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One Minute Mentor: Removing the Passive Layer in Low-Temperature Gas Nitriding

January 27, 2017

The recent advent of low-temperature gas nitriding (for the production of the S-phase in stainless steel) as opposed to regular high-temperature (above 550 °C) gas nitriding (of regular steel) had to find a way to remove the passive layer in this low-temperature condition.

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Forgings supplier buys AFC Holcroft heat treatment furnace line

January 26, 2017

AFC-Holcroft, Wixom, Mich., reports that a European-based multi-national supplier of forgings for the automotive industry has brought their heat treatment process in-house by investing in an AFC-Holcroft automated non-atmosphere batch heat treatment line to be delivered to an American facility located in the Midwest.

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Seco Warwick introduces Seco Vacuum Technologies to North America

January 26, 2017

Seco Warwick, Meadville, Pa., announces the creation of Seco Vacuum Technologies, a new company designed to provide standard and custom vacuum furnaces and related professional services to the North America market.

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Ipsen concludes record year by shipping 25 furnaces in fourth quarter

January 26, 2017

Ipsen, Cherry Valley, Ill., announces that it wrapped up a record year by shipping 25 furnaces during the last three months of 2016.

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Sturbridge Metallurgical wins Sikorsky approval for materials testing

January 25, 2017

Sturbridge Metallurgical Services Inc., Sturbridge, Mass., announces that it has been approved as a Materials Testing Lab for Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. (a Lockheed Martin Corp.) and its manufacturing supplier base.

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Women in Engineering Profile: Ida Berglund

January 25, 2017

This new profile series introduces leading materials scientists from around the world who happen to be females. Here we speak with Ida Berglund, materials design engineer for QuesTek Innovations LLC.

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One Minute Mentor: Plasma-Immersion Ion Implantation

January 23, 2017

The fundamental difference between plasma nitriding (glow discharge) and plasma-immersion ion implantation (PIII) is that the latter relies on high-energy pulses (up to 45 kV) that promote a low-energy ion implantation in the target, but that is still less than the energy used in conventional ion implantation (>100 kV). A combination of target temperature and pulse voltage achieve the...

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Illinois team advances GaN-on-silicon for scalable high electron mobility transistors

January 22, 2017

A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has advanced gallium nitride (GaN)-on-silicon transistor technology by optimizing the composition of the semiconductor layers that make up the device.

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Beta gallium oxide experimental transistor demonstrates ultra-wide bandgap

January 22, 2017

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., reports that its researchers have demonstrated the high-performance potential of an experimental transistor made of beta gallium oxide, which could bring new ultra-efficient switches for applications such as the power grid, military ships, and aircraft.

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Imec and EV Group achieve 1.8µm accuracy in pitch overlay for wafer bonding

January 22, 2017

Imec, Belgium, and EV Group, Tempe, Ariz., announce an extension to their successful collaboration, achieving excellent wafer-to-wafer overlay accuracy results in both hybrid bonding and dielectric bonding.

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