Composites One to feature closed mold shop at IBEX

Arlington Heights, Ill. – Composites One will present a working closed mold shop live during the 2008 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference Oct. 6-8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the company said in a release yesterday.

The closed mold shop will feature three work cells – Light Resin Transfer Molding, the Vacuum Infusion Process, and Closed Cavity Bag Molding – outputting multiple production parts daily

“In the last several years at IBEX, we’ve demonstrated to manufacturers how closed mold processes can be used to build 16-foot sailboats and other large-scale parts, as well as output multiple parts in high volume runs,” said Composites One Vice President of Marketing, Greg Shymske. “This year, we’re taking it one step further by simulating a working closed mold shop with Light RTM, CCBM and VIP all under the same roof, so manufacturers can determine which process is best for their operation.”

According to Shymske, the live work cells, featuring Magnum Venus Plastech injection equipment, will provide first-hand experience in the benefits and efficiencies of using closed mold processes such as less waste and fewer emissions, ultimately resulting in a cleaner work environment, greater productivity and better employee retention.

In addition to the work cells, there will be a live demonstration each afternoon at 1 pm showing resin as it flows in real-time through laminates and core products in a specially-made, hollowed-out boat hull. Each of these daily presentations will be highlighted inside the IBEX show hall using live feeds to several locations including the Composites One and MVP exhibits, booth numbers 2029 and 1824, respectively.

“Manufacturers will be able to see for themselves how resin is evenly distributed throughout the mold,” said Shymske. “They will also be able to see cost comparisons between closed mold and traditional open mold processes, including case studies and data sheet hand-outs.”

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