20 January 2015
20 January 2015
Angstron Materials will be featured this month in a segment for Discovery Channel’s Trending Today.
The show’s air date is January 29, 2015 at 7:30 am EST. The manufacturer, which recently announced its ability to produce masterbatches of graphene-enhanced polymers, explains it will give viewers an inside glimpse of its advances in graphene-based thermal management materials and energy storage technologies.
“We’ve ramped up production and currently have the capacity to produce 300 metric tons of graphene,” says Applications Engineering Manager Ian Fuller. “The economies of scale we’re able to realise for customers, gives companies previously priced out of the graphene market access to the material’s unique performance advantages.”
Customers can purchase graphene products from Angstron in a variety of forms though the “application dictates material selection,” notes Fuller. In addition to graphene in powder form, the material is available as a suspension in a wide range of fluids. Angstron has developed intermediate and end use products such as thermoplastic and elastomeric masterbatches in pellet and strand form, thermoset pre-dispersions, thermal pastes and thermal interface materials.
The company explains its most mature product, a graphene-based thermal sheet, is as thin as aluminium foil, thinner than similar products on the market. “Graphene is highly conductive. It can quickly and efficiently disperse heat away from critical electronic components in items like flat screen TVs, laptops and cell phones,” Fuller explains.
Pre-dispersion of graphene in thermoplastic, thermoset and elastomeric polymers is supported with new extrusion and compounding equipment installed by Angstron in 2014. The company says it is also further developing graphene-enhanced paints and coatings for anti-corrosion, barrier protection and EMI shielding.
“Our team of engineers and scientists can help a company make the right material selection and assist with processing methods, prototyping and mass production. Manufacturers can get their products to market quicker and at a lower overall cost.”
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.