NEWS

10/05/2019

MilesTek LSZH cables for demanding applications

Specialised in manufacture of products for military, aviation, broadcast and telecom industries since 1981, MilesTek is part of the Infinite Electronics group, offering electronic components and technical support. MilesTek has launched a range of LSZH (Low Smoke Zero Halogen) PIN FR cables including D-subminiature video, USB 3.0 and mains leads.

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10/05/2019

PIN FR ruggedized railway data cables

TE Connectivity, a global communications electronics supplier with 7 000 engineers worldwide, has launched a Category 5e quad high speed data cable for railway rolling stock and infrastructure applications, compliant to EN45545-2.

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10/05/2019

Notre Dame de Paris

On 15th April, The fire which partly destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, a symbol of the French nation, was watched live by the nation at peak television news time. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it started in the complex “forest” of roof rafters where renovation work was underway.

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10/05/2019

Why aviation fire testing is important

Beth Dean, in IFP Magazine, summarises the history of aviation fire safety, key fire tests used today and perspectives for the future. Materials fire testing in aviation was introduced from the 1940’s but was limited to vertical flame spread.

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10/05/2019

Most expensive barbecue ever?

Two Italian students face a combined fine of 27 million Euros because their garden barbecue grilling meat accidentally started a wildfire on 30th December 2019.

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10/05/2019

4th Spanish Fire Retardant Plastics Conference

The fourth Fire Retardant Plastics Conference, organised by AIMPLAS with pinfa support in Valencia, Spain, 4th April, brought together seventy flame retardant producers, compounders, flame retardant users and retailers.

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10/05/2019

C2MA Mines d’Alès

Rodolphe Sonnier, C2MA Mines d’Alès, France, outlined different possible routes for developing bio-based PIN flame retardants. Bio-based molecules can have a high oxygen/carbon ratio (so low energy release in fire), functional groups enabling grafting of flame retardant molecules, and an inherent capacity to generate char (carbon content).

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10/05/2019

AIMPLAS

Begoña Galindo, AIMPLAS, indicated that the bio-plastics are expected to grow from 2% of the world market in 2015 to 40% in 2030. She presented the example of fish processing waste: 2 million tonnes/year is generated annually in Europe.

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10/05/2019

AIMPLAS

Belén Redondo, AIMPLAS, presented the example of bio-based FRs derived from poultry production by-products (feathers, of which 3 million tonnes are generated annually in Europe). In the KaRMA project www.karma2020.eu (Horizon 2020), functionalised keratins are being tested for FR coating of textiles and construction sector materials (e.g. wood and concrete); and the feathers themselves to bring both structure and fire resistance in composites with bio-derived polymers (humins from carbohydrates).

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