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22-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Raw Materials Industry Innovation Award 2018

In June the internationally active Stephan Schmidt Group has been awarded the "Innovationspreis Rohstoffwirtschaft Rheinland-Pfalz" for the third time. "Development of fillers for use in organic and inorganic matrices using a newly installed fine classifier system" was the topic of the application.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

21-06-2018 | Companies + Institutions | News | Article

Magna to Collaborate with BJEV to Build Electric Cars in China

Automotive supplier Magna has announced two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd to develop and fully produce electric vehicles in China. 

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

21-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Drone labeling with ultra-thin glass

Roboterwerk, specialised in the development of autonomous, mobile outdoor robots, now offers a reliable solution for labeling drones that can withstand fires and explosions of lithium-ion batteries in emergencies. The material the solution relies on is ultra-thin glass from SCHOTT.

18-06-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Krauss-Maffei brings the Fiber-Form process up to speed

At the NPE in Orlando, Krauss-Maffei is debuting a Fiber-Form application in combination with swivel platen technology for multi-component injection moulding. This not only makes the components lighter, but also less expensive.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

14-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

New scanning electron microscope

The inauguration of a new field emission scanning electron microscope at the WesterWaldCampus in Höhr-Grenzhausen marks the start of further research and development projects in the field of inorganic materials, glass and ceramics at Koblenz University of Applied Sciences. 

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

12-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Faster wet compression moulding of lightweight structural materials

A special wide slot nozzle has improved wet compression moulding, enabling more efficient mass production of fibre-reinforced structural materials. 

Author:
Andreas Burkert

12-06-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Measuring and evaluating noise

Intelligent acoustic, battery-operated sensors process audio signals from machines and systems in situ. The information they provide enables conclusions to be drawn regarding the status of production systems, and possible damages to be avoided.

Author:
Nadine Klein

06-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

New superplasticizer for the ready-mixed concrete industry

A new generation of superplasticizers has been developed to make it easier to mix, pump, place and smooth concrete mixtures with a high proportion of additives. It is aimed for long consistency maintenance and the production of low-viscosity concrete with extended processing.

Author:
Wiebke Sanders

05-06-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

How popcorn is revolutionising lightweight automotive construction

For some it's popcorn, for others a sustainable, lightweight construction material. Researchers at the University of Göttingen have developed lightweight sandwich panels with a core of expanded (popped) corn.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

29-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Polylactic acid bioplastics

Technical components for the electrical industry and transport sector must be flame-retardant, thermally stable and impact-resistant. Crude oil is overwhelmingly the base material for these products. However, a project consortium that combines industry and research is now developing an environmentally friendly alternative made of polylactic acid.

Author:
Nadine Klein

24-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Metal-Phosphate Flakes Improve Corrosion Protection

Zinc-phosphate coatings are frequently used to protect steel structures against corrosion. Researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials (INM) have developed special, flake-shaped metal-phosphate particles to improve passivation and increase the diffusion barrier to corrosive substances.

Author:
Nadine Klein

22-05-2018 | Production + Production Technology | News | Article

Conveyor with Silicone Muscles

Researchers have developed an energy-saving conveyor technology that individually adapts to the conveyed goods according to size, weight and desired speed: silicone muscles under the conveyor.

Author:
Nadine Klein

18-05-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

Rolls-Royce unveils its first SUV – the Cullinan

With the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the British car firm unveils its first SUV. This all-terrain vehicle is intended for people who drive themselves, rather than employing a chauffeur, and can therefore also be configured as a "family car".

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

18-05-2018 | Lightweight Design | News | Article

Inexpensive Carbon Fibres for Lightweight Construction

Producing carbon fibres is still too expensive for the mass market. This should change with the ComCarbon technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP, which focuses on an inexpensive melt-spinning process with special meltable PAN copolymers.

Author:
Andreas Burkert

15-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Disorder Increases Thermal Insulation

Powders are highly suitable for thermal insulation when they comprise a disordered collection of differently sized nanoparticles. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have discovered how the thermal conductivity of powders is influenced by the order and disorder of their components.

Author:
Nadine Klein

14-05-2018 | Industry 4.0 | News | Article

All-Round Talent in Aircraft Construction

Unfinished aircraft components come in different sizes and designs, which complicates automatic machining. A new mobile robot can rapidly adapt to shape deviations, as well as product and type changes, and machines the components highly accurately.

Author:
Nadine Klein

11-05-2018 | Automotive Manufacturing | News | Article

BMW M GmbH Presents the 460 kW M5 Competition

The BMW M5 Competition represents an exclusive combination of motorsport and practicality. This high-performance saloon will be the first independent model from BMW M GmbH.

Author:
Patrick Schäfer

11-05-2018 | Materials Technology | News | Article

Upcycling PET Bottles

An innovative procedure should permit re-utilisation of PET waste from used beverage bottles to produce industrial plastic, thereby reducing the consumption of new, high-grade polyamide-based plastic. 

Author:
Nadine Klein

07-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Origami à la Earwig

Researchers at ETH Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) have developed multifunctional origami structures and produced them on a 3D printer. They copied the principle underlying the shapes from the earwig.

Author:
Nadine Klein

04-05-2018 | Manufacturing | News | Article

Precisely Predicting Material Failure

When components are made in several solid-forming steps, the loads involved can invisibly damage the materials. A new simulation model can precisely calculate the damage progression to predict the time and location of material failure.

Author:
Nadine Klein

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