Better bio (1st issue): The highest performance material on Earth is now bio!
Not only bio sourcing is often more sustainable (not by essence, but because it comes with a renewable credential), it can also sometimes exceed the properties of other materials. Let’s take a few examples starting with one that made a buzz in the recent weeks: Graphene has been at the core of intensive research for the new generation of high performance materials for the last decade. In simple terms, graphene is a two-dimensional atomic crystal made up of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice and is the thinnest and strongest compound ever discovered (between 100-300 times stronger than steel),[...]Read More
Advanced Factories Congress/Expo
During the 4th to 6th of April the Advanced Factories Congress and Expo was held in Barcelona (Spain). In this congress, some of the latest technology and approaches for factory automation were on display. This new generation of industrial development is also known as Industry 4.0, which has become a buzzword for the next industrial revolution in which Cyber-physical systems, 3D-printing, Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, among others, are being incorporated into the manufacturing environment. IRIS's Marketing Manager, Carlota Feliu gave a presentation (see above photo) of ‘Hypera’ , IRIS's in-line foreign body sensor for the food[...]Read More
Can food wastes be used to drive our future automobiles?
Carbon black is used as a predominant filler and constitutes approximately 32% of the rubber tires. It plays a key role in improving properties important to tire manufacturing and tire performance, i.e. to improve durability and strength for longer lifetime and improved performance. Carbon Black distributes and absorbs stress applied to a rubber component and improves its tensile strength, tear strength and abrasion resistance. Carbon Black provides electrical conductivity / resistivity to a rubber compound for dissipating static charge in dynamic applications. But both carbon black and rubber are finite resources that require manufacturing to produce, and the global demand[...]Read More
The uberification of manufacturing
Whether you’re looking for something to eat for dinner, a ride to the airport, or an accommodation for your holidays, probably there’s an app in your mobile phone that fits your case. That’s the basis of the on-demand economy: satisfying an instantaneous need through a specific solution delivered in mobility or at your place. The on-demand concept is not new but it is in the last few years that the on-demand economy is burgeoning, with $57.6 billion in spending just in the US, taking advantage of finally reliable business models and the possibilities provided by the new technologies. It is[...]Read More
Artificial meat production – theory or practice?
Experts have been debating about the possibility of creating artificial meat for many years. Now it´s happening. Jumping from theory to practice, though, implies several health and ethics considerations that should not be ignored. The facts. Following the creation of artificial meatballs last year, the San Francisco-based Memphis Meats startup have now announced the world's first lab-grown chicken strips. How? Artificial meat is made in vitro, i.e from pieces of lab-grown muscle tissue instead of living animals. Select mother cells are grown under sterile conditions in order to produce muscle tissue with meat characteristic texture and flavour. The cells nourish[...]Read More