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Apple might use metallic glass alloys on back panel in next iPhones

Apple has published a patent, hinting that the back of its next iPhone may be made of a metallic glass material. The material is created using a micro-alloying process that combines metallic glass with a metal substrate, resulting in a smooth and durable finish.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

Kobe Steel acquires Swedish isostatic press manufacturer Quintus Technologies, OSHA to delay enforcing silica rule, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 21, 2017.
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Automotive glass gets lighter and tougher with Gorilla Glass, plus more inside May ACerS Bulletin

The May 2017 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring articles about Gorilla Glass automotive windshields, 3-D-printed polymer-derived CMCs, a composite-like semiconductor crystal, and dynamics of glass relaxation—is now available online.
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Video: Now you can eat your water bottle—Edible water blobs eliminate food packaging

What can you do to reduce your carbon footprint? How about eating your water bottle? A small lab in London came up with a unique way to package liquids that's completely edible.
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Other materials stories that may be of interest

Nanocoatings for heat exhangers have anti-adhesive and anti-corrosive effects, silicon wafers could take heat of solar ‘power plants’, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 19, 2017.
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March for Science set to mobilize scientists worldwide and emphasize role of science in public policy

The March for Science is set for this upcoming Saturday, April 22, in Washington, D.C., and some 400 other cities around the world, in which scientists and science supporters will converge for a rally to display their support for the role of science in society and its place in public policy.
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Glass research helps colorblind people see true colors for the first time

Colorblind people are now able to see true colors—thanks to the efforts of glass research scientists at EnChroma, a company that makes glasses for individuals with color vision deficiency.
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Cultivating Mars colonization: 3-D printing method uses extraterrestrial soil to build biodegradable parts on site

Researchers at Northwestern University have devised a technique to 3-D print soft rubber-like materials out of ink composed primarily of extraterrestrial soil. Using a biologically derived binder to hold the soil particles together, the team demonstrated that their unique method can 3-D print tools, building blocks, and other structures.
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Graphene, boron nitride could help develop cooling process for computer chips

A Rutgers University research team has created a powerful and more efficient way to cool those tiny chips in computer devices using a combination of graphene and boron nitride.
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Ceramic and glass business news of the week

CeraNova restructures to focus on manufacturing and accelerate growth, Tethon 3D launches Vitrolite glass ceramic resin, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 14, 2017.
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Release Agent Helps Protect Molds, Castings, Environment

Cortec’s new EcoAir® mold release provides dual protection by combining lubrication with a bio-based corrosion inhibitor for injection molds and other metal surfaces.

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Kobe Steel Buys Quintus Technologies for $115M

Kobe Steel Ltd. acquired isostatic press designer and manufacturer Quintus Technologies AB for a reported $115 million. The seller was Milestone Partners, a private-equity firm.

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French Foundry Aims to Restart After Investigation

Areva — a multinational organization active in nuclear energy system design, development, and operation — committed to restart its Le Creusot Forge foundry in France, which has been idled due to an investigation into the production of defective parts for nuclear reactor systems.

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Entry-Level, Continuous Through-Feed Shot Blast Machine

Wheelabrator is expanding its CT series of continuous through-feed shot blast machines with the introduction of a new, entry-level model. The CT-2-45/7-430 was designed as a flexible and cost-effective model, well suited to foundries looking for automation, integration, and high quality.

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American Axle Completes $3.3B Takeover of MPG

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. completed its takeover of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc., a $3.3-billion cash and debt transaction in November 2016.

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Dynacast Completes Signicast Takeover, Considers Expansion

Dynacast Inc. completed its takeover of Signicast Inc. on schedule March 31, combining the one organization widely recognized as a precision diecaster with another well established as producer of high-value investment castings.

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U.S. Manufacturers’ Confidence at 20-Year High, NAM Finds

The National Assn. of Manufacturers reported that its quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook survey shows optimism increased to 93.3% during Q1 2017, a record high in the survey’s 20-year history.

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2017 FEF Annual Board Meeting

Location

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24060
United States
37° 13' 52.8852" N, 80° 25' 50.9988" W

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Level Detectors for Foundry Sands

Automation Products Inc. Dynatrol level detectors can operate as high-, mid-, and low-level indicators for foundry molding sands, green sand, reclaimed sand, or other bulk solid materials, ranging from low-density flakes and powders to pellets and heavy granular materials.

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B&L Information Systems' Odyssey ERP Specialty Class: Shop & Heat Planner Scheduling Tools

B&L Information Systems will present a specially focused class aimed at helping current Odyssey ERP users to do more with their system. The two-day program will focus on Shop & Heat Planner Scheduling Tools.

