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Published on June 10th, 2013 | By: pwray@ceramics.org


Ceramics and glass business news of the week

Published on June 10th, 2013 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

PPG publishes updated Starphire glass edge color guide

PPG Industries has updated the Starphire glass edge color guide, which highlights the unique jewel-like blue edge appearance of Starphire ultra-clear glass in varying lengths. Traditional clear glass displays a light green cast that gets darker as the glass gets thicker and longer. When Starphire glass, the industry’s clearest and most transparent commercial glass, is manufactured and cut in longer lengths, its superior clarity produces an attractive color that adds brilliance to the edges of countertops, tables, glass doors, room dividers, shower enclosures and other decorative elements. The differences between Starphire glass and other traditional clear glass products are demonstrated in the brochure using three-dimensional renderings. A chart illustrates their color edge appearances in thicknesses of 6, 12 and 19 millimeters, and in lengths of up to 130 feet.


OC announces acquisition of Thermafiber

Owens Corning announced that it has completed the acquisition of Thermafiber Inc., a leading manufacturer of mineral wool commercial and industrial insulation products. The acquisition, which includes a 145,000-square-foot manufacturing location in Wabash, Ind., provides Owens Corning with a broad insulation portfolio now encompassing fiberglass, foam, and mineral wool insulation products. “Mineral wool insulation adds to our product portfolio and helps us to provide access to high-temperature commercial building applications,” says Joe Ochoa, OC vice president and general manager of engineered insulation. Thermafiber’s insulation products support fire block, fire blankets, and curtain wall applications spanning the commercial, residential, and industrial markets. Thermafiber insulation contains up to 90 percent recycled content and is non-combustible, inorganic and mold-resistant.http://www.ngk.co.jp/english/news/2013/0604.html


NOx Sensor Wins Ceramic Society of Japan’s Technology Award

NGK Insulators Ltd. (Nagoya, Japan) has won the Technology Award at The Ceramic Society of Japan’s 67th Japan Ceramic Society Awards Ceremony for development and commercialization of a built-in nitrogen oxide sensor for automotive emissions applications. Mounted in automotive exhaust pipes, the units provide real-time NOx measurement at the ppm level and allow detected values to be used for emissions control. The company said it currently is delivering more than 3 million of the sensors annually and expects demand to increase as global automotive emissions regulations get tougher.


Corning celebrates opening of Clayton optical connectivity technology manufacturing facility

Corning Cable Systems Australia, part of Corning Inc.’s telecommunications segment, hosted a grand opening ceremony for a new manufacturing facility for optical connectivity cabinets at its Clayton site, near Melbourne. The plant opening completes the third and final phase of Corning’s commitment to provide local manufacturing and assembly capacity—in this case, key Fiber-to-the-Home technology—to meet the needs of Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout. Corning has invested approximately $40 million in its Clayton operations, related equipment, and personnel training. Its local presence and community commitment have enabled Corning to create a new business opportunity within the greater Clayton area by locally sourcing sheet metal housing for the FDH cabinets. “Corning is a primary NBN Co supplier and has developed cutting-edge optical technology that will help network reliability, improve deployment speed and reduce costs. The fibre being used in the NBN rollout is the most future-proof technology available – it is cost effective, reliable and has incredible capacity to deliver Australia’s broadband needs now and into the future,” says Stephen Conroy, minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.


Kemet receives three supplier excellence awards from TTI

Kemet Corp., a leading manufacturer of tantalum, ceramic, aluminum, film, paper, and electrolytic capacitors, is proud to announce that it has been awarded TTI’s Supplier Excellence Award for the Americas, Asia and Europe. This coveted award represents the highest recognition possible of a supplier’s performance within TTI. “We are extremely pleased to receive the ‘TTI Supplier Excellence Award’ in the Americas, Asia and Europe again this year. Earning the award in the Americas every year since TTI began the award in 1995 is extremely gratifying,” says Jim Bruorton, Kemet vice president, global distribution sales and business development. “The entire Kemet team from corporate management, to sales, to inside sales and service, quality and manufacturing work every day to make sure we exceed the ‘Supplier Excellence’ criteria. Our goal is to earn the TTI Supplier Excellence Award every year in all three regions,” continues Bruorton. TTI Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a specialty distributor of passive, interconnect, electromechanical and discrete semiconductor components.


