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October 26th, 2006 - Volume 2 Issue 10
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Industry Trends & Events  Game-Changing Materials; Take Our
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Spotlight On  
  • Cool Solution for Electronic Power; Wafers...  more >>
  • Thermal Imaging Camera; Cold Isostatic Presses...  more >>
  • Hot Isostatic Pressing; Pre-Heat Ovens...  more >>

Advanced Ceramics & Processing Technology  Chip is Speed Champ; Ceramic Microcomponents...  more >>

Carbon, Composites & Nano Materials  Turbine Blade Lifespan; Nano Engineering Conference...  more >>

Specialty Glasses & Processing Technology  Smart Glass Governs Light; Glass Blowing Alive and Well...   more >>

Refractories & Thermal Ceramics  Feather-Light Kiln Furniture; Online Refractory Store...  more >>

Careers  A Better Job Search by Design; Composites Engineer; Sleepless and Stressed...  more >>

Diversions  Innovation Invitation; Get Lean with ERP...  more >>

Links of Interest  Additional Product-Centric e-Newsletters from GlobalSpec...   more >>

Industry Trends & Events . . .
Questions and Discussions
Game-Changing Materials

Game-Changing Materials Sporting goods equipment is big business in America and around the world. Products formerly made of wood and metal may now be made of, or enhanced with, advanced ceramics, composites — even nanomaterials. As Job Shop Technology reports, sporting goods continue to be the launching pad for new high-tech materials and metals, creating better performing products. Look here for the latest in tennis rackets, golf clubs and balls, baseball bats, and other equipment breakthroughs.



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CeramTec North America
Aluminum Nitride (Alunit®): The Cool Solution for Electronic Power

Aluminum Nitride (Alunit®): The Cool Solution for Electronic Power CeramTec's Alunit® ceramic substrate offers dramatically better heat dissipation for high-power electronic components. Alunit offers a thermal expansion coefficient that is comparable to silicon. With a thermal conductivity rating of ~180 W/mK, the Alunit® material delivers 10 times more insulating power and heat conductivity than conventional aluminum oxide.

University Wafer
Wafers

Wafers We have wafers IN STOCK AND READY TO SHIP, see here for our wafers. Test, prime, mechanical single, and double-side polish specifications in research purposes and production quantities. Can't find what you're looking for? Please contact us, and we'll get it for you.

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Fastest Chip is Still Silicon

Fastest Chip is Still Silicon A joint research effort by IBM and Georgia Tech has resulted in a new silicon-germanium transistor exhibiting record speed. The research team has demonstrated speeds of half a trillion cycles per second under cryogenic conditions. These characteristics have potential applications in communication and defense systems as well as space electronics and remote sensing. This ultra-high-frequency achievement with silicon-based technology promises large-volume, low-cost production benefits.

Lower Pressure for Microcomponents

Lower Pressure for Microcomponents Ceramic components have become increasingly smaller and more complex. The difficulty of forming and machining such parts has lead to greater reliance on injection molding technology. However, the use of high-pressure injection molding to form net-shaped or near-net-shaped parts has a downside in equipment and energy costs as well as tooling life. This multi-national authored paper describes the benefits of low-pressure injection molding to provide high-quality parts.

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Estimating Turbine Blade Lifespan

Estimating Turbine Blade Lifespan You see more and more of them scattered around the world, large wind turbines built to supplement fossil fuel-based energy. The large carbon fiber turbine blades are subject to continuous stress from both gravity and wind. How long will these blades hold up? Researchers at Montana State University are creating a database on a variety of composite materials and production techniques from wind tunnel testing to help answer that important question.

Discover the Latest Nanotech Breakthroughs

Discover the Latest Nanotech Breakthroughs Mark November 9-10 on your calendar and travel to Boston to discover the latest nanotech breakthroughs. Sponsored by NASA Tech Briefs, the conference will include nanomaterials as well as manufacturing techniques. The focus will be real-world technologies ready for application, whether your interest is in aerospace, biotechnology, or energy and power.

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Palmer Wahl Instrumentation Group
HSI3000 Wahl Heat Spy® Thermal Imaging Camera

HSI3000 Wahl Heat Spy® Thermal Imaging Camera The low-cost HSI3000 is an ergonomically-designed, hand held, light, compact, and easy-to-use thermal imaging camera. It can be used as a detection and diagnostic tool for condition monitoring of electrical and mechanical systems, and building diagnostics such as detecting moisture damage, pest infestation, insulation integrity, as well as energy audits. Find out more.

