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Finalists Announced for ACMA Awards for Composites Excellence

20 September 2016

Finalists Announced for ACMA Awards for Composites Excellence

The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) has announced the finalists for the Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE), sponsored by Composites One.

ACMA explains that ACE is a prestigious composites industry competition that recognises outstanding achievement and innovation in technology, manufacturing and product development. On Tuesday September 27th at 2 pm, during the third annual CAMX, The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo, in the ACE Pavilion, Booth B106, ACMA and Composites One will announce the winning entries. All 16 finalists will have their product entries on display in the ACE Pavilion for the length of CAMX. 

"Composites One is committed to sponsoring ACE, and has for nearly 20 years, because we believe in innovation and the future growth of our industry," said Marcy Offner, Director of Marketing Communications for Composites One. "Composites manufacturers are true entrepreneurs who understand how our products can be used to build new and exciting things, often replacing more traditional materials. Every year we look forward to seeing how they envision new uses of composites and advanced materials to make better more innovative products." 

In the design category, the Most Creative Application Award is given to the composites product that showcases composites use in a unique, new application. This year, the finalists are: 

  • Customisable Thermoplastic Sandwich Core
    T Plates Global

  • High Performance, Heavily Contoured Composite Skateboard
    Loaded Boards

  • Pultruded FRP Replaces Aluminium for the Silver Flow

  • Undulating Gills
    University of California, Los Angeles

In the manufacturing category, the Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award is given to the equipment, tooling, production aid, or software that is designed to improve manufacturing production, environmental sustainability or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing. This year, the finalists are:

  • Industrial-IoT Technologies Leveraged to Create Digital Thread & Digital Twin
    Plataine Technologies

  • Innovative Robotic Preform Cell Providing 3D Stacking and Control
    Composite Alliance.

  • Rapid OOA Process for Reduced Cycle Times
    Vistex Composites

ACMA explains that there is also another finalist for the Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award that is confidential but will be on display in the ACE Pavilion.

The manufacturing category also features the Materials and Process Innovation Award, which recognises a material or process that best contributes to efficient manufacturing and product sustainability. This year, the finalists are:

  • 3D Printing of High Temperature Thermoplastic Moulds
    Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)

  • Continuous Fibre Composites Smart Manufacturing
    +LAB - Politecnico di Milano

  • Development of Cocured Integral Wing Interspar Box using VERITy Process
    Advanced Composites Division

  • Thermoplastic Resistive Welding Fabric
    T Plates Global

In the market growth category, the Infinite Possibility Award is given to the composites product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites . This year's finalists are:

  • 2017 Honda Ridgeline Weatherable SMC Truck Bed
    Ashland Performance Materials

  • Compression moulded Composite Telecommunication Vault Cover
    PRC Composites

  • Fire-resistant fibreglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Facade Cladding System
    Kreysler & Associates

  • Hybrid Natural fibre Polymer Composites (H-NFPC) for Engineered Products/SystemsAGRO-BIOGENICS (CLEAN-TECH)


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