Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and more than 15 industry partners, will stage a “Super Demo” of Closed Mold processes – LIVE and in person – at Booth #2772 during CAMX 2014 in Orlando, October 14-16. It’s the Next Generation Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine, an annual event designed to make composites manufacturers more aware of the latest technologies that can help produce better parts, faster and with less waste.
This year’s event is actually six demos in one, with team members using various closed mold and advanced processes to build five parts for five key markets, right on the show floor. In the Oil and Gas Demo, for example, they’ll use Light Resin Transfer Molding (Light RTM) to build a flange part. Team members will shift to Reusable Bag Molding in the Wind Energy Demo, using a silicone bag with a built-in heating element to construct a replica of a wind blade. They also will make a basic vacuum bag from SWORL® silicone for a yacht hatch assembly.
In the Marine Demo, team members will build a boat hard top by using the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP) and a mold from Carbon Craft, a Composites One customer and manufacturer of luxury yacht tenders. The mold will also be featured in a prepreg technology demo led by the Composites One Advanced Composites Team.
Prepreg will also be used in the Transportation Demo for building an automobile hood. The hood will then be cured in an oven from Composite One’s supplier partner, Wisconsin Oven Corporation. This oven will be used again in the Aerospace Demo to post-cure a drone fuselage built through VIP. The fuselage mold was designed by Composites One customer, VX Aerospace. Also at the event, the Composites One Advanced Composites Team will present a New Technology Demo featuring Elium®, a liquid thermoplastic resin from Arkema.
Demonstrations at this year’s event feature meter/mix systems from Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP), an industry-leading equipment manufacturer and expert in closed mold processes, as well as RTM North Ltd., North America’s leading authority on Light RTM. Together with Composites One, they comprise the Closed Mold Alliance – a single, comprehensive resource helping manufacturers find everything they need to make a successful conversion to closed molding processes. Throughout the event, industry experts from the Alliance, along with the Composites One Closed Mold and Advanced Composites Teams, will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions, discuss equipment and materials, and help manufacturers learn how to put these processes to work in their operation.
This is the tenth year in a row that Composites One has hosted LIVE demonstrations of closed mold processes at a major trade show event. “The success of these events is due to the expertise and support provided by our supplier partners,” said Offner. They include 3A Composites, 3M, Airtech Advanced Materials Group, AOC, Arkema, Inc., CCP Composites, Chem-Trend, Chomarat, Huntsman, Magnum Venus Plastech, Owens Corning, ITW Plexus/SprayCore, RTM North Ltd., SWORL (a division of Prairie Technology Group, Inc.), United Initiators Inc., Vectorply, Wisconsin Oven Corporation as well as Composites Technology, the event’s official media sponsor.
For more information about the Next Generation Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine Super Demo, please visit booth #2772 during CAMX 2014 in Orlando, October 14-16. Or visit Composites One at booth #2570, visit compositesone.com or closedmoldalliance.com, or call Composites One at 800-621-8003.
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