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Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
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.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
That the flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly used as a flame retardant for plastics, electronics and textiles, and especially
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as a combination of analytic tools offered by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin research centr
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Design tip: building better bosses
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
Carbon dot-supported silver nanoparticles solve problem of low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells
Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is being reported by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer s
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
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
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.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
That the flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly used as a flame retardant for plastics, electronics and textiles, and especially
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as a combination of analytic tools offered by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin research centr
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Design tip: building better bosses
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
Carbon dot-supported silver nanoparticles solve problem of low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells
Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is being reported by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer s
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
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
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.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
That the flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly used as a flame retardant for plastics, electronics and textiles, and especially
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as a combination of analytic tools offered by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin research centr
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Design tip: building better bosses
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
Carbon dot-supported silver nanoparticles solve problem of low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells
Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is being reported by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer s
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
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
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.
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Worldwide ban on HBCD flame retardant decreed at UN Conference
That the flame retardant HBCD may no longer be produced or used was decided by representatives from over 160 countries in late May at a UN conference on chemicals in Geneva. Empa's extensive research on HBCD, formerly used as a flame retardant for plastics, electronics and textiles, and especially
Five metal surface finishing technologies under one roof
UK supplier of Otec deburring and polishing machines Finishing Techniques has expanded its subcontract services. Five technologies have been brought together – stream finishing, disc finishing, drag finishing, centrifugal tumbling and vibratory – to provide a one-stop shop for metal component manufa
Direct-quenched ballistic protection steel enables increasingly lighter structures
Ruukki is expanding its range of Ramor protection steels with a new Ramor 550 grade designed for ballistic protection. Ramor 550 is six times harder and stronger than mild steel. Designed for applications requiring protection against explosions or ballistic threats, Ramor protection steels combine e
Polymer nanocrystal created from polyethylene (PE) holds promise in coatings
German researchers have successfully created a polymer nanocrystal from PE. The scientists from universities in Constance, Bayreuth, and Berlin, used a new type of catalyst to synthesize the nanocrystal as well as a combination of analytic tools offered by the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin research centr
Round shank tool coating keeps rotational tooling sharp for longer
Following the signing of an exclusive licence agreement, Tecvac is now providing the complete line of CemeCon resilient coatings to UK tool manufacturers and users. Tecvac is able to replicate CemeCon processes and is fully authorised to market these branded coatings and give users technical support
Design tip: building better bosses
A boss is a feature raised above a surface. In plastic parts, bosses are typically used to assist in assembly, as a receptacle for a screw or threaded insert or as the locator for a mating pin on another part.
Carbon dot-supported silver nanoparticles solve problem of low cost polymer LEDs and solar cells
Considerable improvement in device performance of polymer-based optoelectronic devices is being reported by researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea. The new plasmonic material, can be applied to both polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) and polymer s
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
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revoluti
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Imaging software adds automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation
Olympus launches the latest version of its workflow-orientated materials science imaging software, Stream 1.9, which introduces dedicated functions to streamline specific tasks including automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation.
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revoluti
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Imaging software adds automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation
Olympus launches the latest version of its workflow-orientated materials science imaging software, Stream 1.9, which introduces dedicated functions to streamline specific tasks including automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation.
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revoluti
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Imaging software adds automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation
Olympus launches the latest version of its workflow-orientated materials science imaging software, Stream 1.9, which introduces dedicated functions to streamline specific tasks including automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation.
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revoluti
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Imaging software adds automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation
Olympus launches the latest version of its workflow-orientated materials science imaging software, Stream 1.9, which introduces dedicated functions to streamline specific tasks including automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation.
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
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
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
Short wavelength thermal imaging camera for metal processing features image-merging
Micro-Epsilon has launched a new compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, which is specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.
Materials information can be accessed twice as fast
Granta Design has announced further major performance, deployment, and functional enhancements to its Granta MI Version 8.1 system for enterprise materials information management, including enabling users to access data twice as fast.
