Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ultra-lightweight Titanium Mufflers Save Significant Weight in Style

An exhaust system directs the gases out of the engine into the environment, while reducing the noise. These exhaust gases are hazardous to humans and environment, alike. Rigid Governmental norms concerning the emission levels play a critical role in monitoring & reducing pollution. 


What Comprises a Cold-end Exhaust System?

An exhaust system includes piping & hangers and after-treatment devices. After-treatment devices include particulate filters & catalytic converters that help reduce poisonous emissions. Decoupling elements connect the exhaust parts with the remaining exhaust system, including mufflers, to reduce noise. Piping and after-treatment devices are referred to as “hot end.” Mufflers and tailpipes are known as “cold end” of the exhaust system.

The Titanium Muffler Exhaust System

Agency Power Industries LLC, an Arizona-based company, manufactures parts for cars ranging from Ferrari, Nissan, Porsche, BMW, to name a few. Agency Power has developed a full titanium exhaust system for Porsche 996 Turbo (2001-2005). These exhausts systems, from high flow 200cell cats to the quad tips, are made from ultra-lightweight titanium. The entire exhaust system weighs nearly 16lbs. This titanium assembly gives Porsche Turbo a distinct and slightly higher sound. The power-weight ratio is accomplished due to the significant weight saving and the power it provides. 

This exhaust system helps realize faster throttle response from a larger diameter piping, which frees the turbochargers. The system encompasses high flow cats and staggered quads.

The F-RT Turbo Dual Burnt Tip Muffler 

Megan Racing, a California-based company’s F-RT muffler, was given an oval design instead of the canister-style universal muffler. These features are similar to the perforated-core design of the canister mufflers. The F-RT muffler has a mellow, but deeper tone, due to the increased amount of packing contained inside the muffler casing. This assembly line of offset inlet universal mufflers is meant for vehicles that require this type of design for bumper clearance. The F-RT mufflers sport silver chrome finish with dual-roll burnt tips. The mufflers can be reversed and installed as they contain logos on both sides.

Market Overview

According to Grand View Research, Inc., the cold-end exhaust system aftermarket is predicted to exceed USD 6 billion by 2025. The growth can be accredited to stringent government regulations, sophisticated technology incorporated in the exhaust systems, and rigid government regulations & emission norms.

Market Competitors

Flowmaster, Inc.; MagnaFlow; Bosal Group; and Calsonic Kansei Corporation are some of the leading competitors in the market. The competitors adopt modern ways of distribution, such as online catalogs and e-commerce to gain a competitive edge in the market.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Ensure Low Glossiness with Matting Agents

Glossy paints appear luminous and vibrant, which is quite appealing, however, they have various limitations. For instance, a shinier surface is highly reflective, which can be distracting and even highlight imperfections, if any. For people who prefer sober and soft colors, matte finish paints are a befitting choice. In addition, they are more durable and slip resistant. This has induced the demand for matting agents.


Matting agents are additives in paints and coatings, which can improve performance of paints and reduce their overall shine. Their addition to paints results in diffusion of light. They are also used in inks, plastics, and other materials. Silica matting agents are popular due to their mar resistance and dispersion properties.

Synthetic silica gel is used by Deuteron GmbH, Evonik Industries, and W.R. Grace & Co. for manufacturing these agents, albeit they use different formulations for their respective products.

Novel Developments

Recent studies have shown effective ways to improve matting agents. These include surface structuring and internal light scattering. Surface structuring enhances the properties of the coating during the curing process. Internal light scattering distributes light inside the coating itself. These new methods are now preferred over conventional coating methods using silica and wax.

Waterborne coatings are environment-friendly with properties of water repellency and abrasion resistance. They can adhere quickly to wooden surfaces due to high molecular weight. This will benefit manufacturers who need to follow the strict Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Evonik Industries has launched a product line of waterborne coatings—“ACEMATT”—to cater to growing industrial demands.

Market Overview

The matting agents market is expected to reach USD 1.05 billion by 2025, according to Grand View Research, Inc. The market is anticipated to experience growth owing to the increase in application of paints and coatings, for instance, increasing industrial applications in China is an additional factor that may influence demand.

Waterborne matting agents are anticipated to lead the global market from 2014 to 2025 (forecast period). These agents facilitate the production of haze-free films that scatter light. Industrial coating applications are expected to grow significantly with the demand reaching almost 86.5 KT (kilotons) by 2025. Europe is anticipated to grow with CAGR of 5.1% during the forecast period because of the huge demand for architectural and wood coatings. Some of the prominent market participants are Evonik Industries, W.R. Grace & Co., and Huber Engineered Materials.

In-depth report on matting agents market by Grand View Research:


Thursday, 9 March 2017

Anti-Drone Systems: Creating Hostile Skies for Illegal Drones!

Anti-drone systems provide utmost protection to fields and areas of varying sizes, functions, and forms. These are integrated systems that can be customized with different types of solutions and equipment as per customer needs and requirements. They are made of various kinds of equipment depending upon the type of application. These applications could be private houses, government buildings, border security, commercial venues, prisons, airports, military facilities, critical infrastructure, and industrial installations. 


