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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
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
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
Exclusive UK rights secured for cathodic protection anodes
Sika has secured an exclusive agreement with Vector Corrosion Technologies to become the UK’s sole supplier of its Galvashie
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
IMechE: UK must seize opportunity presented by composites industry
The world composites industry is worth £50 billion, but commercial barriers are hampering UK growth. Andy Pye reviews new research from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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).
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components can be protected selectively against wear and
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
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.
New volume of compilation - Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices
ASTM International has released the 3rd volume of Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Materials and Devices.
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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.
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Nitrogen generators eliminate corrosion at power plant
Situated in Gondomar, in the north area of Portugal, Tapada do Outeiro combine cycle power station produces 15-20% of the country’s electrical needs. The company relies on an NG 81 generator from Atlas Copco Rental to supply pure nitrogen to replace the air in the steam generator’s tubes when they a
External coating of 90km oil pipeline by airless spraying method
Usually PP-wrapping provides long-term corrosion protection for underground pipelines. But in this case the polypropylene tapes shrank substantially due to the high service temperature. Thereby, large metal surfa
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - a
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Europe's largest bridge strengthening project opts for carbon fibre reinforcement
When the M3 Hawley Lane Bridge started to show signs of excessive deflection under heavy traffic, engineers at Enterprise Mouchel devised a repair method that included the installation of a new central bridge pier to support two existing outer piers. To counteract changes to the deck’s dynamics and
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
Glass-flake epoxy paint for long-term protection of bridges and highways
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has pioneered a glass flake epoxy based paint technology in the bridges and highways industry. Originally developed to protect offshore structures from the severe marine environment in North Sea oil and gas applications, the system eliminates the require
Direct to Metal paint system qualifies to aerospace AMS 3095A
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has reported qualification to Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3095A of a Direct-to-Metal (DTM), Base Coat/Clear Coat system.
Military corrosion experts from Allied Nations convene at NATO school
The US and its allies are serious about battling corrosion on ageing aircraft, ships, submarines and ground vehicles. Officials from the DoD
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Book Launch: Aluminium Alloy Corrosion of Aircraft Structures - Modelling and Simulation
Thia book will be of interest to scientists and engineers interested in corrosion modelling; aircraft corrosion;
Composite bonding in the rail industry takes in increasing significance
Characterised by well documented benefits, including high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance, good impact resistance, and design flexibility, as well as better flame reta
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly
Paint for metals has higher anti-corrosive protection
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain) are working on a new type of coating that provides higher protection against metal corrosion due to its improved adherence to the metal surface and its
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Weldable wear-resistant steel with high titanium content challenges chrome carbide overlay plate
Abraservice UK has extended its range of Creusabro materials with the introduction of Creusabro Dual, a new, advanced, high performance grade of abrasion resistant steel additionally alloyed with a high titanium content of 0.6%. This grade is suited for parts in applications with severe sliding wear
Free access to specialist information on trial basis
From 4 to 18 February 2013, Maney Publishing is running 'Free Access 14’. For fourteen days Maney is making freely available all the journals in the Materials Science & Engineering Collection. All those who complete the simple sign-up form will be given access to the content including special issues
Single and two-component pickling processes for aluminium pretreatment
There are various technologies available for the initial treatment of aluminium, prior to giving it its weather-protection coating. Michael Frank, Technology Manager at Henkel, desribes the aluminum pretreatment options for window frames, building façades and other exposed construction surfaces are
Heavy fixing redesigned for lightweight concrete and porous rock
ESSVE Heavy Load lightweight concrete screw is intended for heavy fixing in porous rock materials such as lightweight concrete, Leca, Siporex and blue concrete. It is developed for the Scandinavian climate and has a unique design. With a final load value of 225kg, it takes a distinct pole position a
Conductive compound meets impact safety challenge for mining pump
When the makers of SmartPlug, a revolutionary shore power system for the marine industry, wanted to expand their product line to include a 50 amp version of their popular 30 amp SmartPlug power system, they needed to find a new thermoplastic material solution that would provide the necessary flame r
Carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polyester air extractor bonded in one piece
The Camaro ZL1 air extractor is engineered from carbon-fibre composites to achieve the highest stiffness and strength achievable with the lowest mass.
