Aiming infusion at the application
With so many process variables to play with, how do you know which new solutions that promise better, faster infusion are right for your application?
Swimming pools: Fiberglass resurfacing option extends useful life
GRC Fiberglass Coatings (Santa Rosa, Calif.) rehabilitates aging swimming pools in the U.S. and Canada using a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) approach first developed for steel and concrete corrosion protection in African gold refineries.
Market Outlook: Fiber-reinforced phenolics
When it comes to corrosion resistance and low smoke toxicity, it's hard to beat fiber-reinforced phenolics. Manufacturers look for new applications for this often overlooked material.
The structural grid: Prefabrication
Digitally designed and cut, preformed and preinfused stringers and bulkheads reduce boat weight, labor and cycle time and improve boatbuilder process control.
Cure for cratering: Gel coat perfected with design of experiments software
Resin manufacturer Interplastic Corp. – Thermoset Resins Div. (St. Paul, Minn.), a major gel coat producer, recently developed a new gel coat with the aid of Design-Expert design of experiments software from Stat-Ease Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.).
Cured-in-place pipe: Trenchless trends
A variety of CIPP products are enabling the rehabilitation, rather than excavation and replacement, of underground pipe for wastewater and drinking water.
ACMA COMPOSITES 2013 preview
For 2013, the American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (ACMA, Arlington, Va.) returns its annual U.S. COMPOSITES exhibition and convention to the East Coast’s sunny, fun capital, Orlando, Fla.
Resin producers post price increases
Three U.S. based resin formulators, AOC, Reichhold, and Interplastic, cite raw material costs as the culprit in the increases.
After 15 years, vinyl ester ducting still holding up in corrosive application
Semiconductor manufacturer Intel turned to Interplastic's vinyl ester for use in its corrosion-resistant ducting 15 years ago. The material is still in use today and still doing the job for which it was designed.
COMPOSITES 2012 Highlights
As ACMA’s annual conclave convened in North America’s gambling capital, show exhibitors and attendees placed their bets on better days.
Sea and land transport: Hydro elevation
Composites lightweight and toughen the hull and superstructure of this transplanted amphibious naval hovercraft.
Water tree: Single complex mold shapes unique composite sculpture
To fabricate a complex design for a lighted sculpture, sculptor Lawrence Argent taps the talents of composites specialists Kreysler and Assoc. (American Canyon, Calif.).
COMPOSITES 2011 Product Showcase
Composite Technology magazine's review of the goings-on at COMPOSITES 2011, this year’s edition of the American Composites Manufacturers Assn.’s (ACMA, Arlington, Va.) annual trade show and conference (Feb. 2-4, Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, Fla.).
"Green" cast polymer resins
Interplastic Corp. has announced new Silmar resins for cast polymer applications.
Building a bigger Big Wheel
Machining specialist scales up the 1970s icon, producing plugs and tools for an exact fiberglass replica at a Disney resort.
News briefs: March 23, 2009
AOC donates DSC to University of Memphis; Boeing considers carbon fiber for 777 wings; Cook Composites and Polymers celebrates 20 years; Composite Resources hires Kevin Bialas and Mike Fuller; Composites One launches MIRteq; Exova receives Nadcap certification; HEATCON earns AS9100 certification; Interplastic increases resin prices; Park promotes Gregory Strand to VP of Aerospace Structures Engineering; PPG increases fiberglass prices; Kaman Helicopters to use VISTAGY's FiberSIM; Zyvax will sponsor SAMPE bridge and wing contest.
News briefs -- Jan. 26, 2010
ZCL Composites acquires Dualam Plastics; Cereplast Inc. names David J. Homyak as West Coast regional director; Composites One announced COMPOSITES 2010 closed mold demos; World Pultrusion Conference announced; Flow receives $11 million in new orders; Interplastic Corp. names Peter Surmak business manager - Vinyl Ester/Engineered Resins of the Thermoset Resins Division; NIAR to host composites maintenance course; Park Electrochemical Corp. appoints Susan E. Macaluso as program manager; Zyvax announces distributor training for new nano-based materials.
New infusion regime for superthick laminates
Innovative initiator chemistry yields long flow time, cure on demand and exotherm control for large, thick parts.
Interplastic wins safety award
Employees at the company's Fort Wright, Ky., plant exceeded 1 million man-hours worked without a lost-time injury in September of 2009.
Vinyl ester resin for acrylic adhesion
Interplastic's CORVE8132LH resins
are designed for adhesion to acrylic in a range of conditions and
News briefs -- June 16, 2009
Ara Ashland names Mastergel Composites as distributor in southern Brazil; CCP, Interplastic raises prices $0.05/lb; ISU developing bio-plastics software; Jet Edge puts used equipment on its site; Lectra names Hervé Claverie as director of projects and strategic accounts; Scott Bader increases prices 4 to 6 percent; Sealant Equipment hires Ken Jacobs for marketing post; VISTAGY Inc. picks Joshua Fredberg as the company's first vice president of product management and marketing.
Interplastic reaches safety milestones
Interplastic’s Thermoset Resins Division’s Fort Wright, Ky., plant has gone nine straight years without a lost-time accident.
Resin systems update: The greening of thermosets
Thermoset resin formulators seek environmental benefits as customers demand reduced cost and increased performance.
Inside Manufacturing: 45,000 Fan Ducts Per Year from RTM
Unique tooling technology optimizes closed molding process efficiency for volume production of industrial part.
Composites Technology Digs-In Underground
The Underground Construction Technology Conference welcomes corrosion-resistant composites for underground infrastructure.
Major distributors merge
Interplastic Corp. (St. Paul, Minn.
People briefs - 2/1/2007
Specialty chemicals manufacturer Sartomer Co. (Exton, Pa. ) has named Dr.
Rudder Gets New Twist With Composites
The U.S. Navy's specially contoured ship rudder commands composite construction.
Passenger Safety: Flame, Smoke and Toxicity Control
Tried, true -- and some new -- FST-resistant products for manufacturers of composites in rail- and road-based people movers.
Distributors in the composites industry
More than "middlemen," they play a key role in successful projects for many fabricators.
POLYCON 2005 Highlights
ICPA's "last" cast polymer industry show its best.
The Basics Of Boat Design
Naval architects reveal design, tooling and material selection guidelines for a new sportfishing powerboat.
Composite manufacturers thrive on products manufactured for the Automotive Aftermarket
Carbon and fiberglass accessories make up a big chunk of this multi-billion-dollar industry.