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News for April 2002


SAMPE 2002 Poster Sessions to be Featured

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The SAMPE 2002 Symposium will feature Poster Sessions at the Long Beach, CA May 12-16, 2002 event for the first time. Consequently, the Committee is soliciting participants from industry, academia and government laboratories to participate in the Poster Sessions. The Poster Sessions offer the opportunity for participants in several areas: – Present preliminary ‘work in progress’ in advance – Provides for most recent update to critical technology – Offer to contributors preferring one-on-one contacts at SAMPE 2002 – Presentation of non-commercial product technology to wide audience The Poster Sessions will be presented at 5 sessions with limits of 5 poster presentations at any given time in order to provide more directed attention. The Poster Sessions will be held concurrently with the main Technical Sessions next to the meeting rooms for convenience. The titles, authors and author’s affiliation of the Poster Sessions will be listed in the Final SAMPE 2002 Program. The poster abstract preprint will be distributed within the SAMPE 2002 Registration Area. The Poster Sessions participants must be a paid SAMPE 2002 Registrant as either a one-day or a full conference rate attendee. Poster Sessions Guidelines for contributors are available through the SAMPE International Business Office (IBO).

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CTL Appoints Business Development Manager & Increases Testing Capacity

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Composites Testing Laboratory (CTL) Ltd. has appointed Mike Naylor as Business Development Manager – Europe, effective from April 2nd. Mike Naylor joins CTL from Airbus UK at Filton, where he held the position of Lead Engineer Composites Material Development in the Composites Research Group. CTL has also announced that it is extending its testing capacity by purchasing a second Zwick 250KN static test machine, which will be installed during the month of April. CTL is fully accredited for a wide range of composite mechanical, environmental and physical tests, and also provides a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) composites design capability. Managing Director, Dr. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, said “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mike Naylor as Business Development Manager – Europe. Mike has many years experience in composite materials development and testing at the highest level. His appointment, and the expansion of our test facilities will greatly enhance the level of service that we are able to offer to our customers throughout Europe”. CTL are exhibiting at JEC in Paris from April 9th-11th, Booth E20.1

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Ceremonial opening for the building of new production facilities

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Together with Pia Hüther, and the mayor of Kaiserslautern, Bernhard Deubig, the managing director of COMAT GmbH, Dr. Ralph Funck, made the first symbolic cut for the building of new production facilities. COMAT is building a new office- and production facility with 2.500 m² due to very demands on the DExWin® products. It is a well known fact, that fiber reinforced plastics based on thermosetting resin has extremely good properties as regards to strength, rigidity and low weight. These materials have been used for decades in aerospace, industrial and sport applications. However, an increasing demand has focused fiber composites based thermoplastic resin, in order to be able to use the significant properties of thermoplastic resin. These properties are: High fracture toughness, high chemical resistance, post formability , recyclability and weldability. COMAT GmbH has developed a innovative technology, called DExWin®, for producing continous pipes and profiles based on thermoplastic resin, which compared to traditional fiber reinforced components, additionaly offers the above mentioned properties and has the same strength, stiffness and lightweight properties. COMAT GmbH has options for further 22.000 m² of land for future expansions.

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Cyclics Corporation Demonstrates PBT Thermoplastic Pre-Preg

