Podcast: Developing a data-driven materials workforce

In the new episode of the podcast series “DataLab: The Materials Informatics Podcast,” Penn State professor John Mauro discusses opportunities, challenges, and solutions around building a successful cross-functional, data-driven research and development team.

Micromeritics releases 2019 instrument operator training schedule

Micromeritics Instrument Corporation announced its scheduled 18 training classes as part of its industry-leading “Instrument Operator” continuing education program. The two- to three-day training classes are designed to assist both beginners and experienced operators to maximize potential of their Micromeritics instruments.

Gasbarre names new manufacturing manager of Gasbarre Industrial Furnace Systems

Gasbarre announced the promotion of Jake Verdoux to manufacturing manager for Gasbarre Industrial Furnace Systems (IFS). IFS, formerly known as J.L. Becker, is located in Plymouth, Mich. and falls under Gasbarre’s Thermal Processing Systems division.

New report: Refractories market worth $26.3 billion by 2023

A new Refractories Market research report projects the refractories market will reach US$26.3 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 2.5 percent between 2018 and 2023. Unshaped refractories are projected to be largest segment of market, and growing demand from glass/ceramic industries are expected to drive market for acidic & neutral refractories.

Transparent conductive films and materials: Transition from the old to the new

The market composition of transparent conductive films and materials has not dramatically shifted for some years. However, IDTechEx Research projects that ‘new’ applications will rise to represent around half of the market within the decade.

PLG Glass acquires 50,000 sq ft Peterlee plant with £1.3m funding

PLG Glass, part of United Glass Group Ltd, bought its 50,000 sq ft facility in Mill Hill, Peterlee with help of a £1.3m (US$1.68m) loan from Lloyds Bank. Since acquisition, PLG Glass created four new jobs and expects to generate revenues of £4m (US$5.17m) by 2020.

Aggregate Industries launches high early strength concrete

Aggregate Industries developed a range of high early strength concretes specifically designed for structural, void-fill, pavement, and track bed applications. The Strike+ range, available in four different strength settings, is expected to offer high strength in various levels of consistency.

AM resin database finalized

Additive manufacturing company Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing LLC put together a database covering use of UTLEM 9085 Type I resin for fused deposition modeling additive manufacturing. The database features mechanical/physical properties and processing parameters.

Kioo Glass commissions P-D Refractories for its furnaces

Tanzanian container glassmaker Kioo Ltd commissioned a second Sorg furnace at its plant. The first furnace was commissioned in 2018 following successful refractory installation of P-D Refractories’ products, and P-D Refractories will also supply products for this furnace.

India’s Lohia Group acquires Israeli composite specialist

Indian manufacturing group Lohia acquired Israeli company Light & Strong Limited, a producer of composites for aerospace and military applications. Light & Strong Limited specialises in carbon fiber and glass fiber composite component production.

LifeSaver announces exclusive research partnership with National Graphene Institute

LifeSaver, a UK-based manufacturer of portable and reusable water filtration systems, and the National Graphene Institute at The University of Manchester will conduct an 18-month research project to develop graphene technology for enhanced water filtration.

Senegal to launch renewable energy training and research program

French investment company Meridiam launched a research-training program focused on renewable energy development in Dakar, with goal to train 200 technicians and electricians in Senegal. Technical partners of program are Higher Polytechnic School of Dakar and Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne through its photovoltaic-laboratory.

Optical Scientific Inc announces optical flow sensor developments

Optical Scientific Inc announced developments made to its advanced line of optical flow sensors. All OFS models now include MODBUS RTU Over Serial Interface mode in addition to RS-232C Serial I/O and 4-20mA Current Loop interfaces.