13 December 2011
13 December 2011
The 1st Mastergel International Training on RTM Light took place between November 28 and 30, in Joinville (Brazil), organized by Mastergel, the gelcoat manufacturer and distributor of raw materials and equipment.
The course was conducted by Jose Manuel Bey from Spain, who has more than twenty years of experience in the RTM process.
“We emphasize the practice, especially regarding the details about the construction of the molds, a crucial step for the success of the RTM Light”, said Horst Peterhans, technical advisor of Mastergel. The company is an exclusive distributor in Brazil of Composite Integration, the UK manufacturer of equipment for RTM. “In addition to the tools, the participants were able to make some parts, such as a car roof rack and a fairing”, he said.
More than thirty people attended the training, and most of them were representatives of companies operating in the transportation, construction and leisure sectors. “They are professionals who are familiar with the RTM Light process, seeking tips to improve the performance of their production lines”.
For Rosi Ana Peterhans Espindola, Director of Mastergel, it is important that distributors of equipment and raw materials should continuously invest in the training of their clients. Mastergel has area comprising 400 m² exclusively dedicated to the simulation of composite moulding technologies – in addition to the RTM Light, the company’s clients are able to repeat, on a small scale, the conventional RTM processes, casting (synthetic marble), spray-up and hand lay-up. “The distributor has the responsibility to help technically prepare its clients. Always, of course, relying on the key participation of the manufacturers of equipment and raw materials”.
In 2012, Mastergel plans to organize two workshops on RTM Light, as well as courses focused on other composite-processing technologies.
Toho Tenax is introducing a high-tensile, highly shock-resistant prepreg that incorporates carbon fibre developed for aerospace applications and carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Hexcel is promoting its range of composite materials for skis, snowboards and other high performance winter sports equipment at ISPO Munich 2018 on 28-31 January.