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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Glass, Ceramics, Fibers & Fabrics
December 24, 2009  
Industry Trends & Events . . .
Keys to Growth for Advanced Ceramics

Keys to Growth for Advanced Ceramics Demand for advanced ceramics is projected to grow 3.8% a year to $12.6 billion in 2012, according to a recently released report by the industrial markets research firm The Freedonia Group. By type, cordierite, zirconate, silicon nitride, titanate, and ferrite ceramics will record above-average gains, while alumina will remain the industry's standard bearer. Although very much still tied to the health of the electronics components and equipment industries, future growth in advanced ceramic materials will depend on their ability to penetrate new markets such as bone implants, membranes, capacitors, and cutting tools.

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Lightweight, Hydrophobic Aerogel Insulation
LIT Industries, Inc.

Lightweight, Hydrophobic Aerogel Insulation LIT Industries, Inc. is a stocking distributor/fabricator of aerogel insulation, the world's lowest density solid and most effective thermal insulator. This insulation is available in an advantageous flexible form for service temperatures from 460 F (-270 C) to 1200 F (650 C). The insulation performs in low, high, and dual temperatures.

Glass-to-Metal Hermetic Seals
Fusite

Glass-to-Metal Hermetic Seals Fusite is a global leader in the design, development and production of glass-to-metal hermetic seals. Fusite operates five global manufacturing facilities and two design centers to support customers in diverse industries. With low to high volume capabilities, global production and experienced local application support teams, contact Fusite today.

High-temperature Insulation
Refractory Specialties Incorporated

High-temperature Insulation RFI specializes in high-temperature insulation and refractory materials for automotive, appliance, alternative energy, HVAC, industrial furnaces and kilns, fuel cells, solar energy, metals, petrochemicals, and solid-fuel appliances, as well as many niche specialty markets. Learn more...

Carpet and Textile Color Sensor
EMX Industries, Inc.

Carpet and Textile Color Sensor A ColorMax-1000™ color sensor lets your machine see up to 15 colors and RGB intensity. What's more, innovative technology improves sensitivity and speed, so you can maximize the pace of manufacturing. Traditional color sensors output only a "match/no match" condition, but the ColorMax-1000 by EMX Industries also outputs the analog values for each RGB reading.

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Spacecraft Get Lift from Pre-ceramic Composites

Spacecraft Get Lift from Pre-ceramic Composites Flexible, self-assembling pre-ceramic composite materials may give a big lift to future spacecraft. The John H. Glenn Research Center reports that the materials allow for lighter weight, higher temperature, and more design options. Pre-ceramic composite materials are comprised of ceramic or carbon performs injected with polymer procurers that convert to ceramics when heated.

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Learning How Ceramic Breaks

Learning How Ceramic Breaks University of Florida Professor John Mecholsky, an expert in fracture analysis, says that using fractal geometry to examine fractures in ceramic materials can help engineers design tougher, more fracture-resistant materials. His video describes a process for examining and understanding how things break at the atomic as well as the macroscopic level. (photo: Nikon Small World)

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Hemp Trumps Glass in Eco Auto

Hemp Trumps Glass in Eco Auto Engineers at Lotus Cars swapped their standard glass-polyester body panels on the new Eco Elise concept car for natural hemp-fiber-reinforced polyester panels. The distinctive brown composite panels start at front bumper, sweep up the hood, across the roof and down across the spoiler. The use of hemp instead of glass lowered the vehicle's weight by 2 lb/1 kg per panel. The hemp composite also was used for interior seating, reducing the seat weight nearly 1 lb over previous materials.

Light Fiber Secures Heavy Cargo

Light Fiber Secures Heavy Cargo When it comes to safety-critical cargo netting on aircraft, heavier is not always better. A Netherlands company has just unwrapped the next generation of aviation cargo pallet nets made of super-strong yet very lightweight DSM Dyneema, billed as the world's strongest fiber. Not only does it offer weight savings and longer life than traditional polyester nets, the new netting can restrain up to 6.8 tons of cargo at 3g forces, helping protect the aircraft from sudden shifts.

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Taconic TFE-GLASS™ Fabric
Taconic

Taconic TFE-GLASS™ Fabric Taconic's TFE-Glass™ Fabric provides a super smooth surface for use as a release sheet in cooking and baking applications and as a laminate separator sheet. The premium grade TFE-Glass™ Fabrics offer high-performance in demanding non-stick applications and for specialized heat sealing.

Military Fabrics
Apex Mills

Military Fabrics Keeping warm, dry, and protected are just a few of many concerns for the military. Manufacturers for the military have important decisions to make that will directly affect thousands of people. Apex's knowledge of the most effective fabrics and fabric specifications will make those key decisions easier.

