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Guides
Solders
Solders are fusible metal alloys used to join together metal workpieces and having a melting point below that of the workpiece.
 
Soft solders have a typical melting range of 90 to 450C and are commonly used in electronics, plumbing, and assembly of sheet metal parts. Soldering performed using alloys with a melting point above 450C is called 'hard soldering', 'silver soldering', or brazing.
 
Tin/lead solders, also called soft solders, are commercially available with tin concentrations between 5% and 70% by weight. The greater the tin concentration, the greater the solder’s tensile and shear strengths. Alloys commonly used for electrical soldering are 60/40 Tin/lead (Sn/Pb) which melts 188C and 63/37 Sn/Pb used principally in electrical/electronic work. The 63/37 is a eutectic alloy, which has the lowest melting point (183C) of all the tin/lead alloys.
 
In 2006 the European Union Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS) came into effect prohibiting the intentional addition of lead to most consumer electronics produced in the EU. Lead-free solders in commercial use may contain tin, copper, silver, bismuth, indium, zinc, antimony, and traces of other metals. Most lead-free replacements for conventional Sn60/Pb40 and Sn63/Pb37 solder have melting points from 5 to 20C higher, though solders with much lower melting points are available.
The effect of lead-free soldering on tantalum capacitors
Legislation is being developed worldwide to reduce the lead content in many consumer electronic products. An historical paper from AVX has been identified which focuses on one component technology in particular - surface-mount tantalum capacitors with manganese dioxide and conductive polymer electro
Indium Corporation blogs now available in seven languages
In a sign of the times, Indium Corporation has expanded their blogging program to provide posts in seven languages. This provides more customers the opportunity to read Indium Corporation
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and
DuPont Zytel HTN resins smooth path to lead-free circuit assembly
DuPont scientists have developed the new LX series of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide to meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with
New versatile high-performance polyester for lead-free soldering
The high thermal and hydrolysis resistance of DuPont Thermx PCT, DuPont's new family of thermoplastic polyester resins, opens fresh ways for cost-effective solutions of problems in the electrical and electronics industries. With their high short-term thermal resistance, these resins can withstand te
Thinking ahead is the key to managing the burgeoning problem of component obsolescence
How long do you think the components in your design will be available? If it's been around for a couple of years, then the chances are that you'll have to start thinking about what happens to those parts in the next three to five years. Of course, if you are designing fast moving consumer goods or m
Nanotech advance makes carbon nanotubes more useful
Researchers at UCSD have made carbon nanotubes bent in sharp predetermined angles, a technical advance that could lead to use of the long, thin cylinders of carbon in many nanotechnology applications.
The modelling option ... lead-free soldered circuitry faces a reliability onceover
The reliability of printed circuit boards which use lead-free solder can now be modelled using calcePWA software at TWI.
New DuPont
To meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with lead-free
The effect of lead-free soldering on tantalum capacitors
Legislation is being developed worldwide to reduce the lead content in many consumer electronic products. An historical paper from AVX has been identified which focuses on one component technology in particular - surface-mount tantalum capacitors with manganese dioxide and conductive polymer electro
Indium Corporation blogs now available in seven languages
In a sign of the times, Indium Corporation has expanded their blogging program to provide posts in seven languages. This provides more customers the opportunity to read Indium Corporation
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and
DuPont Zytel HTN resins smooth path to lead-free circuit assembly
DuPont scientists have developed the new LX series of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide to meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with
New versatile high-performance polyester for lead-free soldering
The high thermal and hydrolysis resistance of DuPont Thermx PCT, DuPont's new family of thermoplastic polyester resins, opens fresh ways for cost-effective solutions of problems in the electrical and electronics industries. With their high short-term thermal resistance, these resins can withstand te
Thinking ahead is the key to managing the burgeoning problem of component obsolescence
How long do you think the components in your design will be available? If it's been around for a couple of years, then the chances are that you'll have to start thinking about what happens to those parts in the next three to five years. Of course, if you are designing fast moving consumer goods or m
Nanotech advance makes carbon nanotubes more useful
Researchers at UCSD have made carbon nanotubes bent in sharp predetermined angles, a technical advance that could lead to use of the long, thin cylinders of carbon in many nanotechnology applications.
The modelling option ... lead-free soldered circuitry faces a reliability onceover
The reliability of printed circuit boards which use lead-free solder can now be modelled using calcePWA software at TWI.
New DuPont
To meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with lead-free
The effect of lead-free soldering on tantalum capacitors
Legislation is being developed worldwide to reduce the lead content in many consumer electronic products. An historical paper from AVX has been identified which focuses on one component technology in particular - surface-mount tantalum capacitors with manganese dioxide and conductive polymer electro
Indium Corporation blogs now available in seven languages
In a sign of the times, Indium Corporation has expanded their blogging program to provide posts in seven languages. This provides more customers the opportunity to read Indium Corporation
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and
DuPont Zytel HTN resins smooth path to lead-free circuit assembly
DuPont scientists have developed the new LX series of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide to meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with
New versatile high-performance polyester for lead-free soldering
The high thermal and hydrolysis resistance of DuPont Thermx PCT, DuPont's new family of thermoplastic polyester resins, opens fresh ways for cost-effective solutions of problems in the electrical and electronics industries. With their high short-term thermal resistance, these resins can withstand te
Thinking ahead is the key to managing the burgeoning problem of component obsolescence
How long do you think the components in your design will be available? If it's been around for a couple of years, then the chances are that you'll have to start thinking about what happens to those parts in the next three to five years. Of course, if you are designing fast moving consumer goods or m
Nanotech advance makes carbon nanotubes more useful
Researchers at UCSD have made carbon nanotubes bent in sharp predetermined angles, a technical advance that could lead to use of the long, thin cylinders of carbon in many nanotechnology applications.
The modelling option ... lead-free soldered circuitry faces a reliability onceover
The reliability of printed circuit boards which use lead-free solder can now be modelled using calcePWA software at TWI.
New DuPont
To meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with lead-free
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Tenth anniversary of low silver, lead-free (SACX) alloy
It is 10 years ago that Alpha launched its innovative new lead-free, low-silver solder alloy Alpha SACX. This new alloy enab
Microsemi to lead ELCOSINT team to develop material for high-temperature electronics
Microsemi Corporation has been elected to lead the Electronic Component Sintered Interconnections (ELCOSINT) industry team in developing novel polymeric, sintered interconnection materials to replace high lead (Pb) content materials and further increase the operating temperature of electronic assemb
EPSMA releases its lead-free soldering guidelines
To raise awareness of not so commonly understood areas in lead-free soldering, the European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA) has published a paper which examines reliability characteristics in detai
High temperature polyamide useful in lead-free soldering environments
Soldering without lead results in a higher melt temperature of the solder pastes, which in turn increases the processing temperature for soldering electronic assemblies. Stanyl ForTii can perform in up to 260C fo
The effect of lead-free soldering on tantalum capacitors
Legislation is being developed worldwide to reduce the lead content in many consumer electronic products. An historical paper from AVX has been identified which focuses on one component technology in particular - surface-mount tantalum capacitors with manganese dioxide and conductive polymer electro
Glass fibre for high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs based on very thin, dimensionally stable laminates
AGY has introduced S-3 HDI glass fibre for high performance printed circuit boards (PCBs). Designed to meet the demanding technical requirements of high-density interconnect (HDI) technology in PCBs
Indium Corporation blogs now available in seven languages
In a sign of the times, Indium Corporation has expanded their blogging program to provide posts in seven languages. This provides more customers the opportunity to read Indium Corporation
ROGERS CORPORATION USES VICTREX APTIV FILM TO CREATE FLEXIBLE, ADHESIVE-LESS LAMINATES
Delamination caused by deteriorating adhesives that traditionally bond the layers of laminate structures can lead to premature product failure. Adhesives often deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures, moisture or chemicals. To solve this problem, Rogers Corporation, a manufacturer of high-end
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and
Transient liquid-phase sintering (TLPS) materials offer alternative to lead-free solder for power semiconductors
Indium Corporation announces a joint marketing and technical support agreement for high-temperature Pb-free electronics assembly materials patented and manufactured by Ormet Circuits.
