04 December 2003
04 December 2003
M.C. Gill Corporation has announced the development of a Transparent Laminate for use as a see-through cargo liner allowing visual inspections without removal.
Such inspections are routinely carried out by airlines to check for mechanical problems, assess damage and locate contraband. Unlike previous transparent plastics, the Gillite 1401 Transparent Laminate offers improved strength using fiberglass reinforcement and good flammability properties, including compliance with burn through requirements.
“Beyond cargo liner applications, Gillite 1401 Transparent Laminate will find use in a range of products. It could be used to construct a cargo container, making the contents readily evident,” said Irv Freund, VP Sales and Marketing. “Other uses might include ceiling panels in commercial transport vehicles which rely on natural lighting, equipment housings and architectural applications. It should be considered for applications anywhere transparency, strength, light weight and low flammability are important. Increased safety and Home Land Security concerns are expected to create significant opportunities for this innovation.”
The laminate is very clear, making it possible to read through it with a four inch space between the laminate and letters; four inches being the distance between the cargo liner and fuselage in most aircraft.
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.