IBEX Demos to Feature Flex Molding Process

13 August 2010

Composites One, along with Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP) and the Closed Mold Alliance, will use cutting edge closed mould innovations to build a variety of large and small boat parts, live, in person, in the outdoor demo area – during IBEX 2010 in Louisville, September 28-30.

Running throughout the show, the demos feature three advanced processes: the all-new Flex Molding process by MVP, the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) and Light Resin Transfer Molding (Light RTM).

Highlighting this year’s event is MVP’s demonstration of its new Flex Molding Process, groundbreaking technology specifically developed to overcome the challenges of using film infusion moulding. With a comprehensive package of injection systems, accessories and patent-pending seals plus training support, MVP say that the new process helps manufacturers optimize infusion while better controlling the production process. At the demo, MVP’s Flex Molding team will build the vacuum bag and the resulting boat part in front of a live audience, illustrating the process’ ease of use, especially for manufacturers new to closed mold processes.

In addition to the Flex Molding demo is a live presentation of VIP, with closed mould experts using the process to inject half of a 16- foot boat hull. “Cutting the hull in half enables manufacturers to see how resin flows through laminates quickly and efficiently,” said Composites One Marketing Manager, Marcy Offner. “Attendees will also have an unobstructed view of resin flow at the Light RTM demo, thanks to a special see-through glass panel.”

Additional closed mould educational sessions are planned inside the exhibit hall at Composites One booth # 1527. On Tuesday, September 28, the workshop will focus on Light RTM tooling covering the materials needed, waxing techniques and tooling construction, along with examples of successes and failures. The workshop on Wednesday, September 29 will feature a comparison of the most popular closed mould processes to help manufacturers decide which one is best for their operation. Both workshops start at 1 pm; those who are interested should come a few minutes early to ensure their spot.

This is the seventh year that Composites One is presenting live demonstrations of Closed Mold technologies at the annual IBEX Show. “Holding these events at a well-established venue such as IBEX has enabled us to educate manufacturers on the benefits of these processes and what they need to get started,” said Offner.

The live demonstrations are the culmination of a joint effort between Composites One, MVP, the Closed Mold Alliance and its supplier partners: 3M, Airtech Advanced Materials Group, 3A Composites (Airex, Baltek and Lantor brands), Syrgis, Cook Composites & Polymers, Chemtrend, Chomarat, ITW Plexus, Magnum Venus Plastech, Owens Corning, Progress Plastiques, and Vectorply. “Their support and product expertise is crucial not only to the success of our demos, but to the ultimate conversion of manufacturers to closed mould processes,” added Offner.

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