Highly stressed auto engine relies on liquid gasketing
The Ford one litre Fox engine will soon be manufactured across the globe. Designed at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC), it has the highest output per displacement of any high volume production engine on the market with a power output of 124 hp. This radical and revolutionary engine will be standa
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
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
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
Exclusive UK rights secured for cathodic protection anodes
Sika has secured an exclusive agreement with Vector Corrosion Technologies to become the UK’s sole supplier of its Galvashie
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
IMechE: UK must seize opportunity presented by composites industry
The world composites industry is worth £50 billion, but commercial barriers are hampering UK growth. Andy Pye reviews new research from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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).
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components can be protected selectively against wear and
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
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.
New volume of compilation - Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices
ASTM International has released the 3rd volume of Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Materials and Devices.
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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.
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Nitrogen generators eliminate corrosion at power plant
Situated in Gondomar, in the north area of Portugal, Tapada do Outeiro combine cycle power station produces 15-20% of the country’s electrical needs. The company relies on an NG 81 generator from Atlas Copco Rental to supply pure nitrogen to replace the air in the steam generator’s tubes when they a
External coating of 90km oil pipeline by airless spraying method
Usually PP-wrapping provides long-term corrosion protection for underground pipelines. But in this case the polypropylene tapes shrank substantially due to the high service temperature. Thereby, large metal surfa
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - a
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Europe's largest bridge strengthening project opts for carbon fibre reinforcement
When the M3 Hawley Lane Bridge started to show signs of excessive deflection under heavy traffic, engineers at Enterprise Mouchel devised a repair method that included the installation of a new central bridge pier to support two existing outer piers. To counteract changes to the deck’s dynamics and
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
Glass-flake epoxy paint for long-term protection of bridges and highways
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has pioneered a glass flake epoxy based paint technology in the bridges and highways industry. Originally developed to protect offshore structures from the severe marine environment in North Sea oil and gas applications, the system eliminates the require
Direct to Metal paint system qualifies to aerospace AMS 3095A
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has reported qualification to Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3095A of a Direct-to-Metal (DTM), Base Coat/Clear Coat system.
Military corrosion experts from Allied Nations convene at NATO school
The US and its allies are serious about battling corrosion on ageing aircraft, ships, submarines and ground vehicles. Officials from the DoD
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Book Launch: Aluminium Alloy Corrosion of Aircraft Structures - Modelling and Simulation
Thia book will be of interest to scientists and engineers interested in corrosion modelling; aircraft corrosion;
Composite bonding in the rail industry takes in increasing significance
Characterised by well documented benefits, including high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance, good impact resistance, and design flexibility, as well as better flame reta
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly
Paint for metals has higher anti-corrosive protection
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain) are working on a new type of coating that provides higher protection against metal corrosion due to its improved adherence to the metal surface and its
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Weldable wear-resistant steel with high titanium content challenges chrome carbide overlay plate
Abraservice UK has extended its range of Creusabro materials with the introduction of Creusabro Dual, a new, advanced, high performance grade of abrasion resistant steel additionally alloyed with a high titanium content of 0.6%. This grade is suited for parts in applications with severe sliding wear
Free access to specialist information on trial basis
From 4 to 18 February 2013, Maney Publishing is running 'Free Access 14’. For fourteen days Maney is making freely available all the journals in the Materials Science & Engineering Collection. All those who complete the simple sign-up form will be given access to the content including special issues
Single and two-component pickling processes for aluminium pretreatment
There are various technologies available for the initial treatment of aluminium, prior to giving it its weather-protection coating. Michael Frank, Technology Manager at Henkel, desribes the aluminum pretreatment options for window frames, building façades and other exposed construction surfaces are
Heavy fixing redesigned for lightweight concrete and porous rock
ESSVE Heavy Load lightweight concrete screw is intended for heavy fixing in porous rock materials such as lightweight concrete, Leca, Siporex and blue concrete. It is developed for the Scandinavian climate and has a unique design. With a final load value of 225kg, it takes a distinct pole position a
Conductive compound meets impact safety challenge for mining pump
When the makers of SmartPlug, a revolutionary shore power system for the marine industry, wanted to expand their product line to include a 50 amp version of their popular 30 amp SmartPlug power system, they needed to find a new thermoplastic material solution that would provide the necessary flame r
Carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polyester air extractor bonded in one piece
The Camaro ZL1 air extractor is engineered from carbon-fibre composites to achieve the highest stiffness and strength achievable with the lowest mass.
