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Smart Fabrics: Fad or Future?

Smart Fabrics: Fad or Future? Smart fabrics are rapidly taking up retail space alongside traditional running and other athletic apparel. For the most part, today's smart fabrics consist largely of wearable add-ons like sensors, actuators, and apps that can monitor your heart rate, body temperature, and other physical performance characteristics. But at least one analyst thinks these smart textiles won't really go mainstream until they become true game-changers; that is, until they look and feel like your everyday athletic wear, no wires or Velcro straps attached.

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Beryllium-free Mold Material —

Epsilon Model 3648 High Temperature

Epsilon Technology Corp.

Beryllium-free Mold Material — AMPCOLOY® 944 Our beryllium-free mold material, AMPCOLOY® 944, has a 31 HRC Rockwell hardness and a 156 W/m-K thermal conductivity. It is available in the U.S., Europe, India, and China as forged plates and extruded rounds. It is the metal of choice to replace beryllium copper.

Visit our Web site for your local point of sales.

Epsilon Model 3648 High Temperature Extensometer The 3648 is designed for high temperature, low strain material testing applications. It is a water cooled capacitive device that features a slide bracket for easy mounting and low specimen contact force. Its low strain capabilities complement our comprehensive line of high temperature furnace extensometers. Learn more about Epsilon Technology.

Nylon — A Tougher Coating for Demanding

Nylon Colours Ltd.
Heavy Metal — The Right Stuff

Mi-Tech Metals

Nylon — A Tougher Coating for Demanding Environments Nylon Colours' coatings exhibit superior resistance to abrasion, impact, scratching, and solvents, compared to standard powder coatings. These properties are retained down to -40° C. Nylon coatings release dirt and contaminants easily and are low friction, making them eminently suitable for components which slide or rub.

Applied by electrostatic spray or fluidized bed.

Heavy Metal — The Right Stuff Mi-Tech Metals produces high-density tungsten heavy alloy. High-density alloys provide a unique combination of density, mechanical strength, machinability, corrosion-resistance, and economy. The physical properties of high-density alloys make them excellent materials for radiation shielding, weights, and vibration dampening.

Glass & Ceramics . . .
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Glass That Bends Instead of Breaks

Glass That Bends Instead of Breaks Imagine dropping a glass jar on your kitchen floor and instead of shattering to bits it merely gets bent out of shape. Impossible you say? Well, materials scientists have been able to increase the toughness of glass by an order of 200x. Using as their example the nacre coating on the inside of a mollusk shell, the material that gives the otherwise brittle shell its toughness, scientists used lasers to engrave networks of 3D micro-cracks in glass slides in such a way that they were able to stop the cracks from propagating and becoming larger.

Sapphire Crystal Smartphone Glass

Sapphire Crystal Smartphone Glass Could an up-and-coming new material called sapphire crystal displace Gorilla glass as the 800-pound gorilla of the smartphone market? Many tech analysts believe so. In fact, Apple could start featuring a sapphire glass touchscreen in its upcoming iPhone 6, slated for release this fall. Sapphire glass isn't glass at all but a crystal of transparent sapphire dipped in molten alumina. The material is amazingly durable and scratch-resistant, as shown in this video being put to the test against a concrete block.

Plastics & Composite Materials . . .
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Little Risk Seen in Fabric Nanoparticles

Little Risk Seen in Fabric Nanoparticles A long-term nanotoxicity study has concluded that textiles treated with antimicrobial silver nanoparticles posed little or no risk to human health or the environment. The broad-scale consumer wear test found that silver nanoparticles acted effectively against perspiration-induced bacteria, had no adverse affect on the skin's naturally occurring protective bacteria, and caused no skin irritation. Further, nanoparticles released from the tested fabrics had no negative effect on human organs or tissue and posed no serious risk to aquatic ecosystems, sewage treatment plants, or landfills.

