News briefs -- March 3, 2009

Ashland publishes sixth edition of thermoplastics processing handbook; European conference, May 6-7, will highlight composites use in aircraft structures; CRP seems poised to win European patent for Windform XT rapid manufacturing composite material; Charles Miller named president of Harper International; Doran Grosman named president of Hexcel; Miles Wind Sercies certifies 30 more wind energy technicians; Sartomer opens thermoplastics lab.

Ashland Distribution, a commercial unit of Ashland Inc. (Dublin, Ohio), has published the sixth edition of Ashland's Thermoplastics Processing Guide. This edition contains information from the previous versions and includes new information intended to help customers better understand thermoplastics processing. The guide contains sections on safety, drying, equipment, materials and properties. The troubleshooting function remains, but now includes expanded content on profile extrusion, extrusion blowmolding and rotational molding. There also is information on melt temperature measurement, injection molding and industry acronyms and definitions.

The latest application and manufacturing technologies for composites and lightweight structures in aircraft will be presented at the 3rd International IIR Conference, Composite & Lightweight Structures in Aircraft, taking place on May 6-7, 2009 at the Le Royal Meridien in Hamburg, Germany. Chaired by Professor Adriaan Beukers (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) international experts from aircraft manufacturers, suppliers and research institutes will discuss weight, costs, safety and longevity. They will focus on material selection and latest developments in design processes and material production. Presentations at the conference will deal with innovative composite structures, including wing and wing box, automated manufacturing and process technologies as well as new methods for resin infusion and the assembly of composite materials. The event program is available www.iir.de/pr-composites09-int.

CRP Technology (Modena, Italy) has announced that the European Patent Office has completed the novelty examination of the European patent application of CRP Technology concerning Windform XT and, as a consequence, has officially communicated its intention to grant the corresponding patent. Windform XT is a composite material developed and produced by CRP Technology, whose mechanical characteristics make it suitable for use in rapid manufacturing applications.

Harper International (Lancaster, N.Y), a global provider of advanced thermal processing systems, has announced the appointment of Charles W. Miller, Jr. to the position of president. Miller joined Harper in 1995 and has performed in progressive management positions, most recently as vice president of International Business. He is a graduate of Alfred University, holds numerous U.S. and international patents, served as New England Section Chair of The American Ceramic Society and Program Chair of Materials & Equipment Division of The American Ceramic Society. Miller has focused upon the creation of advanced thermal processing systems and techniques for the majority of his professional career.

Hexcel Corp. (Stamford, Conn.) has named Doron D. Grosman president of the company effective immediately. The previous president, William Hunt has elected to retire effective April 1, 2009 and will stay on in an advisory role until that time. Grosman, 50, joins Hexcel after serving as president of Quebecor World's Magazine Printing Solutions Business. Prior to Quebecor, Grosman spent five years at American Standard Cos. where he led day-to-day operations and finance in Trane Commercial Air Conditioning, a $4 billion global enterprise.

Miles Wind Services (Portland, Ore.), a newly formed division of Miles Fiberglass & Composites, has certified 30 additional wind technicians through the Certified Composites Technician Course developed by the American Composites Manufacturing Association. As well as the 30 wind technicians, 25 more employees were certified for Miles Fiberglass, Simplex Manufacturing and Plasti-Fab. The training course was paid for through a 50 percent matching grant from the U.S. Department of Defense through Work Systems Inc. of Oregon.

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer Co. (Exton, Pa.) has opened a plastics laboratory, located at the company's Exton headquarters. The facility is dedicated to research and development of functional additives for plastic applications. Jeremy Austin, market development engineer, is the commercial contact for the laboratory. The laboratory allows Sartomer's chemists to perform full pellet-to-pellet conversion and to mold and test thermoplastics up to 400°C. Engineers can perform research on fibers, powders, pellets and liquids.