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Materials Features

Smart plastics from igus can prevent downtime and make it possible to schedule maintenance

System failure or unplanned machine downtime are among the industry's most significant cost drivers. Hence, maintenance engineers are demanding more condition-monitoring systems and predictive maintenance solutions to make it possible to schedule maintenance and prevent unplanned failures.

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Tuneable bioplastic may revolutionise industry

Plastics pose a problem for the planet. Whether it’s due to the fossil fuels used to produce them or the harmful chemicals released during their slow degradation process. Despite these issues, plastic has become so intertwined with our daily lives that giving it up presents a complex challenge. Here Dr Ashlee Jahnke, Head of Research and Development at bioplastic research specialist Teysha Technologies, suggests a sustainable solution to the plastic pollution problem.

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How composite materials helped place an Italian racing team in pole position

Motor racing has always been at the forefront of research and development as every team looks to glean an advantage over rivals and shed away those few precious seconds per lap.

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Shielding the Solar Orbiter against extreme heat

Last February, the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter started a two-year journey to provide the first detailed pictures of the sun’s poles and insights about the never-before-observed magnetic environment that regulates the sun’s 11-year solar cycle. How can a satellite move around the sun without burning? Here Samir Jaber, content writer at Matmatch, explores the materials that protect a solar orbiter.

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