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March 24, 2011 Upcoming e-Events
Industry Trends & Events . . .
New Optical Fiber Sheds Glass Core

New Optical Fiber Sheds Glass Core Could glass be on its way out as the primary component in optical fiber? Not yet, but scientists at Penn State University have developed the first optical fiber made with a core of zinc selenide instead of glass. The new class of fiber has proven to be more versatile and effective in transmitting light and could lead to improvements in all types of applications from surgical and medical lasers to laser-radar technology. Glass, because of its random arrangement of atoms, actually limits the advancement of optical-fiber technology, researchers say. But zinc selenide, a crystalline compound, is highly ordered and allows light to be transmitted over longer wavelengths. The hurdle was getting the substance into fiber form.

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Thunderline-Z Expands Packaging Capabilities
 
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Thunderline-Z Expands Packaging Capabilities Thunderline-Z, a well-established supplier of feedthrus and hi-rel packages for the RF/microwave industry, has announced its new laser services for hermetic sealing of high-frequency devices, components, and subassembly packages. By employing the precise control of high-power lasers, including advanced power ramping and pulse-shaping techniques, Thunderline-Z provides reliable hermetic seals for both standard and custom packages.

Industrial Grade Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes
Cheap Tubes, Inc.

Industrial Grade Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes Cheap Tubes' Industrial Grade MWNTs are suitable for a wide variety of applications and are a cost-effective way to integrate their CNTs into your existing products.

Industrial Grade Multi Walled Carbon Nanotubes - IGMWNTs - 10-30 nm OD:

• IG MWNTs Purity: >90%
• IG MWNTs OD: 10-30 nm
• IG MWNTs ID: 5-10 nm

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DuPont™ Kevlar® AP Delivers Higher Performance
DuPont™ Kevlar®

DuPont™ Kevlar® AP Delivers Higher Performance DuPont introduced DuPont™ Kevlar® AP fibers to meet needs for higher performing materials in industrial applications. Kevlar® AP is based on new technology that increases performance compared to standard Kevlar® fibers, resulting in greater design flexibility and cost savings for manufacturers supplying automotive, construction, oil and gas, ropes, fiber optic cables, and utility customers.

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Pollutant Could Be Beneficial to Concrete

Pollutant Could Be Beneficial to Concrete Fly ash, a waste product from the burning of coal to generate electricity, could have a beneficial and green use in making concrete. As shown in this video, researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology discovered that by boosting the amount of fly ash in concrete up to 70% both the strength and durability of concrete could be improved, cutting down on the amount of concrete waste that ends up in landfills. The irony is that the U.S. EPA is considering labeling fly ash a hazardous material.

Poly-silicon Advances as Energy Source

Poly-silicon Advances as Energy Source In the never-ending march to bring down the production cost of alternative energy, particularly solar cells, researchers at the University of Arkansas may have taken a big step forward. Using a process they call top-down aluminum-induced crystallization the team created poly-silicon with crystal grains 30 times larger than those produced by conventional methods and at significantly lower temperatures, in the 100-300 C range versus the more common 1,000 C heating temperature.

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Plant-based Polyester Nears Rollout

Plant-based Polyester Nears Rollout A commercially produced and marketed polyester made of 30% plant fiber is expected to be available early next year. Polyester, or PET, is conventionally made by polymerizing ethylene glycol (EG) and typically telephthalic acid (PTA), with EG accounting for roughly 30%. The EG contained in EcoCircle PlantFiber is derived from a biofuel of sugarcane or other plant rather than petroleum. Made by Japan's Teijin Fibers Ltd., the product is expected to become the fiber producer's core biomaterial for applications ranging from industrial to personal hygiene products.

Shellfish Add Health Benefit to Fiber

Shellfish Add Health Benefit to Fiber Can the fiber in your stocking or other clothing actually promote healthy skin? Developers of the new TENCEL® C at Austrian fiber producer Lenzing believe so, thanks to the common crustacean. Chitosan, a substance found in waste from shrimp and other shellfish, is said to have cosmetic and pharmaceutical qualities. Although water-soluble, Lenzing scientists developed a technology to incorporate the substance into their natural wood-based TENCEL® fiber without losing its properties after washing. The result is a new textile fiber that protects the skin and has anti-bacterial properties.

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Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources
American Precision Glass Corp.

