absorption, chemical reaction or ambient temperature changes.
Reflecting the broad application potential of these novel muscles,
Lintec Corp. licensed this muscle technology from the Univ. of
Texas at Dallas and has established their NanoScience & Technology Center three miles from the university in order to facilitate
◗ Lintec of America, www.lintec-nstc.com
Polyethylene Nucleating Agent for
Each year, 140 million tons of polyethylene is made and used within
various industries. Milliken & Company’s HPN 210M revolutionizes
what’s possible with polyethylene through a new crystal orientation
that has never before been achieved. The result is improved manufacturing productivity, decreased energy use and enhanced overall
product quality. When added to polyethylene (PE), HPN 210M significantly improves stiffness. The nucleated PE also increases the heat
distortion temperature (HDT) by 10 to 30 C compared to non-nucle-ated PE. This effect, combined with an increased crystallization temperature, enables faster cooling cycles and higher throughput, which
increases efficiency and can lead to energy savings. By controlling the
orientation of polymer crystal growth, the dimensional stability of
the final product part is frequently improved. The reduced warping
can greatly ease, and even eliminate, post-molding processes, such as
welding, drilling or even simple stacking of parts. It also frequently
reduces scrap due to off quality production.
◗ Milliken & Company, www.milliken.com
Milliken & Company’s MilliCap Reinforcement Tape is Milliken’s
strengthening technology for rubber goods such as tires and belts.
Standard, commercially available tires have multiple textile reinforcements; the cap ply is a multifilament, rubber-coated yarn responsible
for steel belt restriction. MilliCap Reinforcement Tape technology can
produce an extruded nylon tape with two times the modulus of current cap plies. The higher modulus, coupled with the sub-millimeter
rubber cement coating, provides three key benefits: decreased cap ply
usage, improved tire performance and reduced manufacturing steps.
With twice the stiffness, tires can be designed incorporating MilliCap
Reinforcement Tape with the same restrictive force needed to maintain
steel belt placement as multifilament cap plies with half the material.
◗ Milliken & Company, www.milliken.com
Combatting Counterfeit Goods
Counterfeit goods account for $1.7 trillion dollars of the global economy. Two percent of the 26 million airplane parts are fakes, counterfeit
medicines represent 10 to 15% of the world’s drug supply and counterfeiting activities annually generate $250 billion in funds for organized crime. Conventional anticounterfeiting technologies are either
too expensive to be adopted in mass markets, require proprietary
decoders and trained users or are poorly secured against spoofing,
copying and theft. MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s Rare-Earth Micro-barcodes (REMcodes) represent the first secure, highly multiplexed,
ultra-low-cost product authentication and serialization platform
that may be decoded via smartphone. REMcodes are combinations
of striped microparticles made of a tough, optically active polymer/
rare-earth-doped nanocrystal composite that resists sunlight, heat,
solvents and other extreme industrial conditions. Equipped with
chemical sensors, REMcodes could carry product quality and handling
information. Readout is as simple as shining near-infrared light on the
particles, taking a picture with a smartphone camera and comparing
the image against a database of known authentic codes.
◗ MIT Lincoln Laboratory, www.ll.mit.edu
An Overlaying Solution
NanoMech Inc.’s GUARDx is a breakthrough nanoengineered
overlay innovation that has the unique ability to deliver an array of
functionalities that are critical to a variety of core industrial sectors
including, automotive and agricultural equipment, oil and gas industries, petrochemical, chemical and refineries. Unlike commercially
available overlay products, GUARDx can simultaneously deliver
a multitude of superior functions in a single lightweight overlay,
including eco-friendly fireproofing from high-temperature excursions, ultra-low and high-temperature corrosion elimination, high
and cyclic temperature thermal management and a material composition that’s inherently immune to microbial infestation. GUARDx
overlay encapsulation enhances the functional life of industrial components operating in harsh conditions, particularly at high (> 1,400
F) and extreme min-max (- 40 to greater than 1,400 F) temperatures
with exposure to corrosive and heavy-wear environments.
◗ NanoMech Inc., www.nanomech.com
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and United Protective Technologies’ Multifunctional Superhydrophobic Transparent Glass
Coating addresses the two key performance needs voiced by the marketplace for a superhydrophobic coating: transparency and durability.
With easily scalable and manufacturable formulations, the technology
delivers a mechanically robust nanostructured glass coating that
combines multiple salient and unique performance enhancements—
broadband and onidirectional transparency, graded-index antireflec-tivity, self-cleaning, antifogging and UV radiation blocking—that no
other technology can provide. An added technologically significant
feature is the coating’s microstructure and surface chemistry can be
engineered for tailored functionality and performance.
◗ Oak Ridge National Laboratory, www.ornl.gov
Plastic with Metal-like Strength
Imagine the performance and cost benefits of a thermoplastic composite with metal-like strengths that can be high-volume manufactured using injection molding technology. The development of Piper
Plastics’ Kyron MAX material technology represents a fundamental
leap over traditional injection-molded thermoplastics and revolutionizes metal replacement and weight savings initiatives. Design
engineers can now take a different approach to product development
which couples the strengths of metals with cost-effective, high-volume production manufacturing. Several years in the making, this
next-generation polymer system was specifically developed to bridge
the gap between conventional injection-molded materials and expensive labor-intensive prepreg composites.
◗ Piper Plastics, www.piperplastics.com