Location

B&L Information Systems
4707 Rambo Road
Bridgman, MI 49106
United States
41° 55' 45.606" N, 86° 34' 1.8264" W

B&L Information Systems will present a specially focused class aimed at helping current Odyssey ERP users to do more with their system. The two-day program will focus on Shop & Heat Planner Scheduling Tools.

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B&L Information Systems' Odyssey ERP Specialty Class: Data Views, IVs, and Dashboards

B&L Information Systems will present a specially focused class aimed at helping current Odyssey ERP users to do more with their system. The full-day session will focus on Data Views, IVs, and Dashboards.

Location

B&L Information Systems
4707 Rambo Road
Bridgman, MI 49106
United States
41° 55' 45.606" N, 86° 34' 1.8264" W

B&L Information Systems will present a specially focused class aimed at helping current Odyssey ERP users to do more with their system. The full-day session will focus on Data Views, IVs, and Dashboards.

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B&L Information Systems Odyssey ERP Boot Camp

Odyssey Boot Camp helps staff make a productive start or transition staff to Odyssey’s Web User Interface. B&L implementation trainers demonstrate hands-on methods used to work in the Odyssey ERP system and assist students with company-specific questions.

Location

B&L Information Systems
9707 Rambo Road
Bridgman, MI
United States
41° 55' 52.7556" N, 86° 34' 14.2644" W

Odyssey Boot Camp helps  staff make a productive start or  transition staff to Odyssey’s Web User Interface (UI). Over the course of two days, B&L implementation trainers demonstrate hands-on methods used to work in the Odyssey ERP system and assist students with company-specific questions, as well as provide a high-level overview of the integration of the entire Odyssey software system. All classes are taught using Odyssey’s browser-based Web UI.

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B&L Information Systems' Odyssey ERP Crystal Reports Class

B&L Information Systems Crystal Reports is a commonly used platform that expands the reach of data. B&L offers quarterly Odyssey Crystal Reports classes to help Odyssey users in creating basic reports using data from Odyssey; modifying existing Odyssey reports to create new Odyssey reports; as well as to navigate and understand the Odyssey database structure. Crystal Reports classes will be hosted at the B&L office on: May 16–17.

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B&L Information Systems
4707 Rambo Road
Bridgman, MI 49106-9723
United States
41° 55' 45.606" N, 86° 34' 1.8264" W

B&L Information Systems Crystal Reports is a commonly used platform that expands the reach of data. B&L offers quarterly Odyssey Crystal Reports classes to help Odyssey users in creating basic reports using data from Odyssey; modifying existing Odyssey reports to create new Odyssey reports; as well as to navigate and understand the Odyssey database structure. Crystal Reports classes will be hosted at the B&L office on: May 16–17.

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U.S. Leads Automotive Aftermarket, Study Finds

In 2016, for example, U.S. buyers accounted for 86% or $10.3 billion of overall sales in the North American automotive aftermarket. Through 2021, U.S. aftermarket demand for engine, transmission, and drivetrain components will increase 1.6% annually, less than the rate of increase in the Canadian and Mexican markets.

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HMI Workstations for Productivity, Increased Plant Safety

Eaton’s Crouse-Hinds division expanded its series of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two new products, the thin client (TC) and personal computer (PC) versions. The new versions result in a common platform design for plant managers to reduce operating costs, optimize productivity and increase plant safety, with the additional benefits of reducing space in the cabinet, and “future proofing” the plant.

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Superior’s Purchase Sets Up a Global Aluminum Wheel Producer

Superior Industries International Inc. has made a $715-million bid to acquire Uniwheels AG, a deal that it expects will establish itself a global supplier of cast aluminum wheels to numerous automakers.

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Chassix to Build $50M Metalcasting, Machining Plant in Europe

Chassix, the Michigan-based automotive foundry group, announced plans for a $50-million greenfield plant in the Czech Republic, to produce aluminum chassis and powertrain parts for passenger vehicles.

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Fluidized-Bed Scrubber for Gas Absorption, Particulate Collection

Bionomic Industries Inc. offers a new “fluidized bed” scrubber that absorbs gas and collects airborne particulates, for gas capacities from 500 to 250,000 acfm. The patented RotaBed Series’ performance comes from a swirl induced Coriolis grid that achieves greater fluidized bed stability, resulting in more efficient gas mixing and transfer efficiency than less advanced designs.

