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News for September 2009


One-Piece Araldite Hockey Stick Wins Fans..

9th September 2009 0 comments

An innovative one piece hockey stick made using a new third generation toughened high end resin system looks set to be more widely used after the recent World Ice Hockey Championships.

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ABMACO Establishes ‘Seal of Quality’ for Composite Tiles

11th September 2009 0 comments

In order to curb the trend of manufacturing poor-quality composite tiles, the Brazilian Composite Materials Association (ABMACO) have created the Tiles Quality Program. This scheme aims to set a standard of quality for all composite tiles and will result in the ABMACO giving manufacturers a seal of approval to those that adhere to their regulations. The ABMACO hope that by developing a Seal of Quality they can increase consumer awareness and dissuade purchasers from buying an inferior product. “Major home centres in the country will receive from ABMACO a kit containing displays, brochures and promotional material about the seal. Manufacturers of tiles that manage to get it will be able to use it as a tool for competitive differentiation”, says Paulo Camatta, Executive Manager of ABMACO.

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MetoKote Recognise PPG as 2009’s Supplier of the Year

11th September 2009 0 comments

PPG Industries have been awarded the inaugural Supplier of the Year 2009 by MetoKote Corporation. MetoKote recognized PPG for overall excellence in delivering outstanding quality product and service.

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Direct Processing Technology for Lightweight Car Components

11th September 2009 0 comments

Dieffenbacher are building up anticipation after confirming that they aim to showcase several new processes at this year’s Composite Europe. These include their new, energy-saving Compress Plus press generation, as well as developments in LFT-D (long-fibre thermoplast, direct process) and D-SMC (direct strand molding compound) technology, and automated SMC processing. Dieffenbacher provide production processes for automotive components made from fibre composites, including presses for processing fibre-reinforced plastics, SMC (sheet molding compound), GMT (glass mat compound), LFT (long fibre thermoplast), combined extrusion/compression machines for the technology of LFT-D-ILC for direct processing of rovings and thermoplastics. The company also supplies automated press systems and components for raw materials, part handling and remachining – e.g. deburring, punching, drilling, bonding etc. – and automatic assembly systems for pressing in impact nuts, clips and hole reinforcements.

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ESI Subsidiary Celebrates 30th Anniversary

11th September 2009 0 comments

September sees the German subsidiary of simulation software suppliers, ESI Group, celebrate its 30th anniversary. As the first of ESI Group’s divisions to be located outside of France, ESI GmbH has worked with companies such as Volkswagen Group, BMW Group and Audi AG. Founded in 1979, six years after ESI’s creation, the office, initially located in Frankfurt, was first established to allow ESI to undertake consultancy studies for the nuclear, civil and military industries in Germany. “I count myself very fortunate to have seen and contributed to the development and industrialization of products such as PAM-CRASH which became a commercial success, and also helped make cars and transportation genuinely safer,” said Dr. Anthony Pickett, Scientific Director at ESI GmbH. Most development activities at ESI GmbH have targeted the needs of the car industry. These include PAM-STAMP for the simulation of sheet metal forming and PAM-CRASH/PAM-SAFE for crashworthiness and occupant safety analysis. Today, the main role of ESI GmbH is to support its German customers and actively develop specific new options for them in various sectors from material failure modelling, welding, sheet metal and composites forming, composites failure analysis and dummy developments. The office is also involved in research at both European and National levels.

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Replas Construct Composite-Fibre Boardwalk

11th September 2009 0 comments

Ferntree Gully, 20 miles north-east of Melbourne, has seen the application of a 75 metre boardwalk, which boasts steps made from composite fibre and recycled plastic. The structure provides a pedestrian right-of-way on a steep incline that links the upper and lower sections of Beech Close. The brief required the construction to be environmentally sustainable, long-lasting, low-maintenance and for local residents to traverse. According to representatives, Replas selected carbon fibre due to its strength to weight ratio, along with additional beneficial properties such as its resistance to rust and splitting. Replas offers sturdy fibre composite structural components for a variety of boardwalk projects, including footbridges, decks, cycle paths and jetty applications.

