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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that a team of engineers has built and tested a new kind of airplane wing that is assembled from hundreds of small identical pieces so that the wing can change shape to control the plane’s flight.

The MIT and NASA researchers say that the new wing could provide a significant boost in aircraft production, flight and maintenance efficiency.

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Bales Metal Surface Solutions in Downers Grove, Illinois, enhanced the capabilities of its lab by bringing the testing for plating bath control operations in-house to provide more efficient tank analysis.

Sara Mortensen, Bales vice president, said the facility upgraded the lab equipment to allow for automated titration of the plating baths and acquired two atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) machines. She said this allows Bales to analyze impurities and implement corrections within the same day. Bales also expanded the lab team with a dedicated lab assistant who, Mortensen says, plays a crucial role in maintaining the plating bath tanks.

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Protech Metal Finishing, a Nadcap-certified plating and anodizing company with 39 years of experience, has completed expansion of their new facility.

The building was completed on July 1, but equipment upgrades continued through early 2019, increasing capacity and insuring quick turnaround times on their projects.

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Posted by: Tim Pennington 4/11/2019

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a 45-day public comment period associated with the release of the Systematic Review Protocol for the Hexavalent Chromium Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment.

The 45-day public comment period begins March 15 and ends April 29. Comments must be received on or before April 29.

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