SABIC Innovative Plastics is
playing a critical role in the conversion of incandescent bulbs to compact
fluorescent lights (CFLs) as global requirements for energy-efficient
alternatives continue to tighten. The most recent example is the company's
high-tech Lexan* FXD polycarbonate (PC) resin, a technology chosen by OSRAM, a
leading global lighting manufacturer, to mold its new line of high-end,
retrofit CFL candle bulbs, called the DuluxstarÂ® Mini Candle. OSRAM selected
Lexan FXD PC resin for the new bulbs - which offer a much longer life and up to
80 percent lower energy consumption than conventional incandescent versions -
for its outstanding performance, aesthetics and safety.
With a new color formulation, Lexan FXD resin met OSRAM's requirements
for the candle bulb:
High-impact resistance to avoid breakage.
Excellent light transmission for optimal brightness.
Translucence to hide internal components and provide
a soft, flattering effect.
Maximum light scattering capability.
Compliance with Glow Wire Ignition and ball pressure
Sciaky, provider of electron-beam additive manufacturing (EBAM) services, will start selling these machines commercially in September. The company has used its EBAM 3D printing technology for making very large, high-value, metal prototypes and production parts for aerospace and defense OEMs.
At this year’s Google I/O, the spotlight was pointed on gender inequality in the high-tech industry. Google has established a new initiative that it hopes will even out the playing field, Made w/Code. Part of this initiative will fund free online courses in basic coding.
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