Imagine a glass window that’s tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn’t get scratched in a sand storm, or a smartphone screen that doesn’t break when dropped. Except it’s not glass; it’s a special spinel that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years.
Centorr Vacuum Industries (CVI) recently announced it has shipped orders for two high-temperature sintering furnaces to a leading China-based firm in the production of aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates for the LED market.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) in Dresden, Germany, carries out research into advanced ceramics, ranging from preliminary research through to a wide range of sophisticated applications.
Two specially designed Carbolite electric furnaces integrated with a pair of hydraulic presses are providing thermal processing facilities for Infrared Integrated Systems Ltd (Irisys), a global leader in people counting and queue management systems based in Northampton, UK.