20 Aug 2019
Long-standing policies towards research and development no longer support manufacturers’ success, as mergers and globalization continue, due to:
- Demands for bigger profits from investors who are distant from the business reality
- Bigger investment in innovation needed to give future success
- Shortening timescales as globalization introduces pressures from BRIC economies
How is this affecting the innovation options for businesses? How can you make sure that you are ready to grasp opportunities that only lay within completely new development?
In this article I look at examples of innovation driven by urgent need to compete rather than long-term thinking, and how this affects innovation paths. In addition, I offer some take-aways on how to do innovation even better next time.
23 Jul 2019Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose & Polyurea: anti-settling & anti-sedimentation because of yield stress
Modified polyurea and Exilva microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) can both be used as rheology modifier in a variety of industries to prevent sedimentation and settling. In this article, I review the ability of the materials to give a yield stress in a waterbased system and, because of that, provide anti-settling & anti-sedimentation behavior. Tune-in on a comparison between these two rheology additives.
09 Jul 2019Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose & Clay Platelets: anti-settling & anti-sedimentation because of yield stress
Clay (including montmorillonite and bentonite) additives and Exilva microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) have a lot in common since they both can be used as rheology modifier in different industries. However, there are also clear differences. In this article, I will review the ability of the materials to provide yield stress and subsequent anti-settling & anti-sedimentation benefits. Tune-in on a comparison between two of the most potent anti-settling & anti-sedimentation additives available.
11 Jun 2019Exilva Microfibrillated Cellulose vs. Fumed silica: anti-settling benefits from effective yield stress
Exilva microfibrillated cellulose and fumed silica are both used for controlling the rheology of liquid systems, such as anti-settling and anti-sedimentation. But when we are comparing the two technologies, we also see differences. In this article, we will show you how the microfibrillated cellulose and fumed silica builds yield stress, and how they consequently can give good anti-settling and anti-sedimentation benefits.
29 May 2019
Surfactants are present in most consumer products. The most familiar examples are shampoos, hand wash products and cleaning products in general. Switching to sulfate free surfactants improves the environmental profile, but can be a challenge. Let me show you a way to this.
I will demonstrate that one can use cellulose fibrils to thicken and stabilize formulations with foam forming surfactants. The most important point to remember when preparing such formulations is to avoid foam formation during the incorporation step of surfactants with the cellulose fibrils.
08 May 2019
What is heat of hydration, and how does it affect the settling and curing phase of the concrete? Learn more about different types of concrete cracking, why they occur - and preventative measures and repair methods for fixing it in this Topic Tuesday. Hint: there are bio-based alternatives available!