First commercialisation of bi-oriented HDPE bottles made with injection stretch blow moulding
The first product packed with one litre bi-oriented bottles, manufactured by Incoplas Italia in HDPE produced by Total and filled/packed by ICE FOR, are now available on mass market shelves at Italian UNES stores. ICE FOR SpA Industria Chimica Ecologica is a leading producer in Italy of detergents,
PEEK and PPA grades get NSF approval for food processing and household appliances
Newly certified grades expand Solvay's Polymer solutions for highly demanding food processing and consumer appliances.
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
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.
Technical report highlights main factors affecting steel industry energy consumption
The World Steel Association has published a technical report on energy use in the steel industry. The report is the result of a project supported by member companies and associations and the outcome contains current performance data from operating plants. The public report is now available for purch
Hand-held laminating tool - the dibber - for layup of advanced composite components
A PhD student from the University of Bristol has designed and developed a hand-held laminating tool, known as the dibber, for use in the layup of advanced composite components. The manual tool could be used by laminators to manufacture composite materials in industries such as aerospace, car and tra
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
Second generation, high performance polyester compound for LED TV applications
Solvay Specialty Polymers has unveiled an enhanced version of its Lavanta high-performance polyester (HPP) for production of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for televisions and backlight unit applications. The second-generation product – Lavanta 5115 WH 224 – provides significantly improved processabil
Drakelands tungsten mine development gets revised planning approval
SLR Consulting has helped secure a revised planning approval for a £75 million processing facility at Wolf Minerals’ Drakelands tungsten mine near Plymouth. On completion the plant will produce up to 5000 tonnes of tungsten concentrate and 1000 tonnes of tin concentrate a year at what is
Application integrates materials knowledge with PLM
At the PTC Live Global event, Granta Design demonstrated a new materials data integration application for the PTC Windchill PLM system. This is the latest in the growing list of leading CAD, CAE, and PLM software supported by dedicated Granta MI:Materials Gateway applications.
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
Fine-grained alumina layer allows high-performance milling of grey cast iron
Cutting tests for WK15CM, the newest Widia Victory grade for cast-iron milling, are showing up to 40% longer tool life.
Magnetostrictive materials optimised by multi-physics simulation
Materials that demonstrate different responses to varying external stimuli are known as "smart materials,’ and their discovery has led to the creation of products that perform on a whole new level. These engineered materials are developed to perform smarter and more efficiently than their predecess
Boron carbide produced by cheaper, purer, lower temperature process
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a new method of producing boron carbide powder - one of the hardest materials on the planet - which uses lower temperatures and introduces fewer contaminants than current processing methods. Licensing partners are currently being sought by th
Hybrid adhesive for labelling custom durable goods
Avery Dennison has introduced a hybrid adhesive called S8039 for durable goods labelling. Available via the Mix & Match service, it allows a choice from a wide range of different face-materials and release liners, meeting very specific product application needs. The Avery Dennison Mix & Match servic
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
North American urethane confex to showcase sustainability
The sustainable use of polyurethanes and the latest developments in sustainable raw materials for the global polyurethane industry will take centre stage at the UTECH North America conference and exhibition taking place 4-5 June 2014 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA.
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
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.
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
Benzoxazine infusion resins facilitate lightweight aerospace constructions
Benzoxazine resins Loctite BZ 9110, Loctite BZ 9120 and Loctite BZ 9130 from Henkel offer extensive suitability for a broad spectrum of applications and low flammability compared to epoxy resins, making them a preferred choice for many component types. With high performance and a weight saving of al
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revoluti
Materials stewardship toolkit for mineral and metal production managers
ICMM’s latest toolkit is an online resource that provides tools and industry-specific case studies of materials stewardship in practice. It is aimed at managers with corporate or operational responsibilities related to the production of minerals and metals.
