Manufacturing

Report on US advance ceramics markets available

By / October 4, 2011

Credit: Taiyou Research. Taiyou Research, via Research and Markets, is offering a €338 (~$450), 110-page report on the market for advanced ceramics in the United States that includes a market profile (e.g., coatings, matrix composites, monolithics, catalyst supports, electronic parts, etc.), market segmentation, industry trends and structure, profiles of the major industry players (including Kyocera, Corning,…

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Fast and economical laser finishing of glassforming molds

By Eileen De Guire / September 29, 2011

Glass forming machine with a bank of 5-20 identical sections, each of which contains one complete set of molding mechanisms to make containers. Credit: Wikipedia Laser manufacturing usually conjures images of high energy welding, rapid prototyping or precision cutting. A recent press release from Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology describes a laser manufacturing method that…

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ACerS ceramicSOURCE print deadline Oct. 1, 2011: Still time to get or update a listing

By / September 27, 2011

The new online version of The American Ceramic Society’s ceramicSOURCE directory has been well received and is constantly available for new entries and updating. However, if you or your company wants to be listed in the print version of the directory (in the December issue of the Bulletin) you only have until Oct. 1, 2011,…

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Rare earth bets becoming factor in wind turbine direct-drive generator startup investments

By / September 23, 2011

Credit: NREL. About a week ago, Boulder Wind Power, a maker of a direct-drive system with what’s been described as a low-speed permanent magnet generator for utility-scale wind turbines, announced that it had received $35 million in investment venture capital firm NEA and rare-earth producer Molycorp. Molycorp’s involvement, presumably, is based on its insights to rare-earth markets…

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PPG to offer thermochromic window system with Pleotint’s sunlight-responsive interlayer

By / September 20, 2011

Pleotint window on left darkened to neutral-gray tint as heat load increased. On the right, the window has returned to clearest state as direct sunlight decreased. Credit: PPG Industries I’ve written several times the past about electrical (e.g., Sage) and passive (e.g., RavenBrick) dynamic (chromic) window systems and how some heavy hitters, such as Saint-Gobain…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / September 12, 2011

Here’s what we are hearing: DOE finalizes $150 million loan guarantee to 1366 Technologies to drive down manufacturing costs and make American solar more competitive Materials characterization company Malvern offering free Mastersizer webcasts in English, Japanese and Chinese Sept. 14 Miele to release solar-heated clothes dryer Tosoh establishes a thin film sputtering target manufacturing subsidiary…

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MS&T’11 plenary session features NSF director, Nobel Prize winner

By Eileen De Guire / September 7, 2011

Here’s a plug for a great event coming up in just about a month. The  Materials, Science and Technology 2011 Conference & Exhibition will host an outstanding plenary session, “Grasping Excellence: Opportunities for Science and Engineering Research, Education and Workforce Development in the United States,” featuring presentations for four of the top names in US…

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Solyndra’s downfall likely to reverberate in courts, DOE, but indicative of high competition

By / September 7, 2011

This was the bad news (at least for investors) from Fremont, Calif., last week: Solyndra LLC, the American manufacturer of innovative cylindrical solar systems for commercial rooftops today announced that global economic and solar industry market conditions have forced the Company to suspend its manufacturing operations. Solyndra intends to file a petition for relief under…

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Update on Calisolar: ‘Columbus? You thought we meant Ohio?!?’

By / September 7, 2011

Calisolar’s Sunnyvale, Calif., offices. Credit: Calisolar, Wikipedia Back in July, we reported how State of Ohio and federal officials were left scratching their head when Calisolar, a company that has developed a lower-cost method of purifying cheap, low-grade silicon, suddenly pulled out of a deal that would have had the enterprise building a factory just north of…

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White House: 45 companies pledge to double engineering internships next year

By / August 31, 2011

Credit: American Society for Engineering Education/SMART. This should be welcome news (via the DOE): This afternoon, the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness along with the Business Council, Business Roundtable, US Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council announced that 45 businesses (including many big names) have committed doubling the…

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