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Kyocera America, Inc. was recognized by Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (SAS) for Supplier Excellence in 2012, representing the company’s second consecutive 3-Star Supplier Excellence award. This honor acknowledges Kyocera’s performance in overall quality, on-time delivery, customer satisfaction, and total business and financial health. The Supplier Excellence selection process is undertaken annually by SAS to determine those most exceptional suppliers who display consistent support for Raytheon’s critical Mission Assurance. Evaluation of supplier performance includes objective data as well as input from the Raytheon buyers and Material Program managers who deal with the suppliers regularly. The winning suppliers in 2012 represented less than one percent of Raytheon SAS’ supply base.
PPG Industries’ fiber glass business is featuring industry-standard products, updates on glass operations and composition research, and information on technology currently in development during JEC Europe 2013 in Paris, March 12-14. The company is featuring its Chopvantage HP 3610 chopped fiber glass, an industry standard for hydrolysis-resistant polyamides in long-life coolant systems, is the first to have all of its ingredients approved for the positive list of the Commission Regulation (EU) 10/2011. PPG is is also displaying its The portfolio of Innofiber specialty glass composition fibers that have been updated. Finally, the company will be presenting information information on recent upgrades and reinvestment in technology and equipment for the constructions of L.E.X. and Texo texturized yarns have enabled PPG to continue offering these products to customers worldwide.
Asahi Glass Co. has made an investment totaling $2.1 million in Triton Microtechnologies Inc., which owns cutting-edge via-fill technology for interposer substrate, to enable next-generation semiconductor packaging products using ultra-thin glass. By combining its unique technologies on ultra-thin glass and micro-hole drilling process with Triton Microtechnologies’ via-fill technology, AGC will contribute to the acceleration of next-generation semiconductor packaging development using glass. Next-generation high density semiconductor packaging is a promising solution for smaller and higher-function mobile devices, and the key to this advancement is interposer technologies that interconnect the Si chip and the printed circuit board. AGC has developed carrier glass technology that enables its customers to handle ultrathin glass at their sites and micro-hole drilling technology to manufacture ultrathin glass interposers. For the commercialization of ultrathin glass interposers, the via-fill technology has been needed and this investment will help AGC to put its innovative product into practical use. Triton Microtechnologies owns a proprietary via-hole filling technology for micro-holes with a high aspect ratio. This technology uses a copper paste to fill holes, which allows a highly productive and efficient continuous processing. By using a copper paste with the same coefficient of thermal expansion as glass, this method can also help increase the quality of electrodes.
Bosch Thermotechnology is pushing ahead the market launch of future-proof energy systems. This fuel cell-based system facilitates the decentralised generation of power and heat for new and modernised one and two-family homes. It is based on a ceramic solid oxide fuel cell, operating at high temperatures of 700°C. This results in an electrical efficiency of 45 percent. As a member of the ene.field project, Bosch Thermotechnology will install some 70 of these power-generating heating systems for demonstration purposes in Germany, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France starting 2014 in order to pave the way for the market launch. Aisin Seiki supplies the power-generating module, based on the appliance already launched in Japan. Bosch Thermotechnology integrates it into an overall system in accordance with the respective requirements of the individual European heating technology markets. The ene.field project is the largest European demonstration programme for fuel cell-based solutions facilitating the decentralised generation of power and heat for residential buildings. Industrial companies, research partners and utilities cooperate in the project to promote these micro-CHP plants.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. is pleased to announce its participation in the Miami Bauxite & Alumina, Hong Kong Mines and Money, and Roth Capital conferences. On Feb 4, 2013, Orbite announced it signed an exclusive worldwide collaborative agreement with Veolia for the remediation of red mud using the Orbite proprietary processes. Veolia is the largest environmental solutions company in the world. Specific milestones were established within the agreement for the construction of a first red mud remediation plant expected to begin in 2014. These milestones include selecting the site, determining the optimal operating capacity, and concluding negotiations on the ownership and funding structure. Veolia will be the operator of the plant and intends to construct red mud remediation plants worldwide. Red mud is the caustic waste by-product of smelter-grade alumina production from bauxite ores using the industry standard Bayer process. To date there has been no commercially viable remediation technology, resulting in the disposal of red mud using vast stockpiles, or in some cases even using ocean-disposal, thus creating a long-term liability for alumina producers. There is currently an estimated 3 billion tons of red mud held in stockpiles worldwide. With over 100 million new tons produced each year by the industry, at this rate red mud stockpiles are expected to reach 4 billion tons by the end of the decade. The Orbite proprietary processes, which generate no wastes or tailings, are the only commercially viable and eco-friendly technology for remediating red mud.
