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12/15/2008 | 3 MINUTE READ

News briefs -- Dec. 16, 2008

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Seminars for Engineers announces two composites seminars for 2009; RTP Co. adds quality assurance lab; Euroresins named to distribute PPG glass fiber; Plascore expands honeycomb for infusion and light RTM; Lawrence Kuntz named sales director at Park; NIAR adds WaterjetPRO machine; Fiber-line names Thompson vice president sales and marketing.


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Seminars For Engineers USA (Madison, N.J.), a division of Sensor Products Inc. USA, announced on Dec. 15, in association with BTG Composites LLC, its 2009 Composite Materials Failure, Analysis & Repair seminar. The dates and location for the Composites Materials Seminars are: Feb. 10-11, 2009, Anaheim, Calif.; July 15-16, 2009, Chicago, Ill. This seminar focuses on advanced composites topics associated with composite materials design, failure analysis and repair technologies. Background theory and design/failure/analysis scenarios are supported through examples, case studies and practical dos and don’ts associated with real world composites applications. Micromechanics, laminated plate theory (LPT), strength prediction and failure theories, finite element analysis (FEA) approaches, joint design methodology, tooling and dimensional control interactions, damage and repair methodology and numerous references are the focal points of this workshop.
Instructed by Dr. Scott Beckwith, Composite Materials Failure Analysis & Repair is a resource for aerospace, military, materials, infrastructure, energy and transportation industry engineers who are involved in any materials selection and characterization, composites manufacturing, product optimization, and testing and inspection certification (NDT, NDI, QA). Although an advanced engineering background is not required, a general understanding of composite materials is helpful. For more information, visit www.seminarsforengineers.com, e-mail info@seminarsforengineers.com or call 973-560-9092.

Engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Co. (Winona, Minn.) has invested in a state-of-the-art quality assurance (QA) laboratory at its Winona, Minn., manufacturing facility. The lab provides the company with streamlined operational efficiencies and expanded material testing capabilities necessary to meet the needs of global OEM users of specialty compounds. Recent acquisitions include fully automated robotic mechanical testing equipment, elastomer-specific mechanical testing equipment, and specialized analytical testing equipment. New analytical capabilities include equipment to conduct infrared spectroscopy and ionic purity analysis, which allows RTP to characterize materials even further than standard properties commonly found on product data sheets.

Euroresins (Schaffhausen, Switzerland), the distribution organization of DSM Composite Resins, and PPG Industries' (Cheswick, Pa.) fiber glass business have announced an agreement that will see Euroresins become
the leading distributor of PPG’s chopped-strand mat and spray-up roving across Europe. PPG historically supported customers through a country-focused European distribution network. Under the pan-European agreement with Euroresins, end users will benefit from the partnership of two customer-oriented businesses geared toward delivering best-in-class products and services, according to the companies.

Plascore Inc. (Zeeland, Mich.), a manufacturer of honeycomb core products and solutions, has increased distribution of the company's polypropylene (PP) honeycomb Infusion Grade to meet growing demand in light resin transfer molding (light RTM) and infusion molding. Plascore PP honeycomb Infusion Grade is a tough, lightweight and ductile polypropylene material that reportedly provides efficient and optimum mechanical performance in composite sandwich structures.

Park Electrochemical Corp. (Melville, N.Y.) has announced the appointment of Lawrence G. Kuntz as sales director. Kuntz will focus on the sales and marketing of Park’s Nelcote and Nova  advanced composite materials product lines for industrial, wind energy and other applications that complement Park’s current aerospace focus. Kuntz will report to Tony DiGaudio, Park’s vice president of marketing and sales.

The Composites & Advanced Materials Lab at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kan.) has extended its machining capabilities with the addition of a WaterjetPRO (Des Moines, Wash.) cutting table. The abrasive waterjet cutting system includes a 30-hp pump that pressurizes water up to 60,000 psi, with vacuum assist technology for cutting brittle and laminated materials like composites, and a state-of-the-art CNC controller that allows a virtually unlimited choice of CAD/CAM or nesting programs.

Fiber-line Inc. (Hatfield, Pa.) has named Robert Thompson to the newly formed position of vice president sales and marketing. Thompson joined the company in 1998 and has worked in a number of capacities, including engineering manager and most recently sales manager. He holds a B.S. degree in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and a Master's Degree in business administration from Loyola. Thompson is slated to become president of the trade organization The Cordage Institute in 2009. Fiber-Line manufactures coated high-performance fibers and cords.