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Advanced Battery Material  |  EMI Shielding  |  Expanded Foils  |  Expanded Metals  |  Lightning Strike Protection

Slit and Stretch: How Expanded Metals Are Made

Engineers who want to maximize the performance of their end products need to source the best materials for manufacturing. From aircraft and battery manufacturers to automotive and microelectronics manufacturers, engineers are experiencing the benefits of utilizing expanded metals as a superior alternative to woven wire or perforated products.    

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Carbon Fiber  |  Expanded Foils  |  Lightning Strike Protection

Why Superior Lightning Strike Protection Is Vital In Aerospace

On July 22nd, British Airways flight BA-35 departed from London. Nine hours later, the Boeing 787 arrived in India, along with 46 new holes to its body from a lightning strike. Though the plane arrived safely and no passengers were ever at risk, it was unable to make its return flight back to London. British Airways had to book alternative flights for the passengers scheduled for that flight.

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Battery Electrodes  |  Expanded Foils  |  Primary Battery

Advanced Primary Battery Electrode Design: Adopting Expanded Metal Foils

Though the attention given to secondary batteries is greater than ever, 90% of the $50 billion battery market is still comprised of primary batteries. It’s no surprise that these non-rechargeable batteries are so prominent – primary batteries play a key role in military, medical and automotive applications.

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Expanded Foils  |  Fuel Cells

Expanded Metal Mesh: An Ideal Component in Fuel Cell Design

Fuel cell manufacturers are always focused on improving their product’s versatility, durability and cost. From new designs to new materials, there are many ways in which you may go about improving your product in these regards. And many fuel cell manufacturers are choosing to implement expanded metal mesh into their fuel cell designs to those ends. From foils measuring just 50 microns thick in precious foils made of nickel, titanium, zirconium and silver, expanded metal mesh offers many instrumental design benefits. This post will walk you through those advantages, and detail how it can work to improve the performance or cost of your fuel cell applications.

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Thermal Interface Materials

Don’t Overheat: Thermal Interface Materials Protect Your Product

When they operate, electronic components produce heat. And if they become too hot, they can degrade the function of their devices. These products must be able to manage heat to maintain reliable, long-term function. Thermal dissipation and management is the means by which electronics maintain workable temperatures.

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EMI  |  EMI Shielding  |  Expanded Foils

Protect Your Electronics With Formable EMI Shielding

Every single day, we encounter electromagnetic interference, also known as EMI. Garbled conversations and dropped cell phone calls; The "noise" your radio makes when you drive under power lines; crackles on your phone lines during lightning storms. EMI can create inconveniences, but there are much more dire repercussions to EMI.

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Advanced Battery Material  |  Battery Electrodes  |  Precision Expanded Foils

3 Emerging Battery Manufacturing Technologies

With the long-lagging lithium ion battery still dominating our devices. the battery market is working tirelessly to create a faster, safer, cheaper and more powerful future. While batteries have always taken a backseat to more prominent technology, the slimmest of devices still depend on them. And they might be the most outdated component within these groundbreaking innovations. While rechargeable lithium ion is the lightest of the metal elements, most modern devices (and their users) have much to gain from a transformation in the battery market. For starters, their flammability and safety concerns have ruined product launches and tainted the reputations of their brands (hello Samsung and Galaxy Note 7).

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Advanced Battery Material  |  Aerospace Technology

Dexmet Expanded Metals Mentioned as Cost-Reduction Solution for Tesla Batteries

As Tesla tries to introduce their electric supercars to a broader market, they will need to reduce the cost of their batteries. In this post, titled "Tesla Motors Inc Needs Significant Cost Reductions on Batteries (TSLA)", Victor Alagbe, writing for learnbonds.com, shares his belief that Dexmet expanded metals could be a cost-reduction solution.     Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) needs to reduce the cost of batteries if it wants to sell the Model 3 for a price that is affordable for the masses. Tesla will begin taking pre-orders for the Model 3 on March 31 as part of a grand plan to take EVs to the mainstream market. Tesla’s Model 3 is an affordable EV priced at $35,000 before tax incentives and it preorder requires a $1,000 deposit. The car will be a sedan, about 20% smaller in size than the Model S and it will have a mileage of at least 200 miles on a single charge. The firm has been tight-lipped about what to expect from the Model 3 but we have enough hints, leaks and rumors to paint a fairly- accurate picture of the Model 3.

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