Discover antimicrobial ceramic product protection through Microban

Numerous ceramic products can attract stain and odor causing bacteria due to moisture, heat and humidity. These microorganisms can double every 20 minutes on unprotected surfaces, greatly increasing chances for unattractive stains and product degradation. Advanced ceramic technologies combat the uncontrolled growth of microbes with unique antimicrobial compounds that best fit specific product needs. Whether you’re looking to create an antimicrobial ceramic product technology in sanitary ware or flooring, our antimicrobial ceramic technologies work throughout product lifetimes. Deliver increased stain prevention through antimicrobial ceramic product protection in your bathtubs, pools, showers and sinks. Provide your customers with mold-inhibited paints for remodeling projects. With specially designed ceramic technologies, Microban provides products with reliable, built-in protection. Day in and day out, Microban protection will work around the clock to disrupt and inhibit microbial reproduction the naked eye cannot detect. Differentiate your products with cutting-edge Microban ceramic technologies for added product durability and increased cleanliness. From ceramic kitchen flooring to individual bathroom tiles, the Microban brand can revolutionize your company with valuable antimicrobial ceramic product protection.


APC now offering lead metaniobate

APC International Ltd. is now adding lead metaniobate to its family of materials. Is your transducer application used in a high-temperature environment? Consider using APC 3181, with a Curie temperature above 450°C. Do you want to drive an NDT transducer at high frequency? Check out APC 3383, a material with high coupling factors and low dielectric constant. Would greater signal strength better serve your application? Explore the option of APC 3285 and avoid sacrificing gain. Lead metaniobate parts are available with fired on silver or gold electrodes.


Murata begins ‘multimodal sensor’ proving tests on tsunami-damaged farmlands, aims to develop real-time soil diagnosis technology with wireless sensor networks

Murata Manufacturing Co. has developed a soil monitoring system that combines wireless communications with multimodal sensors that measure the electrical conductivity (EC), temperature, and pH of soil. Murata has begun conducting proving tests on tsunami-damaged farmlands. The multimodal sensors enable monitoring of soil conditions, including salinity and nutrient concentration. During the proving tests, Murata staff members are monitoring soil EC and temperature to measure salinity. Measurement data is being collected wirelessly and will be used to observe and analyze soil conditions for half a year, from spring rice planting to autumn harvest. Kazuaki Sawada and Masato Futagawa, both of the Toyohashi University of Technology, are helping to develop the multimodal sensors. Hitoshi Kanno (Tohoku University Graduate School of Agricultural Science) and Tsutomu Kikuchi (Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering) are assisting with the soil component analysis and proving tests. Murata hopes to contribute to the further development of agriculture by expanding its lineup of sensors essential for advanced agriculture and through systems containing wireless communications modules.


DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. statement on discontinuation of Ultamet metal-on-metal and Complete ceramic-on-metal hip systems

DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., announced its decision to discontinue sales of its Ultamet metal-on-metal articulation and Complete ceramic-on-metal acetabular hip system worldwide. The discontinuation will be effective Aug. 31, 2013. This will allow surgeons to plan accordingly for upcoming surgeries. The ceramic head used in Complete will continue to be available for use in other bearing surface combinations. The metal liner that is being discontinued is used in both Ultamet and Complete. The liner is designed exclusively for use with DePuy’s Pinnacle acetabular cup system, the Pinnacle cup is not impacted by this discontinuation. The Pinnacle cup system is one of the most widely used and clinically successful modular acetabular systems for hip replacement and will continue to be offered with both medical-grade plastic and ceramic liners. The decision to discontinue Ultamet and DePuy made the decision to discontinue these products because of low clinician use of Ultamet and Complete, the availability of other options that meet the clinical needs of patients, and proposed changes in FDA regulation of the entire class of metal-on-metal products, which includes Ultamet.

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