Valveless, ceramic pumps from Fluid Metering Inc. provide the solution for metering high viscosity grease at low pressure for precision lubrication of industrial robot gearboxes. To maximize productivity and eliminate downtime, industrial robots require continual lubrication. The PDS-100 Programmable Dispensing System utilizes FMI’s unique valveless pumping design to accurately deliver gearbox lubricating grease, independent of viscosity. More importantly, it accomplishes this at pressures low enough to prevent any seal damage to the gearbox. The pump is available in both single- and dual-channel configurations and is easily integrated with industrial process controllers. Dispense and metering rates range from a few microliters per dispense up to 768 ml per minute continuous metering. FMI’s valveless, ceramic pumps have only one moving part in contact with the fluid. The sapphire-hard internal components and valveless design of FMI pumps eliminate accuracy drift typical of pumping systems that rely on valves, diaphragms, peristaltic tubing, and pressurized feed lines for fluid delivery.
Morgan Technical Ceramics announces its range of piezo ceramic Air In Line (AIL) sensors, ideal for use in medical equipment, including infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps, and dialysis equipment. The sensors are available as either a standard or custom-manufactured model to suit specific OEM needs, the AIL sensor can be adapted to suit tube diameter, tube holding and clamping method, additional sensing features, mounting arrangement, or interface with a disposable cassette. MTC’s standard AIL sensor includes a bubble detector for a 4-5 millimeter tube, designed to minimize the footprint with a short flexi circuit for easy connection via a standard zero insertion force connector. The sensor can be mounted in any orientation and is designed to be dry-coupled to PVC or silicone tubing. AIL sensors can be customized to meet specific OEM requirements for housing geometry, color, mounting arrangement, electrical terminations, tube diameter, adaptation to specific tubing, and any special functional features. The sensors are available in a variety of forms, from bare-tuned piezo ceramic discs or plates, to a fully functional packaged sensor.
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Kyocera’s new M-Six Shell Mill double-sided CNC cutting tool.
Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, Cutting Tool Division recently introduced its new MEW M-Four and MFWN M-Six milling cutters. The M-Four Endmills feature negative inserts that use Kyocera’s insert-forming technology, which reduces cutting forces to levels equivalent to positive inserts. The double-sided, four-edge inserts offer low cutting forces for reduced chatter, improved surface finishes, and minimized vibration. The 90-degree cutting angle features an obtuse edge for increased cutting edge toughness.The M-Six Shell Mill features a double-sided, six-edge, extra-thick insert with tough cutting edges and sharp cutting performance. The M-Six features neutral inserts applicable for shouldering, plunging, and facing, and four different chipbreakers to cover a variety of applications. Both the M-Four and M-Six Milling Cutters feature Megacoat Nano, Kyocera’s proprietary multi-layered coating technology that enables stable milling and extends tool life by reducing wear and fracture with its high hardness and superior oxidation resistance.
