MAS Composites wins grant for fiber placement technology

Mark Sherwin (MAS Composites) has received $66,397 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to develop an automated fiber placement system process that speeds composite structuring.

MAS Associates Inc., dba MAS Composites (Indian Lake, N.Y.) says it has received $66,397 (shared with Clarkson University) from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for the development of an automated fiber placement system process that speeds composite structuring. The feasibility study will foster commercial product development for the process.
 
Now referred to as the MAS Process, the system, when fully operational, will produce high-quality composite parts made from chopped fiberglass or other fibers. The process, developed by Mark A. Sherwin, Sr., uses current technology of automation and controls and combines them with a computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine and high-speed fiber placement guns. The products made from the new system reportedly will be more competitive than current composite processes because of the lower cost of labor and the speed at which they can be made (four to 10 times faster).
 
The NYSERDA contract, valued at $132,795, was awarded to MAS Composites and Clarkson University. MAS Composites contributed 27.5 percent of the value and Clarkson contributed 22.5 percent, with the balance funded by NYSERDA. MAS Composites will produce sample materials with the new system. Professor Ratan Jha at Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing will test the samples at the Materials Laboratory in Potsdam, N.Y. Characteristics of yield and tensile strength of the materials will be compared to those made by conventional processes. The results will be published in the trade press and scholarly journals.
 
Information: Contact Mark A. Sherwin at +1 518-648-0810 or by e-mail at mark@mascomposites.com.