Highly stressed auto engine relies on liquid gasketing
The Ford one litre Fox engine will soon be manufactured across the globe. Designed at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC), it has the highest output per displacement of any high volume production engine on the market with a power output of 124 hp. This radical and revolutionary engine will be standa
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
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
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
Exclusive UK rights secured for cathodic protection anodes
Sika has secured an exclusive agreement with Vector Corrosion Technologies to become the UK’s sole supplier of its Galvashie
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
IMechE: UK must seize opportunity presented by composites industry
The world composites industry is worth £50 billion, but commercial barriers are hampering UK growth. Andy Pye reviews new research from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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).
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components can be protected selectively against wear and
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
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.
New volume of compilation - Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices
ASTM International has released the 3rd volume of Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Materials and Devices.
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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.
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Nitrogen generators eliminate corrosion at power plant
Situated in Gondomar, in the north area of Portugal, Tapada do Outeiro combine cycle power station produces 15-20% of the country’s electrical needs. The company relies on an NG 81 generator from Atlas Copco Rental to supply pure nitrogen to replace the air in the steam generator’s tubes when they a
External coating of 90km oil pipeline by airless spraying method
Usually PP-wrapping provides long-term corrosion protection for underground pipelines. But in this case the polypropylene tapes shrank substantially due to the high service temperature. Thereby, large metal surfa
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - a
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Europe's largest bridge strengthening project opts for carbon fibre reinforcement
When the M3 Hawley Lane Bridge started to show signs of excessive deflection under heavy traffic, engineers at Enterprise Mouchel devised a repair method that included the installation of a new central bridge pier to support two existing outer piers. To counteract changes to the deck’s dynamics and
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
Glass-flake epoxy paint for long-term protection of bridges and highways
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has pioneered a glass flake epoxy based paint technology in the bridges and highways industry. Originally developed to protect offshore structures from the severe marine environment in North Sea oil and gas applications, the system eliminates the require
Direct to Metal paint system qualifies to aerospace AMS 3095A
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has reported qualification to Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3095A of a Direct-to-Metal (DTM), Base Coat/Clear Coat system.
Military corrosion experts from Allied Nations convene at NATO school
The US and its allies are serious about battling corrosion on ageing aircraft, ships, submarines and ground vehicles. Officials from the DoD
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Book Launch: Aluminium Alloy Corrosion of Aircraft Structures - Modelling and Simulation
Thia book will be of interest to scientists and engineers interested in corrosion modelling; aircraft corrosion;
Composite bonding in the rail industry takes in increasing significance
Characterised by well documented benefits, including high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance, good impact resistance, and design flexibility, as well as better flame reta
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly
Paint for metals has higher anti-corrosive protection
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain) are working on a new type of coating that provides higher protection against metal corrosion due to its improved adherence to the metal surface and its
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Weldable wear-resistant steel with high titanium content challenges chrome carbide overlay plate
Abraservice UK has extended its range of Creusabro materials with the introduction of Creusabro Dual, a new, advanced, high performance grade of abrasion resistant steel additionally alloyed with a high titanium content of 0.6%. This grade is suited for parts in applications with severe sliding wear
Free access to specialist information on trial basis
From 4 to 18 February 2013, Maney Publishing is running 'Free Access 14’. For fourteen days Maney is making freely available all the journals in the Materials Science & Engineering Collection. All those who complete the simple sign-up form will be given access to the content including special issues
Single and two-component pickling processes for aluminium pretreatment
There are various technologies available for the initial treatment of aluminium, prior to giving it its weather-protection coating. Michael Frank, Technology Manager at Henkel, desribes the aluminum pretreatment options for window frames, building façades and other exposed construction surfaces are
Heavy fixing redesigned for lightweight concrete and porous rock
ESSVE Heavy Load lightweight concrete screw is intended for heavy fixing in porous rock materials such as lightweight concrete, Leca, Siporex and blue concrete. It is developed for the Scandinavian climate and has a unique design. With a final load value of 225kg, it takes a distinct pole position a
Conductive compound meets impact safety challenge for mining pump
When the makers of SmartPlug, a revolutionary shore power system for the marine industry, wanted to expand their product line to include a 50 amp version of their popular 30 amp SmartPlug power system, they needed to find a new thermoplastic material solution that would provide the necessary flame r
Carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polyester air extractor bonded in one piece
The Camaro ZL1 air extractor is engineered from carbon-fibre composites to achieve the highest stiffness and strength achievable with the lowest mass.
