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March 9th, 2012

Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on March 9th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

New American Aerogel reusable insulation pack. Credit: American Aerogel.

Here is what we are hearing:

Ceralink opens new materials testing facility specializing in services for ceramic matrix composites

Ceralink Inc. announced the opening of its new materials testing facility located in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Ceralink Materials Testing will specialize in advanced materials testing services for ceramic matrix composites. Ceralink MT is now offering high cycle fatigue testing of CMCs at temperatures up to 2,500°F. The new 6,400 sq. ft. testing facility houses multiple servo-hydraulic fatigue testing frames and various thermophysical analysis instrumentation. Creep rupture and environmental exposure capabilities will be added in the near future as well. Ceralink R&D, in Troy, N.Y., continues to offer advanced materials consulting services, including stress and fracture behavior of ceramics.

Suetholz appointed to be Stedman’s central U.S. sales manager

Suetholz has been appointed as the central United States sales manager for Stedman Machine Company. Suetholz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He has over 17 years of experience in capital equipment sales in the mining, steel and various other heavy industries throughout North America. Suetholz’s responsibilities include selling crushing equipment and size reduction systems in the central U.S. Stedman is the originator of the cage mill, is an industry leader of size reduction equipment, and has a full line of crushing equipment, full-scale test plant and the ability to improve size reduction processes in a wide range of industries.

LCTI’s technology provider is part of a consortium that has been awarded a $10M European Union grant

Low Carbon Technologies International Inc. announced that one of its technology providers, Zero Carbon RDL, is part of a consortium which has been awarded a $10 million European Union grant to develop and demonstrate “state of the art” energy efficient new and innovative low carbon technologies and solutions for retrofitting and performance monitoring of a number of typical residential buildings in EU countries. The low-carbon technologies envisaged for envelope retrofitting include various types of insulation materials such as Aerobel/aerogel, starch micro-porous insulation, vacuum insulated panels, smart windows, surface coatings, multi-functional lightweight materials integrated with phase change material for thermal storage and integrated heat recovery panels. Energy efficient solutions will also be deployed including energy efficient lighting using LED and light pipes, energy efficient HVAC such as natural ventilation, passive heating/cooling, heat pumps integrated with heat recovery and thermal storage, and renewable energy systems based on solar thermal and photovoltaics.

Lux Research releases top 10 innovative companies profiled in Q4 2011

Leading emerging technology research firm Lux Research profiled 262 companies across 12 different emerging technology domains in the fourth quarter of 2011 as part of its ongoing intelligence services. Drawing on the deep domain expertise of its analysts, Lux Research uses primary research to provide detailed information and critical analysis of firms developing emerging technologies that are poised to impact global megatrends like sustainable energy and infrastructure, sustainable health and wellness, and materials revolutions. Each quarter the Lux Research team of analysts identifies the 10 most compelling companies profiled across all its coverage areas. In brief, Proterro stands out for its disruptive potential, while Diamon-Fusion, Topell Energy, and eiQ Energy make the grade with well-executed business strategies, says Lux Research.

MicroActive: Micromeritics new innovative interactive data analysis software

MicroActive data analysis software allows users to interactively evaluate isotherm data from Micromeritics’ ASAP, TriStar and Gemini gas adsorption instruments. Interaction with adsorption data is direct. Users can easily include or exclude data, fitting the desired range of experimentally acquired data points. Interactive data manipulation minimizes the use of dialog boxes to specify calculation parameters allowing accurate and efficient determination of surface area and porosity of their materials. By simply moving calculation bars with the cursor, the user is immediately updated with the new textural properties. One-click access to important parameters allows the user to focus on the result rather than the parameters. It is not necessary to generate reports to view results – now see it graphically and interactively on the screen. Screen layout has been designed to provide a user-friendly interface. Rapidly switch between a user-selectable experimental data view and traditional advanced or basic views. Isotherms can be viewed on either a linear or logarithmic scale, available to the user under each calculation model.

American Aerogel reduces costs, waste with new reusable containers for cold-chain shipping

American Aerogel is adding to its family of Aerocore custom packaging solutions with the highest thermal insulation available: an R-value of 50-for shipping cold-chain products with less coolant. The bright-blue, corrugated shell has a plastic coating for durability, and an optional handle to serve as a carrying case. Aerocore Vacuum Insulated Panels maintain a temperature longer to extend shipping and temporary storage times. This, paired with the reusable design, can lower shipping costs by as much as 70 percent. American Aerogel’s insulation also aids in reducing energy consumption used in the shipping process and waste with recyclable, reusable packaging materials.

Oxford Instruments announces the new handheld XRF analyzer X-MET7500 for professional materials analysis of light elements

Oxford Instruments has a new member of its handheld XRF analyser X-MET7000 series, the X-MET7500. It delivers fast and accurate analysis of the widest variety of materials, including trace elements and light elements (from magnesium) analysis, without the need for helium purge or vacuum pump. This new look and feel now is packed with top-of-the-range features, a new user-friendly software, powerful reporting tools and the longest battery life on the market. The X-MET7500 comes with the same benefits as the X-MET7000 and with additional analytical capability. To ensure total flexibility, the X-MET7500 includes Oxford Instruments’ X-ray tube and Silicon-drift detector (SDD).

Vishay Intertechnology honored with Global Operations Excellence Award

Vishay Intertechnology announced that it has received the 2011 Global Operations Excellence Award from TTI, Inc., one of the world’s leading electronics distributors. This is the ninth time since 1996 and the sixth time in a row Vishay has won the North America Supplier Excellence Award, making the company a Platinum level award winner. The TTI supplier awards program is centered on quality measurements that include on-time delivery, receiving quality, customer-reported quality, administrative quality, operations, and business systems. In addition, there are performance measurements such as sales and management support. Vishay Intertechnology is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, MOSFETs, and infrared optoelectronics) and passive electronic components (resistors, inductors, and capacitors). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, power supplies, and medical markets.


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