The following briefs were collected by Plastics News correspondent Roger Restrom during SAMPE 2010, held May 17-20 in Seattle.
Rhinokore marketing to outside customers
Foam-filled-honeycomb manufacturer Rhinokore Composites Ltd. now markets its structural core material outside its parent firm, Trans Peace Construction (1987) Ltd.
Rhinokore makes a 3-inch-thick inner honeycomb core, injects low density polyurethane foam as a stabilizer and applies resin-infused wear-resistant exterior panels, said Alan De Baets, development manager.
Trans Peace established Rhinokore as a division in Armstrong, British Columbia, in 2007 to make the material for internal oil-field applications.
In 2009, we began marketing to outside customers, De Baets said.
Tenn. firm Toho Tenax makes SAMPE debut
Toho Tenax America Inc. in Rockwood, Tenn., exhibited at SAMPE for the first time, said Peter Oswald, vice president of marketing.
During 2009, people wanted low inventories, even for wind blades, Oswald said. Now in 2010, all three Toho Tenex locations are swinging back after being on and off again last year, he said.
Composites Horizons acquires autoclave
Composites Horizons Inc. of Covina, Calif., acquired a high-temperature autoclave from ASC Process Systems in April, and a $1.2 million, K414 computer numerically controlled mill with a rotary table from Fidia SpA in late 2009.
ASC is based in Sylmar, Calif. Fidia is in San Mauro Torinese, Italy.
Composites Horizons, employs 115 at a 91,000-square-feet facility in Covina.
We need the autoclave to make bigger composite parts for [General Electric], Boeing and other existing customers, said Tom Hynes Jr., director of customer service and sales for composites and transparencies.
Spencer's fiberglass is slated for vessels
Spencer Composites Corp. of Sacramento, Calif., reports that it is working on developing a large fiberglass high-pressure vessel for use in the hundreds on marine-transport ships moving natural gas from offshore sites to ports. Each vessel requires 75,000 pounds of fiberglass.
We have been working on the project for three years, said Brian Spencer, founder and president.
The firm received Section 10 certification from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in conjunction with the development.
Spencer Composites is one of three companies in the U.S. to receive the certification to manufacture reinforced-plastic pressure vessels and the only company manufacturing closed-end pressure vessels, Spencer said.
In another effort, Spencer Composites is working on developing carbon-fiber containers to move natural gas from ground access to pipeline entry points. Each filament-wound container uses 1,500 pounds of carbon fiber.
DTM producing pins, brackets for aircraft
Dutch Thermoplastic Components BV in Almere, Netherlands, produces carbon-fiber-reinforced shear pins and system brackets for the Boeing 787 aircraft.
We start with a [composite] plate from material supplier Ten Cate or Cytec and can shape a part in five minutes, said David Manten, owner and managing director.
DTM employs 12, occupies 20,000 square feet and runs three compression molding machines.
Tri-Mack molds nylon parts of plane engine
Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corp. of Bristol, R.I., injection molds six nylon parts with metal inserts for composite fairings on the GEnx-1B next-generation turbofan engine for the Boeing 787 aircraft.
An oil-cooling innovation using a surface flow cooler on the outer flow path of the aft-fan case requires the composite fairings.
General Electric Co.'s Aviation segment gave its Supplier Quality Awareness Qward to Tri-Mack.
SAMPE inducts six as its latest fellows
Six people were inducted as SAMPE Fellows:
* Gail Hahn, technical fellow with Boeing Co. in St. Louis.
* Jose Kenny, director of the European Center of Nanostructured Polymers and Institute for Polymer Science and Technology in Madrid.
* Yasushi Miyano, professor in the materials system research laboratory of the Nonoichi, Japan-based Kanazawa Institute of Technology.
* Stephen Tsai, professor research emeritus in the department of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
* Douglas Ward, composites consulting engineer with GE Aviation in Evendale, Ohio.
* Posthumously inducted Vsevolod Lutsau, chief scientist of the Mechanical Engineering Research Center in Moscow.
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