Changes are sweeping the world of manufacturing as advanced materials and innovative production technologies are maturing. Remarkable advances in technology in the advanced materials landscape has been made in the past 25 years. Opening a promising avenue in the manufacturing marketplace are the new structural materials—metals, ceramics, polymers, and their composites. Dealing with a wide range of various production processes and products, the manufacturing industries demand sustainability and durability, which leads to the development of advanced technologies. Development of new advanced materials can be time-consuming and financially liable; hence, the industries resort to tweaking their existing materials to create new ones with advanced capabilities.
In the wake of these technology transitions, we are glad to feature top companies that are continually proving their mettle in the field of advanced materials solutions with several innovative technological capabilities and success stories up their sleeves. OAV Air Bearings is manufacturing the recently advanced air bearing technology with a commitment to provide its customers with the most precise bearing system available, spread over many existing and emerging markets around the world. In addition, the company has combined its past experience with the modern technologies and implemented military spec materials including aluminum, titanium, and graphite in producing state of the art OAV Air Bearing products. Another firm, Novation IQ, is developing disruptive technologies and advanced material that enable faster, better, and greenersolutions such as foams, films, fabrication, alternative energy, hybrid engines, and cancer therapies.
Adding value to the advanced materials manufacturing space is Kyma Technologies, a supplier of wide bandgap semiconductor (WBGS) and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductor (UWBGS) materials for next-generation lighting and power electronics applications. Walking the same road is Park Systems, a global manufacturer of atomic force microscopy (AFM) systems with a complete range of products for researchers and industry engineers in chemistry, materials, physics, life sciences, semiconductor and data storage industries. Providing highest data accuracy at nanoscale resolution, superior productivity, and lowest operating cost, Park’s products are used by over a thousand institutions and corporations worldwide. Another featured company, Thomas Swan, as a chemical manufacturer, operates across three divisions—advanced materials, performance chemicals, and custom manufacturing. Being independent, this company takes an innovative approach to develop cutting edge technology while providing a quality, reliable service.
With the digital manufacturing techniques gaining adoption, the manufacturers are discovering new ways to compete, innovate, and grow profitably even as they face challenges from volatile energy costs, workforce shortages, proliferating regulations, and a host of evolving risks. Meanwhile, industries that are enabled by advanced materials are particularly well poised to capture value in current global markets through the development of new functional solutions to address global unmet wants and needs.
We hope the issue of Manufacturing Technology Insights helps you build the partnership you and your firm needs to enable technology-driven advanced materials.
We present to you Manufacturing Technology Insights’ “Top 10 Advanced Materials Solution Providers 2019.”