04 February 2005
04 February 2005
The National Composite Center (NCC) have named Composites One as the sole distributor of NCC’s Rapid Fibre Preforming technology for North America.
NCC will supply the preforms and provide application development for Composites One customers along with technical support to the distributor’s service and sales representatives.
NCC was funded by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to help produce composite pick-up truck boxes using Owens Corning’s automated P4 for Programmable Powder Preform process. NCC adapted the technology and demonstrated the ability to produce complex shapes with carbon fibres at reduced costs for the Air Force. NCC further adapted the technology for commercial applications making it possible to eliminate the use of woven roll fibres or matting and the labour costs associated with hand lay-up as well as reducing material scrap.
As a result of these advances, NCC’s Rapid Fiber Preforming is able to create near net shape preforms. Rapid fabrication and the capability to more uniformly place glass or carbon fibres also offers the flexibility to customize applications to fit nearly any size job at a dramatically reduced cost when compared to traditional reinforcement forms. In addition, NCC has implemented large scale preforming to produce cost-effective, complex, very large composite products.
“We felt NCC’s Rapid Fiber Preforming technology was a good fit for Composites One,” said Leon Garoufalis, President and COO of Composites One. “We combine a strong national presence with a local customer service approach. Our goal is to provide customers with dynamic solutions that help them solve problems and equip them to be competitive in today’s economy. Educating our customers about new products, processes and technologies is equally important. We’re committed to helping our customers understand and adapt Closed Mold opportunities to improve their own business processes. NCC’s expertise and technology advances contribute strongly to our objective to help our customers do their jobs better and faster”.
Garoufalis further explained, “Preforming can be a critical ingredient to closed molding applications in that it not only compliments the technology, but could even be a necessary bridge to reaching the most cost-effective molding stage of a production process. Also, the Rapid Fiber Preforming process and applications are complimentary to our glass kit business, Kit Concepts, which is designed to provide additional efficiencies for our customers. ”
“The Composites One-NCC agreement demonstrates the role NCC plays in the commercialization of new products and processes and the continued growth of composite-related jobs in Ohio and across the nation,” said Lou Luedtke, President and CEO of NCC. “The strength of Composites One’s distribution network combined with its team of knowledgeable service representatives meshes well with our unique ability to provide product development, prototyping and pilot production from concept to factory-ready products. And as the preform market continues to grow NCC will be looking at licensing its manufacturing processes to other companies.”
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