Rubber from grass instead of gas?

A research team from the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts has developed a process to make butadiene—a key component in synthetic rubber and plastic—from renewable sources such as trees, grasses and corn. As a result, products that range from tires to toys may become a lot greener in

Electrochemical micro transformation opens doors to design of lightweight metal surfaces

What design engineer hasn’t wished that s/he could simply modify the surface properties of the metal they’re using to better fit the application? What once seemed like something from the realm of alchemists may now be a reality. The newly developed Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO) technology allows for the multifunctional modification of lightweight metals such

Looking back at the Earth from space

One critical role for space science today is looking back on our home planet, and using highly sensitive satellites to observe conditions and changes on the Earth—truly taking the idea of stepping back for a better view to new heights. When NASA launched its environmental research satellite last year, it carried sensitive Soil Moisture Active

Sealing manufacturer gets aggressive with its recycling program

With landfill space at a premium throughout the world, a Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies plant in Mexico is making an environmental difference by recycling nearly 100% of its industrial scrap and waste. Freudenberg-NOK’s Cuautla facility, in the state of Morelos, adopted an aggressive recycling program nine months ago in keeping with the company’s overall push to

Getting past wasted energy

At this year’s Hannover Fair in Germany, an executive panel touched on the importance of using energy properly. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, industry accounts for about one-third of energy used in the U.S. This means that there is an estimated $60 billion in waste. The panel was asked what industry can do

Bison celebrates Earth day

Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd, and Bison Gear and Engineering is joining with its community to emphasize the importance of conservation, recycling and taking care of Mother Earth for future generations. Headquartered in St. Charles, IL, Bison would like to take the time to highlight the local programs that keep our environment clean right

Motor technology reduces energy maintenance, noise

Radius Systems’ plant in Derbyshire, U.K., houses 14 extrusion lines, each of which produces polyethylene pipes from 16 to 1,200 mm, together with an injection molding facility making associated fittings for use by utilities companies for gas and water transfer. Eight lines are powered by dc motors, many of which are more than 20 years

More efficient solar panels

Solar panels are touted as energy efficient devices. These photovoltaic modules HIT N330 and N325 achieve up to 36% higher yield per square foot, and help lower the installation and balance of system costs per kilowatt over conventional panels. The panels use a hetero-junction cell structure made of mono-crystalline and amorphous silicon layers. This design

Canted coil springs can improve wind turbine seals, connectors

Jim Harty Global Market Manager Energy Bal Seal Engineering Wind turbines must withstand harsh internal and external conditions, including temperature and weather fluctuations, turbulence caused by wind gusts, variations in rotor speed, and repeated strokes of the blades. For the components that make up the turbine, durability is essential. Even the smallest components, such as

Improve plant efficiency

Large food, beverage, tobacco, beauty and healthcare manufacturers, as well as packaging and ingredients suppliers, face challenges to meet consumer demand in a competitive marketplace. New goods must be delivered on time without compromising quality, yet gaining this efficiency can be a challenge. Different product mixes, materials and compliance requirements involving multiple factories, geographies and

Minimizing production losses in the food and beverage industry

Jean-Pierre Berlan • Director of Processing • Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada Food and beverage companies have the power to make a difference in reducing waste, which occurs throughout the entire supply chain. Doing so not only affects a company’s bottom line (reduced waste equals lower costs), but benefits the planet through the conservation of

Danfoss cutting energy consumption by half

The International Energy Agency has stated that energy efficiency can deliver 38% of the greenhouse gas reduction required to avert climate change. Danfoss is now accelerating its own efforts by introducing new ambitious climate targets. Most of the world’s energy consumption comes from industry and buildings, and the potential for cutting it is huge. Danfoss,

Can this sustainable substance from the ocean floor help plastics?

