Safety comes first at Baggeridge Brick

Clay Technology magazine
Baggeridge Brick's Rudgwick site in West Sussex is the first UK brick factory to receive OHSAS 18001 certification. The standard rewards the development of an occupational health and safety management system. Baggeridge has been addressing health and safety work practices as part of the ‘Pledge' made by members of the British Ceramic Confederation in 2000. The aim is to reduce the number of working days lost due to work-related injury and ill health by 30% by 2010, as well as ensuring each staff member has received relevant training.
Air gaps microprocessor

Air-gap insulation method increases chip speed

Materials World magazine
Air gap insulation between copper wires in microprossesors can increase chip speed making them more efficient, say researchers at IBM.

Printed circuit-board inspection made easier

Materials World magazine
The Microscan AOI, developed within the EU Framework 6 programme, combines four different techniques to inspect printed circuit boards for defects during production. These are automated optical inspection, scanning acoustic microscopy, thermography, and X-ray inspection.
Synthetic diamond electronics

Electronic products from synthetic diamonds on the way

Materials World magazine
The next generation of high-power high-frequency electronic products made from synthetic diamond may not be far off. By using novel processing techniques, Element Six (E6) Ltd, based in Ascot, UK, has announced that it is close to creating these devices. The research includes the Micromachined Diamond Device Initiative.
Ferromagnetic zinc compound

New family of zinc compounds created to benefit research

Materials World magazine
Zinc compounds have been developed to take on the properties and behaviour of materials allowing researchers to study and understand their properties. Scientists are using this tecnique to study ferromagnetism and develop new products and processes.