Engineered Pressure Systems, Inc.
Cold Isostatic Presses

Cold Isostatic Presses EPSI designs high-pressure systems for manufacturing, testing, research, and specialized high-pressure applications. With its unique application-specific approach to R&D, manufacturing, and testing, EPSI has built a tradition of excellence in high-pressure engineering and technology worldwide.

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Smart Glass Governs Light Transmission

Smart Glass Governs Light Transmission In last month's newsletter, we reviewed technology that provides auto sun roofs with greater impact resistance. Now Research Frontiers Inc. has patented technology for controlling the amount of light, glare, and heat that passes through glass. With auto makers introducing more and larger sun roofs, SPD-Smart™ light-control technology will find a large market.

Glass Blowing Alive and Well

Glass Blowing Alive and Well The ancient art of glass blowing is alive and well in the medical industry. Read how Farlow Scientific Glassblowing of Grass Valley, CA applies the time-tested practice to the production of balloon and catheter tips.

Refractories & Thermal Ceramics . . .
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Light-as-a-Feather Kiln Furniture

Light-as-a-Feather Kiln Furniture An Israel-based company has developed a ceramic foam process for producing low-mass energy-efficient kiln furniture and construction materials. Although lightweight, the more than 98% Al2O3 compositions are effective at temperatures as high as 3,200° F. The fiber-free, porous compositions are produced using patented sol-gel technology. Ceramic Industry reports further...

Online Refractory Store

Online Refractory Store Mattech Corporation of Ohio offers what they claim is the first online refractory products e-commerce site. The site features nanoceramic fabricated products. 'Technical Data' and 'Typical Use' icons help identify refractory products and applications.

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Bodycote
Hot Isostatic Pressing

Hot Isostatic Pressing When a project requires advanced materials technology, a partnership with Bodycote Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) could provide the ideal production route. Bodycote has created an international HIP group, serving the UK, U.S., and Europe. The Group has invested in greater capacity equipment, in anticipation of the developing role of HIP technology within power generation, precision castings, automotive, aerospace, precision tooling, and medical engineering.

Indesco, Inc.
Pre-Heat Ovens/Multiple Sizes

Pre-Heat Ovens/Multiple Sizes A customer-specific focus through every cycle of the program starts with world class standards. Indesco operates under the highest standards set forth by certifications such as ISO 9001-2001, Six Sigma, Kaizan, Lean Manufacturing, and QS-9000.

Indesco provides innovative manufacturing solutions and cost alternatives so that you can remain successful in today's fast-paced business environment.

Careers . . .
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Dice
A Better Job Search by Design

Dice DiceEngineering.com offers thousands of quality engineering jobs at top technology and engineering companies. Find jobs in your area of expertise. Search now. Go Here

 
Composites Engineer Needed in the UK

Composites Engineer Needed in the UK NetComposites of Chesterfield, UK develops processes for polymer composite materials derived from natural materials. They are seeking an engineer to develop, test, and report on composite materials from natural fibers and natural resin systems. A background in mechanical, materials, or manufacturing engineering is required, as is at least three years of experience in the field. For the selected candidate, the position will require European travel.

Sleepless Nights, Stressful Days

Many of us have been there: stressing all night about a work-related situation, and then exhausted the next day. Sleep deprivation is a common problem that leads to exhaustion, which can lead to further problems. Obtaining the desired work/life balance is not an easy task, but Monster provides us with a series of helpful articles on the causes and potential solutions to stress-related problems.

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Innovation Invitation

Innovation Invitation The pressure has been on Big Blue to bring new products and services to the $650 billion tech-services market. So it turned to a technique it has used several times before to seek solutions — an Innovation Jam, the equivalent of an online town meeting. The online brainstorming sessions were conducted July 24, and despite potential dangers inherent in such an event, IBM feels that the open-source approach to sharing ideas among 100,000 minds is worth the risk, as Business Week reports.

Get Lean with ERP

Learn how the concepts of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Lean work together very well to eliminate waste and foster continuous improvement. This paper describes five ways ERP can help your company implement Lean concepts. Author Dave Turbide details how comprehensive information control supports well-known Lean principles by providing the information required for mapping out Lean strategies.

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