DuPont Zytel HTN resins smooth path to lead-free circuit assembly
DuPont scientists have developed the new LX series of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide to meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with
New Vishay FunctionPAK
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it is making all of its FunctionPAK
Devices feature high-current-density performance up to 100 V & 12 A
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. launched a new miniature package type for its Trench MOS Barrier Schottky and planar Schottky rectifiers that enables higher-current-density power supply designs with its compact dimensions and ability to handle up to 100 V and 12 A.
New ThermaSim TM, on-line simulation tool to use finite element analysis Models for increased accuracy
A web-based tool that gives designers a detailed simulation of how Vishay Siliconix MOSFETs will perform thermally and be affected by adjacent components in a wide range of applications is now available on the web site of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
Mixed metals not so mixed up at the nano-level
With the help of the Western Hemisphere's most brilliant hard X-ray beams at the Advanced Photon Source, scientists have seen for the first time metal atoms near the surface of a liquid alloy arrange themselves in alternating layers one atom thick.
Indium Corporation will feature their RELIABILITY program at Mexitronica
A key element of this program is the company's Indium5.1 Series of Pb-Free No-Clean Solder Pastes. According to Ray Altieri, Indium Corporation Market Manager, 'this series features unsurpassed print transfer eff
Indium Corporation assists special Olympians
Indium Corporation participated in the Special Olympics Airlift, which provides transportation to over 1,500 athletes from all over the country to the 2006 US National Games in Ames, Iowa, USA. In a well-coordinated effort synchronized by the Cessna Corporation, 235 volunteer Cessna Citations transp
New engineering polymers and a major milestone for DuPont Delrin
Advancements in engineering polymers for innovative applications from the worlds of automotive manufacture, electrics and electronics, sport and leisure, amongst many others. The company will also celebrate the 50th birthday of DuPont Delrin polyacetal, the
DuPont Zenite grades for improved processing and performance
Two new grades of Zenite LCP deliver even better flow properties than typical LCPs along with other desirable property combinations required for connectors and other board-mounted electronic components. One grade, Zenite 7244, combines low warp with very high flow. The other, Zenite7140X, is well-su
New engineering polymers from DuPont for the electrical and electronic industry
Responding to changing needs in the electrical and electronics industry, DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer.
Rogers Corp. receives new product innovation award
Rogers Corporation was one of two companies awarded recognition for the most innovative products in an awards ceremony at The Del Mar Electronics Show. This was the first of what will become an Annual Product Innovation Awards presentation for Del Mar Show exhibitors whose products represent the gre
Rogers Corp. introduces R/flex JADE series adhesive system for flex circuit designs
Rogers Corporation is introducing R/flex JADE series flexible circuit materials, which are the next generation of the industry-leading R/flex CRYSTAL epoxy adhesive system. Environmentally friendly, these materials meet flammability requirements without the use of halogens. They are also
New DFMA software from Boothroyd Dewhurst offers the most comprehensive tools available
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced a new version of the company
DuPont Engineering has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer
DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer and DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide delivering improved processing and performance. The new materials are making their debut at the NPE 2006 plastics exhibition this week.
Scientists find a way to make human collagen in the lab
It is the most important structural protein in the body, reinforcing connective tissue, bones and teeth, and forming long, fibrous cables to strengthen tendons. Collagen forms sheets of tissue that support the skin and every internal organ. There is nothing in the body, in fact, that does not depend
Undergraduate research experience advances education may lead to more rapid DNA identification
DNA is often used to identify mysterious materials or match a suspect with a crime. However, identification can be slowed while a trace amount of DNA is increased so there will be enough to test. Polymerase chain reaction is the series of steps necessary to amplify DNA.
Lloyd Instruments developed dedicated sample grip to test strength of electrical terminals
Ideal for the automotive manufacturing industry, Lloyd Instruments has now developed a dedicated sample grip to test the strength of electrical terminals on power steering pump motors. The Terminal Weld Pull Off Fixture, one of two accessories designed specially for a leading vehicle component manuf
New halogen-free DuPont Zytel HTN meets electronic recycling needs
With a V-0 UL94 flammability classification, a halogen-free formula and other desirable properties, a new DuPont Zytel HTN high-performance polyamide resin meets emerging requirements of electronic component manufacturers around the world. The new material, a 30 percent glass-reinforced PPA designat
New DuPont E/E resins offer Improved processing, design capabilities
Responding to changing needs in the electrical and electronics industry, DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer and DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide delivering improved processing and performance.
Stencil cleaning frame optimises efficiency
A highly-effective frame system, specifically for handling solder paste/glue stencils during the cleaning process, has been developed by Weymouth based specialist Tecan Ltd.
Reflow reflector shields confirm feasibility of PIHR
Pin-in-hole reflow, the technique of soldering both SMD and traditional leaded components in a single operation, has been confirmed as eminently feasible with the introduction of thin-metal reflector shields, which simply drop over temperature-sensitive components to protect them from thermal damage
Pin-in-hole reflow specialist proves fit-for-purpose stencils
As the PCB manufacturing industry increasingly adopts the beneficial concept of pin-in-hole reflow, Dorset based stencil specialist Tecan, continues to boost its share of this developing new market, by providing feasible custom stencil solutions.
Wafer-bumping stencils maintain accuracy on 300mm format
In addition to the supply of standard wafer-bumping stencils, proven specialist Tecan is now producing stencils in the next-generation large format, of 300mm x 300mm (12in x 12in), while maintaining close tolerance and high resolution across the whole image. The ultra-accurate stencils are produced
Comprehensive PCB rework solutions from a single source
PCB rework tools can take many forms; to source them all from a single supplier has not traditionally been easy. From its diverse portfolio, established specialist Tecan offers a comprehensive selection of time and cost-saving alternatives, from mini rework stencils to reflow reflector shields.
New literature bonanza from interactive web site
For over three decades, Dorset based Tecan has built an unsurpassed global reputation in the provision of RFI screening, solder paste stencils, photo-etching and electroforming to produce high-accuracy micro-spec
New stencil technology improves paste release and definition
Subtle stencil design enhancements have been introduced by leading specialist manufacturer Tecan, actively promoting better aperture filling and printed deposit definition, leading to improved consistency across the printing process.
New PCB rework stencils which ensure accurate and repeatable printed results, for single component footprints
PCB rework stencils which ensure accurate and repeatable printed results, for single component footprints such as QFP's, PLCC's, BGA's,
Labyrinth RFI screening at design stage pays dividends
Increasing demand on design and development teams associated with the screening of RF and microwave circuitry has led to the development of labyrinth and lid RFI screening, a board-level multi-cavity shielding concept developed and produced by Tecan.
New low-profile PCB screening cans and enclosures
Low-profile PCB screening cans and enclosures, which can be re-flowed with conventional and SMD components, are now available from Tecan.
