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Published on September 8th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Published on September 8th, 2017 | By: April Gocha


AGC to build furnace in China for 11th generation TFT-LCD glass substrates

AGC Asahi Glass has announced its plans to build a furnace for 11th generation TFT-LCD glass substrates at its subsidiary, AGC Display Glass (Huizhou) Co. Ltd. in China. This investment will significantly reduce capital investment while maintaining total production capacity.


University of Southern Mississippi gains campus-wide computing cluster for research

The University of Southern Mississippi has acquired a supercomputer through an NSF grant to support research and training in computational and data-enabled science and engineering. The system enables research and education in areas of national and international importance, such as the materials genome initiative and big data science.


Robotics investment, switch to LEDs saves light plant jobs

A Pennsylvania company that has been making Sylvania light bulbs for 110 years is retaining 200 jobs and adding 20 more by adding state-of-the-art robotics technology to fuel its switch to LED light manufacturing.


Lifetime Brands acquires ceramics maker Fitz and Floyd

Lifetime Brands Inc. has acquired Fitz and Floyd, a designer and manufacturer of handcrafted ceramic tabletop products in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Lifetime Brands is a global provider of branded kitchenware, tableware and other products, including Farberware and KitchenAid.


New book: Probabilistic Mechanics of Quasibrittle Structures: Strength, Lifetime, and Size Effect

A new book by Zdeněk P. Bažant and Jia-Liang Le, Probabilistic Mechanics of Quasibrittle Structures, presents a recently developed mechanics-based probabilistic theory of strength and lifetime statistics, which aims to address the ensuing difficult challenges for safe design of quasibrittle structures.


Fraunhofer scientists developing maintenance technology to help machinery repair itself

In the European Union-funded project SelSus, Fraunhofer scientists are collaborating in a consortium with partners from research and industry to develop maintenance technology capable of forecasting machine downtimes in production before they occur.


Export success offsets declining UK market for ceramics firm

Strong export growth has offset declining U.K. market conditions for Stoke-on-Trent ceramics manufacturer Churchill China. The company said recent overall revenues had increased across all its businesses, more than offsetting a quieter market and contraction in retail activity.


Lucideon webinar: Validation of additive manufactured components through specialized testing

An upcoming Lucideon webinar—Thursday, September 14 at 10:00 EDT—hosted by Julius Bonini, business manager and metallurgical consultant at Lucideon, will explore a number of analytical techniques that can be used to provide insightful competitive advantage through design and performance evaluation.


Private companies drive ‘new space race’ at NASA center

For the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, NASA says it may soon have the capability to send astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. Critical milestones are on the horizon for Boeing and SpaceX, the space agency’s commercial crew partners.


World market leaders combine strengths in ADAMOS

Through the joint venture ADAMOS (ADAptive Manufacturing Open Solutions), DMG MORI, Dürr, Software AG, and ZEISS as well as ASM PT are establishing a strategic alliance for the future topics of Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.


A Finnish industrial innovation brings local manufacturing back

The ANT Plant, a Finnish industrial innovation involving a micro-factory, is about to make a breakthrough into the U.S. market. Its concept challenges the existing practice of mass production in countries with low production costs.


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