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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Glass & Ceramics
September 27, 2007 - Volume 3 Issue 9
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Increased Transparency at the Top

Increased Transparency at the Top We're talking skylights. In terms of architectural design, there are lots of benefits to natural light. But there are energy usage challenges too, such as heat loss and solar heat gain. This feature story from USGlass counters these concerns with the latest developments in overhead glazing and related glass technologies. For example: Do you know that placement and spacing of photovoltaic cells on the glazing material can control the amount of light allowed in?

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IRD Glass
Precision Glass, Ceramic, and Optical Component Manufacturing

Precision Glass, Ceramic, and Optical Component Manufacturing IRD Glass specializes in extremely precise tolerances, helping customers solve problems caused by excessive variation in optical, industrial glass, and ceramic components. Using customer-intimate solutions, IRD is the sole-source provider to both world-class and small corporations in the machine vision, sensors, medical, process control, laser, defense, aerospace, and optics industries.

Rayotek Scientific, Inc.
A One-Stop Shop

A One-Stop Shop Design, Engineering & Manufacturing

glass * sapphire *
fused quartz * fused silica

The experts at Rayotek are here to solve your glass and crystalline materials challenges. We offer a variety related services...all under one roof...and specialize in custom products to simplify your project needs. Read more...

Advanced Ceramics & Processing Technology . . .
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Porcelain-Enamel Chic

Porcelain-Enamel Chic Blame it on today's trendy product design and the demand for stainless steel, but base metal prices are up — way up. Appliance designers are fighting back with porcelain-enamel coatings. These colorful coatings look like metal, stand up to heat, and are scratch resistant. Machine Design provides the technical details.

More Pixels, What Price?

More Pixels, What Price? Conventional plasma displays convert just "1% of electrical power into light." Two researchers at the University of Illinois think they can do better. As New Scientist reports, the team has filed a patent application for next-generation plasma display technology, based on an addressable "array of microscopic cavities in a ceramic slab." (Scroll down to Ceramic TV Displays.)

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Create Ceramic Parts with Internal Features

Create Ceramic Parts with Internal Features That's what a new system under test at Purdue University can do. The strategy employs a simultaneous application of laser deposition techniques and conventional machining. Building a part layer-by-layer in this manner yields complex shapes with precise internal features. It also allows the manufacture of composite parts using metal and ceramic layers.

Coating Lengthens Implant Life

Coating Lengthens Implant Life Ceramic nanowires may lead to longer-life medical implants, says Ryan Tian at the University of Arkansas. Used to coat titanium, the nanowires act as a scaffold to promote better adherence of muscle tissue to the otherwise smooth implant surface. The ceramic nanowire coating may also be applicable to plastics and other materials.

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Superior Technical Ceramics Corp.
Rapid Production Unit (RPU)

Rapid Production Unit (RPU) STC's "Rapid Production Unit" (RPU) work cell provides our customers with the means to acquire smaller quantities of prototype parts, or small production quantities, in an accelerated time frame.

Let STC help meet your prototype requirements, in addition to your production requirements through our regular manufacturing process.

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.

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Fire Rated — with Style

Fire Rated — with Style Used to be, code-driven wired glass was an ugly duckling with which builders made do. Today, new fire-rated glazing materials are the swans that enhance building design. Architectural Products presents two beautiful examples.

LEED Certified and Blast Proof

LEED Certified and Blast ProofTwo members of a prominent architectural firm field questions relating to government buildings, glass windows, anti-terrorism, and force protection. How does one reconcile secure design with pleasing aesthetics? These fellows have some interesting answers.

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Refractories & Thermal Ceramics . . .
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Less Back Pressure, More Power

Less Back Pressure, More Power The ceramic substrates used for vehicle emissions control continue to impress. Corning's latest Celcor product — available for the 2008 model year — boasts 600 cells per square inch with walls the width of a human hair. The next-generation ceramic substrate is intended for light-duty gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.

New Burners for Old Kilns

New Burners for Old Kilns Walls of traditional ceramic and brick kilns were built thick to conserve heat. Many of these kilns are operating today. Problem is, they don't easily accommodate the shorter nozzles of modern burners, designed for modern insulating methods. Ceramic Industry reviews the solution: High-tech, extended jet burners specially made for low-tech kilns.

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GBC Materials
a Division of Morgan Advanced Ceramics

Glass Preforms

Glass Preforms GBC glass preforms are used in high volume production of hermetic glass-to-metal seals where preformed frames, mulit-hole parts, and rings permit the introduction of a finite amount of sealing glass into the automatic seal process. Finished seals are used, typically, in hermetic packages for relays, fuses, fiber optic connectors, and integrated circuite (IC) packages.

Queens Plating Co., Inc.

Pure Tin Plating on Metallized Ceramics

Pure Tin Plating on Metallized Ceramics Queens Plating Company plates pure tin on all metallizable ceramics for the automotive, commerical electronic, medical, and telecommuncation markets. Sizes of metallized ceramics can range from .060 in. x .040 in. to 1.00 in. x 1.00 in. All plating load sizes are designed to eliminate lot size shrinkage and maintain lot integrity.

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Entrepreneurship Challenge

Entrepreneurship ChallengeIt's official: The 3rd MRS Entrepreneurship Challenge is underway. Sponsored by the Materials Research Society, the contest pairs students and professionals, encouraging them to "develop concepts for materials-based startup companies." One rule to keep in mind: Collaboration should be virtual.

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Behold, Strandbeest
Behold, Strandbeest

Moving Sculpture; Kinetic creature; Wind-powered walking machine... Theo Jansen's Strandbeest defies description but inspires wonder. This video, and there are many more on the Internet, captures the spirit of a "modern day DaVinci."

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Volume 5 - Issue 7 - 07/23/2009
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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
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Volume 4 - Issue 10 - 10/23/2008
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/22/2006
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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
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Components Built for Extreme Environments; Programmable Furnace; Semiconductor Nanocrystrals; Piezoelectric Products; Thin Sheet and Bimorph Ceramic; Thick Film Technology
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Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/25/2006
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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
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Ceramic Foam Filters, Silicon Nitride Ceramic Balls, Zirconia Insulation Boards, ASM International Surface Engineering Congress & Exhibition, Thin Sheet & Bimorph Ceramic, Jet Milling and more
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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.
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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.