Filter Glass from All the World's Best Sources American Precision Glass works with all the world's finest Filter Glass Manufacturers. With over 50 years' experience, we can fabricate any Filter for any and all applications. Any shape, size, thickness, correction factor, surface quality, all color spectrums, and wavelengths; and all can be coated to your specifications. On time, within budget, perfect quality!

Combating Carbon Fiber Cutting Issues
Micro Waterjet LLC

Combating Carbon Fiber Cutting Issues Cutting carbon fiber can be difficult. Mechanical tooling can leave a rough edge requiring additional processes and standard waterjet can damage the layers, leaving obvious garnet deposits. Micro Waterjet LLC can reduce rejects and produce more consistent parts for a variety of materials with our unique 2D, contract manufacturing capabilities.

Engineered Fabrics . . .
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New Membrane Storms Outerwear Market

New Membrane Storms Outerwear Market In what could take the outdoor apparel market by storm, Japan's Toray Industries has just introduced new membrane technology. Dermizax NX is not only completely waterproof and windproof but is up to 200% stretchable and 100% more breathable than comparable materials. Initially, the product is being marketed exclusively to Europe's top skiwear brands.

Gluteus Maximus Perfectus of Auto Seats

Gluteus Maximus Perfectus of Auto Seats A German company has just unveiled what may be a revolution in car seating. The C2C eco "flexi-seat" allows driver or passenger to settle into the seat as is or, for those with a larger gluteus maximus, open the side flaps for additional sitting room. The seat, manufactured using cradle-to-grave principles, features all natural materials, including circular-knit cream-color bamboo, bark cloth, and supple leather using only plant substances in the tanning process.

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Glass Pearls Make BlingCrete

Glass Pearls Make BlingCrete This new surface material may not look like diamonds, but the glass pearls embedded in it have earned it the moniker BlingCrete. Researchers at Kassel University, Germany, along with industry partners, have developed a new material, known as light-reflecting concrete, for flooring and other surfaces. The optical phenomenon is created by taking glass pearls, or microspheres, and embedding them in Quantz, a new cement-bonded high-tech material developed by Germany's G.tecz.

Canopy Will Enclose Entire Campus

Canopy Will Enclose Entire Campus A new fine arts college in Nantes, France will be a work of glass art in itself. Plans call for the entire campus, streets, and alleyways to be completely housed under a zig-zag glass canopy. A sawtooth roof line will allow for daylight to create a micro-climate inside while sliding glass doors on the ground floor will provide natural ventilation and can be adjusted for outside temperature.

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PEEK™ Drawn Fiber
Zeus, Inc.

PEEK™ Drawn Fiber Zeus PEEK™ Drawn Fiber has excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance, tensile strength, and tenacity. It also performs excellent in extreme temperatures up to 500 F/260 C, produces low smoke and gas emissions, and has high elongation properties. The lightweight material also has superior friction and wear properties when used in abrasive environments.

Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing
United Testing Systems, Inc.

Automatic Carbon Fiber Testing The United Automatic Carbon Fiber Tester is designed to automatically test up to 200 specimens of carbon fiber in one setup. For easy record keeping and generating reports, specimen data are entered into the test software via barcode. The diameter of each fiber specimen is measured by a laser diffraction measuring system.

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Keep Your Job Until You Get a Better One
 

Keep Your Job Until You Get a Better One Thinking about quitting your job and looking for something better? Better think twice. Although the economy and the job market are improving, a disturbing trend has developed since the Great Recession and it's called by its acronym NUNA: No Unemployed Need Apply. Unfortunately, it appears to be a growing phenomenon that has sparked a debate over its legality. Some say the government ought to step in and classify it as a form of illegal discrimination.

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Treasure Hunts Find Wealth of Energy Savings

Treasure Hunts Find Wealth of Energy Savings It's not your normal treasure hunt adventure, but the results can be just as dramatic. GE's "Ecomagination Treasure Hunts" involve company employees scouring their facilities in search of ways to save energy and water and reduce the company's carbon footprint. The program has proven so successful that New York's Roosevelt Hospital has joined the hunt for at least $2 million in savings of its own, as this video explains.

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Volume 4 - Issue 3 - 03/22/2012
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Volume 4 - Issue 1 - 01/26/2012
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Volume 3 - Issue 12 - 12/22/2011
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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