Highly stressed auto engine relies on liquid gasketing
The Ford one litre Fox engine will soon be manufactured across the globe. Designed at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC), it has the highest output per displacement of any high volume production engine on the market with a power output of 124 hp. This radical and revolutionary engine will be standa
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
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Industrial materials on display at Industrial Supply 2015
The on-going development of industrial materials for use in engineering components continues to drive growth in the global subcontracting sector. And that growth is coming not just from relatively new materials such as carbon reinforced or glass fibre reinforced plastics; surprising new applications
Range of specialised bronzes expanded
Special bronze alloy dealer FRW CAROBRONZE has expanded its line of highly specialised copper alloys with forged or extruded CuNi14Al2 (UN14A2) and forged or extruded high-strength bronzes CuZn19Al6 (UZ19A6) and CuZn23Al4 (UZ23A4). These alloys are in stock in the form of round bars.
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
Exclusive UK rights secured for cathodic protection anodes
Sika has secured an exclusive agreement with Vector Corrosion Technologies to become the UK’s sole supplier of its Galvashie
Adhesives spread innovation across Europe’s railways
Laurent Pourcheron, Marketing Manager for Adhesives at Huntsman Advanced Materials, reviews the adhesive technologies which are enabling the production of sustainable developments, helping manufacturers in the sector achieve competitive edge and secure long-term growth.
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings.
Deploying constant current power supplies for Active Corrosion Control
High efficiency and the ability to control current and voltage across the broadest possible range are the main characteristics required for power supplies deployed in Active
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
IMechE: UK must seize opportunity presented by composites industry
The world composites industry is worth £50 billion, but commercial barriers are hampering UK growth. Andy Pye reviews new research from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
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).
Selective laser oxidation of aluminium surfaces
From the idea of operating a coating process without the use of chemicals, AHC Oberflächentechnik in Germany has developed a novel method for the oxidation of aluminium surfaces. With this process components can be protected selectively against wear and
Advanced ceramics - selection factors for critical components
Dieter Steudtner, Sales Manager at Morgan Advanced Materials, gives designers and manufacturers an insight into advanced ceramic materials and their properties.
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.
New volume of compilation - Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Medical Materials and Devices
ASTM International has released the 3rd volume of Fatigue and Fracture of Metallic Materials and Devices.
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Vanadium chemical supplier joins industry association
Riverside Specialty Chemicals has become an Associate Member of Vanitec, the global resource for vanadium technology research and education. Vanitec members include representatives of companies and organisations involved in the mining, processing, manufacture, research and use of vanadium and vanadi
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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.
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Nitrogen generators eliminate corrosion at power plant
Situated in Gondomar, in the north area of Portugal, Tapada do Outeiro combine cycle power station produces 15-20% of the country’s electrical needs. The company relies on an NG 81 generator from Atlas Copco Rental to supply pure nitrogen to replace the air in the steam generator’s tubes when they a
External coating of 90km oil pipeline by airless spraying method
Usually PP-wrapping provides long-term corrosion protection for underground pipelines. But in this case the polypropylene tapes shrank substantially due to the high service temperature. Thereby, large metal surfa
Adding arsenic brings stainless magnesium closer
In a discovery that could have major implications for the aerospace, automotive and electronics industries, scientists have found a way to dramatically reduce the corrosion rate of lightweight metal magnesium - a
Liquidmetal material "could feature on the new iPhone 6"
Many Apple fans across the globe may be awaiting the arrival of the iPhone 5S this year but many are already looking forward to the 2014 model which is tipped to be the iPhone 6. This is due to the fact that the handset is set to boast an entirely new design and new reports have emerged that have su
Europe's largest bridge strengthening project opts for carbon fibre reinforcement
When the M3 Hawley Lane Bridge started to show signs of excessive deflection under heavy traffic, engineers at Enterprise Mouchel devised a repair method that included the installation of a new central bridge pier to support two existing outer piers. To counteract changes to the deck’s dynamics and
R&D collaborations on corrosion prevention and metal machining in Singapore
The Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) has initiated three collaborative industry projects worth S$1.8m with the support of SPRING Singapore and Singapore Workforce Development Agency to help local companies strengthen technological capabilities, increase their productivity, a
Glass-flake epoxy paint for long-term protection of bridges and highways
Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings has pioneered a glass flake epoxy based paint technology in the bridges and highways industry. Originally developed to protect offshore structures from the severe marine environment in North Sea oil and gas applications, the system eliminates the require
Direct to Metal paint system qualifies to aerospace AMS 3095A
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has reported qualification to Aerospace Material Specification AMS 3095A of a Direct-to-Metal (DTM), Base Coat/Clear Coat system.
