DALLAS - Reinforcements supplier Brunswick Technologies Inc. expects to begin operating a new, 100-inch quadraxial machine by Christmastime, Mark Caron, market development manager, said at Composites '96. Now in development, the machine will have the capability to make knitted multiaxial, triaxial and quadraxial fabrics with a weight range of 30-250 ounces per square yard. BTI makes its equipment internally.
``Our customers use the infusion process SCRIMP, making thick, heavyweight laminates, and they want to reduce the number of plies in their laminates,'' Caron said. ``By consolidating glass into heavyweight plies, we are more cost-effective. Our machines are insensitive to weight and run at the same throughput in feet per minute whether we are running a 9-ounce or a 100-ounce fabric.''
BTI employs more than 80, produces fabric on six lines in Brunswick, Maine, and has run out of physical space. ``We moved into a new 50,000-square-foot building in 1996, it's full, and we're looking at other areas of expansion,'' Caron said.