Combinational stencils satisyfy current & next generation needs
A combination of proven design features present the most efficient way of ensuring solder paste printing stencils offer the best possible performance when faced with present-day and future challenges facing PCB m
Improved manufacturing through brazing automation
Eutectic UK have created an automated solder ring process to create joints that previously would have been welded or brazed, leading to increased productivity and large time and cost savings.
JP Gaultier's FRAGILE: Femininity staged - on Delrin
Parisian style icon Jean Paul Gaultier's newest fragrance, FRAGILE, comes in a highly innovative glass dome bottle, containing a figurine of an elegant woman wearing a black, sheath dress and standing on a podium. The world-famous designer describes the bottle as 'Femininity staged'; the Haute Coutu
First thermoplastic chip-carrier of Zenite cuts production costs and boosts reliability
The high-temperature resistance, dimensional stability, easy melt-flow and good dielectric properties of DuPont Zenite liquid crystal polymer persuaded Siemens Dematic AG of Nuremberg to use this DuPont polymer for its new tightly-packed Polymer Stud Grid Array integrated circuit housings. These pac
Transporter's motors conserve space, thanks to DuPont Rynite
Innovative electric servomotors made with DuPont Rynite PET thermoplastic polyester resin deliver smooth, reliable power for the Segway Human Transporter, the first self-balancing, electric powered transportation machine designed for short-distance travel. Pacific Scientific, a Danaher Motion Compa
Cost and space-saving pneumatic valve block of Zytel HTN
Electro-pneumatic converters turn electrical control signals into pneumatically operated movements. Typical automotive applications are for adjustment of guide vanes in turbochargers, exhaust gas recirculation systems or the cut-off valve of Diesel motors. Usually these functions are carried out by
New versatile high-performance polyester for lead-free soldering
The high thermal and hydrolysis resistance of DuPont Thermx PCT, DuPont's new family of thermoplastic polyester resins, opens fresh ways for cost-effective solutions of problems in the electrical and electronics industries. With their high short-term thermal resistance, these resins can withstand te
New microprocessor crystals from Vishay feature low height profile, 10-MHz to 64-MHz frequency range
A new family of microprocessor crystals that will save space in a wide range of portable computing, communications, and instrumentation applications was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology. The new XT36C series features a frequency range of 10 MHz to 64 MHz and a slim-line, low-profile surface
New 3-watt surface mount wirewound resistor
A new molded wirewound resistor providing the industry's highest derating temperature was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Featuring a highly durable, surface mount design, the new Vishay Dale WSC6927 is ideal for use as a power supply bleeder resistor or series dropping resistor in
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Tenth anniversary of low silver, lead-free (SACX) alloy
It is 10 years ago that Alpha launched its innovative new lead-free, low-silver solder alloy Alpha SACX. This new alloy enab
Microsemi to lead ELCOSINT team to develop material for high-temperature electronics
Microsemi Corporation has been elected to lead the Electronic Component Sintered Interconnections (ELCOSINT) industry team in developing novel polymeric, sintered interconnection materials to replace high lead (Pb) content materials and further increase the operating temperature of electronic assemb
EPSMA releases its lead-free soldering guidelines
To raise awareness of not so commonly understood areas in lead-free soldering, the European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA) has published a paper which examines reliability characteristics in detai
High temperature polyamide useful in lead-free soldering environments
Soldering without lead results in a higher melt temperature of the solder pastes, which in turn increases the processing temperature for soldering electronic assemblies. Stanyl ForTii can perform in up to 260C fo
The effect of lead-free soldering on tantalum capacitors
Legislation is being developed worldwide to reduce the lead content in many consumer electronic products. An historical paper from AVX has been identified which focuses on one component technology in particular - surface-mount tantalum capacitors with manganese dioxide and conductive polymer electro
Glass fibre for high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs based on very thin, dimensionally stable laminates
AGY has introduced S-3 HDI glass fibre for high performance printed circuit boards (PCBs). Designed to meet the demanding technical requirements of high-density interconnect (HDI) technology in PCBs
Indium Corporation blogs now available in seven languages
In a sign of the times, Indium Corporation has expanded their blogging program to provide posts in seven languages. This provides more customers the opportunity to read Indium Corporation
ROGERS CORPORATION USES VICTREX APTIV FILM TO CREATE FLEXIBLE, ADHESIVE-LESS LAMINATES
Delamination caused by deteriorating adhesives that traditionally bond the layers of laminate structures can lead to premature product failure. Adhesives often deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures, moisture or chemicals. To solve this problem, Rogers Corporation, a manufacturer of high-end
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and
Transient liquid-phase sintering (TLPS) materials offer alternative to lead-free solder for power semiconductors
Indium Corporation announces a joint marketing and technical support agreement for high-temperature Pb-free electronics assembly materials patented and manufactured by Ormet Circuits.
DuPont Zytel HTN resins smooth path to lead-free circuit assembly
DuPont scientists have developed the new LX series of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide to meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with
New Vishay FunctionPAK
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it is making all of its FunctionPAK
Devices feature high-current-density performance up to 100 V & 12 A
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. launched a new miniature package type for its Trench MOS Barrier Schottky and planar Schottky rectifiers that enables higher-current-density power supply designs with its compact dimensions and ability to handle up to 100 V and 12 A.
New ThermaSim TM, on-line simulation tool to use finite element analysis Models for increased accuracy
A web-based tool that gives designers a detailed simulation of how Vishay Siliconix MOSFETs will perform thermally and be affected by adjacent components in a wide range of applications is now available on the web site of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
Mixed metals not so mixed up at the nano-level
With the help of the Western Hemisphere's most brilliant hard X-ray beams at the Advanced Photon Source, scientists have seen for the first time metal atoms near the surface of a liquid alloy arrange themselves in alternating layers one atom thick.
Indium Corporation will feature their RELIABILITY program at Mexitronica
A key element of this program is the company's Indium5.1 Series of Pb-Free No-Clean Solder Pastes. According to Ray Altieri, Indium Corporation Market Manager, 'this series features unsurpassed print transfer eff
Indium Corporation assists special Olympians
Indium Corporation participated in the Special Olympics Airlift, which provides transportation to over 1,500 athletes from all over the country to the 2006 US National Games in Ames, Iowa, USA. In a well-coordinated effort synchronized by the Cessna Corporation, 235 volunteer Cessna Citations transp
New engineering polymers and a major milestone for DuPont Delrin
Advancements in engineering polymers for innovative applications from the worlds of automotive manufacture, electrics and electronics, sport and leisure, amongst many others. The company will also celebrate the 50th birthday of DuPont Delrin polyacetal, the
DuPont Zenite grades for improved processing and performance
Two new grades of Zenite LCP deliver even better flow properties than typical LCPs along with other desirable property combinations required for connectors and other board-mounted electronic components. One grade, Zenite 7244, combines low warp with very high flow. The other, Zenite7140X, is well-su
New engineering polymers from DuPont for the electrical and electronic industry
Responding to changing needs in the electrical and electronics industry, DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer.
