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March 28, 2011
The AL400 system is a new plasma-enhanced, chemical-vapor-deposition (PECVD) instrument designed for the deposition of a smooth coating on rubber and elastomeric surfaces. The...
March 28, 2011
Zhejiang Dongxin Seal This firm specializes in the development and manufacture of silicon carbide, carbon graphite, hot-press graphite and other materials for sealing systems...
March 28, 2011
Oxfilm 351 is a virtually odorless coalescing agent with a boiling point of 351°C, so it has negligible contribution to a coating’s VOC (volatile organic compound) content...
March 28, 2011
Deflexion technology is a performance textile and impact-absorbing material that is designed to protect without the...
March 28, 2011
This firm is exhibiting its efficient, standard plasma system V6-G, which is designed as a compact device for industrial, small-series production as well as for low-pressure plasma treatment in R&D...
March 28, 2011
Vestolen A Rely 5922R and 5924R are the first two grades of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for piping that are manufactured in this company’s state-of-the-art facility...
October 1, 2010
As demand for rare-earth metals in a wide range of technology applications continues to increase, efforts to reestablish mining and production of rare-earth elements (REEs) is underway outside China, currently the dominant force in REE production. Future supplies of REEs and the myriad products in which they appear will depend less on absolute geological reserves and global trade politics and more on...
April 1, 2010
This month, Showa Denko K. K. (Tokyo, Japan; will begin marketing its carbon-nanotube (CNT) product, tradenamed...
September 1, 2009
Plastics are most commonly produced and sold in pellet form due to the superior handling characteristics of pellets in downstream applications. From the moment the polymer is pelletized from its molten state, the pellets or granules undergo a series of handling steps as they move from the producer to the consumer. For instance, post-pelletization steps include: • Hydraulic conveying • Drying...
September 1, 2009
The Instrument Society of America (ISA) 2009 exhibitor show Expo 2009 will be held October 6–8 at the Reliant Center in Houston. Over 300 exhibitors are expected to display automation-and-control technology products and services. The show is organized into six different tracks, including categories for safety, process automation and control, as well as a new section on energy and the environment. In...
August 1, 2009
Aculon, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.; has developed a formulation of its proprietary SAMP technology (Self-Assembled Monolayer of Phosphate) that can be used as an alternative to hexavalent chromium used in primers and conversion coatings to increase the adhesion of coatings to surfaces. The new...
August 1, 2009
The lifetime of steel bearings can be extended by up to eight times by a new synthetic diamond lubricant, according to its developer, NanoLube, Inc. (Lombard, Ill.; The lubricant consists of 0.1–4-nm diamond spheres that are dispersed in a light carrier oil (about 5 wt.%) and coated onto the bearings and other friction-prone surfaces of a machine. When the machine is activated...
July 1, 2009
Last month, Malibu GmbH & Co, KG (Bielefeld, Germany; started up a thin-film photovoltaic-module fabrication facility that is claimed to be the world’s first to eliminate the use of nitrogen trifluoride...
June 1, 2009
One of the most important factors to consider when evaluating a specialty metal for use in valves, fittings and instrumentation is its corrosion resistance or corrosion rate of the metal in the target media. Each material discussed here has its own niche, and depending on the processing environment and the needs of the application, the metal’s strengths and weaknesses may or may not be suitable. In...
May 1, 2009
Cast parts, such as engine blocks, are typically made by pouring molten metal into so-called cores — sand-based molds that have internal passages for the component to be cast. Such casting cores are typically made by reacting sand with organic binders in a curing process. In recent years, industry has been seeking alternatives to organic binders to avoid releasing toxic emissions during curing. Last...
May 1, 2009
The exceptional properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), such as high tensile strength and high thermal and electrical conductivities, have suggested a number of applications, including lightweight materials for ballistics protection, actuators for muscles or artificial muscles, filaments for light sources, electrodes, super-capacitors, and flow sensors. So, many researchers have tried to prepare macroscopic...
April 1, 2009
Many methods have been developed for the encapsulation of "active" materials within a carrier nanoparticle, such as a polymer. These composite structures can be used in many biomedical, cosmetics, and food processing applications for the controlled release of pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals, and flavors. However, most of the proposed encapsulation methods developed so far involve multiple steps...
April 1, 2009
Cambrios Technologies Corp. (Sunnyvale, Calif.; has formed a strategic partnership with Chisso Corp. ( and Sumitomo Corp. (both Tokyo; for commercialization of Cambrios’ first product, ClearOhm coating material. Targeted for the liquid crystal display (LCD) market, ClearOhm is seen as a solution to some of the problems with the currently...
March 1, 2009
A less-expensive way of making the raw materials for carbon anodes (for aluminum smelting) and graphite electrodes (used to make steel in electric arc furnaces) has been developed by West Virginia University (UWV; Morgantown, W.Va.; The conventional starting materials for making electrodes are needle-grade coke (from petroleum) and binder pitch, which comes from petroleum distillation residue...
January 1, 2009
Frequently, in chemical processing equipment it is possible to place the shaft support bearings in the chemical that is being processed. In some cases, this precludes the use of oil- or grease-lubricated bearings because the operating conditions are not conducive to the use of such materials. For example, bearings that are lubricated with oil or grease can be problematic when submerged in liquids such as...
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