Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Innovations That Could Change the Way You Shop, Drive and Phone

Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture is an SME member-driven program, which showcases new and emerging technologies that are making a difference in manufacturing. It also provides an educational framework for SME members and manufacturing practitioners to keep up to date on the industry's latest and greatest innovations.
Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture is an SME member-driven program, which showcases new and emerging technologies that are making a difference in manufacturing. It also provides an educational framework for SME members and manufacturing practitioners to keep up to date on the industry's latest and greatest innovations.

Abstract:
SME Unveils Its Annual Innovations List

Innovations That Could Change the Way You Shop, Drive and Phone

Dearborn, MI | Posted on March 13th, 2010

The way you shop, drive and phone is about to change thanks to new, design and technology options outlined in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) annual Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture list.

The list includes eight game-changing innovations that could make it possible for consumers to pay at the store without waiting in line, double the charge of their electric cars, use a laptop that doesn't overheat, or buy a car partly made of sustainable, non-petroleum products.

"Innovation has occurred at a faster rate over the last 15 years than it has over the course of centuries. It's changing right now," says Christopher Kaye, director of innovative technology at US Endoscopy and a member of SME's Innovation Watch Committee, the panel of industry experts that selected the innovations.

"Our Committee's goal was to scan the vast technology landscape for cutting-edge innovations and to investigate ways they can be utilized by manufacturers and ultimately by consumers," he says.

Here are brief summaries of each innovation:

Pay at the Store without Waiting in Line

"RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags are one of today's hottest technologies," says Kaye.

Currently tags can average 15 cents each, but with printed RFID tags manufacturers have the potential to bring these costs down by 80 percent and track products for about one to three cents a tag.

Industry experts say that these new printable tags are not only cheaper, but also thin and flexible enough to fit on a pack of chewing gum, thereby opening the door to greater consumer usage. Mobile phones with built-in RFID scanners, for example, could make it possible to pay for items without waiting in line.

Double the Range of Electric Vehicles

While the demand for electric cars is growing, current lithium-ion batteries only provide a charge of up to 30 minutes. Nanoporous silicon electrodes, however, may enable these batteries to store ten times more charge.

LG Chem, 3M and Sanyo are already testing these electrodes, which when matched to the right cathodes with comparable storage capacity could help an electric car run for three to four hours.

Nanoporous silicon electrodes could also be used to extend the battery life of high-power, portable electronics.

"There has been some promising work with these materials demonstrating twice the life, but there is still more to be done," says Kaye.

Electronics That Can Survive Harsh Environments

With their ability to withstand extreme temperatures, silicon carbide electronics can be used in such things as hybrid vehicles and wind turbines, which rely on high power performance.

"While current technology allows for operation in up to 125 degrees Celsius or even lower at 80 degrees, these materials have the potential to operate at up to 600 degrees Celsius," explains Innovation Watch Committee member John Patten, PhD, who is also director and professor, Manufacturing Research Center, Western Michigan University.

"For consumers, this could mean that electronics like laptops which require internal cooling systems won't overheat," he says.

Recycle Your Copier Paper into Batteries

New nanotube inks, can turn plain copier paper into batteries. The process involves dipping the paper in nanotube ink and then drying it for it become highly conductive.

"These new 'paper' batteries could open a whole new universe of design and manufacturing for portable electronics," said Terry Wohlers, Innovation Watch Committee member and president of technology consulting firm Wohlers Associates.

Nano Fibers May Now Fit Your Budget

Often used to strengthen materials used in such products as bikes, golf clubs, tennis rackets and drug delivery systems, nano fibers were at one time expensive to make. But new manufacturing processes have made mass production easier, and therefore, more cost-effective than current technology.

Materials That Heal Their Own Scratches

"Smart materials like" self-healing polymers work just like they sound and can be used to treat metal structures exposed to harsh environments. For the oil and gas industry, these polymers could reduce costly repairs to oil rigs and pipelines vital to consumer delivery.

No Need to Wait for the Engine to "Warm Up"

"Smart materials" also include phase-changing polymers. PCMs are already used by BMW to store excess heat when a motor runs at operating temperature. This heat is then available at the next cold start to heat up the motor quickly and contribute to better gas mileage.

"These materials are also being used in construction materials to help keep homes in extreme climates more temperate," says Chris Kaye.

Mother Nature Inspires Manufacturers to Use Bio-Based Products & Materials

Bio-based products & materials reduce the need for petroleum and are made from renewable and/or sustainable materials.

Ford Motor Company, for example, began using soy-foam seats in the 2008 Ford Mustang and has since placed these materials in more than one million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles leading to a total reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than five million pounds.

Other uses for these materials include adhesives, engine oil and carpet.

And of the list overall, Wohlers says, "These technologies are proof-positive that manufacturing is high-tech, not old-hat; not something just happening overseas. Much of manufacturing is innovation."

The Innovations That Could Change the Way You Manufacture will be a central focus of the BRIDGING THE GAPS: SME Annual Conference scheduled for June 6-8, 2010 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The Conference will bring together manufacturing professionals and leaders throughout North America and beyond who are interested in innovations and exchanging ideas in one place.

For the most complete information, visit www.sme.org/innovations or for more information about the SME Annual Conference visit www.sme.org/conference.

