Seating is an inarguably critical feature for many commuters, whether they’re traveling in planes, cars, buses, or trains. An uncomfortable seat can turn the easiest of commutes into a long, uncomfortable trek.

Riders on San Francisco’s BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Fleet of the Future enjoy an exceptional ride thanks to Rogers’ BISCO® MF1® silicone foam.

Providing safety and passenger comfort, Rogers’ silicone foam gave design engineers the ability to enhance seat design while providing an optimum passenger experience. BISCO silicone foams are manufactured to comply with EN 45545 requirements (a standard for fire protection of railway vehicles) without the use of restricted toxic substances. The fire-resistant properties are inherent to its homogenous cell structure, eliminating the need for fire-block layers.

Comfort was of top concern as well. BART understood it was an issue of immense interest for their riders as extensive lab testing revealed that commuters were looking for a firm but cushioned feel in the seats.

Martin S. Linder, a professor in the School of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University, and an internationally recognized expert in industrial design, said it’s not surprising that seating design is a top concern of riders.

“This is the kind of stuff the public interfaces with,” said Linder, who has no connection with BART. “Seating is personal.”

Linder, also founder and CEO of MSL Design, consults for the Herman Miller furniture company on the design of seating in hospitals — another setting where seating is important.

He said in both health care and public transit settings, there are practical concerns, such as having easy-to-clean surfaces for sanitation, but that comfort also has a non-trivial role to play.

“The materials that you choose matter,” he said. “They have to be easily cleaned, with density and rigidity to sustain a lot of use but to provide empathy to the body. We are not computers. We are made of tissue and bones.”

The selection of Rogers’ BISCO silicone material illustrates that BART cares about its customers by keeping them both safe and comfortable – making the daily commute a whole lot easier.

 

Chances are you’ve tuned into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games over the course of the last few days. You may be surprised to learn that, in addition to the athletes, cheering fans, and news crews, Rogers Corporation has a presence at the Games.  

PORON® Comfort polyurethane, our breathable and flexible cushioning material that delivers long-lasting and flexible cushioning to a wide range of products, is found in the insole of Harlick Skating Boots. Commonly viewed as a legend in the skating world, Harlick Boots are renowned for their quality and construction.

Here’s a recent note from Harlick:

Just thought you would like to know that your product was used to handcraft a Harlick custom skating boot for skaters that will be skating on Olympic ice. All of us at Harlick would like to thank you for your high quality product that is used. Without our suppliers Harlick wouldn’t be able to produce such a beautiful skating boot.

Harlick boots are all handcrafted, since 1933, in our small factory in California with a total of 10 employees. Our sons are fourth generation keeping the craft and all the old machines running. We say our job is sometimes messy and grinding but the end result is a masterpiece and the sport of ice skating is beautiful and inspiring!

Thank you and we look forward to many more orders with you!

Phil, Ginger, & Jason Kuhn

Harlick Skating Boots

Thank you, Harlick, and best of luck to all the competitors!

 

Inspired to Innovate: University Partnerships

On February 13, 2018, in Corporate, by mdippel

Global Innovation Partnerships 

Design collaboration and innovation is in our DNA.

At Rogers, we innovate to design a brighter and more sustainable future by creating a cleaner, safer and more connected world. Our innovative material solutions enable breakthroughs in clean technology, advanced connectivity, eMobility and more — but it’s our people that set us apart.

Our global teams enable innovations across the world, providing a range of services, from R&D and material engineering, to design engineering and product development.

Rogers’ innovation space expands far beyond the reaches of our laboratories – we are collaborating with technology leaders across the globe. Our R&D teams partner with leading research universities, peer companies, start-ups and OEMs to accelerate breakthrough innovations in advanced materials.

Rogers’ innovation teams solve material challenges for new and emerging applications, including Advanced Mobility and Advanced Connectivity, such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), electric and hybrid electric vehicles (EV/HEV), 5G infrastructure and many others.

From ideation to product incubation and development, we establish partnerships at the intersection of research, technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

University Partnerships 

We are proud to partner with leading research universities across the globe to accelerate commercialization of new material solutions in a regional context.

Creating relationships with universities and commercial partners in the Western region of the US through our Chandler, AZ Innovation Center.

Our Innovation Center in Burlington, MA partners with Northeastern University and other regional universities to drive strategic platform development.

Rogers Corporation operates three Innovation Centers spanning the globe, with locations in the US and China. These hubs of innovation leverage shared expertise and foster open collaboration between industry and academia.

Our Innovation Center in Suzhou, China partners with Chinese universities and peer companies.

Working closely with research scientists complements our own expertise in advanced materials. The Centers connect R&D and marketing teams with university researchers and students. Our partnerships also provide educational opportunities through student research co-ops, sponsored R&D programs, and other industry-classroom initiatives. For example, our research team in Eschenbach, Germany is fostering use-inspired research with leading European universities and technology partners.

Our global collalborations with research universities provide unique opportunities for symbiosis, collaboration, and the cross-pollination of ideas. Together, we are co-creating solutions to power, protect, connect our world.

Learn more about Rogers’ Innovation Centers. 

 

One man’s magic is another man’s engineering.” – Robert Heinlein

National Engineers Week is February 18-24! Join us in recognizing engineers and how they make the world a better place.

The annual National Engineers Week is a movement and commitment to raise awareness about STEM careers and the role engineers play in making a difference in our world.

This year’s theme focuses on how engineers inspire wonder by pushing limits and creating new innovations. From self-driving cars on Earth to satellites guiding travel from Space, engineers change the world in wondrous ways.