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Cyclics Corporation has developed a CBT resin pre-impregnated intermediate product. The CBT based prepreg has tack and drape similar to thermoset pre-impregnated fabrics but becomes a thermoplastic when cured. Cyclics Corporation is actively seeking marketing partnerships to commercialize this unique product. Cyclics’ CBT based prepregs offer advantages beyond the best attributes of thermoplastic and thermoset prepregs. Unlike thermoset prepregs, CBT prepregs are non-reactive at room temperature thus providing a virtually infinite shelf life and CBT resins do not have an exotherm during polymerization. Like thermoset prepregs, they have tack and drape, enabling them, for example, to be roll wrapped to make golf shafts on conventional “epoxy” prepreg equipment. CBT resin prepregs can also be processed isothermally and de-molded hot, because the CBT resin can melt, polymerize, crystallize and solidify, all at the same temperature. Additionally, fabricators can use traditional thermoset consumables like nylon vacuum bags and polyester shrink tapes. All this, while retaining all the traditional advantages of a thermoplastic, namely improved impact resistance, ability to be thermoformed, ability to be welded, and multiple recycling options. Manufacturing the prepreg also has advantages with CBT resin with a variety of non-solvent (no VOC’s) methods. First, since the melted CBT has a low viscosity, it has been filmed onto a conventional release liner, and melt processed as many epoxies are today. Secondly, CBT can also be processed below its full-melt temperature and make a film suitable for resin film infusion intermediates. Finally, since CBT is solid at room temperature, various powder deposition methods (e.g. mechanical, electrostatic, or aqueous slurry) have been demonstrated successfully to meter the resin onto a fiber web, and then is melt impregnated to form the prepreg. CBT resin also has broad compatibility with commercially available glass and carbon fiber products. CBT resin polymerizes into PBT, a well-known thermoplastic resin with over a billion pounds sold worldwide every year. Many automotive and commercial companies are familiar with PBT from injection molding compounds and are comfortable with PBT’s extension to continuous fiber composites made possible with CBT resin. CBT prepregs can be used to make thermoplastic golf shafts, wind turbine blades, medical devices, snowboards, sailboat masts, drive shafts and almost any other products currently made using prepreg. “It is remarkable how similar the handling characteristics are compared to existing thermoset prepregs allowing CBT prepreg to be a drop-in for many parts manufacturers,” said John Ciovacco, President and CEO of Cyclics Corporation. “We don’t intend to make and sell pre-preg, and are actively developing partnerships with establish pre-impregnated fabric suppliers necessary to commercialize this exciting product.”

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Airbus signs deals with four Japanese parts makers

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Airbus Industrie said it has signed deals worth more than 650 mln usd with four Japanese parts suppliers for its A380 aircraft programme. It said Sumitomo Metal Industries Inc, Toray Corp, Toho Tenax Corp and JAMCO Corp will supply carbon cross beams, carbon fibre and titanium sheets, with the first delivery of parts to begin in early 2003. “Today’s agreements are just the first of a series, with more to come, as we are progressing our talks with other Japanese companies and we are confident that more and more will join our A380 programme,” Noel Forgeard, president and chief executive of Airbus, said in a statement. Nine customers have ordered a total of 97 A380s so far, Airbus said, adding that the first 555-seat A380 is due to enter into service in early 2006.

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STWComposites Receives Cessna Supplier Award

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STW Composites, Inc. received a 2001 Supplier Performance Award from Cessna Aircraft Company. In a ceremony held during the Cessna Supplier Conference in Wichita, STW Composites was presented with the Supplier Performance Award. The criteria for the award are based on the supplier’s rating on Cessna’s Supplier Tracking and Rating System (STARS). A supplier must be rated at the top of the quality, cost, and schedule performance categories. The performance period was for the 12 months rolling average January-December 2001. Charles Johnson, Cessna president & COO, and Tanvir Arfi, director of Strategic Sourcing/Airframes, presented the award to STW. In presenting the award, Mr. Arfi stated, “STW Composites of Montrose, Colorado is a company that has the ability to design, develop, certify, and produce aerospace composite structures. STW Composites started its relationship with Cessna in 1999 and has had exemplary performance since then. The company’s attention to detail and dedication to customer service have earned STW this award”. STW Composites, designs, certifies, produces, and delivers fully integrated composite structural components, major assemblies, and complete general aviation aircraft.

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Solectria Awarded U.S. Army Advanced Materials Contract

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Solectria Corporation has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to investigate the use of its proprietary DIAPHORM composite preforming technology in the production of composite ballistic armor components.

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Robotic Routing Cell Optimizes Quality and Increases Throughput 200%

