The following items were reported by correspondent Roger Renstrom from Composites '95, held Oct. 18-21 in Anaheim, Calif.
WestWind Composites Inc. in Houston is adding equipment to double its capacity to produce Westkor polyurethane-foam-filled honeycomb.
Maan Said, WestWind president, said the additional equipment should be phased in within five months.
WestWind began developing material in a 5,000-square-foot facility in 1989, moved to a 25,000-square-foot plant in 1991 and relocated to its present 50,000-square-foot location in 1993, when it began marketing the product.
Westkor draws on the strengths of honeycomb cell walls and foam's large surface area. Standard products have phenolic-impregnated kraft paper honeycomb filled with PU foam.
WestWind employs 50 and has 10 distributors focusing principally on marine panels, hulls and structural areas; and truck bodies, floors and roofs.
Gruber introduces granite-look process
Gruber Systems introduced a spray process that the cast polymer industry can use to create a granite look.
Granatex 600, at a cost about 50 percent more than standard materials, can add an extra dimension to tubs and architectural applications, product manager Sara Fincher said.
Gruber Systems employs 150 and manufactures molds and equipment in a 150,000-square-foot facility in Valencia, Calif.
Dexter Corp.'s Hysol Engineering Adhesives unit displayed a Hysol 4210 spray tool.
The solvent-free system combines features of a demand-melt, self-contained applicator with a spray nozzle and spray pattern control.
The unit employs 100 and has an 80,000-square-foot building in Seabrook, N.H.