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July 23, 2009
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A Foundation for Higher Performing Displays

A Foundation for Higher Performing Displays A new glass substrate, recognized at the 2009 Display of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Society for Information Display, promises expanded possibilities for mobile handsets. Jade™ glass from Corning is optimized for low temperature polycrystalline silicon performance. Unlike conventional LCD substrates, the new glass formulation does not require thermal or surface processing. This ensures the best surface quality for brighter displays, higher resolution, and longer battery life. Jade also supports OLED technology, another up and coming display technology trend.

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Sheet Glass Washer
Niagara Custombilt

Sheet Glass Washer Niagara will custom design a flat glass washing system to meet your needs. These machines will wash and dry your flat glass in either the vertical or horizontal modes. The glassware will be washed to high specifications. These machines will clean to sub-micron levels and are designed to operate in a "Clean Room."

Ultrasonic Machining
Bullen Ultrasonics

Ultrasonic Machining The cutting vibration which Bullen uses in the ultrasonic machining process begins with converting a high-frequency electrical signal into an oscillatory mechanical motion. This motion is acoustically transmitted through a metal tool holder and cutting tool assembly. Learn more.

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Freaky Fast at Your Fingertips

Freaky Fast at Your Fingertips Piezo technology is tapped to the fullest in this fast linear motor and slide stage assembly. The ultrasonic drive can attain velocities up to 200 mm/s, and is targeted for replacing conventional linear motor/spindle systems. The slide and actuator come pre-mounted on a PCB, so integration into other systems is easy.

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Automotive Grade Crystals

Automotive Grade Crystals They are designed to withstand the high shock and vibration of automotive applications. Two series of ceramic surface-mount crystals are aimed at a variety of in-vehicle electronic systems: anti-lock braking, GPS navigation, wireless phones, collision warning, and audio/video. All are RoHS compliant.

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More Muscle for Microspheres

More Muscle for Microspheres 3M Company's glass bubbles are 40% stronger than before, but half the size. As a result, manufacturing applications have blossomed. According to this product update, the performance additive iM30K reduces part weight to save energy, improves flow to better fill complex mold cavities, and increases dimensional stability for less warping.

Predicting Behavior Under Stress

Predicting Behavior Under Stress While the crystals of metals and ceramics are highly organized, the "grain boundaries" between them may not be. Understanding the formation and behaviour of these boundaries can help predict how a material will react to stress. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology say the clues toward this goal can be found in glass-forming liquids.

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Tungsten Carbide
General Carbide Corporation

Tungsten Carbide It's been said the tool materials of one generation become the engineering materials of the next. This is true of tungsten carbide. It's been around since the 1920's, replaced steel in most cutting tool applications, and developed into an engineering material used to resist corrosion, high-temperature, impact, high-compressive loads, deformation, and severe abrasion. Learn more.

Ceramic Tile
Glass Fusion International, Inc.

Ceramic Tile Glass Fusion™ seals and shines, protecting flat tile from spills and stains, especially from urine and oil. It keeps dirt from pooling on texture tile. Just mop it with a neutral detergent for cleaning. Learn more.

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New Geometry for Ceramic Filters

New Geometry for Ceramic Filters Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute have proved wrong a modern application of the old saying, "Can't fit a square peg into a round hole." Using a porous silicon carbide ceramic, they've developed a ceramic honeycomb geometry that dramatically cuts manufacturing waste while substantially increasing surface area. Their filters with "three-cornered" channels will help meet EU guidelines for reduced particle emissions beginning 2011.

Hybrid Vehicles, Silicon Carbide and You

Hybrid Vehicles, Silicon Carbide and You If you are thinking of switching from a a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine to a hybrid, you might be interested in this archived video. It describes an ongoing collaboration between one UK university and Toyota Motors to harness the benefits of silicon carbide. The goal: use the material's heat dissipating properties to reduce the vehicle's inverter size.

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High-purity Abrasion Resistance

High-purity Abrasion Resistance These 99.99% purity alumina beads are said to outperform higher-density, higher-weight zirconia beads when it comes to abrasion resistance. Resistant to acid and alkali corrosion, the grinding/dispersing media is particularly suited to electronic applications.

