Materials World September 2019

Embracing change, collaboration and knowledge sharing are at the core of innovation and adaptability. 5G is one technology that offers so many opportunities to mining and manufacturing businesses. With a maximum latency of as low as four milliseconds and up to one million devices connected per square kilometre, real-time data transfer is possible en mass.

The projects explored in our feature on 5G technology systems (page 28) address the theme of collaboration. Here we gather insight from companies across the mining, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors, which have combined their expertise to help drive common purposes. For miners, this may involve operating machinery remotely so workers are not exposed to on-site dangers such as blasting, while in manufacturing it could be the rapid resolution of a fault on a product line, without requiring workers to deal with hazards such as cabling.

5G is also an enabler of Industry 4.0 – the Internet of Things, location detection technologies and advanced human-machine interfaces, among others, will provide enormous benefits for companies ready to capitalise on the opportunities at hand.

Extending the theme to efficiency, we look at a sophisticated cyanide testing device that can inform users in real-time (page 48), and the simplicity of using water to make 2D materials (page 42). None of these concepts have been born through isolation – they have all been developed through collaboration and effective knowledge sharing.

Get in touch to share your thoughts on 5G and how it could impact your work.

Anthony Caggiano, Commissioning Editor

News this issue:

3D printing customisable and antibacterial hip joints

How to make removing colon polyps safer

Making freezing cells safer and easier

New technique can detect insects in wood

Wood stripping process boosts bioplastics

UMC recycle rare earth magnets, make new ones

Jaguar, BASF recycle plastic in I-Pace part prototype

Discovering non-toxic more stable semiconductor for solar

ETH Zurich, Total technology converts carbon dioxide, hydrogen into methanol

Smart lenses zoom in a blink

Making new polymers

Get talking – Dealing with sexual harassment in materials science

World lithium supplies hit speed bump

Rio Tinto shareholders bank billions

African yellowcake project marks upturn for uranium

Preventing and utilising cavitation

British Steel buy-out

Chris Manning makes niello recipe

Features this issue:

How to… perform different indendation hardness tests on one machine

How to… use digital microscopy for material inspections

Q&A with Dr Rachael Ambury from Element Six

Fighting for diversity and equality in STEM

Material Marvels – Designing for subculture