MVP conducted live light RTM demos at ACMA

Magnum Venus Plastech was allowed to conduct live demonstrations of light RTM at the recent ACMA show, the first ever.

Magnum Venus Plastech (Kent, Wash.) says it was the first company ever allowed to conduct live demonstrations of its products and technology inside the hall at the ACMA Composites 2007 Exhibition in October.

Historically, organizers of the exhibition and city fire authorities had denied permission to conduct such demonstrations in the booths for safety and health reasons. However, M.V.P. was able to demonstrate to each that the Light RTM Technology being demonstrated had reached a level of safety and technical security that there was no danger in allowing the demonstrations to proceed.

M.V.P. conducted several demonstrations that included the full 15-minute closed mold injection, from the start of injection to the demolding of the part, of a carbon fiber racing car seat, producing a perfect fill each time with foam and metal inserts included in the part. The new Patriot SSB system with a safe water-based flush system was used for these injections. The new "MotoCat"feature on this system allowed for a change in catalyst percentage producing a rapid cure on the part after just a 70-second mold fill.

Presenters demonstrated how the entire molding cycle is now an automatic sequence that starts with the press of a button. Jim Hedger Jr., president of M.V.P. said, "We see the growth of clean, closed mold technology as very important to our clients, so we have invested heavily in establishing top name expertise and intensive training programs in mold building and technology transfer."He continued, "The show's safe, clean and very professional demonstrations provided very serious encouragement toward change so very much needed under today's emission control legislation.”

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