Seeman opens major facility expansion

 The new space will house a massive CMS Kronos 5-axis machining center.

Seemann Composites Inc. (Gulfport, Miss.) has announced the completion and opening of a new 50,000-sq-ft/4,645 sq-m facility expansion and the delivery of two 41-ft/12.5m research catamarans for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The expansion includes a large/integrated engineering/office space, three large manufacturing bays and large curing ovens. These additions are expected to significantly increase SCI’s overall capacity and allow the company to build much larger structures. The expansion will also include the installation of a large CMS Kronos CNC 5-axis machining center. This machine will have a working envelope of 90 by 20 by 10 ft (27 by 6 by 3m) and reportedly will be capable of holding aerospace-type tolerances. The machine will be used to cut large master plugs as well as to support manufacturing by machining laminated composites.  The strength and rigidity of the gantry-type mill will allow the use of a 36HP spindle, which will facilitate fast machining speeds of many material types.

The SCI 41’ is a new line of diesel-powered catamarans designed and built be Seemann Composites for NOAA’s Office of Marine Sanctuaries. The boat was designed to meet the variety of mission scenarios unique to the Sanctuaries program. The boat’s 41-ft/12.5m length and 15-ft/4.6m width is said to be an ideal platform for missions such as dive coordination, whale observation/research and enforcement. The catamarans use the new Cummins Mercruiser Zeus Drives integrated with Cummins QSB 5.9 350HP engines for propulsion.

Seemann Composites was formed in 1987 and developed SCRIMP process -- Seemann composites resin infusion molding process.