####

About Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Founded in 1932, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking.Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, oil and gas and alternative energy. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Lori Ann Dick, APR
Senior PR Representative

Copyright © Society of Manufacturing Engineers

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

QEOS and GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Offer Industry’s First CMOS Platform for MillimeterWave Markets: GLOBALSOLUTIONSSM Partnership will enable next-generation wireless technologies for applications in IoT, 5G and automotive September 3rd, 2015

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Catena Partner to Provide Next-Generation RF Connectivity Solutions for Growing Wireless Markets: Catena Wi-Fi and Bluetooth RF technologies available on GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Super Low Power Process technology September 3rd, 2015

Making nanowires from protein and DNA September 3rd, 2015

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 3rd, 2015

Products

Nanofilm Introduces Clarity AR Lens Cleaner for Anti-Reflective Superhydrophobic Lenses August 20th, 2015

Pixelligent Launches New PixClear® Light Extraction Materials for OLED Lighting August 4th, 2015

Aculon Launches NanoProof Series for PCB Waterproofing July 20th, 2015

Philips Introduces Quantum Dot TV with Color IQ™ Technology from QD Vision: Manufacturer is first to offer quantum dot displays for both TVs and monitors June 30th, 2015

Nanotubes/Buckyballs/Fullerenes

For 2-D boron, it's all about that base: Rice University theorists show flat boron form would depend on metal substrates September 2nd, 2015

$200K Awarded to Develop In Vitro Lung Test for Toxicity of Inhaled Nanomaterials: In Vitro Lung Test Designed to Protect Human Health and Replace Animal Testing September 1st, 2015

Developing Component Scale Composites Using Nanocarbons August 26th, 2015

Southampton scientists find new way to detect ortho-para conversion in water August 25th, 2015

Announcements

QEOS and GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Offer Industry’s First CMOS Platform for MillimeterWave Markets: GLOBALSOLUTIONSSM Partnership will enable next-generation wireless technologies for applications in IoT, 5G and automotive September 3rd, 2015

GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Catena Partner to Provide Next-Generation RF Connectivity Solutions for Growing Wireless Markets: Catena Wi-Fi and Bluetooth RF technologies available on GLOBALFOUNDRIES 28nm Super Low Power Process technology September 3rd, 2015

Making nanowires from protein and DNA September 3rd, 2015

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 3rd, 2015

Appointments/Promotions/New hires/Resignations/Deaths

National Space Society Welcomes Janet Ivey As New NSS Governor: Janet Ivey of Janet's Planet is NOW IN ORBIT as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Space Society August 27th, 2015

National Space Society Welcomes Geoff Notkin As New NSS Governor August 26th, 2015

Nanostart AG: First-half figures 2015 published and new supervisory board elected : Publication of first-half figures 2015 - Shareholders' meeting elected new supervisory board August 22nd, 2015

Markus Lusser is New President of Leica Microsystems August 11th, 2015

Environment

Reversible Writing with Light: Self-assembling nanoparticles take their cues from their surroundings September 3rd, 2015

RUSNANOPRIZE Directorate Announces New Deadline for Nominations Submission – September 11, 2015 September 1st, 2015

Successful boron-doping of graphene nanoribbon August 27th, 2015

Iranian Scientists Utilize Nanomembranes to Purify Wastewater of Olive Oil Plants August 20th, 2015

Energy

Making fuel from light: Argonne research sheds light on photosynthesis and creation of solar fuel September 3rd, 2015

For 2-D boron, it's all about that base: Rice University theorists show flat boron form would depend on metal substrates September 2nd, 2015

Phagraphene, a 'relative' of graphene, discovered September 2nd, 2015

RUSNANOPRIZE Directorate Announces New Deadline for Nominations Submission – September 11, 2015 September 1st, 2015

Automotive/Transportation

QEOS and GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Offer Industry’s First CMOS Platform for MillimeterWave Markets: GLOBALSOLUTIONSSM Partnership will enable next-generation wireless technologies for applications in IoT, 5G and automotive September 3rd, 2015

CWRU researchers efficiently charge a lithium-ion battery with solar cell: Coupling with perovskite solar cell holds potential for cleaner cars and more August 27th, 2015

Lehigh University-DuPont tribology research seeks to reduce wear and waste August 13th, 2015

Flexible dielectric polymer can stand the heat August 6th, 2015

Sports

Make mine a decaf: Breakthrough in knowledge of how nanoparticles grow: University of Leicester and CNRS researchers observe how nanoparticles grow when exposed to helium July 23rd, 2015

New composite material as CO2 sensor June 8th, 2015

Nanoparticles Used to Improve Mechanical, Thermal Properties of Cellulose Fibers April 23rd, 2015

Researchers use nanotechnology to engineer ACL replacements: Researchers created a tri-component, synthetic graft for reconstructing torn anterior cruciate ligaments December 30th, 2014

Events/Classes

Tongfang Global and QD Vision Partner to Bring Wide Color Gamut to Global Television Lines: Color IQTM quantum dots help boost company’s focus on superior color reproduction September 3rd, 2015

STMicroelectronics Keynotes on the Next MEMS Wave at MIG Conference Asia September 2nd, 2015

JEOL Introduces New Best-in-Class Field Emission SEM September 2nd, 2015

TCL and QD Vision Demonstrate the Future of Wide Color Gamut Television at IFA: Color IQ Based Display is the First Commercially-Branded Television to Present Over 90% of ITU Rec. 2020 Color Gamut September 2nd, 2015

RFID

Conformal transfer of graphene for reproducible device fabrication August 11th, 2015

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Launches Industry’s First 22nm FD-SOI Technology Platform: 22FDX offers the best combination of performance, power consumption and cost for IoT, mainstream mobile, RF connectivity, and networking July 13th, 2015

New micro-supercapacitor structure inspired by the intricate design of leaves: A team of scientists in Korea has devised a new method for making a graphene film for supercapacitors July 2nd, 2015

Designer electronics out of the printer: Optimized printing process enables custom organic electronics June 16th, 2015

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic