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Why the Right Equipment Matters in Composites Manufacturing

Selecting the right equipment for your composite manufacturing process is critical to reaching the end production goals. In a recent Composites Tech Talks series – a joint presentation by Composites One and IACMI (Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation) hosted LIVE on social media – supplier partner, Magnum Venus Products (MVP), explained the importance of Read More…

Outfitting Composites Manufacturing Workers with PPE

Employers play a major role in keeping workers safe by properly outfitting and training employees for personal protective equipment (PPE) use and maintenance. PPE is necessary to keep workers from encountering hazardous chemicals and particles. PPE is commonly used in composites manufacturing industries including infrastructure, aerospace, transportation, marine, and construction. According to OSHA, 650,000 different Read More…

Maximizing Wind Energy Production with Vacuum Infusion

Wind turbines have three main components that are manufactured from composites—blades, nacelles and spinners, which are the hub of a wind turbine. Due, in part, to the high strength-to-weight ratio of composite materials, these parts increase the efficiency of the final wind turbine product. As an added benefit, the robust turbine parts last several years Read More…

Reinforced Thermoplastics Braided for Performance

Thermoplastic resins that are reinforced with fiber enhance the use of the thermoplastics for more rigorous applications and environments. One form of reinforced thermoplastics that is growing in popularity is braided thermoplastics. Braiding refers to fabrics that are continuously woven, using three or more yarns that are intertwined, with no two yarns being twisted around Read More…

Automotive Manufacturing Driven by New Technology

Composites are gaining popularity in the automotive market for their corrosion-resistant properties, superior strength, and stiffness coupled with their lightweight increasing fuel economy. It is these benefits among others that make composites like carbon fiber a growing substitute for steel and aluminum materials in automotive parts including body panels, firewalls, and trunk beds. Composites are Read More…

Prepreg Processing in Composites Aerospace Production

Prepregs are reinforcement materials that have been pre-impregnated with a thermoplastic or thermoset resin. Cured under high temperatures and pressures, prepregs are ideal for high-performance aerospace applications thanks to advantages like low thermal expansion and environmental corrosion resistance. Prepregs have long been in demand for aerospace applications ranging from aircraft interior parts to exterior wings. Read More…

Offshore Wind Energy Projected to Grow with Help from Composites

Researchers say the U.S. offshore wind industry sector could potentially meet 90% of the nation’s electricity demand by 2050, supported by 29 states that border water.  Climate and renewable energy are priorities for the U.S. administration, as evidenced by its plans to develop large offshore wind farms to power millions of homes. The initiative also Read More…

Carbon Fiber Composites Take Flight with NASA Rotorcraft Mars Mission

When NASA is employing carbon composites for its space missions, it is safe to say the materials are proven effective and considered reliable and high functioning. NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, descending from its Perseverance rover, recently landed its four carbon composites legs on the surface of Mars. Back here on Earth, the uses for composites in Read More…

High-Quality Tooling from Aerovac Performs at High Temps Needed for Aerospace

Tooling used in the manufacture of composite parts can be made from a variety of materials including composites. The ideal materials used in composites tooling are often determined by the required volume of composite part production and curing temperatures. Tooling produced with composite materials are often more cost-effective and simple to integrate into composites manufacturing. Read More…

Recreational Marine Industry Surge Drives Demand for Fiberglass

Over the past year, consumer demand has positively impacted recreational industries including marine, which has seen increased production demand for personal boats. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported that it expected to end 2020 with “annual boat sales reaching a 13-year high[i].” Although many industries have struggled due to the economic effects of the Read More…

Driving Down Costs in the Automotive Composites Market

The aerospace industry has been using carbon fiber for decades in its composites manufacturing upon discovering the lightweight benefits of composites parts. With the shared goal of producing vehicles that are lighter weight to improve fuel efficiency, the automotive industry is increasingly turning to composites raw materials and manufacturing processes to achieve these end gains. Read More…

Aerovac Process Materials and Vacuum Consumables from Composites One

Composites One provides a full array of the Aerovac process materials and consumables that customers require to make high-quality composites tooling. Innovative materials, such as sealant tapes, peel ply, release films, release fabrics, bagging films, infusion mesh and other vacuum consumables, are available from Composites One. In addition to making these materials available with quick Read More…

Structural Adhesives Can Replace Fasteners in Composites Manufacturing

As the use of composites materials in a myriad of industry segments continues to evolve, so too does the use of structural adhesives to bind composite components. Adhesives are ideal for bonding dissimilar materials in composites manufacturing, such as metals to composites or thermoplastics. Structural adhesives possess enough to strength to bond highly stressed components Read More…