Ashland Composite Polymers formed an alliance with Signature Control Systems Inc. of Denver to help thermoset composite molders improve product quality and reduce scrap.
Ashland Composite, a business of Ashland Inc. of Dublin, Ohio, brings its spiral-flow mold technology to the alliance, combining it with Signature's SmartLab technology. SmartLab allows technicians to characterize a molding compound quickly, by analyzing electrical impedance curves, mold temperature and pressure, and material flow.
The partners' agreement gives Ashland Composite Polymers exclusive global rights to market the combined technology. They said it is the first time thermoset molders can apply dielectric technology with material displacement and proprietary software to improve molding performance.
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