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Airtech International (Huntington Beach, CA, US) is introducing several new products.

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Airtech International (Huntington Beach, CA, US) is introducing several new products. Wrightlease 2 is a fluoropolymer PS Tape for multipurpose use in the manufacture of composite parts. The tape is an extruded fluoropolymer film coated with silicone pressure-sensitive adhesive. The orange color is highly visible, helping to reduce time stripping after use and avoid incomplete removal. Wrightlease has a high elongation and tensile strength so it can be applied wrinkle free over complex shaped parts.

Airdraw 2 vacuum bagging film is embossed with a ''cracked ice'' pattern which allows for rapid air removal when placed under vacuum. The film has been formulated to provide increased stiffness to assist in maintaining a breathable pattern. Airdraw 2 reportedly is not affected by environmental conditions and will not soften in high humidity, allowing superior breathability. It is designed primarily for ply compaction with the added benefit of not requiring a breather. It is embossed from one side of the film; under close examination the film has a flat side and a raised side. The outer surface of the roll is the raised side. For best results, place the raised side against the part surface on top of a perforated release film.

Airtech's TB-G48 Carbon Tooling boards can be used to build composite mold tool support structures, bonding jigs, drill fixtures, post-cure braces and for more stable tooling pieces. Benefits include high glass transition temperature (247°C), peel ply on both sides for surface protection during storage and machining.