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Fire Closes Automotive Diecaster, For Now

A late-night fire did extensive damage at Muskegon Castings Corp. in Muskegon, MI, putting the aluminum diecaster out of commission for now, though its parent company CEO vowed the plant would be fully rebuilt and returned to operation.

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Why Does CRM Matter to Manufacturers?

Providing access to actionable insights to the relationship customers have with your business is the fundamental reason that Customer Relationship Management software exists — and how manufacturers benefit from CRM.

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Industry 4.0 Through the “Eyes” of Metrology

The integration of manufacturing, IT and cybersystems, including security, plays an expanding and evolving role in manufacturing, regardless of a business’ size or scale, or the types of parts being produced and processed.

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Ensuring Furnace Lining Efficiency

The right refractory materials protect and insulate a furnace from extreme heat and prevent excessive heat loss. These five tips will help to maximize furnace-lining efficiency.

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March 2017 Foundry Management & Technology Magazine

In this issue, Ensuring Furnace Lining Efficiency -- The right materials protect and insulate furnaces and ladles from extreme heat, and prevent excessive heat loss.

Foundry Management and Technology has been an independent source of information for the foundry and metalcasting industries since 1892.

In this issue: Ensuring Furnace Lining Efficiency — The right materials protect and insulate furnaces and ladles from extreme heat, and prevent excessive heat loss.

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Why Smart Manufacturing is a Dumb Idea


The problem with many CEOs today is they have turned away from the astonishing potential of the workforce and turned toward automation instead. It’s a big mistake, but I hear about it frequently from consultants and technology developers, and of course from Smart Manufacturers preaching to the unconverted.

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Free Trade vs. Fair Trade, Again

"We're a nation with an economy," fair-market proponents often say. "Not an economy with a nation." Can an uncivil society agree on “free market” principles — or “fair market” goals?

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Reforming Forming and the Concepts Shaping It

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High-Speed, Lightweight Deburring Tools

ATI Industrial Automation will introduce the RC-900 and RC-1040 radially compliant deburring tools, the same air-actuated compliance as current models, but with a motor that is 50% more powerful.

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Back-Blow Air Nozzle for Cleaning Tiny Inside Diameters

Exair’s new Model 1004SS, M4 NPT back-blow air nozzle was designed to deliver the smallest, most effective airflow for blowing debris and liquids from small pipe or hose inside diameters, channels, bores, holes, internal threads, and other internal part features. An array of holes provides a forceful, 360-degree airflow to clear out coolant, chips, and light oils following machining processes.

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Nemak Opens New HPDC Plant In Mexico

Automotive metalcaster Nemak staged an opening event earlier this month for its new high-pressure diecasting plant in Monterrey, Mexico. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto officiated at the event, which marked the start-up of Nemak’s seventh operation in Mexico.

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Grede, Three Managers Indicted in Asbestos Case

Grede LLC and three individuals are named in a seven-count indictment brought by a federal grand jury, alleging the company and the individuals obstructed an investigation into workers’ exposure to asbestos at the now-closed gray and ductile iron foundry in Berlin, WI.

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Rimfire Firing-Pin Indent Copper Crusher (part 2)

Learn how an order for SAAMI rimfire firing-pin indent copper crushers resulted in the development of a new material and process specification document.


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Automotive Battery Supplier Orders Melting Furnaces

Lindberg/MPH shipped two gas-fired, immersion-tube lead melting and holding furnaces to a supplier of the battery industry.


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Aluminum Scrap Recycling with Twin-Chamber Melting Furnace

Scrap recycling with the twin-chamber melting furnace (TCF®) has become state-of-the-art worldwide. The latest installations show that the TCF fulfills the complex requirements of scrap processing regarding environment, safety and metal yield.


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2016 Feature Article Bibliography

This is a complete list of all the feature articles – by topic – that appeared in Industrial Heating in 2016. The month each article appeared in is included with page number. All articles are hyperlinked for your convenience.


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State of the Thermal-Processing Industry 2016

For the second year in a row, we asked readers about the state of the thermal-processing industry.


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Air Force Orders Overhaul of Heat Exchangers

Wall Colmonoy’s Aerobraze Engineered Technologies won a full and open competition conducted by the United States Air Force for a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for the overhaul of the F-16 primary and secondary heat exchangers.


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Uniformity Surveys: Make Your Data an Investment in Profitability

As the focus on quality processing has evolved, new innovations have come to the aid of thermal processors. However, one area that has not seen improvement in technology is the temperature uniformity survey (TUS).


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Flux Cored Wire

Formula 5551 flux cored wire withstands high-heat conditions for extreme welding applications by maintaining superior hardness retention in temperatures as high as 1200°F (650°C).


