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News for 30 October 2007


Anaglyph Releases Its Innovative Plymatch System

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Recently developed by Anaglyph, the award-winning PlyMatch visual aid system for accurate hand-layup ply placement is now commercially available. Fully mobile and easy to use, it helps the operator accurately position or trim composite plies during hand-layup manufacture. The system can work with direct CAD file input, or together with Anaglyph’s Laminate Tools software for enhanced functionality. It is mostly suitable in the manufacture of small to medium sized parts, in applications such as motorsport and aerospace. Anaglyph will be exhibiting the PlyMatch system at the Composites Europe show in Stuttgart, Germany.

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DSM Composite Resins wins Design and Technology Award at Materialica

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DSM Composite Resins received a second award for the best innovative material during the Materialica congress and exhibition that took place recently in Munich. “After winning the Innovation Award last month during the China Composites Expo in Beijing, it is a great success and honour to receive this Best Material Award today in Europe for the 2nd time“; says Ben Drogt, Innovation Manager DSM Composite Resins. Out of the 81 participants applying for the Materialica Design and Technology Award, DSM was the winner of the award. DSM Composite Resins applied for the Design and Technology Award with using the Turane resin technology in NUNA4, the solar-car from the University of Delft (The Netherlands). Weighing barely 200 kilograms, NUNA4 utilizes cutting edge aerospace and Formula1 technology in producing a car that is stronger, lighter and safer than its predecessors. For this year’s race in Australia, entry criteria were made stricter to ensure that the vehicles were not only safer, but also more recognizable as cars, with roll bars, upright seating and a maximum surface area of 6 m² for solar cells. DSM met the University Team’s advanced composite needs with turane resin technology. Turane resins were developed for advanced composite applications such as aerospace, automotive and windmill blades, which have the same requirements for high strength coupled with low weight, but with the need for fast processing characteristics. Vacuum infusion was used to produce the two halves of the body shell and wheel casings with turane resins impregnating a reinforcement pack that incorporated woven carbon fibre. The cure chemistry of turane resins gives a cure profile from slow to very fast making it ideal for fully controllable vacuum resin infusion.

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V System Composites Structure on Successful Missile Defense Interceptor Flight Test

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V System Composites provided a primary, flight-critical composite structure to Raytheon Missile Systems for the EKV interceptor that was successfully flight tested by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). VSC developed and demonstrated a high performance composite aft flange structure for the EKV under funding from the MDA and a contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Huntsville, AL, in 2002. As a result of this successful development, VSC received a production contract from the EKV system contractor, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ, to produce the composite aft flange structure for flight tests and deployed missiles. VSC has delivered 61 production units through 2007 meet all Raytheon schedules, quality and other requirements. Mike Louderback, President of VSC, stated “Key personnel of VSC and Raytheon Missile Systems accomplished this success through their Integrated Product Development. We are very pleased to be a part of this important missile defence program and to be providing production support for the national missile defence system”. Jeffery J. Szmania, Mechanical Section Head and Composite Lead for Raytheon, added “that teamwork and cooperation created the necessary synergy for both Raytheon and VSC to be successful”.

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LM Glasfiber Opens Second Blade Factory in China

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LM Glasfiber officially celebrated the grand opening of its new wind turbine blade factory in Urumqi in the Xinjiang province, LM Glasfiber’s second blade manufacturing facility in China and the 10th worldwide. In its first phase the new factory is expected to produce approximately 500 blades per year and create employment for approximately 200 people. A further expansion is slated for 2008. The factory is based on LM Glasfiber’s modular layout principles making easy and fast capacity expansion possible in order to follow the rapid growth of the Chinese wind market. Urumqi is the home of Goldwind – with which LM Glasfiber has signed a strategic cooperation agreement earlier this year. Xinjiang is one of the richest resources of wind energy in China and has one of the best developed wind industrial bases. Mr. Wu Gang, CEO of Goldwind said: We are very pleased to see today the first result of our cooperation with the opening of LM Glasfiber’s Xinjiang blade factory. It is key for us and our customers to secure supply of quality blades for our large project pipeline. That is why today is an important day. Wind power is a strategic priority area in China, and Goldwind is strongly committed to turning our ambitious targets into reality.” In his inauguration speech, LM Glasfiber CEO Roland Sundén said: “China has most impressively committed to the development of renewable energy. I am confident that China will become the world’s biggest wind energy market within the next few years. We are proud that Goldwind has selected LM Glasfiber as a long-term cooperation partner allowing us to play an active role in this development.” The first blades from the new factory will be supplied to Goldwind turbines in the Da Ban Cheng wind park in Xinjiang. The wind farm is the largest in China and has 200 turbines with a total installed capacity of 100 MW.

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Mitsubishi/TPI Open Second Wind Blade Plant in Mexico

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VienTek, a joint venture between Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPS) and TPI Composites, has opened its second wind blade manufacturing plant in Juarez, Mexico.

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Mitras Automotive Inaugurates a New Plant Dedicated to Telene

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Mitras Automotive, one of the main SMC and GMT converters for the automotive industry has invested in the RIM process using Telene DCPD technology.

