Visitors to the 1996 SPI Composites Institute show learn-ed of a soybean-based alternative to glass-fiber-reinforced composites. The United Soybean Board introduced Proteinol Composites at the Cincinnati show.
They are thermoset composites made from waste cellulosic fibers bound tightly with soy protein/phenolic binder systems.
Fillers can be crop wastes, such as wheat straw, corn, kenaf or hemp.
Other fillers can be forest product wastes, which includes wood fibers, shavings, sawdust or chips; or recycled paper, such as shredded newsprint.
The Chesterfield, Mo.-based United Soybean Board, which represents the U.S. soybean industry, said extruded shapes and compression-molded sheets now are being made from Proteinol.
They can be nailed, drilled, sawed and worked much like wood.
A&P Technology incorporates as unit
Covington, Ky.-based A&P Technology Inc. has completed its incorporation as a subsidiary of Atkins & Pearce Inc., which claims to be the world's largest braiding company.
Atkins & Pearce formed A&P Technology from its division that focused on new, higher-growth markets such as reinforcements for composite products, medical devices, automotive and aircraft safety equipment and other types of advanced-technology products.
A&P Technology has two divisions.
A production group, headed by Diane Ideker, focuses on manufacturing of large volumes of braided fabrics. The business development group, led by Pam Schneider, develops products with customers and does internal research.
Atkins & Pearce was founded in 1817.
Start-up firm Veracor to pultrude in Ohio
Northeast Ohio has another pultruder, Veracor Composite Technologies Inc.
The company will be located in Akron, Ohio, at the Akron Industrial Incubator, a facility run by the city of Akron, the University of Akron's School of Polymer Science and the Akron Development Corp., linked with the state's Edison Technology Centers.
Robert Sturkey, president and chief executive officer of Veracor, said the company will focus on pultruded profiles to replace aluminum parts in consumer products and recreational vehicles.
In an announcement released Feb. 5 at the SPI Composites Institute show, Sturkey called Akron ``the hub of the burgeoning polymer industry.''
Ferro unit introduces spart-free thermoset
A division of the Ferro Corp. has developed a black thermoset paste that offers spark-free production capabilities.
The company's Liquid Coatings and Dispersions Division in Edison, N.J., introduced the new thermoset paste at the SPI Composites Institute's show in Cincinnati.
The paste is a nonhazardous, semiconductive, polyester carbon-black dispersion that gradually dissipates static charge without creating a spark.
The new product is a soft, thick paste with an intense jet-black color for use in bulk and sheet molding compounds.
Ferro is based in Cleveland.
Dieffenbacher shows DY machine series
J. Dieffenbacher GmbH & Co. showed its new DY series of machines for processing composites.
Under the series, DYS machines process fiber-reinforced thermosets such as sheet molding compound and bulk molding compound; DYG proc-esses fiber-reinforced thermoplastics; and DYU machines can be used when combining compression molding and injection or extrusion.
Based on a modular concept, the computer-controlled ma-chines are available in clamping forces ranging from 450-2,360 tons.
The Eppingen, Germany-based company used finite element analysis to design the press frame and the ram, which are very rigid.
The machines have a modular hydraulic drive system with internal gear pumps.