Ceramics and glass business news of the weekPublished on March 22nd, 2012 | By: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Abakan Inc. is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, MesoCoat Inc., has successfully completed a major milestone by cladding the inside diameter of steel pipe with corrosion and wear resistant alloys and expects to complete qualification with several oil majors within the next six months. Metal cladding for wear and corrosion protection is a $3.8 billion global market of which approximately 50% is for coating steel pipes which are used in the oil and gas, oil sands, mining and processing industries. The cladding of steel pipe is expected to double over the next four years because almost all of the new oil and gas fields being developed today are highly corrosive.
If you were not able to listen to Brookfield’s live teleseminar with Lori Boggs last month, you can catch up on everything that you missed by visiting the ViscosityJournal.com now. The interview is available, in its entirety, for your listening pleasure. During the interview, Boggs reviews “Autocoats: Which Viscosity Test Method Should Be Used.” Testing the viscosity of coatings in the automotive world requires a range of devices and instruments, ranging from Zahn Cups to Stormer Viscometers and Cone/Plate Rheometers. Boggs explains which one should you use and why. She also answers whether or not you can get by with a single instrument to do it all. Boggs is an experienced veteran in the autocoats business at BASF.
3M announced that Zirkonzahn GmbH has become the latest dental company to license 3M’s patented technology that enables the coloring of zirconia-based dental restorations. This technology improves esthetics for patients by enabling the color matching of dental restorations to the natural color of the patients’ teeth. Since 3M’s development and launch of this game-changing technology, much of the industry colors dental zirconia using this process.
Morgan Thermal Ceramics has available Superwool HT Felt and Superwool HT Millboard, ideal for fabricating gaskets and heat shields for industrial appliances, including ovens, fryers and cooking equipment. The lightweight, multipurpose products are available in a full range of sizes, thicknesses and densities and offer equivalent performance to traditional refractory ceramic fiber insulation in many applications. Superwool fiber was developed to provide the improved high temperature characteristics required to be an alternative to RCF. Superwool fiber products feature low bio-persistence and felt and millboard made from Superwool fiber are fully exonerated from any carcinogenic classification under nota Q of directive 97/69 EC issued by the European Union. They are not restricted by European REACH regulations.
Alfa Aesar, a Johnson Matthey Company, has published a new High-purity Metals and Materials Catalog that highlights Alfa Aesar’s entire range of metals and alloys from aluminum to zirconium, featuring purities up to 99.9999%. Products are offered in a broad variety of forms, including wires, foils, slugs, targets, powders, thermocouple wires and many more. In addition to the pure metals and elements section, the new 340-page catalog includes sections on metal gauzes, carbon/graphite, ceramics, evaporation materials, nanomaterials, brazing products, fuel cell catalysts, optics and crystals, labware and equipment and more. To request a free copy of the catalog, contact Alfa Aesar at 800-343-0660 or email.
With their much flatter profile, the new OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs provide the basis for compact spotlights with an extremely narrow beam and high luminance. These LEDs are ideal for moveable stage lights, known as moving heads, which provide powerful light beams for rock concerts and other impressive lighting arrangements. Instead of the usual lens, OSRAM Ostar Stage LEDs have a flat glass cover with an anti-reflective coating, giving the LED a much flatter profile. It is now only 1.23-mm high — one quarter of the usual height. Spotlights can therefore be made much more compact.
The glass cover on the new LEDs has been optimized for injecting the light into lens systems. Its etendue (the emission angle/area ratio of the emitting light surface to the projected light surface) in conjunction with customer optics enables a very narrow beam of light (+/- 9°) to be produced. This beam is smaller (by a factor of 2) than spotlights based on plastic-encapsulated LEDs. This optimum bundling of the light increases the luminance of the spotlight also by a factor of 2.
LM Wind Power’s 73.5-meter blades became the first 70+-meter blades to be installed when Alstom inaugurated the largest offshore wind turbine in the world on Mar. 19, 2012, at Carnet in the Loire-Atlantique region of France. The composite structures have been developed specifically for Alstom’s Haliade 150-6 MW wind turbine in a close collaboration between the two companies to boost energy capture while keeping loads down. The innovative blade design has already been through several rounds of testing before being installed on the turbine in France. LM Wind Power’s technology enables it to design and manufacture relatively lighter glass fiber and polyester blades for the length, but above all, LM Wind Power has proven ability to handle the industrialization of these blades, which is not easy. Alstom’s turbine has been EDF-EN/Dong Energy’s choice developed in response to a call for tenders launched by the French government that aims to install 3 GW of wind turbine power off French shores by 2015. Depending on the results of the tenders to be announced in April, Alstom and LM Wind Power plan to establish a blade manufacturing facility in Cherbourg with the capacity to produce up to 100 sets of 73.5-meter blades a year. Production is planned to start in 2016.
With deference to the ceramic industry’s need to conserve energy, drying specialist Lippert has designed an high performance, energy-efficient economical plaster-mold dryer. Thanks to the dryer’s high airflow velocities and relatively low process temperatures, the resultant modest differential between the plaster-mold temperature and the process temperature rewards the user with a very good thermal profile and accordingly gentle, stress-free drying. At the same time, the new approach sensationally shortens the accustomed drying times and lowers energy consumption to match. The modular, fully preassembled dryer can be installed by the customer’s own personnel. Even the electrical installation is easy, because the system is fully hard-wired to plug-in status. All the customer needs Lippert’s help for is the dryer’s commissioning.
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