21 March 2011
21 March 2011
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has designed two new Certified Composites Technician (CCT) programs - Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM) and Wind Blade Repair (WBR).
These new curricula have been designed to provide the knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies necessary to successfully adapt these processes.
Light Resin Transfer Molding: The process of LRTM, a variation of vacuum infusion, is being adopted by closed-molding process manufacturers to survive and thrive in the composites industry today as they adjust shop processes and acquire new skills. Closed molding processes such as LRTM are becoming ever more popular due to improved product quality, increased productivity, reduced operational costs and the need for more precise parts. ACMA is offering the CCT-LRTM certification to provide the knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies necessary to successfully make this switch.
Wind Blade Repair: Regular inspection and maintenance to composite wind turbines helps to improve performance, capitalize on power production and keep the turbine operational. Prompt repair of structural and cosmetic blade damage will extend the lifespan of the blades, trim maintenance costs and prevent costly and time-consuming shutdowns. ACMA is offering the CCT-WBR certification curriculum to help serve the growing demand for composites training in the wind energy sector for servicing and repairing wind turbines. CCT-WBRs can use the knowledge gained through the program to repair wind turbine blades, as well as apply it to other industriesautomotive, aviation, marine, sports and recreation, research and development, aerospace and more!
CCTs are also available in Open Molding, Compression Molding, Solid Surface, Cast Poylmer, Corrosion and Vacuum Infusion Process.
Brazilian company Dilutec has developed a complete gelcoat portfolio for shipyards, for applications ranging from the manufacture of the boat mould to small repairs of the hulls and decks.
Sharp & Tappin has installed and commissioned a Compcut 200 composite plate saw at Renault Sport Racing in Enstone, Oxfordshire, UK.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.