Plastics

A collection of news, views and information on manufacturing with plastics.

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U.S. Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in Three Years

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A surge in orders for plastics and metals have helped power the world’s largest economy past a global slowdown.


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Test & Inspection

Testing Plastics

Bridge the gap between industry process and material rheology
By Ilaria Di Rienzo
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It’s important to understand the types of testing that goes into creating the end products we use every day: from the plastic that is designed into cars, to bottles that hold our water, to the equipment used in various sports.


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Tensile Testing 101

Learn more about variability of results and alignment.
By Lorenzo Majno
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It seems so simple: Place specimen in grips, perform tensile test, and achieve consistent results, right? Not really.


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2013 'The MFG Meeting' Draws Nearly 700

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The 2014 MFG Meeting will be held at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ, March 5-8.


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Business Conditions Report Predicts Spike for Spring

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Metalforming companies also expect incoming orders to strengthen during the next three months.


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Automate 2013 Reaches a Record Number of Attendees

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The trade show exceeded expectations.
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Mahr Federal Expands Application Center at Providence, RI, Headquarters

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The double-sized center includes broader range of metrology equipment to enhance application development and customer interaction.

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Despite a Subdued Fourth Quarter, 2012 Industrial Manufacturing M&A Value Surpasses 2011 Levels

Strategic Investors Generate 90% of Deals; Financial Sponsors Remain on Sidelines
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Uncertainty of global economy continues to stymie industrial manufacturing deal activity.

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Stratasys Founder and Chairman Inducted into Manufacturing Hall of Fame

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 Crump is the inventor of the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) method of 3-D printing, an additive manufacturing process. 


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Ford to Recycle 2 Million Plastic Bottles to Use in Electric Vehicles

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DEARBORN, MI-Ford, through the use of Repreve, plans to divert about 2 million post-consumer plastic bottles from landfills for use in new vehicles beginning with the 2012 Focus Electric, the
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