Carbon Nanotube Fibers Best Copper

Carbon Nanotube Fibers Best Copper Copper wiring has long been the reigning material for carrying electrical current. But that could soon change, thanks to engineers at Rice University. They've made a continuous carbon nanotube fiber that can carry up to four times as much current as a copper wire of the same mass, as seen in this video. The breakthrough could make nanotube-based cable a superior platform for lightweight power transmission systems where weight is a big factor, such as in aerospace and automotive applications.

Pipe Insulation Cost Savings
Pittsburgh Corning (FOAMGLAS® Insulation)
New TURBOVAC i Series Vacuum Pumps
Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum USA Inc.

Pipe Insulation Cost Savings Significant installation cost savings in pipe insulation can be realized with the Pittsburgh Corning FOAMGLAS® ONE™ new 36 in. long insulation block. Both handling time and accessories use are significantly reduced on long pipe runs.

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New TURBOVAC i Series Vacuum Pumps The new TURBOVAC i product line from Oerlikon Leybold Vacuum comes equipped with maintenance and oil-free hybrid bearings with lifetime lubrication. The unique thermal design also optimizes the cooling of the bearings.

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Actually… It Is Easy Being Green

Indium Corporation
When Machining Technical Ceramics Has
to be Precise… Every Time

Insaco, Inc.

Actually… It Is Easy Being Green We make it easy for you to go green with our Pb-free solders. Made using In, Bi, Sn, and Ag, they're precision-engineered in low-, medium-, and high-melting point formulations.

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When Machining Technical Ceramics Has to be Precise… Every Time Insaco machines technical ceramics, sapphire, glass, and quartz materials to very precise tolerances for dimension, flatness, wedge, and cylindricity. Defense customer profile is centered on applications where tight tolerances are critical to the end-use application. Insaco is ITAR compliant, and our engineers are available to discuss concepts and material choices. Learn more.

Fibers & Fabrics . . .
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Metal May Reduce Chemo Side Effects

Metal May Reduce Chemo Side Effects As any cancer patient will attest, chemotherapy treatment can be as grueling as the disease itself. But if new findings prove out, chemo's nasty side effects could be greatly reduced. Scientists discovered that the chemical composition of commonly used chemotherapy drugs could be altered, only becoming active when they come into contact with the metal palladium. The hope is that by implanting small palladium-coated devices directly into a patient's tumors, the drugs would become activated only where needed and thus cause minimal damage to the rest of the body.

Copper Phone Networks on Way Out?

Copper Phone Networks on Way Out? Will copper communications networks soon go the way of the rotary dial phone? In the U.S. at least, probably so. The Federal Communications Commission has given the go-ahead to voice and data carriers to start trials for replacing traditional analog systems with fiber or wireless digital phone networks. The test is not of the technology itself, which already exists, but of consumer reaction to it. Carriers would benefit from the switch as they could replace old copper wires with either fiber or wireless and no longer have to invest in both the old technology and new networks.

Metals & Alloys . . .
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Something's Fishy in Bioplastics

Something's Fishy in Bioplastics The plastic wrapping on the packaged salmon you buy at your local supermarket might soon just come from the same fish. Sierra Resins, a bioplastics formulator, has teamed up with a food safety specialist from the University of Maine to create bioplastics for the food industry derived from fishing waste. Researchers believe that waste produced in commercial fisheries shows significant potential as a bio-resin.

Bees Use Plastic for Nest Building

Bees Use Plastic for Nest Building Are bees turning to human-made building materials? Apparently, in Canada they are. During a routine inspection of trap nests in Toronto to assess environmental affects on bee populations, university researchers stumbled upon two bee species using waste plastic, in this case polyurethane and polyethylene, to build brood cells in nests. Further study shows that the plastic pieces used in the nests had no adverse effect on the bees' survival to adulthood. In fact, the bees that incorporated polyethylene into their nests were all free of parasites, unlike the bees that used polyurethane. Go figure.

