Women’s Institute top the bill at Open Innovation in Consumer Packaging

The Women’s Institute and Unilever will head a cast of speakers at a seminar programme from IOP: The Packaging Society, to take place at the Packaging Innovation Show at Total Processing & Packaging 2007 at the Birmingham NEC.
Barrier along road

Corus launches roadside restraint systems

International steel company Corus has launched a new range of roadside restraint systems that it claims exceeds the performance levels and test criteria stipulated by the European EN1317 standard. The hot-dip-galvanised rectangular hollow tubular steel sections are designed to reduce the severity of vehicle road accidents.

Self-healing anti-corrosion mechanism uses encapsulated corrosion inhibitors

A self-healing method for structural and functional materials developed by the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, and the University of Aveiro, Portugal, combines passive barrier and active anti-corrosion mechanisms in one system. Conventional anti-corrosion silica-zirconia sol-gel film matrices are doped with ‘polyelectrolyte nanocontainers’ that release encapsulated organic corrosion inhibitors.

Energy efficient bearings from SKF

Bearings from SKF, based in Sweden, use 30% less energy as a result of design innovations relating to surface topography, raceway profiles, optimised internal geometry, a special polymer cage, lower friction grease and, for tapered roller bearings, an optimised set of rollers. This will be exploited in heavy industry, wind energy and conveyors and extruders for materials processing.
Man at computer

Global laboratory allows remote access to materials analysis equipment

Researchers at Imperial College, London, UK, can remotely operate the aberration-corrected electron microscope at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, while teams at Oak Ridge and the Georgia Institute of Technology can use Imperial's nuclear magnetic resonance facility. The Global Lab is part of a joint venture between Imperial, Georgia, and Oak Ridge to investigate future energy solutions.