3M announced that its direct wholly owned subsidiary, Cyborg Acquisition Corporation, has commenced its previously announced tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Ceradyne, Inc. at a price of $35.00 per share. The tender offer is being made in connection with the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of September 30, 2012, by and among 3M Company, Cyborg Acquisition Corporation and Ceradyne, Inc., which 3M and Ceradyne announced on October 1, 2012. The board of directors of Ceradyne has unanimously determined that the offer is fair to and in the best interests of Ceradyne’s stockholders and unanimously recommends that the shareholders of Ceradyne accept the offer and tender their shares. The tender offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, unless extended.
According to a new market research report, “Smart Pill Technology Market (2012-2017),” published by MarketsandMarkets, global Smart Pill Technology Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17% reaching $965 Million by the year 2017. The research report is an attempt to unveil the incredible breakthrough in medical electronic technologies using Bio-MEMS (Biological Micro-Electro Mechanical Systems). Smart pill technology, also known as “ingestible capsule technology” incorporates miniaturized micro-electronic systems in a single chip enclosed in a small capsule. The capsule is administered orally for diverse diagnostic and biomedical applications. Capsule endoscopy is already in command in the current smart pills market. Next generation ingestible electronic capsules for drug delivery and patient monitoring are the emerging technologies under SPT.
Felix Baumgartner successfully skydived from 128,100 feet (24.2 miles, 39 kilometers, the middle of the stratosphere) above Roswell, New Mexico on Oct. 14. In doing so, he set three world records: The highest manned balloon flight, the highest skydive free fall and the first person to break the speed of sound without mechanical aid. He travelled 119,846 feet (22.7mi, 36.5km) in a free fall lasting 4 minutes 20 seconds and experienced a maximum velocity of 373 meters per second, or 833.9 mph (1342 kph). That final tidbit is probably the most exciting, as it was completely unexpected. In the stratosphere, the speed of sound is nearer 700 mph, or 313 m/s, thus Baumgartner’s max velocity of Mach 1.2. The exact stats of the jump, as measured by Baumgartner’s on-board equipment, are not yet certified by the FAI governing body.
The first of the two Phase II awards is from the US Army—”Quantitative analysis of ALON and Spinel dome blanks”—and will address the issues of the high cost of fabricating advanced multimode seeker domes. It is important to know that a starting dome blank is of sufficient quality to yield a compliant dome, prior to beginning the expensive precision fabrication. Issues such as inhomogeneity arising from stress birefringence and other causes can undermine the performance. Surmet has developed an economical preview methodology to sort good dome blanks from not so good ones. The second Phase II award is from the US Navy—”Infrared Transparent, Electrically Conductive Coatings.” During Phase I, Surmet fabricated a durable over coating to enhance an IR transparent, conductive coating. The Phase II award will allow for further development of the coating technology to improve optical properties and durability and make it valuable for wider range of MWIR applications. Additionally, thicker durable layers will be evaluated to increase the abrasion resistance of the IR transparent conductive coating.
Chemical engineer Paul Edmiston demonstrated Osorb, a revolutionary new type of material that can clean water from oil spills, detect explosives and even treat the subsurface of Superfund sites, during a webcast hosted by the National Science Foundation last year. Edmiston was working on nano-engineered glass for explosives detection, and during testing, one of the formulations instantaneously grew in size. That formulation became the first identified member of a now larger group of swellable silica-based materials. Osorb is now the principal product of a company in Wooster called ABSMaterials, and Edmiston became the company’s chief scientist. With support from the NSF, Edmiston and his colleagues at ABSMaterials are developing water remediation technologies for cities and industries-targeting everything from storm water to agricultural runoff.
Worldwide markets are poised to grow steadily as developing countries have parts of the population that achieve middle class and create demand for ceramic products. This is combined with steady demand in developed countries for ceramic materials used in industry and to keep the home livable and nice. Ceramic markets are tied to the construction industry. The middle class has a primary focus on fixing up a pleasant home. Tile and ceramic materials are key to achieving a comfortable lifestyle, in a nice home. Ceramics also are part of the steel industry as the refactory materials are key to lining the containers that are used to make steel for manufacturing automobiles. Basic steelmaking takes place in containers lined with basic refractories. These may be bricks or other ceramic material. Ceramics subsectors are being impacted by the need for the availability of raw materials. The cost structures of energy-intensive ceramics producers are becoming disadvantaged by increasing fuel prices. The ceramics manufacturing process in need of efficient energy is changing markets, hindering the competitiveness of ceramics producers without access to cheap fuels.
