The equipment allows for the production of extra-long part lengths and large diameter tubes, plus additional manufacturing capacity.
This month Rock West Composites (RWC) announces the acquisition of new equipment and manufacturing space as it expands its filament winding operations as part of their strategic growth. RWC expanded into a third manufacturing bay at their building, adding 20,000 square feet of space for staff and the new equipment. With two new winders and an oven to accommodate large parts, the company is both answering customer demand and anticipating future business for high volume production jobs and large, long diameter tube sizes.
The company recently deployed the TITAN-1-4-8M-FLEX filament winder, which is complemented by 60 new mandrels. This machine adds the capability to wind tubes up to 30” in diameter, as well as lengths of over 22 feet, and is setup for tow-preg winding, further diversifying the company’s manufacturing methodology.
Also, RWC has scheduled the installation of a new six-spindle winder, similar to the one currently operating at the facility, expanding the company’s high-volume manufacturing capacity. An oven with the volume to accommodate the new large format tubing is now onsite—as is a high-power, long-stroke, mandrel extractor—and set to be production ready early February.
In tandem, RWC has expanded its stock products to include a wider selection of large diameter filament wound tubing. Offerings include 52 diameter and material combinations, providing more cost effective, off-the-shelf options for many customers.
“We are always looking ahead to anticipate customer needs,” said Tom Preece, VP Business Development and Marketing. “There is a definite need for this capability among many industries, so we are investing for the future.”
Companies: Rock West Composites
Technologies: Filament Winding