Engineers at Radiance Laboratories, Inc. (South Burlington, VT) are applying a new radiation-based cleaning process to glass substrates used in the manufacturing of flat panel displays. Under a $140,000 Phase I Evaluation Contract from the U.S. Display Consortium (USDC), Radiance Labs will demonstrate the contamination-removal capability of the process on bare glass and glass containing metal and oxide layers, resist, and polimide. The company's patented cleaning method uses high-energy radiation, usually from a laser, and a flowing gas such as nitrogen, to clean high tech and industrial surfaces. Radiance Lab engineers, in conjunction with those at USDC, will jointly look for the optimum process recipe for each substrate sample set. The recipes will be applied to 150 product samples in final cleaning. "Besides flat panel display substrates, we are working with manufacturers on cleaning several other surfaces, including hard disks, optics, photomasks, and silicon wafers," says Donna Bethell, president and CEO of Radiance Services Company. FAX: (301) 654-1034.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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