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3/22/2010 | 5 MINUTE READ

News briefs: March 23, 2009

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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.


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Resin manufacturer AOC LLC (Collierville, Tenn., USA) has donated a differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) to the Chemistry Department of the University of Memphis. The equipment is valued at $44,000. The catalyst behind the donation was Dr. Adrienne Hoeglund, a senior analytical scientist for AOC. Consolidation of research and development to improve efficiencies left AOC with a redundant DSC. Hoeglund saw a need for the equipment at the University of Memphis where she earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Chemistry. She set a plan in motion to have the system donated to the university. 

The Seattle Times reported on March 17 on its website that The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash., USA) is considering improvements to its 777 twinjet commercial airplane. Boeing commercial airplane chief Jim Albaugh reportedly said that a major upgrade would likely include a new wing made from carbon fiber composites. Click here for original report.

Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP, Kansas City, Mo., USA) celebrated their 20 year anniversary as a company in February. CCP was formed out of a joint-venture partnership between Total Chimie of Paris, France and the Cook Paint and Varnish Company of North Kansas City, Mo. CCP is an industry leader to the coatings and composites markets. It has participated in the purchase or joint-venture partnerships of approximately 12 manufacturing and distribution companies over its 20-year history. Recent company highlights include recognition in the area of "green" chemistry development, having received the 13th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Award administered by the EPA in 2009. To further promote education in the industry, CCP opened the doors to a new technology training center in 2007. This facility supports the education of CCP customers, employees, and other professionals with industry-related topics in both a classroom and hands-on environment. Many of the classes have been formed from its well-known Applications Guide (Cook Book), now in the 11th edition.

Composite Resources (Rock Hill, S.C., USA) has announced the hiring of Kevin Bialas and Mike Fuller from the USF1 racing organization. Bialas will become Composite Resources’ product development and engineering manager. He brings almost 17 years of composite technology expertise, primarily in motorsports. Fuller will be a lead composites fabricator and has experience with motorsports organizations such as Robertson Racing, Élan Motorsports, Reynard North America and Riley & Scott.

Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill., USA) has announced that at COMPOSITES 2010, an ACE Award was presented to Composites Solutions Group (Queensland, Australia) for its one-way flap valve using MIR (micron-infused resin) technology developed by MIRteq. The MIRteq product technology is in development and was launched by Composites One at the annual conference in Las Vegas. Both the technology and the product will be available exclusively through Composites One. The winning product and the tooling were manufactured using a new micro-fiber infused resin system developed by MIRteq in Australia. The winning entry featured a complete, composite, one-way gate-valve system with pipe and head wall flanges produced using a very simple injection molding system with no gel coat. The proprietary treated microfibers at a 20 percent glass-to-resin ratio produced very good properties and saved approximately 80 percent labor.

Exova OCM (Anaheim, Calif., USA) announced that its laboratories have received Nadcap's composite testing accreditation. Targeting composite testing, Exova operates three of only five independent Nadcap-accredited laboratories. Exova participates in every aspect of R&D, design, development and testing of products.

HEATCON Inc. (Seattle, Wash., USA) and its subsidiary HEATCON Composite Systems, has been awarded certification for the AS9100 International Aerospace Quality System Standard. "We are proud to have achieved another landmark in our certification processes. Becoming a certified AS9100 company demonstrates our commitment to quality for our customers." said Howard Banasky, president and CEO of HEATCON Inc.

Interplastic Corp.’s Thermoset Resins Division (St. Paul, Minn., USA) is raising the price of its CoREZYN and Silmar brand products by $0.05/lb and includes all polyester, vinyl ester and specialty resins, gel coats, colorants, and putties. This increase took effect on all shipments on or after March 6, 2010.

Park Electrochemical Corp. (Melville, N.Y., USA) has announced the promotion of Gregory D. Strand to the position of vice president of Aerospace Structures Engineering. In this new position, Strand will be responsible for overseeing the engineering of the company's composite aircraft and space vehicle parts. Strand joined Park as director of Aerospace Structures Engineering in 2008, when Park acquired substantially all the assets and business of Nova Composites Inc., a designer and manufacturer of aircraft composite structures and the tooling for such structures. Strand had been president of Nova Composites Inc., which he founded in 1996. Prior to 1996, Strand had been president of Intec Composites and its predecessor, Integrated Technologies Inc., which provided high-end material testing services primarily for aerospace customers. Prior to founding Integrated Technologies Inc. in 1989, Strand had been a materials testing manager with Fatigue Technologies Inc. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Seattle Pacific University and Master of Business Administration degree from University of Washington.

PPG Industries' (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) fiber glass business announced that it is raising prices on all fiberglass reinforcement and specialty yarn product lines in North America by up to 10 percent in U.S. currency per pound, effective April 1 or as permissible by contract.

VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass., USA) has announced that Kaman Helicopters, a division of Kaman Aerospace Corp. has entered into an agreement to license FiberSIM composites engineering software from VISTAGY. The software will be used to streamline the design-to-manufacturing process for large composite helicopter blades by providing early visibility into producibility challenges and facilitating a smooth hand-off of composite manufacturing data to the shop floor. Based its evaluation, Kaman estimates that FiberSIM will enable the firm to reduce ply development time from 180 to 40 hours, a savings of 78 percent, and average part layup time from 32 to 20 hours, a savings of 38 percent.

Mold release and mold cleaner supplier Zyvax Inc. (Ellijay, Ga., USA) announced that it will sponsor the SAMPE 13th annual lightweight Composite Bridge Building contest, and the 6th lightweight Wing contest. These contests will be judged on May 18 at SAMPE 2010 in Seattle, Wash., USA. "It's a pleasure to have an opportunity to work with the next generation of material engineers, and to share our earth-friendly, environmentally safe product lines with them, without compromising performance," said Tannis Layman, COO of Zyvax.