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Ceramic/Glass Manufacturers Peer into Crystal Ball

Ceramic/Glass Manufacturers Peer into Crystal Ball Material supply and availability directly impacts the budget of glass and ceramic manufacturers. If only there was a crystal ball... with this 12 month forecast, the American Ceramic Society Bulletin attempts to provide one. The report evaluates the world's major producers and exporters, looks at consumption, and predicts prices. All critical materials are included, from abrasives to zirconium. One note of caution: opposing trends — economic slowdown in the U.S. vs continued growth in developing nations — offer a "murky" view at best.

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Custom Toll Processing
Powder Technology Incorporated

Custom Toll Processing Powder Technology Inc. (PTI) is a custom toll processor with many years of experience in jet milling and air classification of glass and ceramic materials. All of our equipment is lined to prevent contamination from machine parts and all machines are dismantled and cleaned thoroughly to eliminate cross contamination.

Standards for Glass Containers
Glass Packaging Institute

Standards for Glass Containers The Glass Packaging Institute is the trade association representing the North American glass container industry. Through GPI, glass container manufacturers speak with one voice to advocate industry standards, promote sound environmental and recycling policies, and educate packaging professionals. Please visit www.gpi.org for more information.

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As Good as Gold...

As Good as Gold... ...but 5% of the cost. Kyocera's new fine ceramic is said to "recreate the texture and color of 18-Karat gold." A titanium nitride additive is responsible for the high luminosity, which makes the material an economical candidate for jewelry, watches, and consumer electronics products.

Scientists Fish for Better Body Armor

Scientists Fish for Better Body Armor There's a fish in Africa that may interest the Army. MIT researchers say its multi-layered scales, applicable to ceramic suits of body armor, have been protecting "the dinosaur eel" from its predators for 96 million years. You can't argue with success.

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High Brightness LEDs Improve Inspection

High Brightness LEDs Improve Inspection Light line illumination, critical to fast-moving Web scanning and surface inspection tasks, just got easier with two high-brightness LED products: The Surface Mount Device (SMD) and the Chip on Board (COB). The high-contrast LEDs readily detect subtle patterns and/or flaws.

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Camera's Curved Chip Sees More

Camera's Curved Chip Sees More Scientific American describes an eyeball-like camera able to capture a wider field of view with less distortion than competing designs. The key is a curved chip molded onto a glass bowl. The new technology might even lead to "distortion-free auto-focusing and artificial, insect-like compound eyes."

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Glass Container Inspection
Precitec

Glass Container Inspection The CHRocodile M4 from Precitec, Inc., is a multi-point, non-contact instrument for measuring glass container thickness in a production environment. High temperatures of 700° C (1200° F) are not a problem for the robust optical probe, which makes this high-speed measurement system ideal for hot end or cold end applications.

Ceramic Magnet Materials
Dura Magnetics, Inc.

Ceramic Magnet Materials Ceramic magnets offer the best value when comparing cost. They are inexpensive, moderate in magnetic strength, and they are easily magnetized in a variety of formats. Ceramic magnets offer good corrosion resistance and generally do not require a coating or plating. Learn more about Dura Magnetics products.

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Getting in Line for Bauxite

Getting in Line for Bauxite It's a critical component of many refractory materials; it's also absolutely necessary for aluminum production. Problem? There's only so much bauxite available on the world market. This report outlines a situation that's shaping into shortages and high prices for the foreseeable future.

What a Crock!

What a Crock! New ceramic pots featuring magnetite and petalite, naturally occurring materials, heat up faster and stay hot longer than today's microwave cookware. Besides warming your coffee and popping your corn faster, the ceramic material uses less energy.

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How to Save Process Energy

How to Save Process Energy A range of products, accompanied by a diversity of forming processes, make up the industrial glass industry. Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy concluded a comprehensive study of where and how energy can be saved in the major industrial glass categories: container glass, flat glass, fiber glass, and specialty glass. Results of the 50-page study are clearly presented in table and graphical form, with conclusions neatly summarized in bullet form.

A Better Score for Glass Cutters

A Better Score for Glass Cutters One would think that glass cutting in the 21st century has moved beyond the simple cutter wheel, but no... not until now. A new technique finally replaces the mechanical wheel with a CO2 laser and air nozzle to thermally stress the glass. Early "shock-cool" trials show better edges with no micro-cracks.

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Quartz and Special Glass
Elmet Technologies, Inc.

Quartz and Special Glass Elmet Technologies is the exclusive North American representative for Philips Quartz and Special Glass products produced by Philips Lighting of Holland, a member of the Philips family of companies. Philips develops and manufacturers a wide range of quartz, special glass, and glass pellets products used in a multitude of lighting and other applications.

Alumina Ceramics
Insaco, Inc.

Alumina Ceramics Ceramics offer unique properties that can dramatically improve performance of critical parts in application. Alumina ceramic is extremely hard and wear resistant even at extreme temperatures and harsh conditions. Learn more about Insaco, Inc.

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Recycled Glass: Trash or Treasure?

Recycled Glass: Trash or Treasure? There's better use for recycled glass than construction fill. When properly mixed with brick clay, for example, the additive material speeds up the drying process and slows shrinkage. Susan Sutton, editor of Ceramic Industry magazine, offers her view on the relationship between communities, recyclers, and manufacturers.

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Bragging Rights for Biggest LCD

Bragging Rights for Biggest LCD The big — literally big — attention getter at this year's Society for Information Display (SID) Exhibition in Los Angeles was Samsung's 82 in. full HDTV. Billed as the "world's largest" liquid crystal display panel, the technology directly challenges the size supremacy of plasma technology.

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With increased oil prices a global concern, energy-saving LEDs are the darling of designers and architects. Are LEDs a worthy long-term lighting strategy, or will technical realities dampen enthusiasm?


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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.