Transparent Armor

Transparent Armor Glass, toughened up with salt baths, finds its way into unexpected applications. This seven-minute video and related report, courtesy of The American Ceramic Society, discusses the advantages of chemically-strengthened glass.

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Optima Ceramic Coated Blades
Specialty Blades, Inc.

Optima Ceramic Coated Blades Optima ceramic coated blades last 10x longer than standard carbon steel blades. These blades are made of highly engineered carbon and stainless steels and coated with premium ceramic coatings that improve the life of the blade, improve cutting performance and reduce downtime on your machine. Learn more.

Surface Processing Ceramic Materials
Friatec N.A., LLC

Surface Processing Ceramic Materials When working on hard surfaces, tooling made of FRIALIT — DEGUSSIT ceramic offers unrivalled advantages. Particularly well aware of the durability of these high-quality tools are manufacturers of precision mechanical devices and units in the watch-making industry and in the optical and glass industries. Learn more.

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Follow-up to Ceramics China 2009

Follow-up to Ceramics China 2009 Get the facts from one who was there: Ceramic Industry summarizes last month's Ceramics China exhibition. Big show numbers defied the worldwide recession. Almost 44,000 visitors — 10% from outside China — attended the four-day event. Exhibitors topped the 450 mark, while the exhibition's development forums underscored this year's international theme: Strengthen cooperation to conquer hard times.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

Not for the Faint of Heart The chance to look straight down 1,353 ft (412.4 m) doesn't present itself very often. But — if you find yourself in Chicago, take the Sears Tower elevator up to the 103rd floor and step out onto the new glass "Ledge" — if you dare.