Rogers Corp. receives new product innovation award
Rogers Corporation was one of two companies awarded recognition for the most innovative products in an awards ceremony at The Del Mar Electronics Show. This was the first of what will become an Annual Product Innovation Awards presentation for Del Mar Show exhibitors whose products represent the gre
Rogers Corp. introduces R/flex JADE series adhesive system for flex circuit designs
Rogers Corporation is introducing R/flex JADE series flexible circuit materials, which are the next generation of the industry-leading R/flex CRYSTAL epoxy adhesive system. Environmentally friendly, these materials meet flammability requirements without the use of halogens. They are also
New DFMA software from Boothroyd Dewhurst offers the most comprehensive tools available
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced a new version of the company
DuPont Engineering has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer
DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer and DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide delivering improved processing and performance. The new materials are making their debut at the NPE 2006 plastics exhibition this week.
Scientists find a way to make human collagen in the lab
It is the most important structural protein in the body, reinforcing connective tissue, bones and teeth, and forming long, fibrous cables to strengthen tendons. Collagen forms sheets of tissue that support the skin and every internal organ. There is nothing in the body, in fact, that does not depend
Undergraduate research experience advances education may lead to more rapid DNA identification
DNA is often used to identify mysterious materials or match a suspect with a crime. However, identification can be slowed while a trace amount of DNA is increased so there will be enough to test. Polymerase chain reaction is the series of steps necessary to amplify DNA.
Lloyd Instruments developed dedicated sample grip to test strength of electrical terminals
Ideal for the automotive manufacturing industry, Lloyd Instruments has now developed a dedicated sample grip to test the strength of electrical terminals on power steering pump motors. The Terminal Weld Pull Off Fixture, one of two accessories designed specially for a leading vehicle component manuf
New halogen-free DuPont Zytel HTN meets electronic recycling needs
With a V-0 UL94 flammability classification, a halogen-free formula and other desirable properties, a new DuPont Zytel HTN high-performance polyamide resin meets emerging requirements of electronic component manufacturers around the world. The new material, a 30 percent glass-reinforced PPA designat
New DuPont E/E resins offer Improved processing, design capabilities
Responding to changing needs in the electrical and electronics industry, DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer and DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide delivering improved processing and performance.
Stencil cleaning frame optimises efficiency
A highly-effective frame system, specifically for handling solder paste/glue stencils during the cleaning process, has been developed by Weymouth based specialist Tecan Ltd.
Reflow reflector shields confirm feasibility of PIHR
Pin-in-hole reflow, the technique of soldering both SMD and traditional leaded components in a single operation, has been confirmed as eminently feasible with the introduction of thin-metal reflector shields, which simply drop over temperature-sensitive components to protect them from thermal damage
Pin-in-hole reflow specialist proves fit-for-purpose stencils
As the PCB manufacturing industry increasingly adopts the beneficial concept of pin-in-hole reflow, Dorset based stencil specialist Tecan, continues to boost its share of this developing new market, by providing feasible custom stencil solutions.
Wafer-bumping stencils maintain accuracy on 300mm format
In addition to the supply of standard wafer-bumping stencils, proven specialist Tecan is now producing stencils in the next-generation large format, of 300mm x 300mm (12in x 12in), while maintaining close tolerance and high resolution across the whole image. The ultra-accurate stencils are produced
Comprehensive PCB rework solutions from a single source
PCB rework tools can take many forms; to source them all from a single supplier has not traditionally been easy. From its diverse portfolio, established specialist Tecan offers a comprehensive selection of time and cost-saving alternatives, from mini rework stencils to reflow reflector shields.
New literature bonanza from interactive web site
For over three decades, Dorset based Tecan has built an unsurpassed global reputation in the provision of RFI screening, solder paste stencils, photo-etching and electroforming to produce high-accuracy micro-spec
New stencil technology improves paste release and definition
Subtle stencil design enhancements have been introduced by leading specialist manufacturer Tecan, actively promoting better aperture filling and printed deposit definition, leading to improved consistency across the printing process.
New PCB rework stencils which ensure accurate and repeatable printed results, for single component footprints
PCB rework stencils which ensure accurate and repeatable printed results, for single component footprints such as QFP's, PLCC's, BGA's,
Labyrinth RFI screening at design stage pays dividends
Increasing demand on design and development teams associated with the screening of RF and microwave circuitry has led to the development of labyrinth and lid RFI screening, a board-level multi-cavity shielding concept developed and produced by Tecan.
New low-profile PCB screening cans and enclosures
Low-profile PCB screening cans and enclosures, which can be re-flowed with conventional and SMD components, are now available from Tecan.
Combinational stencils satisyfy current & next generation needs
A combination of proven design features present the most efficient way of ensuring solder paste printing stencils offer the best possible performance when faced with present-day and future challenges facing PCB m
Improved manufacturing through brazing automation
Eutectic UK have created an automated solder ring process to create joints that previously would have been welded or brazed, leading to increased productivity and large time and cost savings.
JP Gaultier's FRAGILE: Femininity staged - on Delrin
Parisian style icon Jean Paul Gaultier's newest fragrance, FRAGILE, comes in a highly innovative glass dome bottle, containing a figurine of an elegant woman wearing a black, sheath dress and standing on a podium. The world-famous designer describes the bottle as 'Femininity staged'; the Haute Coutu
First thermoplastic chip-carrier of Zenite cuts production costs and boosts reliability
The high-temperature resistance, dimensional stability, easy melt-flow and good dielectric properties of DuPont Zenite liquid crystal polymer persuaded Siemens Dematic AG of Nuremberg to use this DuPont polymer for its new tightly-packed Polymer Stud Grid Array integrated circuit housings. These pac
Transporter's motors conserve space, thanks to DuPont Rynite
Innovative electric servomotors made with DuPont Rynite PET thermoplastic polyester resin deliver smooth, reliable power for the Segway Human Transporter, the first self-balancing, electric powered transportation machine designed for short-distance travel. Pacific Scientific, a Danaher Motion Compa
Cost and space-saving pneumatic valve block of Zytel HTN
Electro-pneumatic converters turn electrical control signals into pneumatically operated movements. Typical automotive applications are for adjustment of guide vanes in turbochargers, exhaust gas recirculation systems or the cut-off valve of Diesel motors. Usually these functions are carried out by
New versatile high-performance polyester for lead-free soldering
The high thermal and hydrolysis resistance of DuPont Thermx PCT, DuPont's new family of thermoplastic polyester resins, opens fresh ways for cost-effective solutions of problems in the electrical and electronics industries. With their high short-term thermal resistance, these resins can withstand te
New microprocessor crystals from Vishay feature low height profile, 10-MHz to 64-MHz frequency range
A new family of microprocessor crystals that will save space in a wide range of portable computing, communications, and instrumentation applications was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology. The new XT36C series features a frequency range of 10 MHz to 64 MHz and a slim-line, low-profile surface
New 3-watt surface mount wirewound resistor
A new molded wirewound resistor providing the industry's highest derating temperature was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Featuring a highly durable, surface mount design, the new Vishay Dale WSC6927 is ideal for use as a power supply bleeder resistor or series dropping resistor in
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Tenth anniversary of low silver, lead-free (SACX) alloy
It is 10 years ago that Alpha launched its innovative new lead-free, low-silver solder alloy Alpha SACX. This new alloy enab
Microsemi to lead ELCOSINT team to develop material for high-temperature electronics
Microsemi Corporation has been elected to lead the Electronic Component Sintered Interconnections (ELCOSINT) industry team in developing novel polymeric, sintered interconnection materials to replace high lead (Pb) content materials and further increase the operating temperature of electronic assemb
EPSMA releases its lead-free soldering guidelines
To raise awareness of not so commonly understood areas in lead-free soldering, the European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA) has published a paper which examines reliability characteristics in detai
High temperature polyamide useful in lead-free soldering environments
Soldering without lead results in a higher melt temperature of the solder pastes, which in turn increases the processing temperature for soldering electronic assemblies. Stanyl ForTii can perform in up to 260C fo
The effect of lead-free soldering on tantalum capacitors
Legislation is being developed worldwide to reduce the lead content in many consumer electronic products. An historical paper from AVX has been identified which focuses on one component technology in particular - surface-mount tantalum capacitors with manganese dioxide and conductive polymer electro
Glass fibre for high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs based on very thin, dimensionally stable laminates
AGY has introduced S-3 HDI glass fibre for high performance printed circuit boards (PCBs). Designed to meet the demanding technical requirements of high-density interconnect (HDI) technology in PCBs
Indium Corporation blogs now available in seven languages
In a sign of the times, Indium Corporation has expanded their blogging program to provide posts in seven languages. This provides more customers the opportunity to read Indium Corporation
ROGERS CORPORATION USES VICTREX APTIV FILM TO CREATE FLEXIBLE, ADHESIVE-LESS LAMINATES
Delamination caused by deteriorating adhesives that traditionally bond the layers of laminate structures can lead to premature product failure. Adhesives often deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures, moisture or chemicals. To solve this problem, Rogers Corporation, a manufacturer of high-end
New developments in high performance solder products for power die assemblies
The use of special purpose solder pastes in power die attach is well-established offering low voiding and reliable bonding in volume manufacturing. However these materials are designed around high lead alloys and
Transient liquid-phase sintering (TLPS) materials offer alternative to lead-free solder for power semiconductors
Indium Corporation announces a joint marketing and technical support agreement for high-temperature Pb-free electronics assembly materials patented and manufactured by Ormet Circuits.