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Morgan Ceramics, a division of Morgan Crucible Co., one of the world’s leading advanced materials companies, continues to strengthen working relationship with Asia’s power sector to maximize efficiencies in power generation and transmission in the region. Its thermal ceramics business supplies high performance, high temperature thermal insulation solutions for heat recovery steam generation plants including global and Asian customers. Its technical ceramics business delivers precision-engineering capabilities that are increasingly being used by designers and manufacturers to develop components and subassemblies for new products aimed at meeting green standards in power delivery. Morgan Ceramics’ thermal and technical ceramics businesses are exhibiting at Power Gen Asia 2012, and is showcasing its Superwool Plus range of insulating fiber products, the company’s patented technology for energy efficient and cost effective power plants and a range of precision-engineered materials, components and assemblies that meet the demanding, ever-changing and harsh environments in power generation and transmission sectors.
In a tribute to industrial innovation and technology, Mexican President Felipe Calderón today used ceramic scissors from Kyocera in a ribbon cutting ceremony to inaugurate the Tijuana Innovadora 2012 global technology conference, which continues through October 21 at the Tijuana Cultural Center. While most scissors are everyday household items, Kyocera’s highly specialized ceramic scissors reflect the high-tech theme of the conference, which showcases the city as a center for innovation and technology. Ceramic scissors are used for specialized tasks in the laboratory and in manufacturing because they are chemically inert, non-magnetic, electrically non-conductive, and less likely to transmit electrostatic energy to semiconductors or other sensitive electronic devices. Kyocera is among more than 50 exhibitors displaying their latest products at Tijuana Innovadora. The Kyocera exhibit at Pavilion 4, directly across from Café Cecut, includes solar energy modules and semiconductor packaging products made in Tijuana and San Diego. Kyocera is also exhibiting selected products that it manufactures in other regions of the world - including innovative wireless handsets, engineered ceramic components, ceramic and cermet industrial cutting tools, and ceramic kitchen cutlery.
Matthew M. Seabaugh announced the launch of the Nexceris brand of services to continue the mission of NexTech Commercial Services, while embracing broader markets and more innovative business agreements. Seabaugh, director, says, “Nexceris will continue to help clients solve materials issues at all the stages of product development and manufacturing. This assistance includes the communication, discretion and innovative materials solutions that clients have come to expect. Nexceris is also extending its reach to manufacturers and developers in automotive, chemical production and energy storage businesses. We have already used technology from fuel cell development (advanced ceramics, catalysis and corrosion protection solutions) to improve products in these sectors.” Nexceris has also expanded its services to include electrical and electrochemical testing, catalyst performance testing and toll catalyst production. Seabaugh also say he anticipates that the most significant differences customers will notice are the new logo and e-mail address.
AVX Corp., a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, developed and supplied the 630 tantalum multianode capacitors that are responsible for powering the ChemCam laser module on-board Curiosity, which successfully landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012. The ChemCam laser module, a combination of chemistry and camera equipment, is designed to analyze the chemical composition of rocks on Mars. Curiosity successfully fired its laser for the first time on Mars, interrogating a fist-sized rock called Coronation. The laser on the rover’s ChemCam hit the rock with 30 pulses in a 10-second period, each of which delivered more than one million watts of power for approximately five one-billionths of a second. The ChemCam’s laser power sources had to meet extreme requirements, including small size, very lightweight packaging, and very high-power performance, and consist solely of well-established, high-reliability components.
