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Designing With Constraints In Mind

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


When taking on any new project, a smart first step is to clearly define what you’re trying to achieve. What does success look like? What does failure look like? Where are the lines that you cannot or will not cross? What are your boundary conditions? Continue reading “Designing With Constraints In Mind” »

Energy Conservation Part 4 – Environmental Impact

Posted on January 19th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


In the previous post, a process change reduced the amount of fuel necessary to produce a given amount of steam resulting in significant energy cost savings over the intended life of the equipment. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 4 – Environmental Impact” »

Additive Manufacturing’s ‘Less Filling’ Tastes Great for Renault

Posted on January 18th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Renault Trucks

Image is a derivative of “3D printing for the design of engines of the future” by Renault Trucks, used under Standard YouTube Service. Image is licensed under CC BY by Kenneth Klapproth.

Curious to learn how engineers at Renault Trucks were able to shave 120kg of weight off their 4 cylinder Euro 6 engine? Continue reading “Additive Manufacturing’s ‘Less Filling’ Tastes Great for Renault” »

Plastics Materials Miracle of Food Packaging – and some you can eat too!

Posted on January 16th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Food packaging 1

Few pay much attention to food packaging when opening a bag of nutritious trail mix or potato chips. Any regard for the packaging is summarized in the reading of the nutrition facts printed on the label.  More often than not indelicate words are hurled at a difficult-to-open package.  Continue reading “Plastics Materials Miracle of Food Packaging – and some you can eat too!” »

Printable Electronic Inks

Posted on January 13th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Silver nanoparticles

In this post, we looked at developments in the process of printing electronic devices. A team at MIT have developed a “nanotube stamp” which looks to be capable of accurately and uniformly delivering electronic ink onto a surface. Continue reading “Printable Electronic Inks” »

Energy Conservation Part 3 – Processes and Economics

Posted on January 12th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

sustainability process economics

Energy conservation typically involves changing energy-related processes to improve economics while mitigating the detrimental effects of culture and politics.  Note that not only does the previous sentence encompass all four domains that comprise sustainability but it also alludes to inter-dependencies between the process and its economics.  Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 3 – Processes and Economics” »

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