We hope everyone is doing well as we reach the half-mark of 2018! It is no wonder that May and June tend to be extremely busy, as many of you are preparing for vacation or travel. Make sure to wear sunblock and other preventative measures to keep you from excessive heat & direct exposure from UV rays!
We are excited to announce Canon USA (Virginia), Inc. to the RheoSense family as of last week! Canon Virginia is a competitive player in the production and a prominent manufacturer of office & consumer products. Their role in the ink industry has been prominent as their presence was able to bring a new edge in innovative technology while manufacturing reliable cartridges, copiers, and printers throughout the United States and on a global scale. Their headquarter company Canon, Inc. Japan has been our customer since 2015 and we could not be happier working with Canon USA, Virginia on a now-domestic sector.
Laponite is an additive which is by definition, "a unique specialty additive; a layered silicate manufactured from naturally occurring inorganic mineral sources." The main purpose in which Laponite serves can be separated into two major uses:
1) Rheology Modifier — Laponite is added to various consumer products to improve stability; many products have been shear sensitive or thixotropic behavior. Laponite is often used as a thickener in cosmetics.
2) Film Former — Laponite produces film to create electrically conductive coatings
Aside from these two major uses, Laponite has been used in the healthcare industry as a bioink additive to hydrogels, enabling a habitable environment for stem cells and also playing a role in creating a biodegradable containment for drug delivery.
Do you subconsciously dread the first drop of ketchup out of its bottle? Have you noticed the inconsistent flow in the substance as you try to coax the ketchup out, only to have a huge gush of flow when you realize you have coaxed it a little too well?
Whether you work with printed electronics, touch displays, or any of the number of applications working with conductive inks, coatings, paints and pastes, viscosity is one of the key parameters in the development of your process. Over the last few months, RheoSense has released a number of applications related to conductive inks. Our instruments allow for accurate rheological charaterization of these samples between 4°C and 105°C. Check them out!