The First African initiative to make hydrogen from water using green energy has been successfully installed in Morocco. The Pure Energy Centre, the UK pure fuel, renewable energy and energy storage company, in collaboration with Sahara Wind Inc. and Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, announced the completion of Africa’s first wind-hydrogen system. The hydrogen system has been installed to enable the storage of excess wind energy. The installed system demonstrates that the intermittency of the wind and excess production can be resolved. Sahara Wind Inc. of Morocco, has coordinated the installation of a wind farm consisting of three wind turbines at Al Akhawayn University, one Moroccan’s top universities. The installation of the wind turbines meant that green energy could be used around the wniversity campus. The Pure Energy Centre, an expert company in renewable and energy storage technologies, installed the hydrogen system that consisted of a hydrogen electrolyser, a hydrogen store and a fuel cell.
Sturtevant Inc., has announced the appointment of Sam Rajkovich to the position of director of sales and marketing. Sturtevant is a leading international manufacturer of material processing equipment including, crushers, fine grinders and air classifiers. ”We welcome Rajkovich to our team and look forward to him sharing his expertise and skills in further enhancing our global presence and reputation,” said W. Sturtevant English Jr., the company’s president and CEO. “I am confident he will be a strong addition to the company bringing with him a wealth of sales, management and marketing knowledge.” Rajkovich comes to Sturtevant Inc. with over ten years of international and domestic sales and marketing management experience. He earned his MBA from Ohio State University and held management positions at Tomkins Building Products and Comet Automation Systems.
(Wall Street Journal blog) For Lynas, the hurdles just keep coming. Not only has work under its recently granted operating license been suspended for at least a month by a Malaysian court, but the company now also faces more obstacles in terms of cash flow, market analysts say. While it’s likely Lynas can get through the immediate period with an expanded working capital facility, the Sydney-based company could well need alternative funding if the start-up of its newly built Malaysian refinery is further delayed. There have even been suggestions of an equity raising. To be sure, Lynas clearly ruled out an equity raising only last month and a spokesman for the company declined to comment further Thursday. However, cash flow is tight and exactly when the company may secure funds from its first rare earth sales is now uncertain. Shareholders in the Australian rare earths company had breathed a sigh of relief when Malaysian authorities finally awarded a temporary license, known as a TOL, in early September. And despite repeated legal delays since, Lynas had publicly stuck by its timetable to begin processing its first rare earths at the plant in October.
BCC Research is offering a new report on ceramic companies involved in advanced structural and technical ceramics. BCC ways the North American market for technical and advanced structural ceramics was $3.2 billion in 2010 and $3.4 billion in 2011. This value is expected to increase to $4.4 billion in 2016, a compound annual growth rate of 5.1 percent between 2011 and 2016. Bioceramics, the largest segment constituting 64 percent of the 2011 total technical and advanced ceramics market, should continue to hold that much of the market over the next five years. The advanced armor and military market is expected to show slower growth than in the recent past due to the gradual US disengagement from Iraq and Afghanistan. The qualitative and quantitative judgments in this report represent a valuable contribution to the knowledge of leading companies in advanced and structural ceramic materials, components, processing techniques, applications and markets. Though emphasis is on company expertise and their market niche, direction is given in each structural ceramic application category and their respective properties, processing technologies, and properties. Findings are based on information derived from interviews with developers, producers and potential producers of advanced structural ceramic materials, components and powders; industry experts; and people who perform R&D on monolithic ceramic and ceramic matrix composites. End users were contacted to evaluate the projected demand for technical and advanced structural ceramics. Secondary data were obtained from trade publications, technical journals, government statistics and BCC Research databases.
