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August 26, 2010 Upcoming e-Events
Industry Trends & Events . . .
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Register Today! GlobalSpec's Plastics & Plastics Fabrication Event — October 6, 2010 Join your peers and leading manufacturers for this free, informative, and interactive ONLINE conference and trade show — right from the convenience of your desktop. Participate in any or all of the educational sessions, network with peers, and meet with manufacturers eager to showcase their latest products, services, and new technology offerings. Learn more about the educational sessions offered to meet your information needs, and register today!
Tiny Republic Plays Big Nanofiber Role

Tiny Republic Plays Big Nanofiber Role A tiny Czech Republic is making a big name for itself in the research, development, and manufacture of nanofibers, particular in nonwovens applications. Czech company Elmarco's Nanospider production process is being acclaimed as superior to electro-spinning in the commercial production of high-quality nanofibers. R&D projects involve a host of international partners including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), North Carolina State University, South Africa's Stellenbosch University, the University of Singapore, Japan's Kyoto Institute of Technology, and Australia's CSIRO. The country is home to a dozen nonwovens producers, including Pegas, Europe's No. 2 maker of spunbond and meltblown products. Also notable is Ecotextil, a global supplier of sorbent, filtration, and face mask media.

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Custom Manufactured Technical Ceramics Parts and Components
Superior Technical Ceramics Corp.

Custom Manufactured Technical Ceramics Parts and Components STC has complete in-house capabilities to assist in design, engineer, tool, and manufacture technical ceramics to customer requirements. We specialize in prototype through production quantities of ceramic parts used in thermal shock, wear, corrosion, and electrical insulation applications.

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Protect Your Investment
 

Johnson Matthey Noble Metals

Protect Your Investment In 1993, Johnson Matthey launched ACT — Advanced Coatings Technology. It consists of a thin layer of platinum applied to the surface of the ceramic, giving complete corrosion resistance against attack of molten glass. It provides 100% shape retention for the lifetime of the coating.

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Ceramics Form Basis of New Lasers

Ceramics Form Basis of New Lasers The newly ignited National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is directing its laser-like focus on developing a new generation of high-powered solid-state lasers based on ceramics. The idea is game-changing; researchers have plans to use the lasers to create metamaterials such as optical fiber with strategically placed holes that give it unique optical characteristics not possible with uniform fiber.

Ultra-thin Waterproof Speaker Developed

Ultra-thin Waterproof Speaker Developed Ever wonder why engineers can't make a cell phone that holds up better to moisture exposure? Well, now maybe they can. A Japanese company has developed the world's first ultra-thin waterproof piezoelectric speaker. A mere 0.9 mm thick, the speakers make use of the mechanical resonance of naturally waterproof piezoelectric ceramics.

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Fiber Cushions Chopper Crash

Fiber Cushions Chopper Crash  Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center have developed a Deployable Energy Absorber that could increase the impact survivability of a helicopter crash. The shock absorber is an expandable honeycomb cushion made of high-strength yet lightweight DuPont Kevlar fiber. Dropping an MD-500 from a height of 35 ft (10.7 m), the cushion kept the chopper and its crash test dummies sufficiently intact to attempt a second test — this time without the cushion. See what happens here.

Flame-retardant Fiber Keeps Its Cool

Flame-retardant Fiber Keeps Its Cool A Michigan company has developed the world's first polyester yarn that meets halogen-free and flame-retardant (FR) regulations as well as the "no flaming drip" requirement. The development is especially important for making seating fabric for aircraft and other forms of enclosed public transportation. Most existing FR materials only delay the spread of fire and many FR yarns contain halogenated substances that emit black smoke and toxic gases when ignited.

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Refractory Sheet Type RS-100
ZIRCAR Refractory Composites, Inc.

Refractory Sheet Type RS-100 ZIRCAR Refractory Sheet Type RS-100 is a ceramic fiber reinforced structural alumina composite with useful properties to 1260 C. Exceptional flexural and compressive strengths in the range of high temperature reinforced plastics such as G-7 and G-10 laminates and retains strength and utility to levels far exceeding maximum use temperatures of plastics.

Textiles — Heat Processing Applications
Glenro Inc.

Textiles — Heat Processing Applications Whether the products involve carpet, apparel, or other familiar fabrics to more specialized technical textiles for the automotive, medical, geotextile, argotextile, protective clothing, laminate, or conveyor belting markets, Glenro has the resources and the experience to develop and support a process and equipment solution for your manufacturing business.

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Synthetic Grass is Patent Winner

Synthetic Grass is Patent Winner A U.S. patent has been awarded for a synthetic grass mesh product used in erosion control applications. Miramesh® SG, developed by TenCate Geosynthetics, is a woven material of green synthetic grass fibers designed for steep-slope applications. Use of the product eliminates the need for topsoil infill and overseeding of steep slopes in civil engineering projects.

Airline Seatbelts Drop Weight

Airline Seatbelts Drop Weight Airline passengers may be getting heavier, but the seatbelts that constrain them are losing weight. AmSafe Inc., the leading provider of airline safety restraints, has developed a seatbelt that is nearly 25% lighter than the current version. The new belt, which is made of polyester instead of the original nylon fabric, offers improved ergonomics but with the same attach points, making it easy to retrofit both premium and economy class seats.

