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A Crestomer structural adhesives training workshop for boat builders was recently organised by Scott Bader Scandinavia AB and Hans Claussen AS, the Scott Bader distributor for Norway.
The training workshop was held at one of the Windy Boats factories in Norway. Windy is one of the leading GRP boat builders in Scandinavia. The workshop was attended by 17 key technical and production people from leisure and lifeboat producers in Norway.
The training, which included live application demonstrations, focused on teaching GRP boat builders the benefits of using Crystic Crestomer structural adhesive products in a range of applications including bonding stringers into a hull, bulk head bonding and deck to hull bonding as well as the significant improvements in productivity and adhesive waste reduction during application by using an automated GS LWX metering and dispensing machine to apply the Crestomer adhesive.
One application demonstration using the GS machine reduced the Crestomer adhesive usage from 90kg by hand mixing to 60kg for stringer bonding of a 44ft powerboat; the total time to bond in the stringer set, including surface wipe, adhesive dispensing, laying in the stringer and back filling, was also dramatically reduced by 62% to only 90 minutes, using a team of six people.
Mr Frode Ilebekk, Production Manager of Sørlandets plast Industri, who attended the training, commented “We have seen big advantages with the use of the equipment demonstrated during the workshop. The correct amount of Crestomer is applied and results in less material used in total compared to previous application by hand.” Mr Ilebekk went on to say “Crestomer is an excellent product for bonding big structures like this grid. It is a very user friendly material and we can see big advantages with using this Crestomer material from Scott Bader.”
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