and subject to regulation. A £10.3 million grant, awarded to researchers today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to find safer, m
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
Non-drip, one component silicone offers high temperature resistance, thermal conductivity and electrical isolation
Placing emphasis on convenient handling, Master Bond MasterSil 705TC features a paste consistency that does not require mixing. This single component system sets up in 7 minutes and has a non-corrosive cure at room temperature when exposed to atmospheric humidity.
Packed conference programme for polyurethanes industry
The UTECH North America event has announced details of its packed two-day conference programme, taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring 46 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developm
Stanene could replace graphene with 100% electrical conductivity
Even copper's high electrical conductivity is beginning to hold back computers as scientists push the material to its limits. Now, a new material made from a single layer of tin atoms could make history by becoming the world’s first electrical conductor to work at 100% efficiency. This would make i
Carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics combine chemical resistance with strength and stiffness
RTP has developed customised thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring colour, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties. They are based on carbon fibre reinforced PEEK, PPA, PPS, and
Ultra-light heat exchangers take the heat out of space flight
Breakthrough heat exchange technology is the driving force behind a new generation of engines with the ability to operate in space and the earth’s atmosphere. Chemical engineers can find out more about the SABRE engine from Dr Robert Bond, corporate programmes director at Reaction Engines, at a spec
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.
Ultra-short cold ablation pulsed laser deposition enables thinner precious metal thin films
Finnish coating technology specialist Picodeon Ltd has developed its ColdAb ultra-short pulsed laser deposition technology (US PLD) for use in the application of gold and platinum thin films, enabling thinner films and thereby reducing precious metal costs.
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.
Thin film optical coatings with high laser damage threshold (LDT)
Deposition Sciences (DSI) has a new line of coatings that are ideal for diodes, DPSS and gas lasers and other high energy systems. With laser damage threshold (LDT) levels as high as 25MW/cm[2], they are to be demonstrated during SPIE BiOS/Photonics West 2014 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco (1
Non-crimp fabric carbon reinforcement used for automotive roof panel
Chomarat specialises in textile reinforcements for composites, is an active participant in the "RTM in-mould Coatings" project thanks to its line of spread NCF carbon reinforcements. For the first time, a carbon roof panel for the Roding Roadster is made in real time, and mass produced, at the K’2
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