19 March 2013
19 March 2013
General Plastics are participating in the 2013 AeroDef Manufacturing conference and exposition this week in Long Beach, California, US featuring its LAST-A-FOAM high-temperature tooling boards and flame-retardant aerospace-grade foam boards at Booth 142.
“This show is a great forum to introduce defence and aerospace manufacturing engineers to our advanced LAST-A-FOAM FR-4700 HT Tooling Board Series, which supports high-temperature curing prepregs used in composite tooling,” said General Plastics President, Bruce Lind. “This tooling board is ideal for models, master plugs and moulds, as well as for limited tooling runs where metal dies are cost-prohibitive.”
General Plastics says its composite core materials have been used for years in the aerospace industry in place of aluminium. With today’s engineers focused on innovative materials, efficient processes and cost-saving solutions, General Plastics offers alternatives to other costly or limiting materials for many manufacturing applications.
“We’re experiencing increasing demand for our low-weight, high-strength polyurethane foams to replace traditional core materials, such as thermoplastic foam, honeycomb and wood,” Lind explained.
General Plastics describes its flame-retardant, rigid closed-cell foams which will be on display at AeroDef Manufacturing:
AeroDef attendees will also have the opportunity to examine and order two new composite core sample kits to get a true feel for General Plastics’ versatile foam materials. Sample kits are now available for the LAST-AFOAM FR-6700 Aerospace-Grade Series and LAST-A-FOAM FR-4300 Thermoformable Board Series.
“After serving aerospace and defence manufacturers for 70-plus years, we clearly understand their exacting standards and expectations of novel solutions to propel them ahead in a competitive global economy,” Lind said. “General Plastics customers also know they can depend on us for fast turnaround and scalability to meet the demands of OEM production.”
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.