DuPont Zytel HTN resins smooth path to lead-free circuit assembly
DuPont scientists have developed the new LX series of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide to meet growing demand for electronic components that can withstand the higher temperatures required for board assembly with
New Vishay FunctionPAK
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced that it is making all of its FunctionPAK
Devices feature high-current-density performance up to 100 V & 12 A
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. launched a new miniature package type for its Trench MOS Barrier Schottky and planar Schottky rectifiers that enables higher-current-density power supply designs with its compact dimensions and ability to handle up to 100 V and 12 A.
New ThermaSim TM, on-line simulation tool to use finite element analysis Models for increased accuracy
A web-based tool that gives designers a detailed simulation of how Vishay Siliconix MOSFETs will perform thermally and be affected by adjacent components in a wide range of applications is now available on the web site of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.
Mixed metals not so mixed up at the nano-level
With the help of the Western Hemisphere's most brilliant hard X-ray beams at the Advanced Photon Source, scientists have seen for the first time metal atoms near the surface of a liquid alloy arrange themselves in alternating layers one atom thick.
Indium Corporation will feature their RELIABILITY program at Mexitronica
A key element of this program is the company's Indium5.1 Series of Pb-Free No-Clean Solder Pastes. According to Ray Altieri, Indium Corporation Market Manager, 'this series features unsurpassed print transfer eff
Indium Corporation assists special Olympians
Indium Corporation participated in the Special Olympics Airlift, which provides transportation to over 1,500 athletes from all over the country to the 2006 US National Games in Ames, Iowa, USA. In a well-coordinated effort synchronized by the Cessna Corporation, 235 volunteer Cessna Citations transp
New engineering polymers and a major milestone for DuPont Delrin
Advancements in engineering polymers for innovative applications from the worlds of automotive manufacture, electrics and electronics, sport and leisure, amongst many others. The company will also celebrate the 50th birthday of DuPont Delrin polyacetal, the
DuPont Zenite grades for improved processing and performance
Two new grades of Zenite LCP deliver even better flow properties than typical LCPs along with other desirable property combinations required for connectors and other board-mounted electronic components. One grade, Zenite 7244, combines low warp with very high flow. The other, Zenite7140X, is well-su
New engineering polymers from DuPont for the electrical and electronic industry
Responding to changing needs in the electrical and electronics industry, DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide and DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer.
Rogers Corp. receives new product innovation award
Rogers Corporation was one of two companies awarded recognition for the most innovative products in an awards ceremony at The Del Mar Electronics Show. This was the first of what will become an Annual Product Innovation Awards presentation for Del Mar Show exhibitors whose products represent the gre
Rogers Corp. introduces R/flex JADE series adhesive system for flex circuit designs
Rogers Corporation is introducing R/flex JADE series flexible circuit materials, which are the next generation of the industry-leading R/flex CRYSTAL epoxy adhesive system. Environmentally friendly, these materials meet flammability requirements without the use of halogens. They are also
New DFMA software from Boothroyd Dewhurst offers the most comprehensive tools available
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced a new version of the company
DuPont Engineering has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer
DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer and DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide delivering improved processing and performance. The new materials are making their debut at the NPE 2006 plastics exhibition this week.
Scientists find a way to make human collagen in the lab
It is the most important structural protein in the body, reinforcing connective tissue, bones and teeth, and forming long, fibrous cables to strengthen tendons. Collagen forms sheets of tissue that support the skin and every internal organ. There is nothing in the body, in fact, that does not depend
Undergraduate research experience advances education may lead to more rapid DNA identification
DNA is often used to identify mysterious materials or match a suspect with a crime. However, identification can be slowed while a trace amount of DNA is increased so there will be enough to test. Polymerase chain reaction is the series of steps necessary to amplify DNA.
Lloyd Instruments developed dedicated sample grip to test strength of electrical terminals
Ideal for the automotive manufacturing industry, Lloyd Instruments has now developed a dedicated sample grip to test the strength of electrical terminals on power steering pump motors. The Terminal Weld Pull Off Fixture, one of two accessories designed specially for a leading vehicle component manuf
New halogen-free DuPont Zytel HTN meets electronic recycling needs
With a V-0 UL94 flammability classification, a halogen-free formula and other desirable properties, a new DuPont Zytel HTN high-performance polyamide resin meets emerging requirements of electronic component manufacturers around the world. The new material, a 30 percent glass-reinforced PPA designat
New DuPont E/E resins offer Improved processing, design capabilities
Responding to changing needs in the electrical and electronics industry, DuPont Engineering Polymers has developed new grades of DuPont Zenite LCP liquid crystal polymer and DuPont Zytel HTN high performance polyamide delivering improved processing and performance.
Stencil cleaning frame optimises efficiency
A highly-effective frame system, specifically for handling solder paste/glue stencils during the cleaning process, has been developed by Weymouth based specialist Tecan Ltd.
Reflow reflector shields confirm feasibility of PIHR
Pin-in-hole reflow, the technique of soldering both SMD and traditional leaded components in a single operation, has been confirmed as eminently feasible with the introduction of thin-metal reflector shields, which simply drop over temperature-sensitive components to protect them from thermal damage
Pin-in-hole reflow specialist proves fit-for-purpose stencils
As the PCB manufacturing industry increasingly adopts the beneficial concept of pin-in-hole reflow, Dorset based stencil specialist Tecan, continues to boost its share of this developing new market, by providing feasible custom stencil solutions.
Wafer-bumping stencils maintain accuracy on 300mm format
In addition to the supply of standard wafer-bumping stencils, proven specialist Tecan is now producing stencils in the next-generation large format, of 300mm x 300mm (12in x 12in), while maintaining close tolerance and high resolution across the whole image. The ultra-accurate stencils are produced
Comprehensive PCB rework solutions from a single source
PCB rework tools can take many forms; to source them all from a single supplier has not traditionally been easy. From its diverse portfolio, established specialist Tecan offers a comprehensive selection of time and cost-saving alternatives, from mini rework stencils to reflow reflector shields.