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Past Issues of this eNewsletter
Volume 5 - Issue 7 - 07/23/2009
Sheet Glass Washer; Ultrasonic Machining; Tungsten Carbide; Ceramic Tile; Optima Ceramic Coated Blades; Surface Processing Ceramic Materials
Volume 5 - Issue 6 - 06/25/2009
Ceramic Substrates; Ceramics and Nanocomposites; Glass Ball Valves; Glass-to-Metal Seals; High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives; Ceramic Metal Bonding/Joining
Volume 5 - Issue 5 - 05/28/2009
Excellence in Ultra-hard Materials Machining; Custom Multilayer Co-fire Ceramic Packages; Silicon Nitride Ceramic Balls; Electrical Engineering Ceramic Components; Glass Scribing System; Precision Hybrid Ball Screws
Volume 5 - Issue 4 - 04/23/2009
Glass Tubing; High-temperature Adhesive; Custom Zirconia Parts; Coatings for Flat and Semi-flat Metal Blanks; Superfine Graphite AR-12; Glass Sealing and Fabrication
Volume 5 - Issue 3 - 03/26/2009
Casso Solar's Batch Laminating System; Today's Most Advanced Non-contact Laser Scanning Microscopes; Custom Filters and Optical Glasses; Custom Glass Reflectors and Optics; Oxide-Free Glass-to-Metal Seals; Ultrasonic Machining; Ceramic-on-Steel Nameplates; Glass Finishing
Volume 5 - Issue 2 - 02/26/2009
Batch Laminating System; Non-contact Laser Scanning Microscopes; 8487 Tungsten Sealing Glass Melt Campaign; Precision Hybrid Ball Screws; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Stair Treads and Tread Covers; Easy-load Professional-grade Front-loading Kiln; Optima Ceramic Coated Blades
Volume 5 - Issue 1 - 01/22/2009
Non-contact Laser Scanning Microscopes; Platinum and Platinum Alloys; Custom Toll Processing; Machinable Glass-ceramic; Expandable Graphite; Surface Processing Ceramic Materials
Volume 4 - Issue 12 - 12/26/2008
Ceramics and Nanocomposites; Ceramic Substrates; Medical Parts from Ceramic Materials; Ceramic Heat Recovery Media; Glass-Film-Glass; Sheet Glass Washer
Volume 4 - Issue 11 - 11/26/2008
Glass/Ceramic Additives; Accurate Machining Large Ceramic/Glass Components; Safety Sight Glasses; Alumina Oxide Balls; Microcomponents by Metal Injection Molding; Glass Fabrication Capabilities
Volume 4 - Issue 10 - 10/23/2008
Innovative Machining Methods Enable Technologies to Advance; Ceramic Glass Seals; Technical Glass Products; Precision Ceramic Machining; Custom Zirconia Parts; Micro Abrasive Blasting Nozzles
Volume 4 - Issue 9 - 09/25/2008
Custom Glass Industry Products; Advanced Nanocomposite Dielectrics; Glass Cutting Tables; Quality and Color in Architectural Glass; Automatic Glass Breaking System; Thin Film Technology
Volume 4 - Issue 8 - 08/28/2008
Custom Toll Processing; Standards for Glass Containers; Glass Container Inspection; Ceramic Magnet Materials; Quartz and Special Glass; Alumina Ceramics
Volume 4 - Issue 7 - 07/24/2008
Semiconductor Testing; Molded Glass Aspheres; Glass Cutting Tables; Ceramic Pottery Kilns; Custom Glass Fabrication; Colored Glass Vials
Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/26/2008
Your Solar Advantage in Service and Global Acceptance; Glass Pedestals; Custom Ceramic Fiber and Flat Ceramic Heaters; Ceramic Components; Refractories and High Temperature Insulation; Ceramic Ballistic Armor
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/22/2008
Your Best Source for Technical Ceramic Parts; Custom Glass Reflectors and Optics; Ceramic Products for Application Demands; Ceramic Insulation; Glass Fabrication Capabilities; Borosilicate Glass Capillary Tubing
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/24/2008
Industrial Glass Components; Custom Industrial Ceramic Materials; NanoMaterials at Nanotech 2008 and Clean Technology Sustainable Industries 2008; PYROID® Pyrolytic Graphite; High Temp Refractory Coating; Glass Ball Valves
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/27/2008
Quartz and Special Glass; Glass Stems and Holders; Multiple Capabilities on One Machine; Rotary Linear Abrasive Cutting Services
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/28/2008
Zircon Crucibles; Ergonomic Solutions for Material Handling; World Class Custom Supplier Infrared Heating Solutions; Your Ceramic Source; Technical Ceramics
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/24/2008
Custom Toll Processing; Precision Glass, Ceramic, and Optical Component Manufacturing; Lead Metaniobate; Glass Balls; Zirconia Balls; Machinable and Dense Ceramics; Mykroy/Mycalex Grade 1600 High Temperature Ceramic; Custom Plastic Labware and Glass Labware
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/27/2007
The Revolution is Here; Ambient Collection System; New Catalog for Extreme Condition Products; Reticles -- Flat Optics; High-Power Electrical Feedthroughs; Aluminum/Non-Ferrous Hot Refractory Repairs
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/26/2007
Precision Glass Pressure Transducer Tubes and Pedestals, Raising Craftmanship to a Science, Stom Preforms, Glass Ball Valves, FA Infrared Thermometer, Plating on Steel, Kovar, and Ferrous Substrates
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/25/2007
Precision Glass, Ceramic, and Optical Component Manufacturing, Raising Craftmanship to a Science, Carbon-Carbon Composites, Vibratory Feeder, Custom Ceramic Tube and Ceramic Rod Products, Zirconia Plates
Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/27/2007
Precision Glass, Ceramic, and Optical Component Manufacturing; One-Stop Shop; Rapid Production Unit; Thermal Imaging Camera; Glass Preforms; Pure Tin Plating on Metallized Ceramics
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/23/2007
Glass Preforms; High Power Electrical Feedthroughs; New Catalog for CeramTec® Products; Lead Metaniobate; Optical Assembly; Glass Ball Valves
Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/26/2007
Custom Micro Optical Components, Diamond Turned; Precision Glass Components; Lead Metaniobate; Alumina Crucibles; Fine Grinding Systems; Vacuum Hot Press Furnace
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/28/2007
Ceramic Courses Available; Raising Craftmanship to a Science; Infrared Thermal Imaging System for Coated Flat Glass; High-Performance Materials; Manufacturing Capabilities; Machinable and Dense Ceramics
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/24/2007
Photo-Machining Process; Raising Craftmanship to a Science; Raising Craftmanship to a Science; Machinable and Dense Precision Ceramics; Rubber, Plastics, Metal Engineering Components; Pyrolytic Graphite; Tube Furnace; Micro Spheres
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/26/2007
Photo-Machining Process; Advanced Ceramics Today; Hermetic MIM Packages; Fiber Laser Marking Systems; Fosbel Ceramic Welding; Single Axis Ceramic Sensors
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/22/2007
Photo-Machining Process; Global Furnace Systems Group; Infrared Heating Solutions; Glass Hot Refractory Repairs; Laser Marking Technology and Materials; Plastic and Glass Manufacturing Capabilities
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/22/2007
Photo-Machining Process; Custom Machining of Advanced Technical Ceramics; Glass Sealing and Fabrication; Industrial Glass Components; Plating on Ceramics; Zirconia Hollow Fiber
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/25/2007
Advanced Ceramics; Process Imager; Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Materials; Vibratory Feeder; Cold Isostatic Press; Ceramic Parts; Optical Glass Reflectors
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/28/2006
Glass Supplies and Glass Fabrication; Ceramic Housing; Infrared Temperature Sensor; Sputtering Targets; Cold Isostatic Press; Ceramic Tubes
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/22/2006
Micromachining Laser; Photo-Machining Process; Abrasion and Temperature Resistant; Vacuum Hot Press Furnace; Ceramic Bearings; Ceramic Parts
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/26/2006
Cool Solution for Electronic Power; Wafers; Thermal Imaging Camera; Cold Isostatic Presses; Hot Isostatic Pressing; Pre-Heat Ovens
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/28/2006
Secondary Containment Linings; Thin Film Materials; Moly Discs; Infrared Thermometers; Graphite Thermal Spreaders; Offset Vibratory Feeder
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/24/2006
Components Built for Extreme Environments; Programmable Furnace; Semiconductor Nanocrystrals; Piezoelectric Products; Thin Sheet and Bimorph Ceramic; Thick Film Technology
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/27/2006
Pentium M 1.7 GHz Notebook PC; Glass and Ceramics; Metal Oxides; Ceramic Bearings and Balls; Electrotemp Cement; Precision Ceramic Machining
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/22/2006
Precision Glass and Optical Component Manufacturing; Ceramic Welding Repairs; Ceramic Products for Application Demands; Glass Fabrication Services; Custom Fabricated Glass Shapes; Ceramic Insulators
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/25/2006
Easily Shaped Polycrystalline Diamond; Advanced Engineered Ceramics; NMR and EPR Sample Tubes and Accessories; Abrasion and Temp Resistant High Alumina Ceramics; Precision Glass Finishing; Plating on Ceramics
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/27/2006
Optical Glass Reflectors; Advanced Engineered Ceramics; Optical Grade Sapphire Rods, Rings, and Tubes; Glass Ball Valves; Carbon-Carbon Composites; Ceramic Bearings
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/23/2006
Reaction Bonded Silicon Carbide; Ultrasonic Machining Services; Glass Hot Refractory Repairs; Transite HT Fiber Cement Industrial Board; Chemically Strengthened Glass; Optical Glass
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/23/2006
Ceramic Foam Filters, Silicon Nitride Ceramic Balls, Zirconia Insulation Boards, ASM International Surface Engineering Congress & Exhibition, Thin Sheet & Bimorph Ceramic, Jet Milling and more
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/26/2006
Complex Ceramic Shapes, Ceramic Machining Services, Simax Tubing, Simax Rod, Simax Capillary, Newport Corporation, Refractory Construction Backup Insulation Board, CeramTec North America, Crystal Clear Structural Acrylic, Sauereisen, Inc., and more.
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 12/29/2005
Precision Ceramic Machining, Hexoloy® SA Silicon Carbide, Convex Tempered Glass, Polished Substrates, Heating Element Holders, Advanced Ceramic Components, Pre–Activated Epoxy, Fast “5 Minute” Curing Heat Dissipative Epoxy and more.