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Gorilla Glass Sales Set to Go Ape

Gorilla Glass Sales Set to Go Ape The time has finally come for a nearly 50-year-old invention waiting for the right commercial application to adopt it. In the late 1950s and early '60s scientists at Corning Inc. set out to make a super strong, yet thin and flexible type of glass. Ultimately, they developed a unique process called fusion draw to make a product they later dubbed Gorilla Glass. Now that glass is fast becoming the product of choice in smartphones, electronic notepads, notebooks, and a host of other LCD applications, which could make billions for its inventor.

Find Looms Large for Tiny Glass Electrodes

Find Looms Large for Tiny Glass Electrodes Researchers have discovered — by accident — a means of getting an electric current to pass nondestructively through thin glass. Working to improve the circuitry on chips, University of Michigan researchers stumbled upon an interesting find: a way to use glass as an electrode in certain microfluidic devices. The biomedical engineer leading the research team said the finding was surprising because it "runs counter to accepted thinking" about the behavior of nonconductive materials.

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Kellett Isolates Vibration in Global Textile Industry
Kellett Enterprises, Inc.

Kellett Isolates Vibration in Global Textile Industry From its humble beginnings as a textile supply company in 1960, providing wooden loom products to its strong textile presence in the United States, Kellett Enterprises, Inc. is today a global leader in isolating vibration in textile equipment around the world.

Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance
 

Midwesco Filter Resources, Inc.

Fabric Improves Filter Media Performance  Midwesco's Tandem® felts improve filter media performance and have saved owners of pulse-jet baghouses money by decreasing compressed air usage, while increasing the dust collection efficiency over traditional felts. Our Meteor® fabrics utilize basalt fibers to increase the strength retention of conventional fabrics by over 300%.

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Tweet Your Way to a New Career

Tweet Your Way to a New Career Of all the things you can do with a Twitter account, advancing your career probably isn't at the top of your list. But it's true! So many companies and organizations are using social networking tools nowadays that you can use Twitter to find your way to a new job, as this case study suggests. A word to the wise: every tweet counts!

Diversions . . .
No Worry When These Bulbs Break

No Worry When These Bulbs Break Are you reluctant to change out your old incandescent light bulbs for the energy-saving compact fluorescent ones because you hate their look and are worried about their mercury content? Here's a possible alternative: it's called ArmorLite. Invented by a Florida company, a typical compact spiral fluorescent light bulb is encased inside a protective safety coating. Upon breaking, all glass shards and toxic mercury vapors are trapped within the coated shell, as demonstrated in this video.

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About This Month's Topic How Important is Clean Energy?

Seems like everyone is talking about greener, leaner operations, but who is taking action? Is your company investing in clean energy? What changes have been the most effective?


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Volume 4 - Issue 6 - 06/28/2012
Ceramics for Science and Industry; Textiles - Colour Measurement and Dye Baths; Humidity and Temperature Controlled Rooms and Chambers for Textiles; New Thickness Capabilities for Containers; Lubricant for Diamond Films Lapping and Polishing; Technical Problem Solving; Surface Processing Ceramic Materials
Volume 4 - Issue 5 - 05/24/2012
Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Advanced Furnaces for Technical Ceramics; Punch and Die Grinder; Rare Earth Elements for Critical Applications; Abrasive Filament Brushes
Volume 4 - Issue 4 - 04/26/2012
Design Flexibility Using Bullet Resistant Glazing; PEEK Drawn Fiber; L75H Series Vacuum Sealed Horizontal Dilatometer; Textile Conditioning Unit; Superior Hot Press/Sintering Thermal Shock Resistance
Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/22/2012
Flat Glass - Sheet Glass Washer; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; High Temperature Insulation Boards; Carbon-carbon Composites
Volume 4 - Issue 2 - 02/23/2012
Complex Ceramic Assemblies for Surgical/Medical; Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders; Fury 404 High Impact Tank Washers; Residential Stainless Steel Sinks; Plasti-Grit Stripping Abrasive...; Paint Circulation Equipment
Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/26/2012
Abrasion-resistant Mills Eliminate Metal Contamination; Preveil Filter Media for Glass and Fabrics; Injection Molding Service; Fury 404 High Impact Tank Washers; Injection Molding
Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/22/2011
PYROID Pyrolytic Graphite; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; Fine Walnut Shell Media; One Tough Workhorse; Bullet Resistant Wood Door (Solid Core); Thermal Ceramics for Heat Transfer Applications
Volume 3 - Issue 11 - 11/23/2011
Ceramics for Composite Armor Protection Systems; Advanced Furnaces for Technical Ceramics; Custom Spray Washers; Gravity Feed Spray Gun for Automotive/Industrial
Volume 3 - Issue 10 - 10/27/2011
Woven Mesh Industrial Fabrics; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite; Thermoplastic Products for the Military/Defense; Medical Device Glass and Ceramic Components; PlasmaDyne in Air Plasma Treatment Systems; Carbon-carbon Composites
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
Carbon Fiber Cutting Service; Textiles - Heat Processing Applications; High Efficiency Infrared for Process Drying; Humidity and Temperature â?? Textile Conditioning Unit; Highly Adaptable, Fully Automatic Pycnometry System; Textile Testing
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
Volume 3 - Issue 6 - 06/23/2011
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
Volume 3 - Issue 2 - 02/24/2011
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