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Plastic LCDs are cheap, light, thin & shatterproof

Plastic LCDs are cheap, light, thin & shatterproof
The partnership between FlexEnable and Merck has yielded an LCD which is completely free of glass, instead using organic transistors on a plastic sheet. Plastic LCD technology has the potential to make products ten times thinner, more than ten times lighter and cheaper than conventional glass-based displays while being shatterproof and even conformal.
12th February 2015

RS Components expands portfolio with innovative Electric Paint and Touch Board from new supplier partner Bare Conductive

RS Components expands portfolio with innovative Electric Paint and Touch Board from new supplier partner Bare Conductive
RS Components has launched into its latest distribution partnership by adding Electric Paint and the Arduino-based Touch Board from London tech creators Bare Conductive. These innovative products provide cost-effective and easy-to-use choices for professional engineers and also for maker communities.
15th January 2015

Wearables lab addresses miniaturisation & low power needs

TE Connectivity has officially opened its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process. 
15th January 2015


Silicone elastomer provides clarity for light transmission

Silicone elastomer provides clarity for light transmission
A two part water, clear liquid silicone elastomer, offering outstanding moisture and temperature resistance, has been released by Intertronics. Alongside a non-yellowing catalyst system, the Opti-tec 7020 features a low viscosity which allows ease of flow around complex parts, enabling electrical insulation and shock protection. 
14th January 2015

Polyamides suit heavy-duty circuit breakers

Polyamides suit heavy-duty circuit breakers
Royal DSM says that independent research with Electrical Research & Development Association (ERDA), a co-operative research institution in India, shows that the use of DSM’s high performance polyamides in Moulded Case Circuit Breakers (MCCBs) makes them safer and more cost-effective to produce than traditional versions made in thermoset composites.
8th January 2015

Graphene to grow despite 'killer application' lack

Graphene to grow despite 'killer application' lack
2014 has been an eventful year for the graphene industry. The first round of commercial applications has already been announced, and the industry has witnessed intense investment and acquisition activity as further companies have gone public. Despite the high interest, valuations of public graphene companies have declined, returning largely to where they were at the time of their IPOs.
30th December 2014

High-quality optical modulation demonstrated using Graphene

At 2014's IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, imec demonstrated the industry’s first integrated graphene optical Electro-Absorption Modulator (EAM) capable of 10Gb/s modulation speed. Combining low insertion loss, low drive voltage, high thermal stability, broadband operation and compact footprint, the device marks an important milestone in the realisation of next-gen, high-density low-power integrated optical interconnects.
16th December 2014

Smart materials to help deliver emergency oxygen

Smart materials to help deliver emergency oxygen
Inventors at Nottingham Trent University are using smart materials to develop a low-cost steerable medical device to help doctors insert a life-saving breathing tube into a patient’s windpipe to provide oxygen in emergency situations. The steerable endotracheal bougie, being developed by a team led by Professor Philip Breedon, Smart Technologies, aims to improve the way that doctors insert endotracheal tubes into patients who are in intensive care or under a general anaesthetic.
16th December 2014

Thermal management materials get one stop shop

Thermal management materials get one stop shop
Conrad Business Supplies has created an online Brand Shop for thermal management material specialist Kerafol to provide customers with a single point where they can gather detailed technical information and product data to help solve thermal management design challenges. .
10th December 2014

Ultrasound provides cleaner, more efficient degassing

Scientists at Brunel University have confirmed that treating molten metal with ultrasound is a cleaner, greener, more efficient route to producing high quality castings. At 700°C, molten aluminium alloys naturally contain a high percentage of dissolved hydrogen, leaving a highly porous result if unaddressed. The most widely-used method of hydrogen removal, argon rotary degassing, is energy intensive and requires costly components.
9th December 2014


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