Think Brick Australia, the peak industry body representing the clay brick and paver manufacturers of Australia is proud to announce that judging of the annual Horbury Hunt Award, which celebrates vision and inspiration in brick architecture and design has been completed. Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on October 25. The prestigious Horbury Hunt Award was first included in the Think Brick Awards in 2006 at the request of the architecture community and named after the renowned architect of the same name. They encourage architects, designers and builders to re-think the possibilities of brick and to innovate with their creations. Each year the awards recognise Australia’s best brick architecture and craftsmanship in commercial, residential and landscape projects. They are also an exhibition of the latest building trends and products from Australian brick manufacturers.
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Harper International, world leader in thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, announced a new project with Orbite Aluminae Inc. for two high temperature systems in series for conversion of aluminum chloride. Orbite conducted on-site testing at Harper’s Technology Research Center in exploration of the best furnace design to support the 99.99+ percent purity goal of their game-changing technology. The resulting two systems include a rotary furnace for removing volatiles (calcination) and a higher temperature vertical furnace for phase transformation. Orbite’s material loses 80 percent mass as hydrochloric acid and water during the processing. In consideration of the corrosive by-products and high purity requirement, the first system is designed with a quartz tube and the second system has an alumina tube as the contact surface with the powder.
(Barrons) Three years ago, with Kyocera reeling, President Tetsuo Kuba vowed to make it stronger and bigger. He’s done just that, leading bulls to predict at least 30% more upside in its stock.When Tetsuo Kuba was promoted to president of Kyocera in April 2009, the Japanese company was marking its 50th anniversary year, but had little to celebrate. Battered by the global recession and the financial crisis, most of its main product lines-ceramic and semiconductor components, electronic devices, solar panels, copiers, and cellphones-were struggling. Profits were plummeting, and the outlook was grim. Recalls the now 59-year-old executive: “Those were rough times, but I felt like I was on some kind of divine mission to make sure that Kyocera not only survived, but moved up to a new level.” (sub. req’d)
3M will introduce an innovative new coating for photovoltaic modules and concentrated solar power mirrors at Solar Power International, September 10-13 in Orlando, Fla. 3MTM Anti-Soiling Liquid is an easy-to-apply coating designed for aftermarket use that helps solar modules stay cleaner, longer. The product significantly reduces dry dust accumulation that often occurs on sun-facing surfaces. This helps increase light transmission to the photovoltaic cells and improve overall power output. Data has shown that modules coated with the 3M Anti-Soiling Liquid generate five to ten percent more energy than uncoated modules.
Large-format glass facades are a striking element of modern architecture all over the world. They do not only create maximum transparency but also assume diverse functions to guarantee the building’s energy efficiency and utility convenience. At glasstec 2012, the leading international trade fair for the glass industry (to be held from October 23 - 26, 2012 in Düsseldorf, Germany), the glass facades topic will therefore play a key role and be an important element in several special presentations. The central contact point for all those interested in facades will be Hall 11 - the location of the “facades center” with the “competence center glass, window, facade” and the “glass technology live” special show.
The Netzsch Analyzing & Testing division and Bruker Corporation has acquired Bruker’s Thermal Analysis instruments business in Japan. Together with the international Netzsch group, Netzsch Japan will further develop, produce, distribute and service the existing and new thermal analysis product lines. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. In Japan, Netzsch was previously distributing its thermal analysis instruments via Bruker AXS K.K., headquartered in Yokohama. Japan is viewed as one of the most important markets for high-performance thermal analysis instrumentation because of their being one of the leading countries in top level materials research and development.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant in the amount of $444,555 to Youngstown State University for the acquisition of a variable scanning electron microscope, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, announced Friday. The equipment will be integrated into undergraduate and graduate programs and be used by hundreds of students at YSU and partner institutions, the congressman said, and be used to train students in science, technology, engineering and math curricula. Partner institutions include Westminster College, Eastern Gateway Community College, Poland Seminary High School and LaBrae High School, Trumbull Career & Technical Center and Mahoning Valley Historical Society.
