• When to Replace a Silicone Mask

    January 16, 2017
    Not sure when you should be using a new silicone mask? There are multiple signs you can look for to tell if a mask needs to be replaced. Don’t let there be failures or quality defects/rework by overusing the mask. Look for the following signals…

  • Walmart Introduces Playbook for Sustainable Packaging: Lux Picks the Best Plays

    Walmart Introduces Playbook for Sustainable Packaging: Lux Picks the Best Plays

    Gihan Hewage, Research Associate, Lux Research || December 6, 2016
    Walmart recently released its “Sustainable Packaging Playbook,” where it provides best practices for suppliers looking to improve and innovate sustainable packaging. It emphasizes that these sustainable packaging best practices are meant…

  • Nanocomposite Coating w/ Self-healing, Low-friction & Anti-wear Diamond-like Carbon Film

    Dayton Horvath, Research Associate, Lux Research || October 26, 2016
    Researchers at Argonne National Lab (ANL) recently reported new nitride nanocomposite catalytic coatings that can generate a diamond-like carbon (DLC) low-friction film on the surface of the coating. Lux Research spoke with Osman Levent Eryilmaz, a c…

  • 5 Finishing Flaws Powder Coaters Don't Have to Accept

    Cole Cooper, Marketing Content Writer, Echo Engineering and Production Supplies, Inc. || October 11, 2016
    Have you ever been powder coating and experienced issues like overspray, re-tapping holes or paint flaking? More often than not, powder coaters are accepting flaws they could easily eliminate. We’ve curated a list of common issues powder coater…

  • Singapore Inspires the World to Turn City Skylines Green

    Singapore Inspires the World to Turn City Skylines Green

    Jeremy Rowe, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints South East & South Asia || October 6, 2016
      When I first heard of Singapore’s target to green 80 percent of its buildings, old and new, by 2030, I thought it was a great vision and the way to the future. But it is a challenging feat. Developing a green building from scratch…

  • Living Building Materials That Can Sense, Respond, or Heal Get Funding From DARPA

    Tugce Uslu, Lux Research || October 3, 2016
    Recently, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) announced the Engineered Living Materials (ELM) program to fund research proposals developing living materials that combine the structural properties of traditional building material…

  • Five Reasons You Should Choose Polished Concrete

    Five Reasons You Should Choose Polished Concrete

    Joseph Pineda, Contributing Writer || September 28, 2016
    Gone are the days of a simple choice between wall-to-wall carpet, tile or hardwood floors for your home or business. Polished concrete is also becoming a go-to choose for many home and business owners thanks to its unique style and durability. It can…

  • Silver and Antimicrobials

    Darlene Brezinski, Technical Editor || September 15, 2016
    Because of the latest controversies involving antimicrobial coatings, I want to point out a report on the future use of silver for antimicrobials.  I found this report from a group I was not aware of ….but should have been!   Th…

  • Wax On, snacks off: CSU group develops edible superhydrophobic coatings for food applications

    Gihan Hewage, Research Associate, Lux Research || September 6, 2016
    Arun Kota’s group at Colorado State University recently published its work on edible superhydrophobic coatings targeting applications in food packaging. The group uses U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved beeswax and carnauba wax in…

  • PPG’s Bush Sees New Opportunities Hailing From Vitro Sale

    August 11, 2016
    Paul Bush, Director of Technical Services at PPG says 240 years of glass technology are coming together to better serve customers. In a $750 million deal expected to close by the end of 2016, Vitro, the leading glass producer in Mexico, will acq…

  • Interest Expressed by Brand in Niche Market Open New Avenues for Powder Coating Players

    Interest Expressed by Brand in Niche Market Open New Avenues for Powder Coating Players

    Bhawna Rath, Senior Content Writer, Allied Market Research || August 8, 2016
    The competitive landscape of the powder coatings market is now dominated by collaborations and mergers and acquisitions. Valued for having a low impact on our environment, powder coatings are now used in an array of applications. If we are to beli…

  • Penn State Researchers Develop Bio-based Self-healing Polymers Based on Squid Teeth

    Ross Kozarsky , Research Director, Lux Research || August 8, 2016
    Melik Demirel's group at Pennsylvania State University has been developing self-healing polymers based on proteins found in squid teeth. Specifically, the researchers have demonstrated the polymer self-heals following cleavage through a combinati…

  • British Coatings Federation Welcomes Return of the Industrial Strategy to Government Policy

    British Coatings Federation Welcomes Return of the Industrial Strategy to Government Policy

    August 4, 2016
    The British Coatings Federation (BCF) has wholeheartedly welcomed the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), replacing its predecessor, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The new Department has been…

  • More on Antimicrobials

    Darlene Brezinski, PhD, Techncial Editor || August 1, 2016
    In my prior blog I noted that the hospital giant Kaiser Permanente – which operates hundreds of health care facilities in the U.S. – banned antimicrobial coatings for new construction and renovation.  They had been advocating for thi…

  • Welcoming the Fourth State of Matter to the Food Industry

    Welcoming the Fourth State of Matter to the Food Industry

    Joice Pranata , Research Associate, Lux Research || July 6, 2016
    Joice Pranata Plasma, often referred to as the fourth state of matter, is an ionized gas composed of free electrons, ions, photons, and reactive atoms, formed when energy is applied to a gas or mixture of gases. Industrial processes have used…

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