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US manufacturers in a 'sweet spot' heading into holiday season
By Chelsea Adams
U.S. manufacturing surged in October, marking the second month in 2014 it reached 59 on the Institute for Supply Management's PMI Composite index. Plus, production hit a 10-year high, and new orders rose 10 points. October marked the 17th consecutive month the manufacturing sector expanded and the 65th straight month the overall economy grew. With the holiday season approaching, analysts say these figures, combined with lagging production in overseas markets, put the U.S. manufacturing sector in a "sweet spot."
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Electrically conductive nanocomposite
SPE Plastics Research Online
The extraordinary electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of graphene make it popular for a wide range of applications, including as a filler for polymer blends. However, difficulties have so far prevented graphene from being fully exploited. The main challenges are preparing good-quality graphene nanosheets (GNs) and obtaining uniform dispersion and distribution of them in polymers.
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Growth of plastics is scattered throughout the housing market
Plastics News
Plastics have grown to dominate the residential markets for plumbing fixtures, siding and windows; meet new demands for thermal performance and moisture resistance; and reduce maintenance needs from backyard decks to polymer roof shingles. Sure some plastics like vinyl floors and laminated countertops have come and gone out of vogue in the past 25 years. But no doubt the increased use of synthetic materials have had a role in the affordability, durability, energy efficiency and curb appeal of U.S. housing from the ground up.
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New technology uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials
Joshua Otaigbe's research blends chemical engineering with materials structure and properties, most recently in trying to develop new and stronger composites that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. The longtime National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientist, a professor in the University of Southern Mississippi's school of polymers and high performance materials, is collaborating with researchers at Oregon State University on a new technology that uses natural wood fibers to reinforce plastic materials.
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Checking in on the global plastics market
Plastics Today
What is the word of the year in 2014 for the plastics industry? "Progression," according to Guillaume Cariou, director of studies and international strategies for Mercadex International, a market consulting firm. Cariou gave an overview of global market trends during the Society of Plastics Engineers' workshop at the Expoplast event in Montréal. Citing stats from market research firm The Freedonia Group, the global plastic processing machinery demand is expected to advance to 7 percent through 2017 to $37.6 billion.
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3 advancements have driven injection molding technology
Plastics News
Injection molding technology has made major advances in the last 25 years, from largely a world of shoot-and-ship to doing as much as possible at the press — using automation to remove parts and assemble them, two-shot molding, even assembling parts inside the mold. Now instead of a big inspection department, constantly pulling parts off the line for testing, at many plastics factories the operator is responsible, backed up by in-mold sensors that can tell even before the mold opens if the part is good or bad.
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    Contact lenses with built-in video could be 3-D printed
    New Scientist
    Michael McAlpine at Princeton University and his colleagues have developed a 3-D printer that can make a five-layered contact lens, one which emits light into the wearer's eyes. The lens is a transparent polymer with several components embedded inside: nanoscale quantum dot light-emitting diodes, wiring made from silver nanoparticles, and organic polymers that could act as parts of electrical circuits.
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    Clemson scientists sweet on self-repair tech
    USA Today
    Beyond paint and plastics are potential applications such as self-healing cloth, military vehicles that patch their own bullet holes and hip replacements that could repair themselves. Or fingernail polish that lasts longer, something a cosmetics company has contacted Urban about. And the latest permutation in the works: Adding the ability to keep iron from corroding, which could mean self-repairing bridges and other structures made of steel.
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    Seeking Project Engineers with Competitive Spirit

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    EU agrees law to curb plastic bag use
    EU governments unanimously approved a new law to slash the use of plastic grocery bags on Friday, hoping to curb litter on land and a spreading "plastic soup" in the world's oceans. The measure, drafted with the European Parliament, has been criticized by the new EU executive. It says states may struggle to implement legislation which proposes using minimum prices or other methods to cut bag numbers by 80 percent in a decade.
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    A plastic that recycles itself
    Now researchers report that they have designed new plastics that break down upon exposure to light. Plastics are composed of long, repeating chains of small molecules. The researchers heated a solution of molecules derived from fructose — the basic building blocks for their plastics — and molecules that can absorb light to make long chains that form the plastics, which appeared as pale brown solids.
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    3-D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything
    A team of Princeton researchers recently found a way to make quantum dot LEDs (and thus semiconductors) using only a 3-D printer. The scientists choose printable electrodes, polymers and semiconductors, which are dissolved in solvents to keep them from damaging underlying layers during the printing process; after that, the team uses design software to print the materials in interweaving patterns.
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    Netstal and Electra Form create PET preform partnership
    European Plastics News
    This is a partnership that’s really years in the making, a story of timing and opportunity and patience. The Netstal division of Krauss-Maffei is teaming up with Electra Form Industries in a partnership to offer PET preform machines and moulds as a package deal. The hope, of both sides, is that unifying the brands through this partnership will help drive sales for each company in North America.
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