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Resin Systems Inc. a chemical technology company based in Edmonton, Alberta, announced it has secured its first contract to supply its Version composite resin system. The project will be a 2-phase contract. Phase 1, lasting six to eight weeks, will focus on maximizing efficiency of the manufacturing process and insuring compatibility with the existing window product line. Upon successful completion of phase 1 full-scale production will begin. Omniglass Ltd., a leading supplier of fiberglass window systems and custom pultruded profiles, based in Winnipeg, will use the Version – G resin system to supply a stabilizer part to a division of one of America’s leading window manufacturers. Omniglass has served as one of RSI’s pultrusion “beta sites” over the past few months, and therefore has a solid understanding of the features and benefits of this Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) – free resin system. According to Laurie Davies, President of Omniglass, “The RSI urethane resin provided us with a cost competitive solution to resolve a brittleness issue on this application.” The stabilizer part serves as a stiffener to reduce deflection on vinyl sash components of the window. These parts have traditionally been made from steel, which, from an energy conservation standpoint, reduce a window’s resistance to heat flow. While other composite resins have been tried in this application, due to their inherent brittleness, they could not meet the requirement of accepting wood screws in the assembly process. Version resins have unique toughness that allows composite parts to accept these fasteners without pre-drilling, and without splitting. An additional factor in winning this order resulted from the fact that the resin’s high strength characteristics allowed Omniglass to design the part using significantly less expensive glass reinforcements. Following two years of research and development, RSI in early May, provided its platform urethane resin, Version G, to the Alberta Research Council (ARC) for independent testing. The test confirmed the superiority of the RSI resin in a number of categories such as strength and impact resistance compared to polyester resins. RSI plans to officially launch its resin-marketing program at the Composite Fabricators Association tradeshow, the largest in the world, in Las Vegas at the end of September. The tradeshow will provide RSI with an opportunity to initiate the commercialization phase of its environmentally friendly resin system.
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