PLANTS, CENTERS, AND FACILITIES
Nippon Sheet Glass Group started operation of a previously dormant float furnace in Vietnam. It will produce transparent conductive oxide coated glass for solar panels and is one of two lines at the site.
Composite materials and components developer and manufacturer Materials Sciences LLC is committing $4.2 million to open a second facility in Greenville, S.C., that will expand the company’s manufacturing capabilities.
Gasbarre Thermal Processing Systems recently commissioned a precision gas nitriding and ferritic nitrocarburizing furnace for a prominent commercial heat treating company located in the Midwestern United States. The furnace uses Super Systems, Inc. controls for automatic KN and KC control to AMS 2759/10 and AMS 2759/12 specifications.
ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. announced the grand opening of its Guelph facility on March 3, 2020. The facility will be used for small scale pilot plant production to produce future Albany Pure graphene products as well as further research and development work.
ACQUISITIONS AND COLLABORATIONS
Schott announced at Photonics West 2020 that WaveOptics, a designer and manufacturer of waveguides for AR wearables, will base its next-generation waveguide technology initially with its Katana design, exclusively on the SCHOTT RealView product line of high-index glass wafers with 1.8 RI.
Indiana-based Lippert Components selected A+W Software as their glass processing software partner at the company’s newest fabrication facility in Bristol, Indiana. One type of glass fabricated at the new facility will be safety glass for school buses and RVs.
Glass manufacturing group AGC Glass Europe and Citrine Informatics are collaborating to use artificial intelligence to accelerate the development of next-generation glass. Citrine Informatics is a technology platform that harnesses the power of AI to bring new materials to market faster and capture materials-enabled product value.
Allied Mineral Products, LLC., a global refractory manufacturer, purchased the intellectual property rights to a collection of industry-leading products for the aluminum industry previously owned by Westmoreland Advanced Materials, Inc.
IMFORMED’s upcoming Mineral Recycling Forum 2020, taking place in Aachen, Germany, from March 10–11, 2020, will bring together an expert panel to discuss the latest trends and developments in recycled mineral sourcing, supply, processing, quality control, logistics, and crucially, their market applications.
Engineered ceramics company Vesuvius plc announced that Friederike Helfer, a nonexecutive director of the Company, was appointed to the Supervisory Board of thyssenkrupp AG with effect from the close of their AGM on 31 January 2020.
Global standards developer ASTM International announced the F42 additive manufacturing technologies committee is currently developing a standard for the laser powder bed fusion 3D printing process.
U.S. container glass manufacturer Anchor Glass appointed industrial engineering group Fives for a complete forehearths system reconstruction project at Anchor’s Lawrenceburg facility in Indiana.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $125.5 million in new funding to advance solar technology research. In addition, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced up to $43.8 million to advance geothermal research and development.
EKANS, a new ransomware first publicized about this month, is specially designed to target industry by terminating 64 different software processes on victim computers, including many that are specific to industrial control systems.
In a technical Tuesday feature for Heat Treat Today, Dan Szynal, vice president of engineering and technical service at Plibrico Company, provides best tips for refractory engineers and managers to use in achieving an improved anchor design.
After a debate that had raged on for more than 10 years, the European Parliament finally voted in a landslide 582-40 decision to create a standard charging solution for all phones and other small to medium-sized mobile devices.
The Marin County California Low Carbon Concrete Code, which went into effect last month and applies to all private and public construction projects involving concrete, is the first in the U.S. to address the negative environmental externalities of concrete when it added a mandatory low carbon concrete specification to the Marin County Building Code.
Giatec, a concrete testing technology developer and manufacturer, announced at World of Concrete 2020 that their flagship product, SmartRock, was completely redesigned, making it the world’s most powerful concrete sensor on the market.
Keyence’s VR-5000 is a noncontact 3D measurement system that scans up to a 4” by 8” area and measures 3D profiles, roughness, flatness, and allows the user to compare their parts directly to a CAD model.
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