Engineering Our World

Engineers and Rogers are virtually synonymous. As an engineering company, we are developing advanced materials to power, protect, connect our world. We have over 350 engineers enabling innovations across the world, providing a range of services, from R&D and quality engineering, to supplier and sales engineering.

Celebrating Engineers Week, #eWeek2018 

As we prepare to celebrate this exciting week, we join nationwide initiatives to increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. Follow #eWeek2018 to participate in conversations and share your ideas to help prepare future generations of technical problem solvers.

Let’s start by sharing fun and engaging ways to inspire STEM-related career paths, as well as educational resources available to students, teachers, and parents.

Idea Starters

  • Talk to kids about engineering!
    Children are naturally curious about the world they live in. Spark their interest by engaging in interactive activities from STEM games and apps to camps, contests, and career resources. Visit this comprehensive list of 239 cool STEM sites for kids.
  • Watch “Dream Big: Engineering Our World with kids and youth. The film takes viewers on a journey to experience engineering wonders around the world. Dream Big is a fully interactive educational experience accompanied by virtual exhibits, educational events, and hands-on activities. Find it in a movie theater near you. 
  • Visit DiscoverE (discovere.org) for ideas and creative resources to help kids and youth discover and experience engineering.

Participate in Engineers Week Events

  • Go to an engineering-related event in your community. Check out DiscoverE’s calendar to see if there is an event near you.
  • Join online conversations using hashtag #eWeek2018 to share inspirational stories and educational resources.

Volunteer for a STEM Program and Share Your Knowledge

Many local youth organizations have or are developing STEM programs. Offer your help as a volunteer or mentor to give students your insight and inspiration about STEM careers.

All it takes is a good conversation, an inspirational story or a mentor to spark curiosity and even aspiration.

  • Invite a student to shadow you at work.
  • Make a presentation about engineering at a school career day.
  • Volunteer for a science and engineering fair.

Start your volunteer journey by searching for a local STEM organization in your area:

Share Your Ideas and Success Stories!

Share with us in the comments section how you are using engineering to inspire wonder and encourage kids and youth to pursue STEM careers.

 

 

Twelve countries around the globe have set goals to end the sale of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles starting in 2040. This will significantly accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles (HEVs). It will also increase the need for improved battery management systems to monitor and control the high-voltage battery stacks, and for power semiconductor devices for battery management, on-board charging, infotainment, electric motors, and more.

For EVs and HEVs, the introduction of high-voltage, high-density batteries, and fast chargers increases heat generation in battery packs. Higher power densities allow for smaller and lower cost hybrid batteries. But battery manufacturers need to design for higher powers and higher densities using optimized cell chemistries and specialty materials.

Lithium-Ion

Li-ion batteries have high energy per unit mass relative to other electrical energy storage systems, as well as a high power-to-weight ratio, high energy efficiency, and good high-temp performance. But there are safety concerns, as witnessed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone recall. Li-ion based systems need to ensure they don’t overheat or malfunction, such as from thermal runaway – when a sequence of exothermic reactions takes place within a cell, leading to overheating and potentially resulting in an explosion. Also, they contain cobalt and nickel, which are costly and toxic.

Lithium-Sulfur

Li-S batteries pack two to three times more energy than their Li-ion counterparts. They’re also less prone to overheating, which means they don’t need the complex control systems that keep Li-ion batteries from erupting in flames when overcharged or overtaxed. Increased safety and the fact that sulfur is abundant and cheap means Li-S power packs would be much less expensive to produce than Li-ion batteries. Unfortunately, Li-S batteries don’t hold a charge for long.

Metal-Air

Iron-air batteries have been around for decades, but they suffered from extreme inefficiency, losing half their power to a side reaction that produces hydrogen. Researchers have reduced the loss to 4 percent, bringing the technology closer to practical use.

Redox Flow

Flow batteries are thought to be the answer for large-scale, grid storage. Car manufacturers are thinking about putting them in vehicles because they are headed for $100 per kWh and their size and weight might fit. They don’t age the way solid batteries do; there are no electrodes to break down over time. They’re also flexible. The solutions can undergo recharging—by a renewable energy source, for instance—or they can simply be replaced with fresh, fully charged solutions.

Solid-State

Solid-state batteries provide substantially higher energy than conventional Li-ion batteries that rely on liquid-based electrolytes. In fact, as much as two to three times more energy. Solid-state batteries can also lower costs due to the potential for eliminating many of the expensive safety features typically associated with Li-ion systems. But solid-state electrolytes are expensive to make…for now.

Specialized Materials for Batteries

Vibration Isolation

Batteries, especially those in vehicles, need to be packaged to absorb internal impact energy. PORON® polyurethane and BISCO® silicone materials Compression Set Resistance (C-set) withstands collapse due to the stresses of compression and temperature over time. This extends the life of the battery by continuing to seal and absorbing shock.

Environmental Seals

Sensitive electronics need to be packaged to withstand the elements and function in all environments. Safety can be a concern as severe damage is possible – electrical shock or explosion – if a battery pack is not properly sealed. Gaskets based on BISCO® silicone materials seal the interface where a battery is plugged into an electrical grid and provide exceptional UV resistance and cold temperature flexibility. PORON® polyurethanes offer an economical alternative.

Power Electronics

In battery technology, semiconductors serve critical functions: boosting performance, reducing power losses, and optimizing thermal management.

Rogers’ ROLINX® busbars act as power distribution “highways.” These laminated busbars provide a customized power liaison for connecting battery cells or interconnecting between battery packs. The busbars can integrate both power and signal lines, including, for example, temperature measurement.

In IGBT and MOSFET power modules, substrates provide connections and cool components. curamik® ceramic substrates are able to carry higher currents, provide higher voltage isolation, and operate over a wide temperature range.

 
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