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CAMX 2017 rescheduled: Dec. 12-14, 2017

After postponing CAMX 2017 due to Hurricane Irma, the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) will be held Dec. 12-14, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, US.

Now in its fourth year, CAMX, co-produced by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), has become a recognized premier event for the composites and advanced materials industry.

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The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) will go on as scheduled next week (Tuesday, Sept. 19 - Thursday, Sept. 21), with pre-event workshops starting Monday, Sept. 18. All seminars and other IBEX activities also remain unchanged. The decision was announced by show producers, NMMA and RAI Amsterdam. Show producers said this decision was made after conversations with vendors and service providers, including confirmation there is no damage to the Tampa Convention Center.

"As planned, next week we will bring the industry together in Tampa, making IBEX 2017 the place to be for the marine industry," says Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. "We are thankful Hurricane Irma left little damage in Tampa, making it accessible for attendees and exhibitors from near and far."

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Unitech Composites pylons take weight out of Black Hawks

Unitech Composites (Hayden, ID, US) has delivered the first production shipset of its Multi-Station Lightweight Armament Support Structure (MLASS) wings for use on the US Army’s MH-60M (Black Hawk) helicopter. This is the first of nine shipsets that will be delivered to the US Army Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA). The US Special Operations Forces (SOF) already deploy Unitech’s Lightweight Armament Support Structure (LASS), a single-station weapons pylon for the MH-60.

MLASS is a lightweight, corrosion resistant direct replacement for the External Stores Support System (ESSS). MLASS and LASS weapons stores interface with standard military bomb ejector racks and support a variety of weapons configurations, including the M230 30-mm cannon, the M261 rocket launcher and the M299 missile launcher.

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Pultrusions growing in construction: new EPTA report

There’s a new report out from EPTA (European Pultrusion Technology Assn., Frankfurt am Main, Germany) that discusses new trends for pultrusion in building and construction. I’ve summarized the report here, including a helpful table of properties, and included a link to the entire report on EPTA’s Web site. And, the group’s next meeting is March 1-2, 2018 in Vienna, Austria (here’s a link to the event information page:  

According to EPTA, more architects, engineers and builders are discovering the benefits of pultrusion and finding ways to incorporate pultrusions in construction projects. The properties of pultruded profiles make them well suited to numerous applications in the residential housing market, where they provide strong, durable solutions, outperforming traditional materials for many years. This is particularly true, says the report, for window and door systems, and now in a further range of applications such as exterior trim, decking, pergolas, columns and fencing. Composite profiles also present excellent potential for the building of affordable housing, a growing demand worldwide. Offering a combination of properties not available with traditional building materials, and attractive attributes for green builders, the prospects for pultruded profiles are bright.

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CW Talks explores foldable composites with Joseph Choma

The latest episode of CW Talks: The Composites Podcast is up and features a conversation with Joseph Choma, assistant professor of architecture at Clemson University, who is spearheading research into the use of foldable composites for architectural and other applications.

The concept of foldable composites is fairly simple: Take a dry fiber reinforcement fabric, mask off seams to create fold points, infuse the unmasked fabric with resin, and cure the resin. Suddenly, you have a composite laminate with uncured, soft seams that allow the entire structure to be folded for easy transport and installation on site. And after the entire laminate is installed, the dry seams can be infused with resin to solidify the whole structure.

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