According to Composites One, it’s the Lean Mean Process Machine…Redux, an annual event designed to make composites manufacturers aware of manufacturing processes and technologies that can help them produce better parts. Presented at major industry events for over a decade, Composites One’s demos have ranged from building an entire sailboat, to presenting multiple smaller part demos nonstop.
“This year, we’ll present nine different types of market segment demos showing real-word parts made right on the show floor using a variety of closed mould and advanced processes,” said Composites One Director of Marketing Communications, Marcy Offner.
The demos, parts being built and processes utilised include:
- Wind Energy – Building a mini-nacelle (Reusable Bag moulding)
- Consumer Recreation – Producing a skateboard (Reusable Bag moulding) and long board (Vacuum Infusion)
- Corrosion – Constructing an Oil & Gas flange pipe (Light RTM)
- Transportation – Two demos: Making a tractor hood (Light RTM) and motorcycle fender (Prepreg)
- Marine – Building a boat dashboard (Light RTM)
- Aerospace – Two demos: Making an airplane nose cone (Vacuum Infusion) and a fairing (3-D printed mould and Prepreg).
Attendees will also see a time-lapse video of the 3-D printed mould for the fairing being produced, talk one-on-one with closed mould and advanced process experts, and perhaps win a skateboard in this year’s raffle.
Composites One explains that each demo will be repeated at least twice throughout the event, giving attendees multiple opportunities to see what interests them. Many will feature systems from Magnum Venus Products and tooling from RTM North, North America’s leading authority on Light RTM tooling. Together with Composites One, they helped to create the Closed Mold Alliance – a resource dedicated to helping manufacturers make a successful conversion to closed moulding processes. Tools were provided by Janicki Industries and Roush Performance.
“The Lean Mean Process Machine…Redux would not be possible without the expertise and support of our supplier partners,” said Offner. They include 3A Composites, Airtech Advanced Materials Group, AOC, Ashland Performance Materials, Chem-Trend, Chomarat, Arkema, Huntsman, Lantor, Magnum Venus Products, Owens Corning, Plexus/SprayCore (ITW Polymers Adhesives North America), Polynt Composites US, RTM North, Scott Bader, Stratasys, SWORL (a division of Prairie Technology Group), United Initiators, Vectorply, Wisconsin Oven Corporation, and CompositesWorld, the event’s media sponsor.
For demo times and more information, please visit Composites One booth Q94 during CAMX 2015, or visit compositesone.com.
Companies: Composites One