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A Force in the Metals Industry
Corey Steel Company
Flat Glass / Sheet Glass Washer
Niagara Systems LLC

A Force in the Metals Industry Corey Steel Company is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of cold finished steel bars who offers a wide range of aluminum and copper bar, rod, and wire products. Combining years of manufacturing experience with distribution expertise, Corey Steel Company produces the highest quality material for shipment throughout North America.

Flat Glass / Sheet Glass Washer   Niagara will custom design a flat glass washing system to meet your needs with high specification. These machines will wash and dry your flat glass in vertical or horizontal modes. The glassware will be washed to high specifications. Glassware is cleaned to electronic and medical standards and solar collector panels cleaned to spec.

Industry Standards . . .
Testing Strain in Fiberglass Pipes

Testing Strain in Fiberglass Pipes The ASTM D5365 standard test method covers a procedure for determining the long-term ring-bending strain (Sb) of "fiberglass" pipe. "Fiberglass" pipes include both glass-fiber-reinforced thermosetting-resin pipe (RTRP) and glass-fiber-reinforced polymer mortar pipe (RPMP).

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Volume 3 - Issue 3 - 03/25/2014
Beryllium-free Mold Material; High Temperature Extensometer; Nylon Coating for Demanding Environments; High-density Alloys; Pipe Insulation; Vacuum Pumps; Pb-free Solders; High Precision Machining of Technical Ceramics, Sapphire, Glass, and Quartz; Cold Finished Steel Bars; Flat Glass Washing System
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Copper Rod, Flat Wire, and Round Wire; Custom Cutting Solutions; Supplier of Hard-to-find Materials; Custom Elastomer and Rubber Compounds; High Precision Technical Sapphire and Ruby Products; Carbon Steel and Non-ferrous Metals and Alloys; Arc Flash Solutions; Resins for Assembly; Environmentally-friendly Electrodes; Tensile, Compression, and Bending Systems
Volume 3 - Issue 1 - 01/28/2014
Precision Specialty Insulation; Beryllium-free Mold Materials; Upright Materials Microscope; Forgings Production; Test Methods for Composite Materials; Aluminum Pipe Fittings and Castings; Refractory Metals and Specialty Fabricated Products; Lightweight, Load-bearing Panels; Surface Structures - 3D Visualization; Magnetic Shape Memory Alloy; Conjugate Pad
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Bio-succinic Acid; Specialty Metals; PVD Deposition Systems; High-density Alloys; Machining Technical Ceramics; Tensile, Compression, and Bending Systems
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High-density Tungsten Heavy Alloy; Heavy Gauge Stainless Steel Plate Solutions; Mechanical Wear Testing; Glass-Ceramic Shapes; Precision Machined Components; High-strength Adhesive; Recirculating Chillers; Copper Foam; Perforating Solutions; Forgings Production; Copper Nickel Silicon Alloy; Pb-free Solders
Volume 2 - Issue 9 - 09/24/2013
Variable Valve Timing Systems; Fiber and Fabric Heat Processing Solutions; Laser Fusion; Solid Carbide Drills; Materials for Complex Applications/Extreme Environments; Aluminum Pipe Fittings and Castings; Contract Manufacturing Services; Bearing Grade Composites; Precision Machining for Defense/Aerospace; Production of Special Metals; Wire 100x Thinner Than Human Hair; Quality Precision Metals
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Transforming Metal Processing and Distribution; Tungsten Alloy; Flat Glass / Sheet Glass Washer; Ultracomp Bearing Grade Composites; Finished Carbon and Alloy Bar; Tensile, Compression, and Bending Systems
Volume 2 - Issue 6 - 06/25/2013
