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Article citation: , (2012) "Web sites", Assembly Automation, Vol. 32 Iss: 1, pp. -
Active Disassembly Research (ADR) is a consultancy company that centres around patent development for clients in NA, EU and Asia.
This multimedia web site provides up-to-date resources on active disassembly (AD) and active disassembly using smart materials (ADSM) research and development, guidelines, and projects.
More specifically, the site contains links on ADSM technology; projects; AD guidelines; image and video galleries; publications which include patents, journals, and books; details on ADR’s consulting; and why ADSM is useful.
This is the homepage for the Integrated Systems Lab (ISL) at Virginia Commonwealth University. ISL focuses on developing novel material systems that utilize interactions and achieve novel functionality at molecular, nano- and micro-scales.
This clear and concise site provides information on ISL’s ongoing research on the following topics: bioderived ionic transistors, ionic liquid pumps, magnetoelectric materials, self-healing polymers, and surface synthetic jets. Additional links include publications, news and events, facilities, and people.
The Piezo Institute, launched in 2008, is an European consortium of academic researchers and companies with expertise and experience in piezoelectric materials and devices.
The institute’s comprehensive web site describes its: applications in the healthcare, transport, and everyday uses industries; services which include contract research in the areas of material characterization, chemistry and process engineering, solid-state physics, piezo metrology and standards, micro- and nano-technologies, MEMS devices, numerical modeling, device design, manufacture, and testing; resources which features the download of a simple tool, the Piezo Calculator, developed by the institute; and press.
This informative site also offers complimentary reports, a newsletter, a directory, and a site search key.
The Autonomous Materials Systems group is part of The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois.
Inspired by biological systems, the group’s research thrusts are primarily aligned with three overarching scientific aims in self-generating materials systems, microvascular material architectures, and high-resolution experimental techniques for material analysis. The homepage serves as a portal to a summary link which contains pages on microencapsulated systems, microvascular systems, and mechanoresponsive polymers.
Other links from the homepage take the visitor to: publications; a gallery of images, videos, and animation; news; people; and sponsors.
With the vision to become “The Self-Healing Company” this privately held, University of Illinois offshoot startup, offers innovative self-healing technologies that extend coating lifetimes.
Autonomic Material Inc.’s (AMI) well laid out web site features an excellent overview of its: technology, self-healing polymeric systems that are capable of autonomically repairing themselves after damage; applications of AMI’s series of self-healing agents for coatings for elastomers, thermosets, and powder coatings for a dozen different markets; and innovation for customised markets and applications.
There is additional data on the company, careers, and news highlights.
This very creative web site design of the Smart Materials and Structures Laboratory (SLS) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong highlights its publications, people, news, and nine projects: adaptive temperature control valves using shape memory alloys, designing novel surgical tools using shape memory alloys, high-performance vibration damping for electronics manufacturing equipment, inchworm motor systems for nanopositioning, magnetorheological fluids with nanoparticles for microaccelerometers, precision positioning of hard disk drives, self-powered piezoelectric sensors, smart dampers for train suspension systems, and vibration control using enhanced self-sensing piezoelectric actuators.
The links page offers extensive resources.
Renishaw Advanced Materials is a UK company that develops advanced diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings, shape memory alloy (SMA) products, and materials demonstrating the piezo effect. The company’s products are used in the biomedical, engineering, automotive, aerospace, instrument, and luxury goods sectors.
Renishaw’s web site presents a good overview of the company and its products and services. Also available on the site are news, a glossary, and a search key for over 80 documents and downloads.