19 June 2008
19 June 2008
Airtech will be able to make wider vacuum bagging films and increase capacity greatly with the installation of a new large extruder.
For large composite parts, heat seaming of the vacuum bag to these large sizes is required. With wider film, fewer heat seams will be needed, making the final product safer and less expensive. Airtech say that the new machine will also add needed capacity to keep up with a number of aerospace programs. According to Jeff Dahlgren, President/CEO, “This is the largest capital outlay we have ever done in our 35 year history, for a piece of equipment. The industry needs it, so we built it!”.
The photo shows one of the tallest cranes available on site, at the Airtech corporate headquarters in Huntington Beach, California. A major section of the roof had to be removed so the crane could move the building and extruder parts up and in place for assembly. “
“As the world’s largest manufacturer of vacuum bagging materials, many worldwide customers count on us for quality and consistent supply. It is a great responsibility and one we will be able to control with this new equipment.” said Chad Fester, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Business Development.
Completion is expected this summer along with the introduction of new products associated with this new extruder.
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