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Jason International, Inc from North Little Rock, Arkansas, restored order from an endless list of detail work by integrating an industrial robot into their production team. The turnkey cell is a RoboTrim Routing System, designed and assembled by flexible robotic systems provider Robotic Production Technology (RPT). Jason International has experienced significant gains in speed, quality, and overall productivity, including a 200% increase in throughput. Working with fiberglass to make whirlpool tubs is a detail-oriented process that had required numerous hand finishing operations. Reject rates due to human error were high. Jason’s diverse product line includes 50 tub configurations, necessitating a total of 160 individual trimming and finishing operations that had to be performed manually. Jason and RPT determined that a robotic routing cell could streamline the tub trimming process. The main objectives of automating the process were to increase quality control and lower the reject rate, while achieving random processing via automated part recognition. A FANUC M-710i robot was selected for the job. RPT solved the part fixture problems using a universal part holding fixture that Jason developed. RPT also created a bar coding system for recognizing the part configuration and determining setup protocols and the part program. Touch sensing routines detect part location variations and offset the base robot paths. To meet the highly diverse number of trim operations, a tool changer was integrated to accommodate drills, routers, and saws. The result was a 200% increase in throughput, and a huge gain in part-to-part finishing accuracy and repeatability. DeWayne Coats, industrial engineer at Jason International, hired RPT based on reputation: “RPT has surpassed all our expectations with this robotic system because they took the initiative to make recommendations that would work for our unique application, rather than a cookie cutter solution,” Coats said. “The folks at RPT were helpful and professional, and they got us up and running quickly – within two weeks of installation they had the robot running flawlessly. This cell has made us stronger as a company.” RPT RoboTrim Routing Systems can be tailored for in-line (flow-through) integration into manufacturing systems, or configured as individual cells, for applications in the automotive, marine, consumer product and other industries.

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Reichhold Introduces New Resins at JEC

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Reichhold will introduce new resins for pultrusion, marine laminating and acrylic backing at the JEC Composites Show in Paris, Stand D-20. Pultrusion: DION 31066 For pultrusion, Reichhold will introduce DION® 31066, a one-pack resin system, which allows pultruders to provide deep, rich colors, especially blues, blacks and reds in pultruded products previously unattainable through pultrusion. This one-pack system yields easier formulation than two-pack systems along with improved surface characteristics, comparable to thermoplastics. Weatherability of parts pultruded with DION 31066 is good and water absorption is low. Shock resistance is also improved. Marine Laminating: NORPOL 506 Series In marine laminating, Reichhold introduces a series of low-styrene resins for marine applications, the NORPOL 506 Series for open-molding. These resins provide a high-class surface finish due to less fiber print-through. This series is approved by both DNV (Det Norsk Veritas) and Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. Shrinkage is reduced with the 506 series, providing an improved laminate surface. The NORPOL 506 series provides excellent spraying, rolling and wetting properties. Rapid curing and de-molding is experienced with this system. Acrylic Backing: NORPOL Non-roll System For acrylic backing, Reichhold will introduce the low-styrene NORPOL Non-roll system providing a wide range of benefits including labor savings, shorter gel and cycle times, lighter parts and lower styrene emissions, all using standard spray-up equipment, with the option of using automation, including robots. This system is targeted for the production of sanitary applications such as bathtubs and showers, eliminating almost all but 5-10 percent of rolling in bathtubs, shower stalls and trays yielding the required stiffness at equal thickness as standard laminates.

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Flying the Flag for the British Composites Industry

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“”Flying the flag”” for the British Composites Industry, the BPF will have its own stand at JEC 2002, promoting its Composites Group and the UK Composites industry. 13 Companies will form the BPF-managed British Group and will exhibit both within the British Pavilion and independently. As the British Group sponsor, the BPF has also secured Trade Partners UK SESA grant funding on behalf of these companies providing a cost-effective presence for British industry at this major composites show. The grant covers 60% of expenditure on stand space and construction – up to a total of £2,300 for each eligible business and also supplementary information for first time exhibitors. The companies exhibiting with the BPF are as follows: – Chelton Composites Group – Cytec Engineered Materials – Exchem Mining & Construction – Formax UK Ltd – IMSM Ltd – Plastech TT Ltd – Pultrex Ltd – The Rossendale Combining Company Ltd – Scott Bader Co Ltd – SP Systems – Technical Fibre Products – Texkimp Ltd – West and Senior Ltd Many more British companies will also be exhibiting independently. JEC is the ideal platform for the BPF to highlight the strengths of the composites industry and promote UK business abroad. The BPF Composites Group exists to enhance the image of Composite Materials to end-users and to provide a common platform for information/expertise exchange and resource sharing. The Group is active in creating and revising standards in the UK and Europe and is represented in Europe by GPRMC, the European composites trade association. The BPF’s Composites Group is kept updated on potential and actual changes to relevant regulations. The Group is particularly interested in issues such as the Styrene Risk Assessment, Construction Products Directive (fire testing and drinking water), Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulations, the EU Chemicals Policy, and publicising the recyclability of composites.

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