Military corrosion experts from Allied Nations convene at NATO school
The US and its allies are serious about battling corrosion on ageing aircraft, ships, submarines and ground vehicles. Officials from the DoD
Alumina nanofibre international research results released at SAMPE 2013
ANF Technology, the manufacturer of the high-grade alumina nanofibre Nafen, which is being made available at commercially viable, industrial volumes, is exhibiting at the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering’s (SAMPE) annual event, where the company will present quantifiab
Metal-enriched spray paints for triple protection of on-site metals
A new range of galvanising sprays from Rocol provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.
Book Launch: Aluminium Alloy Corrosion of Aircraft Structures - Modelling and Simulation
Thia book will be of interest to scientists and engineers interested in corrosion modelling; aircraft corrosion;
Composite bonding in the rail industry takes in increasing significance
Characterised by well documented benefits, including high strength-to-weight ratio, excellent fatigue resistance, corrosion resistance, good impact resistance, and design flexibility, as well as better flame reta
Two ranges of finished sandwich panels combine core and skin
Nidaplast Composites has launched two new ranges of sandwich panels. The Nidalite and Nidaskin sandwich panels, made of a honeycomb core and a skin, are light in weight, provide sound and heat insulation, and are highly
Paint for metals has higher anti-corrosive protection
Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I de Castellón (Spain) are working on a new type of coating that provides higher protection against metal corrosion due to its improved adherence to the metal surface and its
High purity magnesium oxide blocks for petrochem insulation
Morgan Technical Ceramics, which specialises in the design and manufacture of high purity magnesium oxide blocks for use in the petrochemical sector, has re-emphasised the importance of specifying materials that deliver a consistently high level of insulation performance.
Regional Growth Fund will boost development of proprietary aluminium casting alloy
Business Minister Michael Fallon has visited the Rochester aerospace firm Aeromet that has secured just over £1 million from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.
Titanium fabrication advances and new markets major topics at Titanium Europe 2013
Technological developments in fabrication of titanium can help increase use of the metal, as well as offer quality improvements. In a similar vein, materials specialists working to exploit and enhance titanium's unique metallurgical characteristics can expand its use in emerging markets. Two panels
Guide to material selection for rolling bearings
By offering a wide choice of materials and heat treatments for rolling bearings, performance and operating life can be optimised, even for the most demanding industrial applications, says Dr Steve Lacey, Engineering Manager at Schaeffler UK.
Weldable wear-resistant steel with high titanium content challenges chrome carbide overlay plate
Abraservice UK has extended its range of Creusabro materials with the introduction of Creusabro Dual, a new, advanced, high performance grade of abrasion resistant steel additionally alloyed with a high titanium content of 0.6%. This grade is suited for parts in applications with severe sliding wear
Free access to specialist information on trial basis
From 4 to 18 February 2013, Maney Publishing is running 'Free Access 14’. For fourteen days Maney is making freely available all the journals in the Materials Science & Engineering Collection. All those who complete the simple sign-up form will be given access to the content including special issues
Single and two-component pickling processes for aluminium pretreatment
There are various technologies available for the initial treatment of aluminium, prior to giving it its weather-protection coating. Michael Frank, Technology Manager at Henkel, desribes the aluminum pretreatment options for window frames, building façades and other exposed construction surfaces are
Heavy fixing redesigned for lightweight concrete and porous rock
ESSVE Heavy Load lightweight concrete screw is intended for heavy fixing in porous rock materials such as lightweight concrete, Leca, Siporex and blue concrete. It is developed for the Scandinavian climate and has a unique design. With a final load value of 225kg, it takes a distinct pole position a
Conductive compound meets impact safety challenge for mining pump
When the makers of SmartPlug, a revolutionary shore power system for the marine industry, wanted to expand their product line to include a 50 amp version of their popular 30 amp SmartPlug power system, they needed to find a new thermoplastic material solution that would provide the necessary flame r
Carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polyester air extractor bonded in one piece
The Camaro ZL1 air extractor is engineered from carbon-fibre composites to achieve the highest stiffness and strength achievable with the lowest mass.
Highly stressed auto engine relies on liquid gasketing
The Ford one litre Fox engine will soon be manufactured across the globe. Designed at Ford’s Dagenham Diesel Centre (DDC), it has the highest output per displacement of any high volume production engine on the market with a power output of 124 hp. This radical and revolutionary engine will be standa
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