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TOSCA is an Opera, TSCA can be a Drama

Posted on January 12th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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When Puccini composed his magnificent opera Tosca he never imagined an environmental law’s acronym would be pronounced Tosca!  While Tosca has not changed over time, TSCA is undergoing significant changes with looming impact on industries producing or consuming chemicals. Continue reading “TOSCA is an Opera, TSCA can be a Drama” »

Getting Off To A Great Start

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


Whether you’re starting a new project, a new phase of work or a new year, getting off to a great start can make a real difference. Hitting the ground running and building, or maintaining, momentum is often easier said than done though. Continue reading “Getting Off To A Great Start” »

‘Flame On’ for the Holiday’s Hottest Gift

Posted on January 11th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Feeling burned by this holiday’s hottest gift? What was supposed to fuel this seasons tech innovation craze ends up sparking fires for hundreds of unsuspecting purchasers around the globe. While several potential reasons could be at play causing hoverboards to burst Continue reading “‘Flame On’ for the Holiday’s Hottest Gift” »

Finishing Well – There’s More To It Than You Might Think

Posted on January 4th, 2016 by

Chemical R&D


As we’ve been approaching the end of the year, my mind has shifted from a focus on “keeping things moving” to “getting things done”. The end of the year is a natural breakpoint and a time which often coincides with our milestones or delivery Continue reading “Finishing Well – There’s More To It Than You Might Think” »

Advances In Biomedical Robotics In 2015

Posted on December 21st, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications


Year on year, the use of advanced materials and robotics in the biomedical sphere is growing. In this post, I’m going to highlight three interesting developments from 2015 in the sector. Continue reading “Advances In Biomedical Robotics In 2015” »

A Windshield to Go Ape Over

Posted on December 19th, 2015 by

New Materials & Applications

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Did we just witness a technological leap? Ford’s announcement of using a new type of Corning Gorilla Glass in a production vehicle is not just interesting because it’s an industry first for a new type of Gorilla Glass formulation, but it also that it signals a leap of technology from the consumer electronics industry to the automotive industry. Continue reading “A Windshield to Go Ape Over” »

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