New literature bonanza from interactive web site
For over three decades, Dorset based Tecan has built an unsurpassed global reputation in the provision of RFI screening, solder paste stencils, photo-etching and electroforming to produce high-accuracy micro-spec
New stencil technology improves paste release and definition
Subtle stencil design enhancements have been introduced by leading specialist manufacturer Tecan, actively promoting better aperture filling and printed deposit definition, leading to improved consistency across the printing process.
New PCB rework stencils which ensure accurate and repeatable printed results, for single component footprints
PCB rework stencils which ensure accurate and repeatable printed results, for single component footprints such as QFP's, PLCC's, BGA's,
Labyrinth RFI screening at design stage pays dividends
Increasing demand on design and development teams associated with the screening of RF and microwave circuitry has led to the development of labyrinth and lid RFI screening, a board-level multi-cavity shielding concept developed and produced by Tecan.
New low-profile PCB screening cans and enclosures
Low-profile PCB screening cans and enclosures, which can be re-flowed with conventional and SMD components, are now available from Tecan.
Combinational stencils satisyfy current & next generation needs
A combination of proven design features present the most efficient way of ensuring solder paste printing stencils offer the best possible performance when faced with present-day and future challenges facing PCB m
Improved manufacturing through brazing automation
Eutectic UK have created an automated solder ring process to create joints that previously would have been welded or brazed, leading to increased productivity and large time and cost savings.
JP Gaultier's FRAGILE: Femininity staged - on Delrin
Parisian style icon Jean Paul Gaultier's newest fragrance, FRAGILE, comes in a highly innovative glass dome bottle, containing a figurine of an elegant woman wearing a black, sheath dress and standing on a podium. The world-famous designer describes the bottle as 'Femininity staged'; the Haute Coutu
First thermoplastic chip-carrier of Zenite cuts production costs and boosts reliability
The high-temperature resistance, dimensional stability, easy melt-flow and good dielectric properties of DuPont Zenite liquid crystal polymer persuaded Siemens Dematic AG of Nuremberg to use this DuPont polymer for its new tightly-packed Polymer Stud Grid Array integrated circuit housings. These pac
Transporter's motors conserve space, thanks to DuPont Rynite
Innovative electric servomotors made with DuPont Rynite PET thermoplastic polyester resin deliver smooth, reliable power for the Segway Human Transporter, the first self-balancing, electric powered transportation machine designed for short-distance travel. Pacific Scientific, a Danaher Motion Compa
Cost and space-saving pneumatic valve block of Zytel HTN
Electro-pneumatic converters turn electrical control signals into pneumatically operated movements. Typical automotive applications are for adjustment of guide vanes in turbochargers, exhaust gas recirculation systems or the cut-off valve of Diesel motors. Usually these functions are carried out by
New versatile high-performance polyester for lead-free soldering
The high thermal and hydrolysis resistance of DuPont Thermx PCT, DuPont's new family of thermoplastic polyester resins, opens fresh ways for cost-effective solutions of problems in the electrical and electronics industries. With their high short-term thermal resistance, these resins can withstand te
New microprocessor crystals from Vishay feature low height profile, 10-MHz to 64-MHz frequency range
A new family of microprocessor crystals that will save space in a wide range of portable computing, communications, and instrumentation applications was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology. The new XT36C series features a frequency range of 10 MHz to 64 MHz and a slim-line, low-profile surface
New 3-watt surface mount wirewound resistor
A new molded wirewound resistor providing the industry's highest derating temperature was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. Featuring a highly durable, surface mount design, the new Vishay Dale WSC6927 is ideal for use as a power supply bleeder resistor or series dropping resistor in
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
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
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Wingless aircraft based on advanced composite reinforcement
For the first time at JEC Europe 2014, Chomarat is will presenting a quarter-scale version of the VX-1 KittyHawk (Paris, March 11-13 2014, M29 Hall 7.3). This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has an unique shape that is structurally efficient thanks to the use of C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced compos
Lead company increases battery collection activities in Germany
Ecobat Technologies, the European company active in lead based battery collection and component recycling, has bought the battery collection division from the Lower Saxon company; Must GmbH in Germany. Through this acquisition, Ecobat Technologies will increase its presence in Northern, Eastern and
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
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.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Multiferroics - magnetic properties influenced by electric voltage - open up new sensor prospects
In the extraordinary materials called "multiferroics’, electric and magnetic excitations are closely linked. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have now shown in an experiment that magnetic properties and excitations can be influenced by an electric voltage. This opens up co
Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has co-hosted with the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) a major one-day conference on "Green Manufacturing, the Future of Steel and Automotive"
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.
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Graphene-polymer composite - light tanks to keep gases in check
A composite material created at Rice University is nearly impervious to gas and may lead to efficient storage of compressed natural gas for vehicles. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. A 65 micron-wide polymer film contains a tiny amount of enhanced graphene nanoribbon th
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Dyed continuous filament yarns aiming to push into high-visibility aerospace and transport markets
Moulinage du Solier specialises in preparing thread based on technical materials, particularly with regard to electromagnetic protection and thread colouring. One of the eight colours in the Nexocolor range (fluorescent yellow) complies with EN471, the high-visibility standard, with regard to colour
Bloodhound steering wheel to use titanium additive manufacturing
Cambridge Design Partnership has unveiled the final steering wheel design for the Bloodhound supersonic car. A specialist team of CDP engineers have been working on the Bloodhound Project since January, when they took on the vital work of finalising the design of the steering wheel for manufacture.
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
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
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
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Wingless aircraft based on advanced composite reinforcement
For the first time at JEC Europe 2014, Chomarat is will presenting a quarter-scale version of the VX-1 KittyHawk (Paris, March 11-13 2014, M29 Hall 7.3). This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has an unique shape that is structurally efficient thanks to the use of C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced compos
Lead company increases battery collection activities in Germany
Ecobat Technologies, the European company active in lead based battery collection and component recycling, has bought the battery collection division from the Lower Saxon company; Must GmbH in Germany. Through this acquisition, Ecobat Technologies will increase its presence in Northern, Eastern and
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
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.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Multiferroics - magnetic properties influenced by electric voltage - open up new sensor prospects
In the extraordinary materials called "multiferroics’, electric and magnetic excitations are closely linked. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have now shown in an experiment that magnetic properties and excitations can be influenced by an electric voltage. This opens up co
Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has co-hosted with the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) a major one-day conference on "Green Manufacturing, the Future of Steel and Automotive"
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.
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Graphene-polymer composite - light tanks to keep gases in check
A composite material created at Rice University is nearly impervious to gas and may lead to efficient storage of compressed natural gas for vehicles. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. A 65 micron-wide polymer film contains a tiny amount of enhanced graphene nanoribbon th
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Dyed continuous filament yarns aiming to push into high-visibility aerospace and transport markets
Moulinage du Solier specialises in preparing thread based on technical materials, particularly with regard to electromagnetic protection and thread colouring. One of the eight colours in the Nexocolor range (fluorescent yellow) complies with EN471, the high-visibility standard, with regard to colour
Bloodhound steering wheel to use titanium additive manufacturing
Cambridge Design Partnership has unveiled the final steering wheel design for the Bloodhound supersonic car. A specialist team of CDP engineers have been working on the Bloodhound Project since January, when they took on the vital work of finalising the design of the steering wheel for manufacture.
