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Production Increases and Profitability Win Ingold E&I Award

  • Sunday, 29th October 2006
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For bringing Wausaukee Composites to target profitability and increasing average monthly production by 95 percent, Will Ingold has won a Composites Manufacturing magazine Excellence & Innovation (E&I) Award for Plant/Project Management.

The award was announced along with six other E&Is at Composites & Polycon 2006 in St. Louis, Mo.

“”The awards are designed to recognize outstanding achievement by people in the composites industry,”” said CM Editor Andy Rusnak. “”They were created by the ACMA and CM magazine to highlight excellence and innovation such as Ingold’s. Not only did he increase monthly production sales by 95 percent, he grew the labour force by 25 percent, increased labour efficiency by 13 percent, reduced scrap 50 percent, and held a year-to-date on time delivery record of 99.3 percent. Those are some pretty impressive numbers for a company with a diverse product line.””

Triad Technologies of Syracuse, N.Y., who has spent the last six years developing a new concept in biofiltration for the capture and control of styrene on the production floor, took the E&I for Health & Safety Practices. With funding assistance from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) coordinated by Barry Liebowitz, Senior Project Manager of the R&D Program at NYSERDA, and with assistance from Dr. Anthony G. Hay, Associate Professor of Microbiology at Cornell University, a line of engineered bio-furniture has been developed and is currently under test for future commercialization.

Pat McGown of the Idaho-based Fiberglass Systems, took the E&I for Excellence as a Production Supervisor. “”Most recently, Pat demonstrated his highly specialized skills by finishing the seam of a Safas granicoat spray-able solid surface walk in bathtub door,”” company President Eugene Thurston said. “”Our manufacturing team has contemplated building a walk in bathtub with this surface but has been hesitant to do so because they did not believe we could finish the seam in the door. Pat and his team accepted the challenge.””

This year’s E&I for Community Stewardship went to two divisions of Strongwell. The Bristol Division participates, makes donations, and supports the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs of Tennessee and Virginia, Red Cross blood drives, The American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s annual Race for the Cure. The company’s Chatfield Division supports and makes donations to the community chest, the Chatfield Commercial Club and ambulance service, local school fundraising activities, the Chosen Valley Care Center, Juvenile Arthritis Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lions Club, VFW, and the Marine Corps’ annual Toys for Tots drive.

The Wichita, Kansas-based Fiber Dynamics took the E&I for Innovation in Manufacturing Process for its fabrication of hollow composite structural motorcycle components using a proprietary Lost Core Resin Transfer Moulding (LCRTM) process. The Confederate Motorcycle Company teamed with Fiber Dynamics to produce fuel tanks and seats for the company’s radical Hellcat bike. Confederate’s all-composite Wraith was featured on the cover of CM’s 2005 November/December issue.

For Excellence as a Manufacturing Employee, the E&I went to Appalachian Plastic’s David Louthian, for “”strong leadership and unwavering dependability,”” says company President Allen DeBusk. “”David leads by example at Appalachian Plastics, having earned the respect of his fellow employees as well as upper management for both his initiative and company pride.””

The last E&I, a new category for 2006, for Composites Engineering went to Aaron Leichner of the El Segundo, California-based Microcosm. Faced with the almost insurmountable task of decreasing the structural weight of propellant tanks for the Scorpius launch vehicle family, in order to meet payload-to-orbit objectives, Leichner developed the first ever, all composite carbon fibre, high pressure cryogenic liquid oxygen tank. In doing so , he had to work closely with vendors to develop a resin system that could withstand more shear stress at cold temperatures.

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