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Published: 4/29/2016

Gardner Business Index at 50.0 in March
New orders and production are up. Capital spending plans foreshadow equipment investments.

Published: 4/11/2016

Structural adhesives, Part I: Industrial
Today’s myriad chemistry options enable formulators to tailor adhesives to customers' exact application requirements.

Published: 4/11/2016

Selective reinforcements boost “commodity” composite properties
Strategically placed advanced reinforcements reduce weight, cost while dramatically increasing mechanical performance and dimensional stability.

Published: 3/30/2016

Gardner Business Index at 50.8 in February
New orders, production and future business expectations go up as small- and medium-sized fabricators see welcome expansion.

Published: 3/25/2016

The matrix
The matrix binds the fiber reinforcement, gives the composite component its shape and determines its surface quality. A composite matrix may be a polymer, ceramic, metal or carbon. Here’s a guide to selection.

Published: 3/23/2016

Tooling
Composite parts are formed in molds, also known as tools. Tools can be made from virtually any material. The material type, shape and complexity depend upon the part and length of production run. Here's a short summary of the issues involved in ...

Published: 3/23/2016

Fabrication methods
There are numerous methods for fabricating composite components. Selection of a method for a particular part, therefore, will depend on the materials, the part design and end-use or application. Here's a guide to selection.

Published: 3/23/2016

Part design criteria
Designers of composite parts can choose from a huge variety of fiber reinforcements and resin systems. That makes knowledge of how those materials work together a critically important aspect of part development. Here's a short description of wha...

Published: 3/17/2016

Fiber reinforcement forms
Fibers used to reinforce composites are supplied directly by fiber manufacturers and indirectly by converters in a number of different forms, which vary depending on the application. Here's a guide to what's available.

Published: 3/17/2016

Supply and demand: Advanced fibers
Demand for advanced fiber, virgin and reclaimed, is on an upswing after a dip during the recent recession. Fiber suppliers are gearing up to meet an expected increase in demand as manufacturers in a number of composites end-markets scale up or start...