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Non-biofouling coating technology

VitroStealth is a non-biofouling (NBF) coating technology. The coating is scratch resistant and reduces unwanted protein absorption and cellular adhesion on surfaces. Application includes pre-analytical blood collection devices where VitroStealth coating eliminates surface mediated hemolysis and leads to clean, reproducible and thus reliable serum or plasma samples for the clinical laboratory. In diagnostics, the coating increases signal to noise ratio as the analyte is not partially lost by adsorption to the surface of the device. Read more »

UV-light-curable silicone

Cure-Point 9440-A/B UV/visible light-curable silicone potting and sealing material is intended for applications where fast cure, enhanced thermal performance, and room-temperature shadowed-area cure are required. The material withstands long exposure to temperatures ranging from below -40° C to above 200° C. This makes it superior to RTV silicones and heat-cure silicones which require longer cure times or elevated temperatures to cure. Dymax Corp., 318 Industrial Lane, Torrington, CT 06790, (860) 482-1010,

Comparing Brass Versus Stainless Steel Threaded Inserts

Authored by:
Michael PaskoApplication EngineerSpirol International Corp.Danielson, Conn.
Edited by Kenneth J.
Key points:• Brass inserts’ high thermal conductivity means faster heating and insertion into plastic parts.
• Brass is easier to machine than stainless steel, which lowers manufacturing costs. Read more »

Thin-Film PV: More than Just a Cost Advantage

As the photovoltaic (PV) industry has grown over the past decade, the thin-film photovoltaics (TFPV) segment of that industry--and with it, the volumes of the materials used by it--has experienced even more rapid growth. And while the recession of 2008-2009 has certainly set things back a bit, this segment is poised to resume significant growth and even to surpass conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV in volume over the next several years. Read more »

High-performance engineering plastics - Ensinger

 The company’s line of engineering plastics now includes a variety of high-performance thin-gauge materials. The new products include Tecason S polysulfone natural and Tecanyl Noryl EN265 black in 0.040 to 0.125-in. thin gauge; Tecatron 30% glass-filled PPS black and Tecamid 12% glass-filled nylon black in 0.031 to 0.25-in.
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Examining the Future for OLED Materials

The OLED materials market is the invisible foundation sitting beneath the more prominent OLED industry. The darling of the technology press for the past decade, OLEDs hold forth the promise of thinner, lighter, brighter, and more efficient displays. Yet the industry remains a vexing contradiction, with well-established applications on the one hand, but on the other hand with applications that seem to remain forever out of sight over the horizon, just tantalizingly out of reach. Read more »

Smart Grid Sparks Opportunities for Advanced Materials

As the current generation of power grids approach the end of their useful life, public and private institutions are calling for the construction of new grids--a Smart Grid that incorporates new technologies to allow for affordable and efficient power supply and the integration of power generated from renewable energy sources. The vision of the Smart Grid, as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy in its Grid 2030 vision, is "a 21st century electric system that connects everyone to abundant, affordable, clean, efficient, and reliable electric power anytime, anywhere." Read more »

Film and Adhesive Suppliers Respond to Durable Goods Market Pressure

The drive for engineering innovation intensifies the need for nameplate, label and decal development during initial product design. Never has there been a time of greater global competitiveness. Today’s durable goods OEMs can utilize pressure-sensitive label and adhesive materials to provide design alternatives, enhance product performance and improve product safety.

Building a Sound Strategy for Product/ Brand Security

Today’s rapidly changing economy and intensified worldwide competition make product security more critical than ever. Brand owners, manufacturers, and retailers place a premium on ensuring product authenticity and providing tamper-evidence.

Silver Inks Keep Up in the Electronics Industry

In the printed electronics industry, no other material comes close to printed silver. Besides being the most conductive of the metals, the native oxide that forms on its surface is also conductive, minimizing the impact of the oxide on the conductivity of the final film. This is in contrast to most other metals, on which native oxide films are all but unavoidable as well as insulating. Read more »

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