New and Noteworthy Categories on Thomasnet.com for February 2020

Thanks to our crack taxonomy team's continued seeking out of new and noteworthy categories for our platform, February's crop of new searchable categories includes nearly 40 new products and services to add to our 70,000+ category database. We've chosen our 10 favorites below to get you started on sourcing for the exact product or service you need.

1. Water Indicating Paste

Certain types of water indicating paste has found a use in studying the delivery effectiveness of biopharmaceuticals. However, most paste is used as a gauge in liquid fuel tanks to show whether the fuel may have water in the bottom, which can compromise an engine.

Water Indicating Paste can help to determine fuel purity in tanks like these

2. Embedded Contract Packaging

Embedded contract packaging involves embedding circuit components inside the chip instead of on top of it to save space. This is one of several types of innovation being driven by the continued growth of the contract packaging industry, including electronically conductive adhesives and thermocompression-made flip chips, which are part of package tracking devices and thinner than other flip chips. 

Embedded Contract Packaging

3. Vertical Grow Shelving Systems

Vertical grow shelving allows for vertical indoor farming, a space-saving way to farm while controlling factors like weather and pests year round. Although this type of farming is popular for growing starter plants and can be used to help keep medical marijuana farms under guard, it can also have very high setup costs.

Vertical Grow Shelving Systems

4.Intumescent Coating Materials

Materials that make up intumescent coatings form a swollen and protective coating when they're heated, which makes these coatings a natural choice for protecting objects from fire. Some of the latest industrial products to experiment with fireproofing include batteries being developed by the U.S. Army, which are based on water and heat-resistant lithium salt.

Intumescent Coating Materials can help save structures like this

5. Protective Filtration Garments

Protective filtration garments include full body suits that guard against chemicals, particulates, and mold. Certain other types of personal protection equipment has had a huge increase in sourcing over the past couple of months as coronavirus has spread across the globe, especially products like hazmat suits, masks, and respirators.  

Protective Filtration Garments

6. Vibration Molded Graphite

One of three types of artificial graphite made using different processes, vibration molded graphite finds uses in electrical, nuclear, aerospace and other industries for its mechanical strength and electrical conductivity. One of its latest new uses is as a potential anode material for Tesla car batteries, acting as a stepping stone to batteries that can last for a million miles. 

Vibration Molded Graphite can be used in car batteries

7. Micropiles

Micropiles provide deep foundation stability for structures in sensitive ground, bad bedrock, areas prone to seismic problems, and other foundation problems that require deep piles for stability. Other advancements in earthquake proofing buildings have meant a shift in recent years; although earthquake-proof buildings were once built to be as heavy and thick as possible, this is now known to cause more weight on the structure during shaking, increasing its ability to collapse. Modern earthquake buildings are built to be lighter and more flexible, using materials like steel

Micropiles

8. Building Waterproof Painting Services

Building waterproof paint is often used for avoiding water damage and keeping off graffiti as well as indoors. One of its more interesting uses, however, is in rooftops as a layer of a green or living roof. Green roofs, when protected by a waterproof layer, help with heat and water management, as well as air quality. 

Building Waterproof Painting Services

9.Hybrid CNC Machining & Additive Manufacturing Systems 

With the introduction of these hybrid machines a few years ago, manufacturers were offered machinery that can 3D print whatever parts are needed, then mill them to create a fully finished part. Apart from the debate of machining vs. 3D printing, these machines allow a manufacturer to use both techniques to complement each other.  

Hybrid CNC Machining & Additive Manufacturing Systems

10. Anti-Static Coating Services

Used on facility floors and parts to prevent buildup of static in potentially hazardous environments (such as where flammable materials are handled), anti-static coatings are finding new applications on other materials. These coatings on fabric, along with other textiles that feature antimicrobial fibers and adapt to the climate, are helping to bring back a renaissance in U.S. clothing manufacturing.

Anti-Static Coating Services

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