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The Non-Metallic Cutting Option

Ceramic knives are becoming increasingly more popular in the household kitchen. Some traditional steel knife manufacturers have even launched their own ceramic knife lines. I remember when my dad bought a yellow, plastic-like knife. I was flabbergasted that knives could be made out of a non-metallic material. It quickly became one of his favorite knives because it remained sharp and easily cut vegetables and fruits.

Staying Sharp With Sharpening Rods

The knives we use at my house are horribly dull. I’ve actually used butter knives to cut cheese and vegetables instead our larger kitchen knives. This isn’t necessarily the knives fault. Most of them are compiled from a cheap knife set one of my roommates purchased. The others haven’t been sharpened in years. My father taught my brother and me how to sharpen blades using the back of a plate. I tried this technique once but I’m pretty sure I made the knife duller. To be fair, I did a quick and dirty job of it.

Ceramic Spacers Help Meet Our Eye’s Expectations

Ceramic spacers are a non-metallic & inorganic material that is highly durable and cost-effective. Square, pyramid, t-shaped and circular ceramic spacers provide equal and constant spacing between objects or materials. This is especially handy when installing ceramic tile. Everyone is a little OCD. If any tile is not separated by the same width as the others, it will mess up the aesthetic appeal of the whole floor. To prevent that from happening, most people hire professionals to tile their floors. However, if you have the know-how and the elbow grease, you might be able install your own tiles using ceramic spacers.

The Luxury of Bones, Stones and Clay

In many American households the “good china” is usually a family treasure. In my family, our china plates are rarely used and spend most of their lives on display in the dinning room. When I was younger I believed the delicate whiteware received its name because it was imported from China. I later learned that my perception of the delicate nature and country of origin of china was far from the truth.

Advances in Prothetic Limbs Enhance Motor Function Capabilities

The medical industry has seen many advances in the past hundred years. Diseases and sickness that were once deadly are now easily treatable. Faces can be reconstructed and body parts may be replaced with artificial ones. Prosthesis such as hearing aids, dentures, artificial hearts, lungs and limbs have prolonged the lifespan of some and improved the quality of life for others.

Do Laundry Balls Really Work?

I never realized how expensive laundry detergent was until I left the confines of my parent’s home. Depending on the size of load and how often you do your laundry, bottles of detergents can go pretty quickly. At my house, everyone has their own bottle of detergent, so there is about 5 bottles next to the washing machine. That is a lot of chemicals for a busy washer. Well, there is a potential eco-friendly alternative to our mass of cleaning chemicals. According to manufactures, laundry balls can be used in place of laundry detergent, but do they actually work?

Machined Ceramics, Inc. – Trustworthy Source of Industrial Ceramics

Machined Ceramics, Inc. is a reliable supplier of precision machined ceramics. These products are ideal for a number of industries including: aerospace, communications, manufacturing, medical, automotive and more. The engineers at Machined Ceramics, Inc. keep your production goals in mind which is why they quickly develop prototypes for their customers. This company manufactures a multitude of items such as insulators, guides, washers, tubes, blocks, rods and much more. Machined Ceramics, Inc. understands the importance of developing products that fit their customers’ exact specifications. This is why their engineers will create your products with tight tolerances up to +/- .0001. This industry leader even offers same day delivery based on the size of the order.

Glue Rubber to Metal: Water Based vs. Solvent Based Adhesives

There are various types of gluing agents available on the market each with their own distinct attributes which are ideal for different applications. Water based adhesives have become very popular due to a number of their benefits. Traditionally solvent based adhesives have a greater shear and peel strength compared to water based adhesives, however there have been some recent breakthroughs in the water based field. These innovations have not only improved the strength of water based adhesives but they also enhanced the speed in which the glue will adhere to materials. These water based adhesives allow the rubber to have a greater bonding strength to metal’s porous surface resulting in deeper penetration. This stronger bond is ideal for applications where strong bonds are needed but also this advantage allows for greater resistance and flexibility to cold and heat.

Benefits of Carbon Graphite

Carbon graphite has unique features that make it ideal for a variety of applications and environments in manufacturing industries. When it comes to lubrication, for instance, carbon-graphites out perform traditional oil lubrication. An oil lubricated bearing would struggle at temperatures below -40°C because the oil has a high viscosity, and at temperatures over 200°C oils carbonize and become abrasive. Graphite bearings on the other hand are able to remain effective at temperatures above 600°C. These bearings can perform in both wet and dry conditions, and work well as rotating shaft and faced seal materials as well.

Glass Manufacturers: Tempered Glass Manufacturing

Tempered glass is a type of toughened glass that is designed to withstand a higher pressure than regular untreated glass. The glass is chemically treated with a variety of ingredients or rapidly heated and cooled to balance the internal stresses of the glass. This prevents the glass from shattering into dangerous shards, which can cause injuries or death. The majority of today’s glass is tempered to some extend, especially in the use of commercial windows, vehicle glass, cell phones, and even some home window glass.

Global Growth in Demand for Silicon Carbide

Silicon carbide, a material known for its hardness (exceeded in this only by cubic boron nitride, boron carbide, and diamond), is often employed in processes with extreme operating environments. This is due to the fact that, in addition to its hardness, silicon carbide is chemically inert to all acids and alkalies and is highly resistant to heat and wear. Silicon carbide has been mass-produced as an abrasive powder since 1893 and since then, the material has been used in ceramics, electrical and automotive applications, LEDs, and abrasive machining processes. In use in many industrial and manufacturing applications, the demand for the material has continued to grow. In fact, a recent report, expects a jump in demand over the next six years.

Ceramic Coating is the “Clear” Choice

Often times, the things that we value are covered with a protective layer to protect from wear and tear, nature and other variables. For example, car enthusiasts often cover their sports cars with something to prevent scratches and damage when they are not driving them. An artist will almost always seal their drawing or painting with some sort of protective sealant to protect against dust, water and fingerprints. This is because when you having things of value, you want them to last as long as possible.

Adhesives: From Grass to Crass to Green Again

While for many the word ‘adhesive’ may conjure up thoughts of the paste-eating grade school classmate who sat three desks over, adhesives have actually been in use for thousands of years. From their beginnings in the ancient world to their current use in everyday objects, these sticky substances have undergone many changes. The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Mongols and other archaic groups used simple and natural formulas to bond surfaces and objects together. These early pastes were not replaced until the 1900s when technological advancements made way for the discovery of powerful synthetic bonding agents. Ironically, current concerns with global warming and climate change just might cause a return to the green ways of the ancients.