US Seminars to help prepare for Conflict Minerals Reporting
The deadline (31 May 2014) set by the US Securities and Exchange (SEC) for filing conflict minerals reports required by Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act is rapidly approaching. Provisions in Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank requires regulated companies to report on the origin of
Bergen-op-Zoom companies collaborate to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes
Bergen op Zoom City Council has recognised SABIC and Cargill’s continuous efforts to enhance energy efficiency at its Dare To Be Sustainable day. Together they have developed a scheme that allows energy used by SABIC’s production of plastics - destined to become part of cars and domestic appliances
Aluminium investment held back by energy tariffs, industry leaders warn
Investment in Britain’s aluminium sector is being held back by the high cost of energy in the country. This was one of the messages delivered to Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon at a meeting with aluminium industry leaders.
Recycled plastic proves effective in killing drug-resistant fungi
Researchers at Singapore's Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is widely used to make plastic bottles.
Materials software upgrade enhances core tools for managing materials data lifecycle
Granta Design has announced the latest release of Granta MI, the industry standard for materials information management. Version 7 focuses on helping user organizations to deal with engineering realities and enhances core tools for managing the materials data lifecycle.
Event discusses industrial measurement and characterisation of nanocarbon and 2D materials
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network announces the programme for its Industrial Measurement and Characterisation of Nanocarbon and 2D Materials event, supported by Newcastle University’s NEXUS XPS Facility. The event takes place on 10 December 2013 at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.
Casting process fluid flow solver is faster and more accurate
ESI Group has released ProCast 2013.5, along with its dedicated user environment Visual-Cast 9.0, both designed to enable foundries to improve casting yield and quality thanks to more efficient processes and solvers.
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.
Imaging software adds automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation
Olympus launches the latest version of its workflow-orientated materials science imaging software, Stream 1.9, which introduces dedicated functions to streamline specific tasks including automatic measurement and coating thickness evaluation.
LIPA-Team to develop endless-fibre-reinforced nylon-based thermoplastic composites
Royal DSM has joined the LIPA-Team, set up to develop an industrial process for the manufacture of endless-fibre-reinforced advanced thermoplastic composite parts. LIPA stands for "Lightweight Integrated Process Application." DSM will contribute with materials know-how and in-depth understanding o
Ionic liquids behind award-winning gas clean-up technology
New technology which removes toxic mercury from natural gas more efficiently was the major winner at this year’s Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Annual Awards and Dinner to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries.
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
Latest software release speeds up materials selection in early-stage design
Granta Design's release of CES Selector 2014, a new version of the PC software that enables materials experts and product development teams to find and apply materials property data, features an upgraded user interface which helps users find the materials data that they need faster, so that they ca
Partnership to develop bio-based long carbon fibre thermoplastic (LFT) composites
Royal DSM has signed a partnership agreement with PlastiComp (based in Winona, Minnesota, USA), to develop bio-based Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) composites for the automotive and other markets.
Phase II of composite data management project extends support for innovation
Granta Design has announced Phase II of a Project to enable effective management of composite materials information, providing essential support for organisations that are innovating in their use of composites. The Composite Data Management project is driven by the Material Data Management Consortiu
Clamped, multi-modal PCBN combat tool insert shattering
High-performance cast-iron machining leads to extremely high mechanical and thermal loads. Conventional dimple-style clamps attempt to hold the cutting insert in place with direct point contact, which can break both clamp and insert under high pressure. Now, Beyond Shield from Kennametal provides a
Tools with conformal cooling for distortion-free, complex components
Manufacturer of irons, Rowenta, has announced an innovative new range of models. Hofmann Tool Manufacturing is supplying tools with conformal cooling which enables several key advantages: less assembly work, better functional integration, better parts quality, a shorter cycle time and lower unit cos
British Lung Foundation targets trades people with asbestos awareness campaign
The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is launching 'Take 5 and Stay Alive’, a major campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos amongst tradespeople.
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