INNOVATIONS BLOG

Finally a Boost in Comfort for Aircraft Seats...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Oct 13, 2016 1:51:53 PM

It’s true that flying is the fastest form of transportation, but over long distances it can be pretty exhausting. Aircraft seats with air-filled cushions are helping to ease the strain. They offer passengers much greater comfort than conventional seats using foam and are also exceptionally light. Lantal, a Swiss supplier serving the aviation industry, has developed a sophisticated system that uses films made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro. Air travelers can individually adjust the firmness of their seats or backrests as desired, simply by further inflating the cushions or releasing air from them. The extremely elastic and flexible TPU films ensure that the pressure inside the cushions is optimally distributed. “It’s with innovations like this that we want to make the world a brighter place,” says Wolfgang Stenbeck, Product & Application Manager for specialty films at Covestro. “In addition to developing the material, we also supported Lantal with our processing know-how.” Lightweight seats benefit not only airlines, but also the environment. That’s because when compared with conventional foam cushions, weight savings of up to three kilograms per seat can be achieved in business class, and as much as five kilos in first class. “That saves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions,” says Andreas Gühmann, Technology Director for Pneumatic Comfort Systems at Lantal. “And the system requires zero maintenance, which helps to further reduce operating costs.” Airlines also are using the seats to better position themselves in a ferociously competitive market – in the knowledge that such a high degree of comfort is valued particularly by customers for the more expensive seating categories.

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Learn More About Creativity And Innovation From LEGO...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 31, 2016 2:11:31 PM

Many companies and design agencies tend to look at the design and creativity stage from a narrow perspective. Usually, the design team is locked inside the ideas room with no contact with the rest of the world until it delivers the idea that gets approved by the client or project manager. Once a project goes into crisis mode and stress increases, creativity is given an even more limited role in the project. This can be a result of the high cost of developing creative concepts or a lack of confidence that creative people are able to handle pressure and provide help at this critical stage of the project. Additionally, generic models of the development process do not focus much on innovation and creativity, whether partially or holistically, leading enterprises such as BT, Microsoft, Starbucks, Xerox, Yahoo and others to provide the proof that an innovative design process can lead to a competitive position in the market — see “Eleven Lessons: Managing Design in Eleven Global Companies” (PDF). Over the last century, many incidents have provided examples that innovation and creativity can play an essential role for an organization in the midst of crisis. Creativity and innovation in such cases take a broader role outside of the ideas room. They can be applied to redesign a company’s structure and devise a more innovative process that leads to products that meet both creativity and business needs. One interesting example of this is LEGO, the world-famous toy manufacturer. By studying its crisis, lasting from 1993 to 2004, we’ll answer two main questions: Can creativity and innovation help an organization in its time of crisis? And can studying cases such as LEGO’s reveal a model for the broader role of creativity in an organization for other enterprises to follow?

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Post-consumer Waste Creates Graduation Gowns...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 27, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This year almost 30,000 Australian university students will graduate in gowns made from recycled plastic bottles.
Six Australian universities are using the gowns since they became available last December. Hank Thierry, general manager graduations for Reed Graduation Services Pty. Ltd., based in the Melbourne suburb of Keysborough, said the gowns are made in China from post-consumer waste, mainly PET bottles. Thierry said each gown contains the equivalent of 28 recycled bottles. Thierry said the technology was developed in the United States and he traveled there to establish a supply chain and then arranged for the gowns to be manufactured in China. Reed established its own brand, Envirograd, under which it markets the gowns to universities and other higher-education campuses.

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Luminous Clothing with TPU Film Comprising LED...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 25, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Covestro (Hall 6, Stand A 75) will showcase an item of luminous clothing at the K 2016 plastics trade fair. LED make it truly stand out, but can also perform key functions such as protecting pedestrians and cyclists against accidents. What makes it special is that the light-emitting diodes are not positioned on a panel or strip, but on a piece of soft fabric. At the center of the development is an electronic system that is responsive to movements without losing its functionality. The system comprises a flexible and formable film made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro. The TPU is the substrate for the printed copper circuits, which are arranged in a meandering pattern and can thus also be bent and stretched.