Simplify Your Liquid Cooling System; Transforming Metal Processing and Distribution; Watch Soundproofing Demonstration; Carbon-carbon Composites; Expanded Large Bar, Up to 3.5 in.; Flat Glass / Sheet Glass Washer; Maching Technical Ceramics
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3590VHR Extensometer Calibrator System; New and Improved StormDefend FEMA Door; Increased Production Capacity; Computer Controlled High-vacuum and Hydrogen Furnaces; Limited Tooling Runs? Reduce Your Costs; When Machining Technical Ceramics Has to be Precise... Every Time
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Metals' Mettle; Top Ways to Design for Energy Efficiency; Fiber and Fabric Heat Processing Solutions; UL 94 V-0 Electrical Insulation Materials - 'The Living Hinge'; Metal Injection Molding Technology; High-strength Adhesive Resists Thermal Cycling; Industrial and Institutional Textiles
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Increased Production Capacity; Driving Fuel Savings; Copper Rod, Flat Wire, and Round Wire; Chill Out - We've Got You Covered; UNIVEX PVD Deposition Systems; Reduce Thermoplastic Composite Product Development Costs; Creating Bullet Resistant Safe Rooms
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Aluminum Pipe Fittings and Castings; Advanced Furnaces for Technical Ceramics; High-temperature Tooling Board; Tensile, Compression, and Bending Systems; Machinable Glass-Ceramic; Metal Injection Molding Technology; Specialist in Specialty Metals; Nanotechnology Third-party Test and Verification Services; Cyrogenic Insulation; Ceramic Materials Experts; Computer Simulation of Materials Properties; Perforated Metal Solutions
Volume 2 - Issue 1 - 01/22/2013
Corrosion Resistant Alloys; Cryogenic Insulation; Strong Alternatives to Conventional Materials; Sight Glasses; Computer Simulation of Materials Properties; Copper Rod, Flat Wire, and Round Wire; L75H Series Vacuum Sealed Horizontal Dilatometer; Navigating the World of Metals; The Latest in MIM Technology; Narrow Web Dieless Converting System; When Machining Technical Ceramics Has to be Precise...Every Time
Volume 1 - Issue 6 - 12/26/2012
Foam Metal Heat Exchangers; Ultrasonic Generators ; Plasti-Grit Stripping Abrasive...; Catalyst / Purifier / SCR Insulation; Metal Injection Molding; Luminox - Low Foaming Neutral Cleaner; RB-72 Robotic Grit-Blast System; Fall Protection Adjacent to Work Areas and Walkways; Antimicrobial Silicone Inflatable Seals; Improve Performance with Advanced Fiber Technology; Born to Grind - 3M Cubitron; Tool Box Work Center
Volume 1 - Issue 5 - 11/27/2012
Color Assessment Accurate-Reproducible-Easy; Global Network, Local Manufacturing; Temperature and Humidity Testing Rooms and Chambers; Electrical Engineering Ceramic Components; Carbon-carbon Composites; Corrosion Resistant Alloys; iP36-50 Modular Waterjet Intensifier Pump
Volume 1 - Issue 4 - 10/23/2012
Precious Metal-products, Catalysts, and Recycling; Temperature and Humidity Testing Rooms and Chambers; Do You Want a Better Understanding How Specific Materials Perform?; Metal Injection Molding Technology; Mo, Ta, W for Furnace Operations and Repair; 5-axis CNC Machining of Advanced Ceramics; High Performance LED Curable Compound; Technological Advances in Materials for Components
Volume 1 - Issue 3 - 09/25/2012
A Study in Sustainable Timing; Rare Earth Elements for Critical Applications ; Metal Injection Molding Technology; Custom Injection Molded Parts; Where Great Ideas Take Shape; Carbide Spiral Burr Tool for Carbon Graphite
Volume 1 - Issue 2 - 08/28/2012
Sheet Glass Washer; 90/10 and 70/30 Copper Nickel Sheet; Copper and Copper Alloy Coil and Strip; Serving Industry Since 1933; Specialty Epoxy Formulation for Electronic Applications
Volume 1 - Issue 1 - 07/25/2012
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