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
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
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
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Wingless aircraft based on advanced composite reinforcement
For the first time at JEC Europe 2014, Chomarat is will presenting a quarter-scale version of the VX-1 KittyHawk (Paris, March 11-13 2014, M29 Hall 7.3). This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has an unique shape that is structurally efficient thanks to the use of C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced compos
Lead company increases battery collection activities in Germany
Ecobat Technologies, the European company active in lead based battery collection and component recycling, has bought the battery collection division from the Lower Saxon company; Must GmbH in Germany. Through this acquisition, Ecobat Technologies will increase its presence in Northern, Eastern and
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
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.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Multiferroics - magnetic properties influenced by electric voltage - open up new sensor prospects
In the extraordinary materials called "multiferroics’, electric and magnetic excitations are closely linked. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have now shown in an experiment that magnetic properties and excitations can be influenced by an electric voltage. This opens up co
Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has co-hosted with the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) a major one-day conference on "Green Manufacturing, the Future of Steel and Automotive"
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.
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Graphene-polymer composite - light tanks to keep gases in check
A composite material created at Rice University is nearly impervious to gas and may lead to efficient storage of compressed natural gas for vehicles. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. A 65 micron-wide polymer film contains a tiny amount of enhanced graphene nanoribbon th
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Dyed continuous filament yarns aiming to push into high-visibility aerospace and transport markets
Moulinage du Solier specialises in preparing thread based on technical materials, particularly with regard to electromagnetic protection and thread colouring. One of the eight colours in the Nexocolor range (fluorescent yellow) complies with EN471, the high-visibility standard, with regard to colour
Bloodhound steering wheel to use titanium additive manufacturing
Cambridge Design Partnership has unveiled the final steering wheel design for the Bloodhound supersonic car. A specialist team of CDP engineers have been working on the Bloodhound Project since January, when they took on the vital work of finalising the design of the steering wheel for manufacture.
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
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Space adhesives - low outgassing epoxy survives cryogenic shock
Master Bond has introduced a new two component epoxy adhesive/sealant for cryogenic applications. Called EP29LPSP, this compound is able to withstand temperatures as low as 4K. Additionally, it is able to resist cryogenic shocks (room temperature down to liquid helium temperatures in a 5-10 minute t
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
Law firm comments on new California green chemistry product regulations
Rollout of major green chemistry regulations have begun in California with the announcement of the first three priority products to be regulated under the state’s Green Chemistry program. Children’s foam padding sleeping products containing the flame retardant TDCPP; spray polyurethane foam systems
Wingless aircraft based on advanced composite reinforcement
For the first time at JEC Europe 2014, Chomarat is will presenting a quarter-scale version of the VX-1 KittyHawk (Paris, March 11-13 2014, M29 Hall 7.3). This aircraft, designed by VX Aerospace, has an unique shape that is structurally efficient thanks to the use of C-Ply, Chomarat’s advanced compos
Lead company increases battery collection activities in Germany
Ecobat Technologies, the European company active in lead based battery collection and component recycling, has bought the battery collection division from the Lower Saxon company; Must GmbH in Germany. Through this acquisition, Ecobat Technologies will increase its presence in Northern, Eastern and
Process breakthrough integrates moulded plastic features and inserts with high quality carbon composite components
A new process from Prodrive will make carbon composite components easier to incorporate into premium and luxury vehicle interiors. Features normally added in a separate operation, such as clips and inserts for threaded fasteners, can now be moulded directly onto the back of high quality composite pa
RNA sequencing and protein studies create novel elastomeric materials
A wide range of biologically inspired materials may now be possible by combining protein studies, materials science and RNA sequencing, according to an international team of researchers at Penn State University.
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.
Integrated cold welding project explored for marine vessels
BMT Fleet Technology Ltd (BMT) has announced its latest research project with the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) to evaluate recent advancements in Integrated Cold Electrode (ICE) welding technology. Jointly funded by industry and the US Navy through NSRP, this project will look at ho
Multiferroics - magnetic properties influenced by electric voltage - open up new sensor prospects
In the extraordinary materials called "multiferroics’, electric and magnetic excitations are closely linked. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) have now shown in an experiment that magnetic properties and excitations can be influenced by an electric voltage. This opens up co
Steel association promotes green manufacturing in China, recognises opposing challenges
The World Steel Association (Worldsteel) has co-hosted with the China Iron and Steel Association (CISA) and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Automotive Industry Committee (CCPIT-Auto) a major one-day conference on "Green Manufacturing, the Future of Steel and Automotive"
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.
Elastomers self-repair at room temperature without catalyst or stimulus
IK4-CIDETEC has developed a polymer capable of self-repair at room temperature without the need for any sort of catalyst or external stimulus. After subjecting the material to a cut, it is able to regenerate in just two hours, fully recovering its mechanical properties.
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
Foundation work begins on Oil and Gas Materials Technology Centre
Construction work has begun on Element Material Technology's new Oil & Gas Materials Technology Center, located on a 5.3 acre campus adjacent to the Houston energy corridor. Drainage systems and framing work for foundation stones were laid this week following issuing of the necessary permits from t
Graphene-polymer composite - light tanks to keep gases in check
A composite material created at Rice University is nearly impervious to gas and may lead to efficient storage of compressed natural gas for vehicles. It might also prolong the shelf life of bottled beer and soda. A 65 micron-wide polymer film contains a tiny amount of enhanced graphene nanoribbon th
Medical optical polymer company adds clean room, single-point diamond turning and advanced metrology
Recent additions to Empire Precision Plastics' facilities aimed at the medical device industry include a new clean room for contract assembly and a full range of optics capabilities. With the addition of Application Engineer Thomas Bittlingmaier, the company completes an expansion of its team and c
Dyed continuous filament yarns aiming to push into high-visibility aerospace and transport markets
Moulinage du Solier specialises in preparing thread based on technical materials, particularly with regard to electromagnetic protection and thread colouring. One of the eight colours in the Nexocolor range (fluorescent yellow) complies with EN471, the high-visibility standard, with regard to colour
Bloodhound steering wheel to use titanium additive manufacturing
Cambridge Design Partnership has unveiled the final steering wheel design for the Bloodhound supersonic car. A specialist team of CDP engineers have been working on the Bloodhound Project since January, when they took on the vital work of finalising the design of the steering wheel for manufacture.
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
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
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.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
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
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
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
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
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.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
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
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
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
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
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.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
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
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
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
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
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.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
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
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
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
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
Will Permanent Magnets Save the Rare Earth Industry?
Roskill has released its new rare earths market report with forecasts out to 2026. It is essential reading for anyone needing a comprehensive overview of this rapidly evolving industry.
The future of nanotechnology beyond 2016
Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing areas in technology and science. First introduced in 1959 by physicist Richard Feynman, nanotechnology is the practice of manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular level. Lauren Willison, Director of Admissions at Florida Polytechnic University, rev
Boron nitride nanosheet exhibits super-absorbent properties
In the hope of limiting the disastrous environmental effects of massive oil spills, materials scientists from Drexel University and Deakin University, in Australia, have teamed up to manufacture and test a new material, called a boron nitride nanosheet, that can absorb up to 33 times its weight in o
Acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials
Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously
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.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
First aviation authority approval of lightweight glass products for aircraft interiors
European Aviation Safety Agency issues a Supplemental Type Certificate for AeroGlass Mirror and AeroGlass Lens in a Falcon 900 business jet and a Production Organization Approval Certificate to company’s manufacturing facility in The Netherlands.
