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Materials/Processes

'Urban mining' of LEDs

UBC’s urban miners keep LEDs out of landfills

Custom piezoceramic microtubes

Developed following increasing demand for ever smaller piezoelectric components

The new AM reality is coming

“Playtime’s over, but don’t panic,” says Materialise. Additive Manufacturing is on the cusp of going mainstream


The testing tribulations of graphene

The market for graphene may still be in its infancy, but the material is already being hailed as one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. John Cove discusses the impact this technology will have on product design and manufacturing

Circular economy initiative

The circular economy principles of re-use and recycle are enabling one global manufacturer to significantly improve its environmental health and safety targets, and turn waste furnace rock into new roads

New encapsulation resins

Electrolube launches new encapsulation resins at Electronica 2016

Next-gen silcon photonics

Doris Knauer reports on automatic testing of photonics components

Innovations in coating processes

Jürgen Diesing reveals how hard anodising and electroless nickel plating are the main pillars of a coating service offering by an established expert in the sector

Rupture discs to the rescue

Roger Bours reveals how a pharmaceutical company has achieved cost savings and increased plant reliability via a smart approach to rupture discs

A specifier’s guide to choosing the right filled PTFE material

Phillip Charlton explores the main types of filled PTFE compounds, detailing the enhanced properties delivered by some key material combinations

Three reasons to wave goodbye to steel

Composite materials are not a new concept, but advancements in technology mean that these materials are beginning to surpass traditional building resources in popularity. Nick Cowley explains the advantages of choosing a composite over steel

Tribo-tape liner for stressed surfaces

Tape offers a low coefficient of friction, and is lubrication and maintenance-free

Wear-resistant tribo-powder for 3D SLS printing

Parts are three times more wear-resistant than those printed from standard materials

Rust-preventative coatings

Peter Crossen looks at the differences temporary rust-preventative coatings from permanent ones, when each should be used and – most importantly – how choosing the right one can save businesses from costly breakages or downtime

Water-based acrylic coating fully protects concrete

It may also be applied to protect the concrete structural elements of industrial, commercial and residential buildings

Top three industrial trends in 2016

With 2016’s first round of industrial trade shows having happened across April, we are already able to see the industry trends which will be revolutionising the industry. John Cove looks at these developing industrial concepts and how they can become a reality in the near future

Carbon graphite vane material

Reduces the processing time and effort for vanes in electric vacuum pumps within the automotive sector

Springs and rings get smaller

New advances in ring and spring manufacturing

Anodising line enhances finishing service

The installation comprises some 40 polypropylene tanks installed in-line

High dynamic temperature control systems

Suited for applications such as reactors, mini-plants, pilot plants, material testing stands, micro-reactors

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