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Product Profile: Optical Dilatometer

Optical systems offer contact-free measurement.
June 3, 2013

Linseis Instruments recently announced the release of the new DIL L 74 optical dilatometer. The instrument reportedly offers many advantages compared to traditional push-rod dilatometers.


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Analyzing Zinc Oxide Particles

Researchers performed a simultaneous TG/DSC study of thiol-capped ZnO nanoparticles with an evolved gas analysis by FTIR and MS.
June 3, 2013

Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles are under investigation for the synthesis of materials with tunable magnetic and electric properties and for possible medical applications in cancer therapy. In this study, a sample of thiol-capped ZnO nanoparticles was studied by simultaneous thermogravimetry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) using a NETZSCH STA 449 F1 Jupiter® thermal analyzer.


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Improving HTCCs and LTCCs

It is possible to achieve high print quality and layer-to-layer alignment on HTCC and LTCC processes through diligent process control.
June 3, 2013

Ceramic substrates are used as microelectronic interconnect devices in applications where the device will see high load, high temperature and high shock, and require high reliability.


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Product Profile: Machinable Glass Ceramic

MacorĀ® is an engineering material that can quickly be designed into complicated shapes using conventional metalworking tools.
June 3, 2013

Corning Macor® machinable glass ceramic is a recognized technological innovation, as well as a technical solution for a wide range of industrial applications.


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Industrial Production of Nanofibers

Nanofiber technology can provide many benefits to the advanced ceramic composite industry.
June 3, 2013

Materials science is the grandfather of nanotechnology. Industrial materials companies are hot on the heels of the latest nanotechnology research in the ever-present quest for a competitive advantage that can help their products perform better, last longer and cost less.


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Thermal Processing Optimization: Using Advanced Rotary Tube Internals

Advanced rotary tube internals can help manufacturers achieve operational improvements.
May 1, 2013

Due to its inherent characteristics, the thermal processing of powders (including calcination, sintering, carburization, etc.) is primarily performed in rotary tube furnaces.


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Acme Brick Reopens Texas Plant

The Bennett plant reopening is in response to an improving homebuilding market.
May 1, 2013

Acme Brick Co. recently celebrated the first load of brick produced at its newly reopened Bennett, Texas, plant facility.


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Open for Business: Taking Advantage of Economic Development Incentives

Manufacturers can use economic development incentives to boost profits.
May 1, 2013

Companies that are starting up, moving or expanding may be able to tap into state and local economic development incentives to save significant money and improve profitability.


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Ceramic Material Screening

Manufacturers should consider size specifications and available features when selecting a material screener.
May 1, 2013

Screening is an essential aspect of processing ceramic materials. An array of commercial applications for ceramics—from building materials to aerospace—is facilitated by the diversity of available ceramic products.


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Monitoring Combustible Gases in Kilns

Monitoring combustible gas concentrations can improve safety and increase understanding of the firing process.
May 1, 2013

Firing ceramics that contain organic binders poses a unique safety consideration. When heated, organic binders release combustible vapors. Under some conditions, concentrations may reach flammable or explosive levels during binder burn-out.


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