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Published on September 18th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on September 18th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Exploring options for glass recycling in northeast region

Manufacturers using recycled glass for making new containers, fiberglass, color-coated aggregate, concrete applications, and blasting medium, as well as collectors and processors of recycled glass, will all take part in the discussions at the Northeast Recycling Council’s Forum—Glass Recycling – Exploring Possible Solutions—on Nov. 9–10 in Providence, R.I. The Forum is an opportunity for communities, states, haulers, processors, manufacturers, and recycling trade associations to take a look at ways to bolster glass recycling and recycled glass markets throughout the Region.


New line of touch fingerprint sensors under glass launched by FPC

Swedish biometric technology vendor Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) has introduced a line of touch fingerprint sensors that can be mounted under a sheet of glass or ceramics. As part of its FPC OneTouch series, the fingerprint sensors can be used in smartphones and other mobile devices as a front mounted home button, a side button or a rear side button. This is the first line of fingerprint sensors from FPC that can be mounted under a sheet of glass or ceramics.


CeraMaterials signs on representation from Metal Pro Resources

CeraMaterials (Port Jervis, N.Y.) have signed on Metal Pro Resources as their representatives for the midwest, including Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsyvania, Kentucky, and Indiana. Metal Pro Resources is a full service supplier to the heat treat industry. Ceramaterials is an international supplier of graphite and ceramic insulation, carbon composites, machined graphite, ceramics, and moly products mainly for vacuum and process furnace applications.


Saft America awarded $6.1M for development of lithium-ion battery tech

The U.S. DoE and the Advanced Battery Consortium have collaborated to award $6.1 million to Saft America for the development of 12-volt stop-start battery technology. The 30-month contract follows research completed with the USABC for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development, as well as another contract to create lithium-ion battery systems which benefit hybrid electric vehicle applications.


Alcoa expands R&D center to deepen additive manufacturing capabilities

Lightweight metals leader Alcoa is expanding its R&D center to accelerate the development of advanced 3-D-printing materials and processes. Alcoa will produce materials designed specifically for a range of additive technologies to meet increasing demand for complex, high-performance 3-D-printed parts. The $60 million expansion is under construction at the Alcoa Technical Center, the world’s largest light metals research center near Pittsburgh, Penn.


U.S. Commerce Department gives small businesses $3.2M for innovation research

The U.S. Commerce Department announced that 20 small businesses will receive $3.2 million in grants to spur American innovation and competiveness through federally funded research and development from NIST. The businesses, which range in size from one to 24 employees, will receive Phase I or Phase II funding through NIST’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.


Murata collaborates with Silicon Labs on IoT matching device

Murata Americas announced the availability of its LFD21891MMF3D931 high frequency matching device for use in sub-GHz 802.15.4 wireless Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Designed in collaboration with Silicon Labs, this solution incorporates all the necessary components in an ultra compact package. Encapsulated in a low profile device, the footprint is approximately 75% smaller than traditional discrete components.


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