Polyethylene terephthalate is halogen-free and flame-retardant

Federal-Mogul has developed a polyethylene terephthalate yarn that is halogen-free, flame-retardant and meets the 'flaming drip' requirement of UL 1441 VW-1

New grades of under-bonnet plastics use recycled content

DSM Engineering Plastics is to commercialise its Akulon RC family of post-industrial recycled grades of PA6 for use in automotive under-the-bonnet applications

Artificial skin protects robots and personnel

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute have made further improvements in skin-type sensors that can be used to provide protection in robotic applications

Compact linear modules are lightweight and low-noise

Compared with alternatives, Schunk says its new D 90 compact linear modules offer lower weight, friction-free and noiseless running, and low maintenance

Novel bearing material is superior in corrosive environments

NSK says its ES1 bearing material offers superior performance compared with conventional stainless steels when used in corrosive environments

High-performance thermoplastic copolyester with renewable content

DSM Engineering Plastics' Arnitel Eco material is a high-performance thermoplastic copolyester in which a proportion of the content is derived from renewable resources

Upgrade for metallurgical test lab

Equipment that enables manual to semi-automated metallographic sample preparation

Selector enables hybrid materials to be analysed

Granta Design's CES Selector 2010 offers a new Hybrid Synthesizer add-on tool to enable users to investigate alternative material configurations

Combining plastics with carbon nanotubes

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have devised a new way to treat nanoparticles that makes it easier to mix them with plastics

Ceramic coating technology benefits racing cyclists

Zircotec's process for applying ceramic coatings to composite components is being used to improve the braking of bicycles equipped with carbon-composite wheel rims

Materials management software benefits from user feedback

Granta Design is releasing Granta MI 4.0, which features new data and capabilities for those working with composites, steel and medical devices

Fibre-reinforced PA66 achieves high surface finish

3B and Lati have developed Latigloss fibre-reinforced Polyamide 66 grades that offer structural strength and a high-gloss surface finish

Remelt capacity expanded

Sapa Profiles UK Ltd is investing in the remelt facilities at its Tibshelf, Derbyshire, UK, plant

Diamond-like coatings now better suited to industrial applications

Diarc is manufacturing a new diamond-like coating in higher volumes to suit a wide variety of industrial applications where friction and wear need to be controlled



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