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Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and more than 15 industry partners, will stage a “Super Demo” of Vacuum Infusion, Reusable Bag Molding, Light RTM, Prepreg and more during CAMX 2014.
According to Composites One, this year’s event is actually six demos in one, with team members using various closed mould and advanced processes to build five parts for five key markets.
In the Oil and Gas Demo, Light Resin Transfer Molding (Light RTM) will be used to build a flange part. Team members will shift to Reusable Bag Molding in the Wind Energy Demo, using a silicone bag with a built-in heating element to construct a replica of a wind blade. A basic vacuum bag from SWORL silicone for a yacht hatch assembly will also be made. In the Marine Demo, team members will build a boat hard top by using the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) and a mould from Carbon Craft, a Composites One customer and manufacturer of luxury yacht tenders. The mould will also be featured in a prepreg technology demo led by the Composites One Advanced Composites Team.
Furthermore, the company states prepreg will also be used in the Transportation Demo for building an automobile hood. The hood will then be cured in an oven from Composite One’s supplier partner, Wisconsin Oven. This oven will be used again in the Aerospace Demo to post-cure a drone fuselage built through VIP. The fuselage mould was designed by Composites One customer, VX Aerospace. Also at the event, the Composites One Advanced Composites Team will present a New Technology Demo featuring Elium, a liquid thermoplastic resin from Arkema.
“In the past, our demos have focused on using closed mold processes to build small as well as large parts, run work cells, and produce real parts according to customers’ specifications,” said Composites One Marketing Communications Director, Marcy Offner. “Now we’re taking the next step and showing our manufacturer partners how these processes and others are being used to build high performance parts for advanced composites applications.”
Composites One states this is the tenth year in a row it has hosted demonstrations of closed mould processes at a major trade show event. “The success of these events is due to the expertise and support provided by our supplier partners,” said Offner. They include 3A Composites, 3M, Airtech Advanced Materials Group, AOC, Arkema., CCP Composites, Chem-Trend, Chomarat, Huntsman, Magnum Venus Plastech, Owens Corning, ITW Plexus/SprayCore, RTM North, SWORL (a division of Prairie Technology Group), United Initiators, Vectorply, Wisconsin Oven as well as Composites Technology, the event’s official media sponsor.
Composites One will be exhibiting at stand 2772 at the show.
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