Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill., USA) announced on Jan. 27 that it, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and more than 15 industry partners, will once again host closed mold technology demonstrations on the show floor during COMPOSITES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. Presentations will take place in a specially designed staging area at booth 629 on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23.
At the event, manufacturers can view work cells demonstrating closed mold processes like light resin transfer molding (Light RTM), the vacuum infusion process (VIP), and Flex molding to produce replica wind blades, a half hull and a mini boat hull. Highlighting this year’s event will be the latest technologies designed to enhance closed mold production.
New this year will be the introduction of a specially formulated CCP Composites OptiPLUS infusion resin for tooling for VIP. Also featured this year will be Flex molding technology, developed by Magnum Venus Plastech (Clearwater, Fla., USA), and improved upon by the Closed Mold Alliance. The program will feature a video demonstration of how to make a silicone bag using the Flex mold process. Afterward, a live demonstration using the same silicone bag will feature production of a replica wind blade. In addition, new Flex molding controls will be featured in all work cells during the two-day demonstration.
This year, the Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine will also feature demonstrations of advanced composite technologies, including Axiom Prepreg, Huntsman Epoxies, MIT Recycled Carbon Fiber Preforms and Bayer Polyurethane Resin Systems. These presentations will showcase a number of different parts including a tractor hood and a motorcycle engine cover.
New to the demonstrations this year will be the launch of the Sprayomer technology by SR Composites. This flexible bag system is designed for a variety of parts.
The Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine will also showcase a micro-infused resin technology that can be used in closed molding. MIRteq is a versatile material in that it is viscous at room temperature and can be poured, pumped, sprayed and machined to deliver a range of engineering solutions.
The live demonstrations at COMPOSITES 2012 are the culmination of a joint effort between Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance and its supplier partners: Airtech Advanced Materials Group, Airex Baltek, Arkema, Axiom, Bayer Material Science, CCP Composites, Chemtrend, Chomarat, Huntsman Advanced Materials, ITW Plexus, JRL/Marine Composites, Kit Concepts, Magnum Venus Plastech, MIRteq, MIT, Owens Corning, RTM North Technologies, RTM North Solutions, Sprayomer, Syrgis, Vectorply and Wacker Silicones. Composites Manufacturing and Composites Technology are the official media sponsors of the event.
Visit www.acmashow.org for more information about COMPOSITES 2012.