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Using Induction Brazing in Manufacturing Operations (Part 2)

This article will examine the six variables that need to be controlled for effective induction brazing.


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Using Induction Brazing in Manufacturing Operations (Part 1)

Induction brazing is an excellent way to quickly heat up a localized area of a large assembly in order to permanently join them together.


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85 Years of Industrial Heating

In the early 20th century, Industrial Heating came on the scene. In this historical overview (decade by decade), we take a look at metallurgy and how the steel industry was becoming big business.


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Tritech-Wrexham Orders Vacuum Induction Melting System

Retech Systems LLC received an order from Tritech-Wrexham for a new 50-kg (110-pound) vacuum induction melting (VIM) system.


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Ultra-Low-NOx Burner Retrofits for Aluminum Furnaces

Upgrading burners is often an effective way to achieve process improvements such as increasing productivity, decreasing fuel use and/or minimizing NOx and CO2 formation.


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Brazing-Filler-Metal Identification Tool

The PI ID Tool is an online brazing-filler-metal identifier that allows the user to select the base metals to be joined, apply filters and search for brazing alloys that are suitable for the joining process.


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Kiln Furniture, Thermocouple Protection Tubes

A range of kiln furniture is made from a new high-performance, nitrite-bonded silicon-carbide material suitable for use at temperatures of up to 2732°F (1500°C).


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2015 Feature Article Bibliography

This is a complete list of all the feature articles – by topic – that appeared in Industrial Heating in 2015. The month each article appeared in is included with page number. All articles are hyperlinked for your convenience.


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Monitoring Aluminum-Log Temperatures in a Walking-Beam Furnace

Using hot-box temperature-profiling systems to monitor product temperatures in furnaces has become accepted in many areas of the heat-treatment and allied industries.


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A Closer Look: Jumbo Bloom Vertical Caster at TimkenSteel

On Oct. 21, 2014, TimkenSteel ran the first heat of metal through its jumbo bloom vertical caster (JBVC) at its Faircrest Steel Plant in Ohio.


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Georg Fischer Orders Melting Furnace

Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group, received an order from Austria’s Georg Fischer for a multi-chamber melting furnace for melting and holding aluminum. 


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Crucible

The Syncarb Z2 e2 crucible was designed specifically to provide strong chemical resistance against fluxes and excellent thermal conductivity in aluminum melting and holding applications.


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Gas-Fired Crucible Melting Improvements Highlight Cooperation Between Suppliers, Energy Providers

A case study at Eck Industries in Manitowoc, Wis., shows the fuel savings realized by the addition of a self-recuperative burner to crucible melting furnaces.


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Producing the Highest Quality Stainless Steel Cutlery

Troubleshooting furnace heat-treatment quality issues, such as oxidation and discoloration, can sometimes be challenging. At times, normal, conventional troubleshooting steps and techniques may not always work.


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Audi Commissions Melting Furnaces

Automobile manufacturer Audi commissioned two Ecomelt melting furnaces from Austria’s Hertwich Engineering.


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The Latest Aluminum Scrap Recycling Plant Technology

The twin-chamber melting furnace process offers an efficient and economical way to melt aluminum scrap. 


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Cross-Wedge Rolling Theory, Technology and Equipment

In large-scale and mass production, the technology of cross-wedge rolling (CWR) of axisymmetric parts made of ductile metals and alloys is virtually unequaled in its economic efficiency.


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Applications for Specialty Casting Equipment

Some ESR furnaces can produce ingots in excess of 100 tons. On the other end of the scale, there is an equally interesting suite of applications in the form of various small to medium casting furnaces. 


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High-Tech Melting Processes Improve Aerospace Materials

High-performance metals are those metals that are exposed to some combination of high stresses, high and/or fluctuating temperatures, and corrosive conditions where high reliability is essential. 

 


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Aluminum Brazing in Vacuum Furnaces

In this article, we present an introduction to the general points of aluminum brazing. A brief description of two of the three most-used processes is also discussed: brazing in an inert-atmosphere furnace with flux (it is necessary to purge by vacuum at the beginning of the cycle) and brazing in a vacuum furnace without flux.


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Powdered Activated Carbon Injection System to Control Mercury Emission

Mercury is still used today in a wide range of products.While mercury in landfills may slowly become re-mobilized to the atmosphere, waste that is incinerated can be a major source of atmospheric mercury.
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Integrated SiC Heater and Silicon Nitride Tube for Molten-Aluminum Bath

This article discusses a silicon carbide (SiC) heater combined with a silicon nitride protection tube as a single unit for the heating of molten aluminum.
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