Consortium for Manufacturing Innovation in Structural Thermoplastics (CMIST)

Advancing Structural Thermoplastic Composites Manufacturing in the U.S.

In May 2015, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center $497,965 for mapping technical manufacturing challenges in structural thermoplastic materials. Through this award, UMaine Composites Center has formed the Consortium for Manufacturing Innovation in Structural Thermoplastics (CMIST) with the following partners:

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • PolyOne
  • Royal TenCate

For more information on CMIST, contact David Erb, Senior R&D Program Manager at the UMaine Composites Center.

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Objectives of Project

The use of thermoplastic composite materials for structural applications is a segment of the manufacturing industry that has abundant potential for growth because of the material’s desirable qualities. Thermoplastic composites are low cost, low weight, recyclable, corrosion resistant, and are strong enough to be used as a substitute in many primary structural applications. CMIST’s wants US manufactures to benefit from the opportunities that structural thermoplastics have to offer. The consortium will work to solve technical issues that exist, while also disseminating the knowledge it has cultivated so that US manufactures can advance their solutions to market.

Description of Project & Method

CMIST, lead by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, will facilitate an understanding of how to address the most significant manufacturing challenges by creating focused work groups. These task groups will identify, characterize, and roadmap solutions to critical industry barriers. Each task group will consist of material scientists, product developers, manufactures, and potential end users who will be responsible for deconstructing the following technical roadblocks:

  • Realizing faster manufacturing cycle times
  • Developing reliable and fast thermoplastic joining methods
  • Transforming manufacturing methods to substitute high VOC thermosets with thermoplastics
  • Characterizing thermoplastic composites for desired performance and economical manufacturing including recycling methods
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Potential Impact

The impact of the applied research that will result from this planning mission will have a high probability of catalyzing a transformational manufacturing evolution. Where aluminum was once used to replace steel in aircraft and automobiles, thermoplastics will now be used. Where global manufacturing competitiveness was once dictated by raw material costs and labor, it will now be dictated by efficiency, knowledge, and smart manufacturing.

Major Participants

  • University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
  • U.S. Army Corps Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • PolyOne
  • Royal TenCate

CMIST Topic Roadmapping Workshop Nov. 14 & 15, 2017

Topic Roadmapping Workshop
UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center
Orono, Maine 04469

Click here to download the CMIST Roadmapping Workshop Report from November 2017.

Join the Consortium for Manufacturing Innovation in Structural Thermoplastics (CMIST) at the upcoming topic roadmapping workshop. Click here to RSVP.

November 14, 2017: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
November 15, 2017: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Click here to download an agenda.


Hotel Details

There are many hotels conveniently located in the nearby city of Bangor, including: 

Hilton Garden Inn (207-433-0800), Hampton Inn (207-990-4400), Marriott Courtyard (207-262-0070), Residence Inn (207-433-0800) and Sheraton at the airport (207-947-6721). 

Flight Details

If you plan on flying to the area, the closest airport is Bangor (BGR), about a 15-minute drive from the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Alternatively, the Portland (PWM) airport can be used if you prefer to rent a car and drive the remaining two hours North to Orono.

For additional information please contact

David Erb david.erb@maine.edu 207-581-2380

Madeline Wehrle madeline.wehrle@maine.edu 207-837-3919