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AGY Completes Acquisition of Owens Corning’s North American CFM Business

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AGY has completed its previously announced acquisition of Owens Corning’s North American continuous filament mat (CFM) business. Under the agreement, AGY will acquire Owens Corning’s Huntingdon, Pennsylvania CFM facility and its Marbles Furnace located in Anderson, South Carolina, which supplies the Huntingdon facility with glass fibre marbles used in the production of CFM. “The completion of this acquisition marks another important milestone in our drive to expand and enhance our product portfolio,” said AGY President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Mattscheck. “We are squarely focused on quickly seizing the attractive opportunities this transaction has created in terms of global market potential and significant cost synergies. It will make us a stronger company with increased opportunities for growth and better technologies to offer our global customers.” Under the terms of the sale, AGY owns exclusive rights to the CFM products solely manufactured at the Huntingdon facility. All products produced at the facility are now AGY products. “We want to assure our North American and Asia-Pacific customers that AGY has the capacity and ability to continue to make CFM,” said Drew Walker, AGY Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The Huntingdon facility is set up for manufacturing and dedicated customer support for the complete range of CFM materials. We look forward to maintaining and enhancing the services and support provided to Owens Corning’s existing customers.”

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New Blown Film Extrusion Line for Small Bore Vacuum Bag and Release Film Tubing

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Airtech Europe has expanded its film extrusion production capability with new multilayer small bore tube film extrusion equipment for vacuum bag and release film in the Luxembourg plant. The new Airtech equipment manufactures tubes from 2” (50 mm) up to 22” (560 mm). With the established Airtech equipment, tubes up to 4,57 m are already available. The recently invested machine has the ability to extrude multilayer films, which allows combinations of different materials with different characteristics such as release properties and leak-free vacuum bagging in one product. Airtech says that the multilayer technology in small bore tubing offers process improvement during the manufacture of complex hollow composite parts. The new products now available are Dahlar Release Bag 375R, Dahlar Release Bag 921 and Dahlar Release Bag 460, films which have been developed for manufacturers of hollow parts such as bicycle components and fishing rods.

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ACG Develops High Performance Carbon Fibre Composite MTM59

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Advanced Composites Group has developed MTM59, a carbon fibre composite material that is set to benefit the medical sector. MTM59, a 120°C curing matrix system, has been combined with a recent development from ACG to provide a high performance composite system with the enhanced clarity that is required for X-ray tables and plates. Composite materials offer high strength, stiffness and low weight, but in the medical world it is their transparency to X-rays that makes these materials so attractive. Surface clarity can, through innovative resin chemistry, translate into through thickness clarity and high definition X-ray images. Presently under trial with a number of European manufacturers, ACG hopes that MTM59 will set the standards for the construction of future medical imaging equipment. Jon Mabbitt, Managing Director of ACG said: “We are constantly exploring new avenues for our innovative new products to service the growing needs of our customers. Until now there has never been a product like MTM59, and we believe it will prove vital to medical equipment manufacturers the world over.

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Delcam to Show Complete CADCAM Suite for Manufacturers at Composites Europe

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At the Composites Europe exhibition to be held in Stuttgart from 6-8 November, Delcam will show how its range of CADCAM software helps manufacturers of composite components to maximise their profitability. Special features available within the Delcam software include methods for the generation of 2D patterns for prepregs from 3D models of components, nesting to ensure the most economic use of materials cut from sheet and an increased range of five-axis machining methods, both for the manufacture of patterns and tooling, and also for the trimming and drilling of moulded parts. One recent example of the use of the Delcam software was in the construction of the JCB Dieselmax, which set a new speed record for diesel vehicles of over 350 mph. Coventry-based Visioneering took a major role in the project, being responsible for the overall design and construction of virtually all the car apart from the powertrain. Both the body and the underfloor were produced in carbon-fibre reinforced composites using tooling designed with Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software and machined with the PowerMILL CAM system. The PowerMILL CAM system is also used by another leading Coventry-based company Cgi, where it is an important part of the company’s unique CFRP prototyping process. CFRP prototype panels are taken from moulds cut using PowerMILL programs to build up the ‘Body in White’. Carbon constructions replicates steel and alumina body engineering and design without the need for expensive tooling and long lead times, allowing Cgi to produce a fully-engineered prototype in-house in six months. The benefits are even greater in the marine industry, where modern design and manufacturing technology is not as well established. For example, Cypriot boat-builder Karnic was able to produce its tooling in around half the time after introducing Delcam software. Similar results have been achieved by Turkish manufacturer Numarine (pictured). There all component designs are first transferred into PowerSHAPE to create the master model shapes, with any added split and run-off surfaces, and to divide larger components into manageable sizes. The models are then programmed in PowerMILL for production on Numarine’s giant CMS five-axis mill. The combination of PowerMILL and the CMS machine gives impeccable accuracy as well as speeding up the introduction of new designs when compared to traditional methods. http://www.delcam.com

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