News briefs -- Feb. 24, 2009

Bob Lacovera leaves ACMA to create CONVERGENT COMPOSITES; Duoline names Bill White plant manager; Richmond Aircraft Products and Aerovac Systems are combined to create Richmond Aerovac; Airborne Composites buys VISTAGY's FiberSIM for G650 composites work;

After 20 years as director of technical services with the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA, Washington, D.C.), Bob Lacovara has announced that is leaving the organization to form a new knowledge-based industry organization called CONVERGENT COMPOSITES (Philadelphia, Pa.). The firm is positioned to provide expert resources that encompass composites management, manufacturing optimization, regulatory compliance, composites education and training and forensic services. These services integrate a depth of experience and networking from across the composites spectrum. In 1989, Lacovara merged his successful consulting practice with ACMA to form the technical services group. As the association’s technical director he created the Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program, conducted foundational research on styrene emissions, developed industry educational programs, and provided technical support for regulatory initiatives. Additionally, he served as editor of the Composites Research Journal.

Duoline Technologies (Houston, Texas), a manuacturer of composite products designed to solve oilfield corrosion problems, has announced the transfer and promotion of Bill White from Robroy Conduit to Duoline Technologies as plant manager. White has been with Robroy Conduit (Gilmer, Texas) for 14 years. During that time has gained valuable experience in many areas in the plant. His most recent position was as supervisor of the conduit fittings department.

Umeco Composites has announced the unification of two of its units, Richmond Aircraft Products (Norwalk, Conn.) and Aerovac Systems Ltd. (Keighley, U.K.) to create Richmond Aerovac. The group will enter into the manufacture of vacuum bagging films. Aerovac Systems with its subsidiaries across Europe, and Richmond Aircraft Products in the U.S., are suppliers of vacuum bagging materials to the composite industry. They are part of the Process Materials group within Umeco Composites, which has recently acquired IPM, a manufacturer of vacuum bagging films for the composites industry and other markets. The acquisition of IPM provides Aerovac and Richmond with a secure supply of key process materials, and the opportunity
to innovate and respond to the developing needs of customers. Aerovac and Richmond will jointly market their products and services under the Richmond Aerovac brand name.

VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass.) says Airborne Composites has purchased VISTAGY's FiberSIM software to reduce lead times for new products by an anticipated 20 percent, and for redesigned and scaled versions by more than 30 percent. The first program FiberSIM is being used on by Airborne Composites is for the design and tooling of the composite overhang panels for the empennage wing surfaces of the Gulfstream G650 business aircraft. The panels are a sandwich structure comprised of carbon fiber/epoxy skins and honeycomb core. Airborne Composites is subcontracting for Stork Fokker on the G650 program.