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.

 

Giving Back to Our Communities

On January 11, 2018, in Rogers Corporation, by mdippel

Each year, Rogers employees globally participate in acts of community outreach. While these events take place all year long, the spirit of the Holiday season offers many additional opportunities to help others. Whether through donations, fundraising, or volunteering, our employees know the importance of giving back to our communities. Let’s take a peek into a few of these seasonal outreach programs around the globe.  

North America

Helen Harrold and Karen Crawford take part in the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

Two carloads of large, festive packages were delivered for the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program.

Arizona is home to our Global Headquarters, an Innovation Center, and several manufacturing facilities. For the eleventh consecutive year, Rogers Arizona employees have participated in the “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. Coordinated by Home Instead Senior Care, this program connects Rogers employees with a local group of older adults in the community. Each senior receives a gift from their wish list, plus a bag of additional small items to help make their holiday more special.

This year, two carloads of large, festive packages were delivered to the Home Instead offices. Because of these efforts, many Arizona seniors had special gifts to brighten their holiday season.

Similarly, Rogers employees in Carol Stream, Illinois participated in their own holiday giving spree. The team at this location adopted two families in need, providing warm winter clothes, a holiday meal, gift cards for future use, and of course gifts, toys, and other goodies.

 

Europe

Conny De Backere, Sophie Vormezeele, and Caroline Grobet take part in Rogers’ fundraising efforts.

Christmas cards made by Rogers’ employees’ children.

Spreading even more of the holiday cheer, Rogers employees in Belgium joined in the nationwide annual “Music for Life” charity campaign. This campaign kicks off in September, with fundraising activities occurring throughout, culminating the week before Christmas in what is referred to as “the warmest week.” During this final week, three radio stations gather in a glass house for 7 days, playing listeners’ favorite songs for donations. Rogers Corporation has proudly participated since 2014, supporting a different purpose each year.

This year, two Ghent-based organizations were selected:

  • Baby-Nest, a charity where mothers help underprivileged mothers by providing baby clothes, bedding, strollers, car seats, etc.
  • Sogeha, an organization that provides underprivileged children a memorable summer holiday with summer camps, as well as various year-round activities.

To collect money, employees joined in on a variety of fundraising efforts, including sales of hot dogs, soup, cookies, Azalea plants, holiday cards made by employees’ children, and more. To add to these efforts, Rogers Corporation then matched this contribution.

Asia

Flora Zhang, Mr. Zhang, and Julia Miao from Rogers Suzhou Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team.

The tidings of giving and cheer continued from our employees in China. For the third consecutive year, the Rogers Suzhou Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team supported the Dongran Migrant School, a school in Suzhou where the students are from rural areas. On December 24th, 2017, the team acted as “Santa Claus,” together with HSP Brain Education Institute, and brought the gift of a helpful workshop to the 48 teachers at the school.

This workshop, hosted by a trainer from HSP, focused on “How to Improve Vitality and Action.” During the workshop, the trainer led the teachers to experience and understand the philosophy through various activities focused on delivering positive energy, having an active imagination, and improving concentration. The workshop ignited sparks of inspiration from the teaching staff and marked the beginning of applying this philosophy to their teachings. After the workshop, the principal showed his gratitude for the workshop and its impact on his staff. The teachers were also each given gifts of cooking oil, something useful that demonstrates Rogers’ appreciation for being welcomed into their school facilities.

Power from the People

At Rogers, we know it is people that power change. Whether it be volunteers in the classroom or engineers in the lab, we are proud to promote a culture that strives to make the world a better place. Thank you to all Rogers employees that spearhead and participate in these philanthropic activities. Your generosity is an important part of our culture and contributes greatly to our standard of Corporate Responsibility.

 

Wow, what a year! Thanks to the hard work of our employees, dedication to our customers and execution of our sound business strategy, we enjoyed an outstanding and record-breaking year at Rogers. To add to this excitement, we also integrated two new acquisitions, completed the relocation of our global headquarters and celebrated two big anniversary milestones. Let’s take a look back at the moments and achievements that made 2017 such a memorable year!

All-Time Record Sales through Q3

As of Q3, Rogers had achieved record-setting net sales and strong profits. Tailwinds in our key markets of Advanced Connectivity and Advanced Mobility contributed to strong organic growth across all three of our business units – Advanced Connectivity Solutions, Elastomeric Material Solutions and Power Electronics Solutions. In late February, we will announce our full-year results for 2017.

Integrating our New Businesses

Also contributing to our record net sales were the two acquisitions we integrated into EMS in 2017: DeWAL and Diversified Silicone Products (DSP). The integrations went very well and the operations continue to run smoothly. These businesses have helped expand our EMS product portfolio and enhance our existing capabilities.

Global Headquarters Relocation to Chandler, AZ

Rogers Corporation Ribbon Cutting Event in Chandler, Arizona

Rogers Corporation Ribbon Cutting Event in Chandler, Arizona

Nearly one year after announcing the move, we completed the relocation of our global headquarters to Chandler, Arizona. This area offers a thriving technology community, strong transportation infrastructure, business-friendly climate and robust local economy to support our success.

While the corporate offices have moved, Rogers continues to be a part of the Connecticut community, where we have been since our founding in 1832. Several hundred Rogers employees in manufacturing, management and research and development positions continue to work in northeast Connecticut.

Celebrating Our Milestones:
50 Years and 185 Years

The benefits of operating in Chandler are not new to Rogers. We have a long-established relationship with the city, dating back to 1967 when we first expanded our Advanced Connectivity Solutions (ACS) facilities to Arizona.

If you did the math, you figured out that our Global Headquarters relocation coincided with Rogers’ 50th anniversary in Chandler! The Chandler operation was Rogers’ first plant expansion outside of Connecticut and was a bold move for the company. 50 years later, we are proud to celebrate our Arizona legacy.

Rogers Corporation Rings the NYSE Closing Bell® in Celebration of 185th Anniversary of Founding.

Also in 2017, Rogers celebrated our 185th year in business. To commemorate this moment, we returned to the New York Stock Exchange to ring the closing bell, just as we did ten years earlier to celebrate our 175th anniversary. We are proud to celebrate these milestones, as they are a testament to our enduring success.

A Strategic Roadmap

Our 185-year history demonstrates how necessary it is to adapt and innovate to the technological needs of today and tomorrow. Since 1832, Rogers has been at the forefront of emerging technology in a range of materials, from innovations in paperboard to today’s advanced engineered laminates, polyurethanes, substrates, and more. With a focus on maintaining close working relationships with customers in an engineer-to-engineer model, we are better able to successfully anticipate future market needs.

Within the four pillars of Growth Strategy, we focus on market-driven solutions, new product innovations, well-integrated acquisitions, and enhanced operational execution. Our results confirm that we have implemented a winning approach, and we are clearly benefitting from our solid execution. We have confidence that our commitment to the four pillars of this roadmap will help us maintain our record of generating substantial and sustainable results, as well as strong shareholder returns.

Thanks to All!

Our success in 2017 would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our employees, partners and suppliers around the globe, as well as our loyal customers. As we welcome the New Year, we hope to move forward together to achieve success. Best wishes and a Happy New Year to each of you!

 
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