C. A. Litzler Co. Inc. (Cleveland, Ohio, USA) announced on March 28 that it has acquired the technical assets of Western Advanced Engineering Co. (WAECO, Orange, Calif., USA). WAECO is a supplier of custom hot-melt prepreg machines.
Litzler has supplied prepreg machines since 1959, as well as carbon fiber oxidation ovens and complete carbon fiber manufacturing systems. “The acquisition of WAECO is the next logical step for Litzler to continue to supply to all market stations in the composites industry” says Matt Litzler, president of C. A. Litzler Co. Inc. “We have long admired the technology that Steve Velleman developed over the years at WAECO. We have known Steve for many years in the industry and we are very pleased that Steve has entrusted Litzler with carrying on the WAECO name.” Velleman founded WAECO in 1986 and will continue to work with Litzler in the selling and engineering of the prepreg machines.
WAECO machines include systems for development and production applications. Machines range from 12 to 60 inches (305 to 1,525 mm) wide, including on-line and off-line filmers, as well as a patent-pending thermoplastic prepreg machine.
WAECO is the originator of the S-wrap prepreg process. This process has advanced the prepreg process to a reliable and repeatable process. The S-wrap machine can increase production up to 100 fpm on a standard machine. Typical competing designs reportedly are only useful up to 15 fpm.
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