An integrated Anti-drone system comprises diverse combinations of drone detection equipment (RF spectrum analyzers, acoustic sensors, drone detection radars and others), drone neutralization equipment (interception systems, stationary & mobile jammers, and drone capture nets etc.), and supplementary safety solutions for better & greater protection (security-related software, mobile security vans, and long range acoustic devices among others)

Latest Product Innovations

In recent times, a number of anti-drone systems have been introduced in order to keep a check on the use of unauthorized drones. Some of the recently launched anti-drone systems are as follows:

DroneShield

DroneShield employs acoustic technology to identify incoming drones from over 150 yards. It sends alerts in the form of text messages or e-mails to the monitoring service in use.

Maldrone

This is the very first backdoor malware that can take control of drones from a distance by infecting the program or software that operates the sensors & drivers of drones. The malware then shuts down the autopilot, thereby causing the infected drone to crash.

Operator Locator:

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun testing a certain technology that can spot small drone operators functioning illicitly near airports. This technology can sense radio signals utilized to run rogue drones within 8 km radius. The exact location of operators of unauthorized drones can thus be traced.

Market Overview:

According to a report published by Grand View Research, Inc., the global anti-drone market is expected to reach nearly USD 1.8 billion by 2024. Widespread adoption of UAVs (Undefined Aerial Vehicles) or drones fuels the demand for anti-drone systems. These systems track the presence of illicit drones. Airbus Group SE; The Boeing Company; Blighter Surveillance Systems; Droneshield Ltd.; and Dedrone GmbH are some of the major companies operating in the global anti-drone market.

In-depth report on Anti-Drone Market by Grand View Research:

Listen Closely to Your Customer With Speech Analytics

Speech analytics is a must-have in any company. It helps organizations understand customers’ ails and changing trends. Speech analytics is a process of analyzing the recorded calls of customers to improve communication, products, services, and processes. 


Are You Listening ?

NICE Systems Ltd., an Israel-based company, is a pioneer in business intelligence and customer experience analytics. The company acquired a U.S.-based interactive analytics software company, Nexidia, and introduced Nexidia Interaction Analytics.

Nexidia Interaction Analytics is adept in understanding and accessing customer information and providing relevant customer data, such as why is a customer contacting a company, what are the loopholes in a process, etc. This data can help improve operational efficiency and performance. This solution is an amalgamation of the best of the technologies for postcall evaluation as well as real-time speech analytics. It will help an organization analyze and categorize 100% of  voice communications.

The technology will convert the conversation into basic speech units and instantly identify a predefined list of words or independent words. This helps assess calls as they are taking place and triggers the next best step to guide the telephone operator.

The Speech-to-Text Transcription (STT) technology converts the audio exchanges into text for better data mining. This will help service providers reach the root of the problem and will also help in phonetics indexing. 

Nexidia Interaction Analytics technology will use talk-over analysis to provide better analysis of the conversation during simultaneous conversations. It will provide the end user with information such as who said what during the call. It will also gauge emotional status of a customer and highlight the frequent concerns voiced by them, to identify the trending customer satisfaction. 

Market Insight

According to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc., the speech analytics market is predicted to reach USD 1.64 billion by 2025. These analytics are vastly used by governments, healthcare, retail industry, telecommunications, Banking, Finance service, & Insurance (BFSI), and others. Growing usage of smartphones, tablets, and laptops can drive this technology.

Competitors:

Call Miners, Nice Systems, Verint Systems, and Avaya Incorporated are some of the leading competitors of the speech analytics market. They undergo strategic alliances to gain advantage over other competitors.

In-depth report on Speech Analytics Market by Grand View Research:

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Dairy Ingredients: A Boon for Health Enthusiasts

Dairy products are not only delicious, but refreshing as well. These can include ice creams, chocolates, desserts, and other confectioneries. There are people who are unable to consume such treats as they are allergic to milk (or lactose intolerant). “Dairy ingredients” are products that help such consumers enjoy these treats without the risk of an allergic reaction.


Dairy Ingredients

Dairy ingredients are products created for consumers unable to consume milk or its derivatives in the regular form. Since dairy products are the number one source of vitamin D, dairy ingredients will be extremely popular. These ingredients can be made from whey or milk. They are popularly advertised as “nondairy,” to provide them a distinct identity.

Nonfat Dry Milk (NFDM) is obtained by removing water from milk via pasteurization. It has high protein levels compared to whole milk. Whey, a natural by-product of cheese manufacture, is in high demand due to its protein content. Whey Protein Concentrates (WPCs) and Whey Protein Isolates (WPIs) are created by ultrafiltration. They are available in the form of supplements, which are taken by gym rats and health enthusiasts. 