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Smart Textiles Warn of Earthquakes

Smart Textiles Warn of Earthquakes Following the devastating earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy this year, Italian engineers are exploring the use of sensors in geotextile materials that could warn of earth movements and other dangers before disaster strikes. Moreover, structural engineers are researching the use of fiber optic cables embedded in architectural textiles. As this video shows, such textiles could monitor a building's structural health.

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Eco Storm Watch for Outerwear

Eco Storm Watch for Outerwear Outerwear makers are warming up to a 100% polyester material made from recycled fibers via chemical recycling. Developed by Japan's Teijin Fibers, the breathable, waterproof fabric is made by laminating thin-type polyester film, without using organic solvents, on high-density fabric of chemically recycled fiber. The result is an eco-friendly yet durable fabric that offers excellent hydrostatic resistance, moisture permeability, and wind-resistance.

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Driving the Glass Highway

Driving the Glass Highway We've all driven on super highways that seemed as smooth as glass. Now imagine if that highway really was glass. That concept is not so far fetched to the developer of the Solar Road Panel. And the key to making it happen is glass, very strong glass, textured to allow tires to grip it, water to run off, impervious to snow and ice and, oh, yes, self-cleaning. Of course, this glass has yet to be developed, but a prototype is in the works using readily-available, chemically-hardened glass panels.

Smart Glass Regulates Light, Temperature

Smart Glass Regulates Light, Temperature Through a patented film technology called Suspended Particle Devices, or SPD, researchers have developed a smart glass that can regulate incoming light from windows and control inside temperatures. The film can vary the level of glass tint, thus determining the amount of sunlight that can pass through. In hot climates, for example, the film's transparency can be reduced to dim the incoming light, reduce glare and prevent temperature build-up.

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VICTREX® PEEK™ for Lightweight Aerospace Parts
Victrex plc.

VICTREX® PEEK™ For Lightweight Aerospace Parts Aerospace engineers want to specify materials that can withstand harsh environments, reduce manufacturing costs and offer processing flexibility. VICTREX PEEK polymers are successfully used in a variety of forms (powder, film, filament) as a matrix material in the manufacture of advanced thermoplastic composite prepregs made of carbon, glass, or aramid continuous fibers.

Textile Conditioning Unit

Parameter Generation & Control, Inc.

Textile Conditioning Unit The textile conditioning unit is designed to rapidly bring textile samples to the standard condition of 21 C/65% RH. Depending on the weight, this system will bring samples to equilibrium within 1 to 3 minutes. PGC's humidity generating systems are unique. By utilizing the "two-temperature" method, PGC's able to create an unrivaled stable environment.

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An Engineer Asks: Whatever Happened to Shop Class?

An Engineer Asks: Whatever Happened to Shop Class? Whatever happened to high school shop class? That's more a lament than a question from this engineer whose experience in shop class led him to earn two engineering degrees and licenses in several states. He recently participated in a back-to-school night at his local high school, and there was not a drafting room, woodworking, metal, or electrical shop to be found. His conclusion?

Diversions . . .
Diapers to Energy

Diapers to Energy Two UK companies have combined to build England's first diaper recycling plant. It is estimated that a baby will soil an average of 6,000 disposable nappies before becoming potty trained. In the UK alone, that adds up to about 2.9 billion discarded diapers a year. So, with ample raw material, the recycling plant will use a special process to wash, sanitize, deactivate, and separate the various diaper components, with the end products burned for fuel or compressed into polymer pellets that can be used for a vinyl siding, roofing tiles, and even bicycle helmets.

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About This Month's Topic Demise of the Shop Class

By eliminating shop classes, are high schools in the U.S. and other countries depriving students of hands-on engineering experience that will benefit them and society in the future?


