Study reveals pros, cons of nanotech-enhanced building materials' use.
A recent article from Sify featured research highlighting the potentially dangerous environmental and health risks of nanomaterials in the construction industry after being disposed of improperly.
Researchers, from Rice University, cited many potential applications that could make nanomaterials most useful in the construction industry. They include fire-resistant materials and the strengthening of steel and concrete. But the researchers also cited that "in some cases, the very properties that make the nanomaterials useful can cause potential problems if the material is not disposed of properly." For example, it could endanger bacteria found to be beneficial to the environment.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.