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Kaman Corporation Awarded $53 Million Composites Contract

11th September 2009 0 comments

Kaman Corporation’s Helicopter division has been awarded a five-year contract with a potential value of $53 million to build composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies for Bell Helicopters. Under the terms of the contract, Kaman will provide 18 different assemblies for H1, 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430 and BA609 aircraft. All work will be performed at the Kaman HeliworX full-service aerospace innovation and manufacturing support centre in Bloomfield, Connecticut. “”We are delighted by this opportunity to work with Bell Helicopter in producing world-class rotorcraft,”” said Neal J. Keating, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kaman Corporation. “”This is further evidence of our ability to leverage our OEM capabilities in support of other helicopter manufacturers.”” “”Kaman has the skills and competitiveness we require in the composite blade-manufacturing arena,”” said Mary Simmerman, Senior VP Supply Chain Management at Bell. “”We expect this to be a positive agreement for both companies.””

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Fiberforge to Produce Bombardier Window Bezel

11th September 2009 0 comments

Fiberforge, in collaboration with Marquez Transtech ltd, is to utilise thermoformed composites in its Bombadier window bezel design.

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Bioplastics Added to RTP Range

11th September 2009 0 comments

In response to customer’s requests for ‘green’ materials, RTP has introduced a line of engineered bioplastic specialty compounds that utilize resins derived from renewable resources. Initial bioplastic compounds based on polyamide, polyester, and polylactic acid (PLA) are available in grades providing conductive, flame retardant, structural, and wear resistant value-added properties. RTP say that these new bioplastic compounds contain between 20 – 80% bio-content by weight “”Bioplastic compounds, utilising components derived from rapidly renewable resources instead of petroleum, are the latest element of an RTP Company initiative to develop greener products to meet diverse industry requirements,”” said Andy Lamberson, Corporate Development Manager at RTP Company. “”The use of bioplastic compounds lessens dependence on non-renewable resources, they also have a lower carbon footprint, their manufacture emits less carbon dioxide and requires less energy, making them more environmentally-favourable than traditional plastics.”” RTP are able to offer a range of bioplastic compounds with various properties for a variety of applications. Bioplastic polyamide and polyester-based compounds are available with glass fibre reinforcement, antistatic protection, halogen-free flame retardant, and PTFE lubrication. Polylactic acid (PLA) grades are combined with PC, PMMA, or ABS in hybrid formulations that increase mechanical performance and offer antistatic, flame retardant, and structural properties. A 32% bio-content PLA/PC alloy has a notched IZOD impact strength of 15 ft-lbs/in (800 J/m), and a 40% bio-content PLA/PMMA alloy is optically clear. All current bioplastic grades are fully colourable to standard and custom matched colours. “”Bioplastic compounds join RTP Company’s other materials, such as halogen-free flame retardant and recycled post-consumer content grades, which help processors and OEMs meet their goals and consumer demands for manufacturing more environmentally-conscious products,”” said Lamberson.

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CSR10 – ‘Longer-Lasting’ Retardant for Polymeric Pre-Mixes

11th September 2009 0 comments

Bac2 say that their latest development, CSR10, a latent acid catalyst, can be added to highly reactive pre-polymeric resins, enabling them to be stored for three months prior to controlled polymerization at around 120 degrees C. The company says that this technology is better than alternative catalysts, which they say have relatively poor storage characteristics, which either retard violent polymerization reactions for just a few hours or require temperatures above 200 degrees C for activation. Pre-polymeric resins catalyzed by acids include phenol-formaldehyde resoles, furfuryl alcohol resins and amino-formaldehyde resins. They are widely used in everyday products including chipboard and laminates, composites in glass-reinforced plastics, foam insulation, abrasives and many other high volume products. Bac2 have used CSR10 to harness the reactivity of pre-polymers and say that this has reduced materials handling and processing costs, and enabled them to use a wider range of pre-polymers in industrial applications. The catalyst was originally developed for use with ElectroPhen, Bac2’s conductive polymer used in the production of components for fuel cell plates. In this application it had been necessary to pre-mix the catalyst and resin immediately before molding. The development of CSR10 has enabled storage life of the pre-mix to be extended from 30 minutes to over 3 months.

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