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Learn the Secrets of Closed Molding – LIVE from Composites One

Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine Features New and Traditional Closed Mold Processes along with Innovative New Products at COMPOSITES 2012 in Las Vegas, February 21-23

Arlington Heights, IL, January 27, 2012. Composites One, along with the Closed Mold Alliance and over 15 industry partners, will host one of the most comprehensive, ongoing demonstrations of closed mold technology – LIVE, in person, right on the show floor – during COMPOSITES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presentations will take place in a specially designed staging area at Booth #629, both Wednesday, February 22, and Thursday, February 23.

At the event, manufacturers can experience work cells demonstrating closed mold processes like Light Resin Transfer Molding (Light RTM), the Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP), and Flex Molding to produce replica wind blades, a half hull, and a mini boat hull. Highlighting this year’s event will be the latest technologies designed to enhance closed mold production.

New this year will be the introduction of a specially formulated CCP Composites OptiPLUS infusion resin for tooling to the Vacuum Infusion Process. Vacuum Infusion is an ideal process for making tooling for both large and small parts. And it offers benefits that traditional tooling manufacturing does not.

“The importance of a quality manufacturing process is key to successful tooling” said Composites One Vice President of Marketing, Greg Shymske. “With infused tooling the manufacturer will find improved heat resistance, extended mold life, faster build times, as well as a significant reduction in styrene emissions.”

Also featured this year will be Flex Molding Technology, developed by Magnum Venus Plastech, and improved upon by the Closed Mold Alliance. The program will feature a video demonstration of how to make a silicone bag using the Flex Mold Process. Afterward, a live demonstration using the same silicone bag will feature production of a replica wind blade. In addition, new Flex Molding Controls will be featured in all work cells during the two-day demonstration.

This year, the Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine will also feature demonstrations of advanced composite technologies, including Axiom Prepreg, Huntsman Epoxies, MIT Recycled Carbon Fiber Preforms, and Bayer Polyurethane Resin Systems. These presentations will showcase a number of different parts including a tractor hood and a motorcycle engine cover.

“We recognize the importance that emerging technologies have to composites manufacturers today,” said Shymske. “And by including products that offer high performance properties, no styrene emissions, and environmentally-friendly features, we will demonstrate that these products have a place in many composites markets, as well as being a perfect complement to closed mold processes.”

Brand new to the demonstrations this year will be the launch of the SprayomerTM technology by SR Composites. This flexible bag system is ideal for a variety of parts. The demonstration will also showcase the CARTMTM process and the benefits it offers to those manufacturers using closed molding today.

The Lean Mean Closed Mold Machine at COMPOSITES 2012 will also showcase a micro-infused resin technology that can be used in closed molding. MIRteq is a highly versatile material in so far as it is viscous at room temperature and can be poured, pumped, sprayed and machined to deliver a wide range of engineering solutions. Access to the technology is available exclusively through Composites One.

All closed mold demonstrations will feature Magnum Venus Plastech (MVP), the industry’s leading meter/mix equipment manufacturer with specific expertise in closed mold processes and a member of the Closed Mold Alliance. The program will also be presented with the assistance of Alliance member RTM North Technologies, North America’s leading Light RTM experts. Composites One is also a member of the Closed Mold Alliance. Throughout the event, industry experts from the Alliance, along with the Composites One Closed Mold Team, will e on hand to answer attendees’ questions about closed mold processes, discuss equipment and materials, and help manufacturers learn how to put closed mold to work in their operation. This is the eighth consecutive year that Composites One and its partners have presented live demonstrations of closed mold processes at a major trade show event.

The live demonstrations at COMPOSITES 2012 are the culmination of a joint effort between Composites One, the Closed Mold Alliance and its supplier partners: Airtech Advanced Materials Group, Airex Baltek, Arkema, Axiom, Bayer Material Science, CCP Composites, Chemtrend, Chomarat, Huntsman Advanced Materials, ITW Plexus, JRL/Marine Composites, Kit Concepts, Magnum Venus Plastech, MIRteq, MIT, Owens Corning, RTM North Technologies, RTM North Solutions, SprayomerTM, Syrgis, Vectorply, and Wacker Silicones. Composites Manufacturing and Composites Technology are the official media sponsors of the event.

“The support of our suppliers has been crucial in the continued evolution of the Closed Mold Alliance,” said Shymske. “Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance is the one place where manufacturers can find leading industry closed mold experts who can offer them a roadmap to successful closed mold conversion.”

For more information, please visit the demo at booth #629 at COMPOSITES 2012, visit compositesone.com or closedmoldalliance.com, or call Composites One at 800-621-8003.

Composites One is the nation’s leading distributor of composite materials serving customers from more than 30 locations in North America. Composites One offers composites fabricators and molders thousands of products from over 400 of the industry’s top suppliers through a technical sales and customer service force that is the most knowledgeable in the industry. The company offers a variety of value-added services that include closed mold technologies, technical applications reviews, and unmatched regulatory compliance assistance.