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IBM Researchers Discover a New Way to Recycle PC...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Aug 12, 2016 12:30:00 PM

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, Industry News

Travel-friendly Refillable Fragrance Bottles ...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Whether for luxury or mass-market use, these mini fragrance bottles can now be easily refilled, making them suitable for travel or promotional giveaways. A separate adapter piece, which fits almost any perfume bottle, lets consumers fill a travel-size version of their favorite scent through the container’s base without using a funnel or pipette (imagine the photo above upside down to see how it works). This speaks to two of today’s consumer trends: customization and sustainability. Article reference: Qosmedix

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Fiber Fabric for High-visibility Protective Apparel...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 21, 2016 1:00:00 PM

TOKYO, Japan -- Teijin Limited announced a new aramid fiber fabric suited for use in high-visibility protective apparel thanks to its extra-vivid coloring and resistance to fading. The new aramid fabric is expected to meet growing demands for safety clothing that offers comfort and maneuverability, as well as high visibility. The new aramid fabric is fully compliant with ISO 20471:2013, the international standard for high-visibility clothing that enables others to see the wearer in a variety of lighting conditions. Teijin developed the fabric in collaboration with Komatsu Seiren Opening a new window, one among leading fabric manufacturers. Teijin is strengthening its leading position in the Japanese market for protective apparel, putting forward new hybrid safety solutions that combine various high-performance materials to meet diverse customer demands. The company’s global-development initiatives are expected to boost sales in the global market for safety and protection field to JPY 20 billion by 2020. Over the decades, Teijin’s durable, heat-resistant, flame-retardant aramid fibers have contributed to the advancement of safety and protective apparel, providing police, firefighters and chemical-plant workers with high-performance clothing favored for their high-visibility, flame-retardant and flame-proof properties.

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CF Fabric-based Light-weighted Cycling Helmet...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jul 19, 2016 9:51:40 AM

BORAS, Sweden -- Giro Sport Design, one among the cycling world’s design leaders, announces the release of an innovative new cycling helmet – the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS – that utilizes TeXtreme® carbon fiber fabrics to create a lighter, stronger and more rigid outer shell. In 1985 Giro pioneered the aerodynamic helmet category with the original Advantage and now it redefines the category with the release of two new models – the Aerohead™ Ultimate MIPS and the Aerohead MIPS – their fastest time trial helmets ever. “By utilizing TeXtreme® in the carbon fiber shell of the Aerohead Ultimate MIPS, we were able to further reduce frontal area exposure, making our fastest shape ever even faster,” says Rob Wesson, Giro Director of Helmet R&D. “We collaborated with the engineers at TeXtreme® and worked as partners in composites to analyze, test and find the optimal solution for the shell.” TeXtreme® Technology differs from conventional carbon fiber materials due to its innovative production methods using Spread Tows instead of yarns to produce a fabric with an optimized fiber structure. Its longstanding presence in the winner’s circle – in numerous areas of the sporting world – serves as proof to its lightweight and performance benefits. The Aerohead Ultimate MIPS has already been raced to victory on both the road and track by the world’s top professionals. It made its official debut at the Amgen Tour of California time trial stage, with BMC Racing Team, Team Katusha, and Team WIGGINS, while top professional triathletes including Linsey Corbin, and Andreas and Michael Raelert, will compete in the Aerohead MIPS this summer.

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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Squash Tennis Racquets...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Jun 2, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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Biomedical 3D Textile Technology Using Bioresorbable Polymers...

Posted by NOVATION Staff on Apr 9, 2016 9:00:00 AM

TELFORD, Pa. -- Secant Medical has developed a new 3D textile engineering technology by integrating traditional textile engineering with advanced biomaterials. While 3D printing or additive manufacturing has gained considerable attention as a novel method to create 3D biomedical forms, 3D printing does not always offer the dimensional stability, material selection and engineering properties desired. The 3D textile technology leverages Secant Medical’s long history in developing medical textiles for use in implantable medical applications. Once programed the 3D textile set-up can produce high-quality, mass-engineered structures with a high degree of repeatability. By combining the spatial resolution capability with advanced bioresorbable polymers, Secant Medical uses the company’s proprietary bioelastomer Regenerez® to assist in enhancing the biomechanical properties of these 3D structures. This technology transforms a simple, synthetic textile into an elastomeric scaffold which allows the researcher a broad range of bioresorbable polymers for the structural design. The company has begun development of an anatomical scaffold prototype based on the trachea. The patent pending technology can provide the researcher with off-the-shelf scaffolds for a range of structures in various sizes to meet demographic demands. For instance, the 3D textile engineered trachea scaffold demonstrates the precision of creating 20 C-shaped rings stacked along the length of the prototype with narrow, flexible regions spaced in between to mimic the natural bio-architecture of the trachea.

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Topics: Innovative Ideas, 3D Printing