Some things are more sustainable than others. Crude oil can take millions of years to form under the Earth’s natural processes, while limestone has a shorter turnaround time of about 10,000 years. But in a society that burns through materials quickly, 10,000 years can hardly be considered a reasonable time to replenish something we’re using

New rubber material is based on bio-renewable polymer

With the ever-increasing emissions standards and many companies pushing for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, which has been in development since 2012, is made from a polymer that is made with a process that begins with

Delta Commits to Carbon Reduction and Presents 21 Green Buildings at the Grand Palais in Paris, France

Delta announced that it joined the “Road to Paris” initiative by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and has committed to a 30% reduction in its electricity intensity by the year 2020, which follows a 50% reduction already achieved by the company over the past five years. Delta Electronics will actively participate in a series of

Industrial power for the Internet of Things

by SOL JACOBS, Tadiran Batteries Many devices on the Industrial IoT will need rugged primary and rechargeable lithium batteries to provide reliable, long-term power. No question there will be a lot of remote wireless devices on the IoT. Many of them will be powered either by primary lithium batteries or energy harvesting devices combined with

Reducing food processing plant’s energy costs

Food processors in the U.S. face an unprecedented competitive environment and must look for ways to be profitable without negatively affecting the quality of finished products. The challenge of maintaining high product quality while simultaneously reducing production costs can often be met through investments in energy efficiency, which may include the purchase of energy-efficient technologies

Smaller robots help increase efficiency

Comau has introduced a high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot that features a payload of 3 kg and a reach of 630 mm. The third robot within the Racer family, the Racer3 is the company’s response to the market demand for fast, cost-effective robotic automation within small- to medium-sized companies and emerging countries. With a streamlined design

Technology makes hydraulic reservoirs more efficient

Design World recently spoke with Paul Michael, a research chemist for the Fluid Power Institute at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Mark Schmidt, Business Development Manager for Helgesen Industries of Hartford, Wis., on HydroNucleation reservoir technology. DW: Can you tell us a little bit about HydroNucleation reservoir technology? Schmidt: The purpose of our technology

Moving to solid-state LED technology

Victor Zaderej • Director of SSL product development Important changes are happening right now in the lighting industry that will affect us all—and hopefully change the lives of the least fortunate on the planet. Although Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1879, it took nearly 50 years—and the development of centralized power systems—before the

TE Connectivity plant wins environmental steward award

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recognized the TE Connectivity Pegg Road plant in Greensboro as a 2014 Environmental Steward, one of only 21 facilities in North Carolina to earn the coveted award for a commitment to superior environmental performance. “Companies like TE Connectivity show that economic success and environmental stewardship can

Delta Electronics’ Consolidated Sales Revenues for March 2015 Totaled NT$14,745 Million

Delta Electronics, Inc. announced its consolidated sales revenues for March 2015 totaled NT$14,745 million, representing a 26 percent increase as compared to NT$11,673 million for February 2015 and a 4 percent decrease as compared to NT$15,353 million for March 2014. The company’s cumulative consolidated sales revenues from January to March in 2015 were NT$43,203 million,

Keeping an eye on gearbox reliability in wind turbines

Research on the effect of high water content in wind-turbine gearbox oil suggests that it could be problematic for rolling contacts (friction) and have a detrimental effect on bearing life, according to Jon Leather, wind energy technical manager for Castrol Industrial. The impact of water content in synthetic gearbox oil depends on whether the water

A Communication Gap in the Internet of Things

In an effort to become one of the most responsible food companies on the planet, General Mills has embarked upon a massive global mission to make more nutritious products, reduce the company’s environmental footprint, and increase the safety and sustainability of key ingredients. There are many moving parts in the overall plan, but one project

Southco Concordville greens its facility, more plants to follow suit

Engineered access hardware manufacturer Southco is making strides in becoming more environmentally friendly throughout its facilities worldwide. The company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Concordville, Pa., is leading the company’s global initiative in the United States by implementing environmentally friendly and energy efficient programs. The Concordville plant has taken steps to become a more energy