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Category Archives: Opinion
High Time for Modernization & Automation of the Rubber Manufacturing Industry from the Tree to SMR and Latex
Its the common consensus that it’s high time there was a tangible change to the existing approach to the Natural Rubber industry in Malaysia and the region. More than 50 years ago the first step into some level of automation with the implementation of the SMR process and standard, while it was and is a significant and lasting development but the industry reaching it has pretty much stayed the same, effectively labour intensive with grades based on dirt content.
In the words of a very wise man, the tree produces only one grade of rubber, pure and pristine, it takes considerable effort in order to introduce the dirt that then requires a grading system. Such things as automated tapping systems in the form of electical tapping knives, puncture tapping etc, poly-bagging, special containers etc have been around for decades but have been relegated to talking points and filing cabinets. It is reminiscent of the ungodly battle to get the SMR standard and process accepted, change seemed to be the enemy then, I believe it has been pretty much the same in recent times.
Latest offering from SRI boasting 100% Butyl Free SRI DVR Compound
Then when the same DVR Compound is added to Volume Medium grade Asian Retread Compound the results are interesting to say the least!The retention of properties is very exciting especially the EB% !!
With the significance of high Rolling Resistance and Heat Build Up in tyres being a direct measure of CO2 generation contributing to Global Warming its a particularly important factor in terms of sustainability in Commercial Vehicle and Passenger Car Tyres. The SRI DVR Compound is the first recycled content tested by global tyre manufacturers that does not impact adversely on Rebound Hysteresis test results which is a benchmark for Rolling Resistance and Heat Buildup in their tread compounds.
Graphene transcends disciplines
Interestingly, a few days ago The Economist published an article stating that “Bacteria may be the key to turning graphene into a semiconductor”, showing the potential of graphene in transcending disciplines in an effort to deliver superior products and services that are better for the ‘People, Profit and Planet’.
Given graphene’s extraordinary electrical conductivity properties, the possibility of making thin, flexible, semi-transparent graphene based electronics has existed in the public imagination for some time now. However, to date tests on graphene sheets showed that the electric current moves randomly and in all directions. Moreover, graphene does not have a bandgap – “a property needed to create the distinct “on” and “off” electronic states that transistors rely on to work, and which is induced in a material by disrupting the way its electrons are distributed”.
Tesla has open-sourced its patents on electric vehicle technology, according to a post on the company’s blog by CEO Elon Musk.
Musk explains that one of the company’s biggest goals is to move the entire electric vehicle market forward, which it can’t accomplish if it’s making it harder for others to enter the space:
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
I love my three young children immensely. So it’s hard for me to be fully rational about them. Of course they are the smartest, the best looking, and the most athletic. I’m not alone — all parents are irrational. We lose sleep worrying about things we can’t control and take pride in ridiculously small achievements we had nothing to do with.
Joel Makower “So, we need to align green innovations, and the marketing that goes into them, with the idea of being better, not just greener.”
Joel Makower: Green business maven shares his insights
Makower, one of the most respected voices in green business, talks about greener corporations, what the government could be doing to foster more environmentally friendly businesses, and why he’s optimistic about the future.Mon, Jan 30 2012 at 10:16 PM EST Photo: Joel Makower Joel Makower grew up in California and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in journalism. He worked as a journalist and nationally syndicated columnist and is a prolific author, with more than a dozen books published, including the oral history of the Woodstock music festival, a book that Rolling Stone called “the definitive history of the mega-event.” He has focused on the environment for more than 20 years and is a well-respected speaker, writer and consultant on all things green business including regular appearances on NPR’s “Marketplace” as a commentator. Joel is the chairman and executive editor of the GreenBiz Group and founder of GreenBiz. I have been a fan of Joel’s writing for as long as I’ve been reading environmental news and commentary. His book “Beyond The Bottom Line” was one of the first green business books I read and was a major influence in how I see the intersection between business and environment. I’m thrilled that he so kindly took the time to answer these seven questions. MNN: Does the world need saving?
22 December 2011
Metal-on metal hip replacements are lubricated by a layer of graphite, say scientists in the US. And this graphitic layer may be the product of proteins ground up the implant itself. This knowledge could help the design of new implants but also raises important questions about the action of the graphite in the body.
Over 50,000 hip replacements are performed each year in the UK and in the US that number is over 200,000. But although surgeons are moving towards low wearing metal-on-metal joints, no one is precisely sure why the two metal pieces slide so well. Although it is known there is a layer that affects the friction, lubrication and wear of the two surfaces, known as a tribological layer, until now no-one has examined its composition.
Hannah Elliott, Forbes Staff
Tesla today announced official pricing for its four-door electric sedan: $49,900 for a base Model S after a $7,500 federal tax credit.
The announcement comes after months of Tesla founder Elon Musk promising to deliver his first four-door electric car for around $50,000. (Tesla started selling its battery-powered $109,000 Roadsters in 2008.)
Of course, higher performing versions of the seven-passenger sedan will cost more: $59,900 for a 60 kWh (230-mile-range) model and $69,900 for an 85 kWh (300-mile-range) model. The 85 kWh performance Model S, which comes with additional equipment like Nappa leather interior and performance wheels, will cost $79,900 after federal tax rebates. Musk says it will go 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. More…….