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Column: Automation, data to revolutionize manufacturing process
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Disruption can be defined as a decisive break from the past, a moment in the development of an industry or market in which new methods or technologies give overwhelming advantage to early adopters....
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Do not underestimate the power and potential impact of disruption, it's going to affect us all. At times of rapid and potentially high-impact change the only safe strategy is to move fast yourself. Do not underestimate the power and potential impact of disruption, it's going to affect us all. At times of rapid and potentially high-impact change the only safe strategy is to move fast yourself. $ Do not underestimate the power and potential impact of disruption, it's going to affect us all. At times of rapid and potentially high-impact change the only safe strategy is to move fast yourself.
Digital manufacturing opens doors for tire makers
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While it might not yet be fully apparent, major tire manufacturers and their suppliers now are fully embracing the opportunities being presented by digital manufacturing and smart tire...
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While it might not yet be fully apparent, major tire manufacturers and their suppliers now are fully embracing the opportunities being presented by digital manufacturing and smart tire technologies. While it might not yet be fully apparent, major tire manufacturers and their suppliers now are fully embracing the opportunities being presented by digital manufacturing and smart tire technologies. $While it might not yet be fully apparent, major tire manufacturers and their suppliers now are fully embracing the opportunities being presented by digital manufacturing and smart tire technologies.
Column: RFID is transforming the tire industry
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Radio frequency identification is being adopted rapidly in a growing number of tire industry processes and will deliver more transparency, fewer rejected tires and production failures and better...
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Radio frequency identification is being adopted rapidly in a growing number of tire industry processes and will deliver more transparency, fewer rejected tires and production failures and better control of materials. Radio frequency identification is being adopted rapidly in a growing number of tire industry processes and will deliver more transparency, fewer rejected tires and production failures and better control of materials. $Radio frequency identification is being adopted rapidly in a growing number of tire industry processes and will deliver more transparency, fewer rejected tires and production failures and better control of materials.
ExxonMobil expansion boosts butyl capacity in Singapore
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SINGAPORE—ExxonMobil Corp. has begun production at a newly constructed halobutyl rubber plant at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore, adding butyl capacity of 140,000 metric...
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SINGAPORE—ExxonMobil has begun production at a newly constructed halobutyl rubber plant at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore, adding butyl capacity of 140,000 metric tons per year. SINGAPORE—ExxonMobil has begun production at a newly constructed halobutyl rubber plant at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore, adding butyl capacity of 140,000 metric tons per year. $SINGAPORE—ExxonMobil has begun production at a newly constructed halobutyl rubber plant at its integrated manufacturing complex in Singapore, adding butyl capacity of 140,000 metric tons per year.
Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 2)
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To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of...
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To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. $To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.
Industry leaders wary of trade war with China
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WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of...
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WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S. government. WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S. government. $WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S. government.
Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 1)
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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. Beyond that, the variables in play—new materials, new manufacturing methods, changing vehicle designs...
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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. $The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.
Data key in developing autonomous technology
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, ...
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, according to speakers at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference. HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, according to speakers at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference. $ HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, according to speakers at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference.
Michelin researchers win patent award for 'auto-regenerate' tire
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PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office (EPO) for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which...
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PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears. PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears. $PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears.
Mold makers: 'We're in uncharted territory' on tariffs
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NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how ...
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NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool. NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool. $NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool.
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Published on January 1, 2006

Novel Composite Materials Consisting of Interpenetrating Polymer Networks

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Date Published January 1, 2006
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This Report has been authored by:Martin Alm at Nanon A/S

Silicone rubber has been used in a variety of fields such as medical instruments and implants, building mateials, electric and electronic parts and automotive parts due to its unique properties which include physiological inertness, durability, good thermal and chemical resistance and a high flexibility due to its low Tg. However, not all of silicone rubber's properties are desirable for every application. For instance, its low surface free energy makes it complicated to paint on/coat silicone rubber. Its low surface free energy, meaning a hydrophobic surface, also makes it unsuitable/unpleasant as an eyewear/contact lens material. During the last decades, extensive efforts have been given to the development of silicone hydrogel contact lenses--a soft contact lens type with high oxygen-permeability as well as hydrophilic properties. This paper states the approach to produce an interpenetrating polymer network (IPN). In this approach, cross-linked silicone is swollen with a mixture of hydrophilic monomer and liquid or supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2), whereupon the monomer is polymerized and cross-linked. An IPN can be understood as a composite material in which the properties of the individual materials are combined. The silicone network will ensure a high oxygen-permeability, whereas the polymer network will ensure the hydrophilic properties. 
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