Graphene film for efficient cooling of electronics
Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have developed a method for efficiently cooling electronics using graphene-based film. The film has a thermal conductivity capacity that is four times that of copper. Moreover, the graphene film is attachable to electronic components made of silicon,
Proprietary lead-free alloy for EON-compliant pin technology delivers PCB assembly savings
Molex is using a proprietary grade alloy material for consistent production of high performance and economical EON compliant products using lead-free processes.
Albumin-glycerol blended bioplastic shows promise for antibacterial packaging
Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent
A dialogue on nanosafety
The 2nd International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies – SENN2015 – took place on 12-15 April 2015. Hosted by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, it is Europe’s foremost gathering of experts in the field of nanosafety. It aims to promote nanosafety by imp
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at te
Transforming food waste into graphene and renewable hydrogen
The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is leading a European collaborative project that aims to transform food waste into a sustainable source of significant economic added value - namely graphene and renewable hydrogen. The project titled ′PlasCarb’ will transform biogas generated by the ana
Understanding the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes in ceramics
Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan are exploring what is preventing the reinforcing ability of carbon nanotubes from being used in a ceramic matrix.
Hybrid multiferroics for improved data storage and new wireless applications
To exploit and control magnetism, technology often relies on electromagnets, which limit hardware configurations due to their size and energy consumption. As an alternative, scientists are beginning to develop hybrid nanomaterials that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields. These mater
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
Functional Materials get UK research financial boost
Ten new research projects that will advance UK manufacturing capability, develop new and exciting functional materials, and accelerate the translation of the science of functional materials through to application were announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC),
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Engineering design platform enables PSA Peugeot CitroŽn to reinforce zero-defect strategy
PSA Peugeot CitroŽn is intensifying the use of Dassault Systèmes' Delmia digital manufacturing platform to help simplify the design process of its body-in-white division, specifically focusing on right-first-time robotics planning.
Distinguished engineer appointed to drive Ulster University composites research capability
One of the UK’s most influential and respected engineers has been appointed by Ulster University to further enhance the institution’s global research capability in the highly competitive area of composites and aerospace materials. Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones, has joined the university as its newly
Vanguards of UK industry showcase antimicrobial copper
Five UK companies are contributing antimicrobial copper products to outfit the Copper Hospital at this year's MEDICA Trade Fair. Stand B03 in Hall 14 is showcasing a broad range of antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in the context of an ICU room, bathroom and nurses' station, demonstrating the qu
Clean cooking with stainless steel
Chronic exposure to smoke from traditional cooking practices is one of the world’s biggest – but least well-known – killers. This new brochure from ISSF explains why stainless steel is part of the solution for this problem. It highlights the health and environmental effects and then introduces diffe
Researchers watch molecules from smart materials wiggle in real-time
A new crystallographic technique called time-resolved crystallography is being used at the University of Leeds to transform scientists’ ability to observe how molecules work. The method allows reaearchers to observe changes within the structure of molecules. Although fast time-resolved crystallograp
Aluminium Middle East show highlights industry’s main trends
Globalisation, market dynamics, environment and energy prices are redrawing the world aluminium industry map, with the Middle East in general and the Arabian Gulf countries in particular emerging as the potential winners of the new business paradigm. These so-called mega trends, along with the oppor
Star of David molecule made of interlocking rings
Scientists at The University of Manchester have generated a new star-shaped molecule made up of interlocking rings, which is the most complex of its kind ever created, known as a ′Star of David’ molecule. This next step on the road to man-made molecular chainmail could lead to the development
For electronics beyond silicon, correlated oxides emerge
Using a quantum material called a correlated oxide, Harvard researchers have achieved a reversible change in electrical resistance of eight orders of magnitude, a result the researchers are calling "colossal.’ In short, they have engineered this material to perform comparably with the bes
European partners collaborate in 'development of replacement of ITO for OLEDs
Currently the commercialisation of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) based applications such as flexible displays, lighting and energy harvesting devices is heavily dependent on the use of indium tin oxide (ITO) for transparent conducting films, and encapsulation fil
Neutron scattering experiment resolves a contentious superconducting issue
Scientists around the globe are trying to understand the phenomenon of loss-free electric power transmission by high-temperature superconductors. Materials that exhibit this effect at room temperature would bear huge technical potential. Recently symmetry changes in the electronic phases of high-tem
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
Conflict minerals - moving beyond compliance
Certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries have been a major source of international concern. Armed groups in the region are accused of severe human rights abuses and of using proceeds from the sales of these minerals to fuel regional conflicts. A
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
Highly non-linear metamaterials for laser technology
Non-linear optical materials are widely used in laser systems. However, high light intensity and long propagation are required to produce strong non-linear optical effects. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the Technische Universitaet Muenchen have created metamaterials with a mil
Autumn recovery for EU steel prices predicted
The MEPS – All Products Composite EU Carbon Steel Price has fallen to a 51 month low in June 2014. Further small reductions are possible in the coming months. However, an upturn in steel selling values is highlighted in the June issue of the company’s monthly report, European Steel Revie
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Q & A on corrosion-resistant coatings
Utsav Shah, Product Development Engineer at Master Bond answers questions about corrosion and corrosion resistant coatings. Shah has a background in Polymer Engineering, having earned a Masters degree in Material Science from University of Southern California.
Annual R&D Review: Nanotechnology - balancing risks with great opportunities
Andy Pye flew into Frankfurt - just! - to cover the annual BASF R&D Press Conference in Ludwigshafen, which focuses this year on nanotechnology.
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
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
Pulsed-plasma deposition nano-coating protects consumer electronic devices from water immersion
P2i is an entrepreneurial business which has successfully developed an innovative liquid protection process for consumer electronics and industrial markets. It has now teamed up with Siemens Industry to enhance the security, operational efficiency and scalability of its Dunkable nano-coating systems
Shear mixing in common domestic blender mass manufactures graphene
Scientists at Trinity College Dublin claim to have cracked problem of producing graphene in large amounts using nothing more complex than a domestic blender.
Dedicated manufacturing unit established for vacuum brazing
Surface engineering specialist Tecvac has established a dedicated cell for production of complex components by vacuum brazing. The unit is designed to braze ′one-off’ and development components but also has the capacity to produce high volumes of commercial parts using vacuum furnaces of varyi
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
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
Geometry of colloidal crystals can be altered in real time
Using an acoustic metadevice that can influence the acoustic space and can control any of the ways in which waves travel, engineers have demonstrated that it is possible to dynamically alter the geometry of a three-dimensional colloidal crystal in real time.
Valuable advice for designing with adhesive bonding
Huntsman Advanced Materials is offering free advice to designers and design engineers looking to achieve the best performance from adhesive bonding, focused on the importance of designing components for bonding as a recommended alternative to designing with mechanical fastening.
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
Bio-based polyamide selected for fuel vapour separators
Royal DSM's bio-based high performance EcoPaXX polyamide 410 has been selected by Dytech-Dynamic Fluid Technologies for the fuel vapour separators it produces for Ferrari and Maserati sports cars. The halogen-free flame retardant EcoPaXX Q-KGS6, will increase the fire safety of the cars by combinin
Foamed polypropylene grade with reduced bead size moulds thinner structures with smoother surfaces
ARPRO 5635 now enables applications to integrate very thin sections and smoother surfaces to create more complex components with improved aesthetics.
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