Current Trend

Starbucks Corporation, a prominent U.S. coffee chain, has adopted dairy ingredients as part of its menu. It introduced its latest product “Doubleshot line with Coffee & Protein” consisting mainly of dairy ingredient. It is available in dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee varieties. Even their line of fresh juices contain soy protein isolate and protein concentrate. Made using high-pressure processing instead of pasteurization, these drinks retain their flavors as well as their high protein content.
Some consumers also follow the “Paleo” (or Paleolithic) diet, which demands strict adherence to protein. In light of this, Arla Foods Ingredients, a division of Arla Foods, has introduced a line of beverages with their signature product “Nutrilac WheyHi.” Such products would benefit lactose-intolerant consumers as well.

Market Outlook

The dairy ingredients market will touch approximately USD 87 billion by 2024. It had market volume of 13.7 million tons in 2015. The global market is primarily driven by healthconscious people as well as lactose-intolerant consumers. Fortified functional products that would provide consumers with the appropriate protein content will positively impact the market. 

Permeate powder/dried permeate had sales of 208.6 kilotons (KT) in 2015. It is used as an additive in soups, beverages, sauces, soups, and desserts. Asia Pacific accounted for maximum market demand in 2015. This can be ascribed to increased manufacturing capacity of manufacturers in China and India. Some eminent market players are Arla Food Ingredients; Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA); and Volac International Ltd.

In-depth report on Dairy Ingredients Market by Grand View Research:

Monday, 6 March 2017

Osteosynthesis Devices Market Anticipated to Benefit From Resorbable Devices

Accidents happen from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances. These can lead to bone fractures. Orthopedic surgeons specialize in fixing broken bones. Osteosynthesis devices are a breakthrough in the medical industry, aiding surgeons in their jobs.


Osteosynthesis Devices - A Sneak Peek

Osteosynthesis devices are metallic healthcare instruments. They assist in healing bone fractures. These devices bring fractured bones together & immobilize them to accelerate healing. They aid patients suffering from osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and other bone-related disorders and are used in surgeries such as Bilateral Sagittal Split Ramus Osteotomy (BSSO).

Novel Developments 

Body absorbable or resorbable devices have huge demand. This can be credited to their absorption by the body without any adverse effects. They eliminate the need for a second surgery for device removal. Surgeries with these devices have been successful in rats and rabbits.
Resorbable devices have been used successfully to treat BSSO patients. They are considered an alternative to titanium-based fixation equipment. Homoelastic devices are an upcoming trend. Eureka Corporation recently patented this technology and hopes to redefine implants. Homoelastic instruments are made of carbon fiber reinforced Polyether Etherketone (PEEK), which is compatible with Computer Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). 

Market Outlook

The global osteosynthesis devices market is anticipated at USD 9.9 billion by 2024. It stood at about USD 5.5 billion in 2015. Biocompatible & absorbable devices witness constant innovations. 
Internal and external fixation are the two kinds of equipment through which fractures can be fixed. Internal equipments comprise intramedullary rods & nails, wires & pins, screws & plates, and spinal fixation devices. External fixation involves bone lengthening and fracture fixation. Internal equipments hold higher share, with them being a common “fracture-fixing” solution. 
North America led the market in terms of demand & sales in 2015. Its dominance can be attributed to rising minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries in the region. Increasing research on osteosynthesis devices also influences regional demand. Some major players in the worldwide market are Stryker Corporation; Globus Medical, Inc.; and NĂ©osteo SAS.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Carbon Capture & Storage to Reduce Carbon Footprints

Change in lifestyle and human desire to own various modes of transport, clothes, and other luxuries has resulted in pollution. Of late, researchers found an innovative way to use the polluted air emitted into the atmosphere to their advantage through Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).


CCS - Further Insights

CCS is a method used to capture Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and convert them into energy. It is also known as carbon capture and sequestration. CCS works by capturing CO2 using precombustion, oxycombustion, industrial separation, & postcombustion and transports it safely via ships or tankers.

The U.S. government has transported huge quantities of CO2 using pipelines to recover the remaining oil from oilfields. This process is referred to as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and has been successfully adopted by oil & gas companies. 

Breakthroughs

Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals and Fertilizer Limited (TACFL), a company based in India, came up with a novel technique to use CCS. It converted CO2 into soda ash. Soda ash is used for manufacturing toothpaste, food additives, detergents & other industrial products. CCS will allow this firm to prevent the emission of 60,000 tons of CO2 annually. TACFL owes its CO2 removal technology to Carbon Clean Solutions, a UK-based firm. 

Petra Nova Parish Holdings, a venture undertaken by Japan’s JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration and America’s NRG Energy, is expected to capture & store 1.4 million tons of CO2 annually. The project would rely on the CCS technology of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a Japanese electronics company. It is said to be the largest postcombustion CCS plant in the U.S. The captured CO2 can be used to pump nearly 15,000 barrels of oil per day from the West Ranch Oil Field.

Market Overview

The global CCS market is anticipated over USD 8.7 billion by 2025. Its postcombustion capture segment will expand at around 15.6% CAGR from 2016 to 2025. EOR could reach a global value of over USD 6.1 billion by 2025. Some of the key market players are Statoil ASA, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Shell CANSOLV. Constant innovations may enable the control of global CO2 emissions. This will be a big step in the reduction of overall carbon footprints.

In-depth report on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market by Grand View Research:
http://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/carbon-capture-storage-ccs-market