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The fibre composite market: a land of opportunities

There is a wealth of innovation, supply chain turbulence, and specific growth areas in the composites market, says Dr Richard Collins

Going soft with robotics

Jonathan Wilkins explains the applications of soft robotics in manufacturing

Camera-equipped smart lock

Home access solution provides door entry with or without a key

Safer, harder coatings

Harder film with heat and chemical resistance offers an attractive bright silver finish

An illuminating concept

Julia Vorley details how an LED potting problem in India was resolved in less than 24 hours via the use of an innovative resin product

Surface modification technologies for next-gen medical devices

Plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition of silicon dioxide coatings is bringing new technology to future medical products and legacy devices

'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

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

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