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Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp., Chemical Sales Division, announced the introduction of its new environmentally friendly XKE-G5633 Epoxy Molding Compound. This room-temperature EMC offers an extended shelf life of up to three months, thus improving the cost of operation for manufacturers. The compound is ideal for encapsulating both ball-grid array and land-grid array semiconductor packages, offering the same high-quality encapsulation and connectivity as similar compounds that must be stored in a frozen state. Kyocera’s product, however, is stored at room temperature and ready for immediate use at all times, providing customers more flexibility in production planning and eliminating the downtime caused by traditional EMC thawing. With an extended shelf-life of three months at room temperature, Kyocera’s XKE-G5633 will help customers prevent material losses due to the significantly shorter shelf life of typical EMC products.
AVS Inc has nearly completed a four-cubic-foot Sinter HIP furnace for tungsten carbide debinding and sintering. This furnace is rated for 1,650°C, 100 bar (1,500psig), with vacuum pump package, two-stage de-wax system, hydrogen burn-off capability and a full ACE control system. The retort is 12 inches wide x a bit over 14″ high from the rollers to the roof x 50″ door to door. The four-cubic-feet of effective working volume is specified as 11″ wide x 13″ high x 48″ deep, with capacity for 250 kg of tungsten carbide. The vessel is CE marked and has been built to PED European pressure vessel requirements. The pressure vessel is also capable of meeting Chinese Pressure Vessel Code. The power supply can operate at 380 V 50 Hz or at 480 V 60 Hz.
Corning Inc. announced that its board of directors has elected Martin J. Curran to the position of senior vice president and innovation officer, a new position in the company, effective Aug. 1, 2012. Curran, 53, will report to both Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer and president, and David L. Morse, executive vice president and chief technology officer. Most recently, Curran served as senior vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber. In his new role, Curran will be responsible for leading an entrepreneurial-focused organization that will operate across all business segments to identify and develop near-term revenue opportunities. A key responsibility will be streamlining the innovation process and creating faster product development and speed-to-market.
Harper International, a world leader in thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, has been selected by Allomet Corp. for the design of a new continuous rotary furnace for the production of specialty composite metal powders. The system is engineered to drive increased throughput of Allomet’s material by many multiples over previous batch systems, significantly improving their operations via increased productivity, shorter delivery lead-times, and reduced production costs. Allomet made their selection after several process evaluation sessions at Harper’s Technology Research Center, where Harper’s experts supported the fine tuning of their carburization process. The results yielded an optimized system design, and will provide an increase in output efficiency that supports Allomet’s continuing production volume growth while minimizing new capital investment.
The TEAM Day 2012 took place on May 21, 2012, in Munich, accompanying the Ceramitec exhibition. About 100 participants from 10 countries accepted the invitation from Laeis, Alpha Ceramics, Riedhammer and Sama. The organizing companies were able to acquire top-class authors from industry and research for an interesting lecture program. After the opening speech of Pietro Cassani, General Manager of SACMI, Imola (Italy), Jon Binner, University Loughbourough (UK), gave a comprehensive overview on chances and challenges in the field of advanced ceramics seen from a European point of view. Marco Reinger, Industriekeramik Hochrhein (Ger) reported on high-quality powder for advanced ceramics and João Calado, Innovnano (P), introduced the “Emulsion Detonation Synthesis,” a new and very flexible method to produce nanoscale ceramic powder. The lecture of Rolf Wagner, H.C. Starck (Ger), illustrated by numerous examples, on the properties and applications of silicon nitride was followed by a presentation of Keith Leackfeld, GE (US) on the Durathon Battery, giving an outline on the production process in a new plant.
The company believes that this is an exciting time to be in the materials business and PPT is investing to support new clients and the growth associated with existing customers. In the last 12 months PPT has added the following capability: two rotary indirect calciners; one stainless steel double cone blender; a new powder production facility; a wet ball milling system (alumina); a new blending facility; a shuttle kiln; a particle size analyzer; and new dust-control equipment.