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Volume 3 - Issue 9 - 09/22/2011
Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials; Humidity and Temperature Controlled Rooms and Chambers; Glass Melt Furnaces; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Increase Porosity with Walnut Shell; Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders; PEEK Drawn Fiber
Volume 3 - Issue 8 - 08/25/2011
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Volume 3 - Issue 7 - 07/28/2011
Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials; Metallized Ceramics with MolyMag. Mo/Mn.; Aremcolox 502-600 Machinable Glass-ceramic; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders; Hermetic Feedthroughs, Glass-to-Metal Seals; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; PEEK Drawn Fiber; Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing
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Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; PYROID Pyrolytic Graphite; Low-cost Surface Area and Porosity Results; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Woven Mesh Industrial Fabrics; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite
Volume 3 - Issue 5 - 05/26/2011
Textiles - Heat Processing Applications; Textile Color Sensor; Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources; Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials; Custom Manufactured Technical Ceramics Parts and Components; TFE-Glass Roll Covering
Volume 3 - Issue 4 - 04/28/2011
Robotic Controlled Glass Melt Furnace; Easy-to-Use Digital Web Tension Controller; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Ceramic Fiber Board and Blanket; Atlas Material Testing Technology LLC; High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives
Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/24/2011
Thunderline-Z Expands Packaging Capabilities; Industrial Grade Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes; Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources; Combating Carbon Fiber Cutting Issues; PEEK Drawn Fiber; Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing
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Precise Temperature and Humidity Control; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; Preveil Filter Media for Glass and Fabrics; Economy Dilatometer for CTE Measurements; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders ; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/27/2011
Ceramic Fiber Board and Blanket; Versatile Glass Sealed Hermetic Connectors; Custom Manufactured Technical Ceramics Parts and Components; Hermetic Feedthroughs, Glass-to-Metal Seals; Woven Mesh Industrial Fabrics; Carbon-carbon Composites
Volume 2 - Issue 12 - 12/23/2010
Feedthroughs, Packages Sight Windows and Seals; Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; High Infrared Reflective Insulation Materials; LECO Ceramics Offering Pressed Refractory Shapes; Electrical Engineering Ceramic Components; Glass and Ceramic Solutions - Unique Machining Capabilities
Volume 2 - Issue 11 - 11/24/2010
Advanced Oxygen-Fuel Burner; Refractory Sheet Type RS-100; Textiles -- Heat Processing Applications; Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Volume 2 - Issue 10 - 10/28/2010
Glass-to-Metal Hermetic Seals; Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Preveil Filter Media for Glass and Fabrics; Textile Conditioning Unit; Textile Color Sensor
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/23/2010
High Infrared Reflective Insulation Materials; Custom Toll Processing; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite; Glass and Ceramic Solutions -- Unique Machining Capabilities; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Textile Testing
Volume 2 - Issue 8 - 08/26/2010
Protect Your Investment; Refractory Sheet Type RS-100; Textiles - Heat Processing Applications; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
Volume 2 - Issue 7 - 07/22/2010
Surface and Coating Color Quality Verification; Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Textile Conditioning Unit; Custom Dryers/Ovens; TFE-Glass Roll Covering
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/24/2010
New Technology Delivers Enhanced Filtration Performance; Ceramic Fiber Board and Blanket; PTFE Fiber; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles; Textile Testing; Infrared Technology for Glass, Ceramics and Textiles; Ceramic Components
Volume 2 - Issue 5 - 05/27/2010
Quality You Can See and Precision You Can Measure; Refractory Sheet Type RS-100; High-temperature Ceramic Adhesives; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; Technical Ceramic Parts; Glass Tubing Properties and Applications
Volume 2 - Issue 4 - 04/22/2010
Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Textiles -- Heat Processing Applications; Glass and Ceramic Solutions -- Unique Machining Capabilities; Permanent Marking on Glass and Ceramics: On Demand
Volume 2 - Issue 3 - 03/25/2010
SurPASS: Bring Insights to the Surface; Textile Conditioning Unit; The Future of Hollow Glass Microspheres; Textile Color Sensor
Volume 2 - Issue 2 - 02/25/2010
Glass-to-Metal Hermetic Seals; Textile Testing; High-temperature Insulation; Energy-efficent Batch Laminating System; Permanent Marking on Glass and Ceramics: On Demand; High-temp Silica Cloth
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/28/2010
Custom Dryers/Ovens; PTFE Fiber; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; Plasti-Grit Stripping Abrasive...; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles
Volume 1 - Issue 4 - 12/24/2009
Lightweight, Hydrophobic Aerogel Insulation; Carpet and Textile Color Sensor; Military Fabrics; Textile Conditioning Unit
Volume 1 - Issue 3 - 11/30/2009
Bandpass, Longpass, Shortpass, Neutral Density, and Conversion Filters; Industrial Sewing; Carbon Fibers; PTFE Sewing Thread; Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance; Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles
Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 10/22/2009
Dynamic Fiberglass for Extreme Temperatures; Machinable and Dense Ceramic Parts; Ceramic Metal Bonding/Joining; Military Fabrics; Load Cells, Brakes, Clutches, and Tension Controls; Molybdenum TZM
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 09/24/2009
Bandpass, Longpass, Shortpass, Neutral Density, and Conversion Filters; Casso-Solar Glass Batch Laminating; Micro Machining of Ultra Hard Materials; Custom Toll Processing; Ceramic Heat Recovery Media; DeWal Wire and Cable Brochure; Hexoloy SA Silicon Carbide; Machinable Glass-ceramic