13 September 2011
13 September 2011
CDI (Century Design Inc) teamed up with manufacturing process consultants Red Composites to launch the new implementation program TIP, at China Composites Expo 2011 last week.
CDI say that their Total Integration Program (TIP) is a fully comprehensive program delivering the design, technology, processes and implementation for advanced composite material manufacturing facilities. They explain that the primary focus of the program is around prepreg manufacturing operations and related downstream activities, and that TIP aims to reliably deliver world-class composite material manufacturing solutions for the Wind Energy, Industrial, Sports, Aerospace and Transportation markets.
According to CDI, the new TIP program is based on ten modules, each one focusing on a critical foundational element. These provide the detailed procedures, specifications, sources, training and auditing to ensure that the customers are fully capable and self sufficient within each element of the Prepreg capability implementation process.
Throughout the program, in-house engineering Project Managers and composite material processing experts work closely with the customer‘s Management, Engineering, Quality and Material Processing teams. The specification of technical requirements, facility layout, equipment supply, process knowledge transfer and operational implementation are together executed through a detailed Project Plan.
Total Integration Program Modulesinclude:
Module 1: Strategic Discussion and Scope
Module 2: Facility Layout
Module 3: Operational Equipment
Module 4: QA Laboratory
Module 5: Knowledge Transfer and Documentation
Module 6: Operational Ancillaries and Tools
Module 7: Production Materials
Module 8: Installation and Commissioning
Module 9: Extended on-site Support
Module 10: Customer to Supply
Keith McConnell, President and new owner of CDI, comments “CDI has been the leading manufacturer and supplier of custom-designed Prepreg machines for the last 50 years. Combining this experience with the hands-on processing expertise and system knowledge of Red Composites is very exciting and allows us to be the only company to offer a full implementation solution. Through the TIP program, customers can be in full production and manufacturing their own prepreg at a lower cost, more consistently and at a schedule which is 40% sooner than if they did it themselves, giving them an instant and definite advantage in the marketplace”.
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