Airtech International Inc. (Huntington Beach, CA, US) has introduced Vac Valve BBV, a two-piece vacuum valve that perforates the bagging film when the top piece is inserted and threaded into the base plate. The specific design of the threaded connection eliminates the need to cut the bagging film prior to inserting the top piece. Vac Valve BBV will operate for vacuum bagging applications from room temperature up to 500°F/260°C. Also new from Airtech is the Airsweep R3, a composite laminating tool for placement of prepregs and fabrics onto molds. Airsweep R3 has been ergonomically designed to fit the hand more comfortably, so even pressure can be applied into sharp corners easily with reduced operator fatigue. Airsweep R3 is manufactured from abrasion-resistant, non-contaminating nylon. This product is also available in UHMW PE as the Airsweep R2.