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Self-driving Vehicles Master Floors Before Roads

Posted on November 22nd, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

Volvoe Self-driving Vehicle

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If the thought of a 2000 pound driverless vehicle barreling down the road at highway speeds gives you pause, perhaps proving the technology at 2.5 mph scrubbing floors overnight is a more palpable approach? Continue reading “Self-driving Vehicles Master Floors Before Roads” »

How Chemical Companies Can Adapt to Industry 4.0

Posted on November 21st, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Industry 4.0 has been referred to as “the fourth industrial revolution.” Underpinned by the Internet of Things (IoT), this new era is all about connections: connected people and products within a company, connections among departments within a company and global connections among producers, suppliers and customers. Continue reading “How Chemical Companies Can Adapt to Industry 4.0” »

Equal access to data can streamline the entire R&D phase

Posted on November 20th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


Developing a new chemical product requires careful cross-functional collaboration between R&D and manufacturing teams. It also requires an iterative evaluation of manufacturing processes to optimize production. Continue reading “Equal access to data can streamline the entire R&D phase” »

Thin Films: A Step Closer to Solar-Cell Windows

Posted on November 17th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Thin films crop up all over the place in our daily lives. They appear as the antireflection coatings on our glasses, on CDs and DVDs, on magnetic tapes and in lasers. Life wouldn’t be the same without them. Continue reading “Thin Films: A Step Closer to Solar-Cell Windows” »

Back to Basics for R&D

Posted on November 16th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


The chemical industry is beginning to spend more on basic research again, in the search for step-out innovations. In part, this is being driven by a need to improve returns from innovation efforts, and in part it is being stimulated by the need for advanced materials in areas such as batteries, electric vehicles, 3D printing, space exploration and satellites, robotics, electronics, and the like. Continue reading “Back to Basics for R&D” »

Fast, Cheap, Molten Metal 3D Printing

Posted on November 15th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


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If the logistics and cost hurdles of powdered metals has kept you in the evaluation phase of additive manufacturing technology, newly available liquid metal 3D printing could get you in the flow. Continue reading “Fast, Cheap, Molten Metal 3D Printing” »

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