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Auto Airbags May Move to Roof

Auto Airbags May Move to Roof Since their mandated installation, drivers and passengers have gotten used to having protective airbags in the dashboard. But that could change. Thanks to improved fabric and mechanical design, TRW Automotive has developed a roof-mounted airbag that gives automakers more space for interior styling compared with conventional instrument panel airbags. The bag-in-the-roof system deploys a single airbag from the roof, protecting both driver and passenger and eliminating the need for the passenger-side dash bag. The roof system also significantly lowers dashboard production costs.

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Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials
Harper International Corporation

Innovative Rotary Furnaces for Advanced Materials Harper's custom thermal systems are designed for continuous processing of granular, powder, or particulate aggregates in high purity and specialty atmospheres at temperatures up to 2400 C. Our focus is on ensuring precise control of temperature, process atmosphere, material flow, and residence time to deliver consistent and uniform material production.

Humidity and Temperature Controlled Rooms and Chambers
Parameter Generation & Control, Inc.

Humidity and Temperature Controlled Rooms and Chambers Parameter is the leading global provider of environmental control rooms and chambers for manufacturing, textile, electronics, and other industries. Parameter specializes in humidity control and conditioning systems. We offer a full line of rooms and reach-in chambers, plus validation services and conditioning units for existing areas. Learn more at humiditycontrol.com.

Glass Melt Furnaces
Deltech, Inc.

Glass Melt Furnaces Deltech glass melt furnaces feature a unique corrosion resistant lining and a top opening with split plug to allow glass fining. Stirring mechanisms, element protection liners, robotic operation, and processing in inert atmospheres are a few of the options available. Standard and custom designs for R&D and batch production.

Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles
Solar Light Company, Inc.

Accelerated UV Testing for Textiles At Solar Light Research, they have a desire to create new technology that will help define the UV testing industry. An environmental test will show how much your textiles are fading and allow you to determine if you need another textile or more UV inhibitor for your dyes.

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Bonding Metal to Ceramics Without Metallization

Bonding Metal to Ceramics Without Metallization A U.S.-based advanced materials company has refined a process that allows metal to be bonded to ceramic without metallization. The process, called active metal brazing, uses specially-designed braze alloy compositions that directly bond ceramic to metal or other materials. The compositions vary according to end use and are custom-designed for a variety of settings, from very low temperatures to extremely hot applications of up to 1000 C.

Casting Chicago in a Better Light
 

Casting Chicago in a Better Light Chicago will become the first major U.S. city to get a better glow on. In addition to replacing traditional traffic lights with newer LED signals, the city said it will change out more than 16,000 old sodium vapor street lamps with ceramic metal halide lights. Each new lamp is estimated to reduce electricity use by up to $70 annually and last an average of two years longer. Despite their lower wattage, the lights appear to have a healthier, brighter glow, and allow objects to be seen at a truer color.

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Fiber Lets Bandage Tell If Wound is Healing

Fiber Lets Bandage Tell If Wound is Healing The bandage covering that cut on your foot could soon tell you if the wound is healing or becoming infected. Materials scientists in Australia have created a "smart bandage" from a fiber made of liquid crystals. The fiber changes from red to blue depending upon the temperature of the wound. Developed mainly to help people with diabetes who suffer from chronic wounds, bandages and dressings made from the new fiber could dramatically improve wound care by early detection of recurring infections and inflammation.

Now That's a Really Cool Yarn

Now That's a Really Cool Yarn Lots of sportswear items claim to help keep you cool, but now a European fiber producer has invented a patented, independently tested monofilament yarn that actually chills the surface of a fabric by as much as 3.7 C, or nearly 6.7 F. Luxicool is an elastic monofilament whose cooling efficiency is generated by the thermal conductivity of the polymer itself as well as its accelerated moisture evaporation.

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Increase Porosity with Walnut Shell
Composition Materials Co., Inc.

Increase Porosity with Walnut Shell Walnut shell grit and flour is commonly used as a burn out material to introduce porosity in ceramics.

Benefits: low moisture, low cost, variety of graded particles sizes available, burns out cleanly.

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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Carbon and Fiberglass Join to Make Super Textile

Carbon and Fiberglass Join to Make Super Textile A carbon technology company has blended fiberglass and carbon fiber to create a hybrid nanotextile fabric for use in making fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) products, mainly for the wind energy, aerospace, and automotive markets. The patented material combines the superior physical properties of strength and light weight of carbon nanofibers with the cost benefits of fiberglass. In addition, the material can be resistively heated to reduce molding production time and energy consumption.

Fabrics Made from Recycled Carbon Fiber, PET

Fabrics Made from Recycled Carbon Fiber, PET Carbon fiber once destined for the landfill has been given new life by the UK-based Fibrecycle Project. Project partners have developed high-performance yarns and fabrics by co-mingling polyester with recovered virgin carbon fiber. The blended fabric offers nearly 100% of the stiffness of virgin materials at a much lower cost. The group is now working to customize the materials to meet specific end-use applications.

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Bulk Metallic Glass Nanowires Improve Fuel Cells

Bulk Metallic Glass Nanowires Improve Fuel Cells Aiming to make a stronger, longer-lasting fuel cell, engineers at Yale University have developed tiny nanowires of bulk metallic glass (BMG) to create an entirely new catalyst system that more than doubles the performance of conventional fuel cells. The nanowires are meant to replace carbon black in combination with platinum in current fuel cell technology. The BMG nanowires are 3x smaller than carbon black particles, conduct electricity better, and are less expensive to process.

Low-e Glasses Compared: and the Winner is...
 

Low-e Glasses Compared: and the Winner is... An independent energy modeling study of four low-e glasses undertaken for PPG Industries shows that the PPG product, Solarban R100, provided substantially greater energy and HVAC savings compared to the leading and next-best-performing glasses. The study compared neutral-reflective, low-e glass in two building types — a three-story middle school and a 15-story office building — in 12 cities. The dollar amount of energy and equipment savings was substantial regardless of whether the buildings were in warm climates like Miami or colder ones like Minneapolis.

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Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders
Saint-Gobain Coating Solutions

Ceramic Thermal Spray Powders Saint-Gobain Thermal Spray Powders are manufactured using several different techniques, including agglomeration, sintering, fusion, and plasma densification. All Saint-Gobain Thermal Spray Powders are manufactured by Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials — the world's leading ceramic experts. Each product is the result of years of engineering, testing, and quality control.

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.

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Engineering Degrees Earn "A" in Salary
 

Engineering Degrees Earn 'A' in Salary You knew you were smart to get an engineering degree while your college pals chose other careers. Well, if earnings potential is the criteria, the 2011-2012 PayScale College Salary Report bears you out. Seven out of the top 10 degrees in terms of salaries, ranked by both starting median pay and mid-career-level earnings, were in the engineering field. By contrast, a lowly business degree didn't even make the top 50.

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Purdue Time Machine Sets Record

Purdue Time Machine Sets Record Engineers tend to be fascinated by Rube Goldberg-type contraptions and many have created them. But a team from Purdue University now claims bragging rights in this eminent field by breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for number of steps successfully completed by such a contraption — 244 start to finish. Purdue's "Time Machine" humorously and ingeniously traces the history of the world from Big Bang to the Apocalypse as shown in this video.

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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