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OCTOBER 2018 30 CompositesWorld Multiaxial and woven reinforcements, vacuum bagging supplies METYX Group (Istanbul, Turkey), a manufacturer of high-performance technical textiles including multiaxial reinforcements, carbon fiber reinforcements, RTM reinforcements, woven reinforcements and vacuum bagging products, is emphasizing its new manufacturing capacity in Ranlo, NC, US. The facility, in which METYX invested US$3.5 million, includes 30 acres of land and a 12,000m 2 plant. The US operations in North Carolina, expected to employ up to 200 people in near future, are initially focused on setting up technical textiles production lines for manufacturing a range of glass and carbon fiber fabrics, along with sales, customer service and warehousing facilities to serve the North American composites market. As a next phase, in line with customer needs, fabric, core and vacuum consumable kit cutting capabilities will be added. METYX is primarily looking to establish business with US and Canadian OEMs and Tier 1 converters in the wind energy generation, marine, road and rail transportation and industrial sectors. Booth K37. Electric, gas, indirect gas composite curing batch ovens Wisconsin Oven Corp. (East Troy, WI, US) is featuring its electrically heated, gas-fired and indirect gas-fired composites curing batch ovens. Options commonly used for composites curing ovens include data acquisition instruments, vacuum piping, pumps and transducers. The ovens are said to provide: • Quick heating rates and recovery times: Each oven features a high-pressure recirculation blower, which includes fully enclosed and pressurized supply ducts. The equipment is designed for combination airflow arrangement, which ensures uniform heat distribution throughout the work chamber, even with varying loads. • Consistent temperature certification: Composites curing ovens are typically guaranteed and certified for ±10° at 350°F temperature uniformity. Tighter tolerances and certification at other temperatures are available. Equipment is tested prior to shipment and must pass an extensive quality inspection prior to shipment. • Energy efficiency: The composite curing batch ovens are also available with an optional E-Pack Oven upgrade that includes thicker wall panels and higher efficiency motors. Booth AA39. Uniform, indirect inductive heating for composite repair HEATCON Composite Systems (Seattle, WA, US) is intro- ducing HCS9400-02 Smart Susceptor technology, which uses indirect inductive heating to help provide thermal uniformity in composite repair operations. The common concepts related to zones of heat and control required to achieve thermal uniformity do not apply for this unit. Instead, the Smart Susceptor produces power in the 100-kHz frequency range to operate induction-heating susceptor blankets. The custom-designed alloys of the susceptor wires have a Curie point (where they lose magnetic induction properties) at the process cure temperature. This results in a "self-regulating" effect near process temperature — colder sections of wire continue to produce heat while hotter sections stop producing heat, thus improving temperature uniformity. HEATCON says Smart Susceptor technology enables the blanket to perform an active role in heat distribu- tion, effectively reducing power (heat) to the areas that have reached the desired temperature, while continuing to apply heat to the cooler areas. Like the company's legacy hot bonders, the HCS9400-02 Smart Susceptor is said to be user friendly, using hardware and software to provide the composite repair technician with complete control of the hot bond cure process. Booth BB32. Filament winding, prepeg technology Roth Composite Machinery (Steffenberg, Germany) is emphasizing its filament winding and prepreg abilities, with specific focus on its ROTHAWIN technology, robot winding and its Type 1-ECO machine. ROTHAWIN technology is said to accelerate winding processes by five to 10 times, making it suitable for series and mass production of pressure vessels in the automotive industry. The company also presents its new machine concepts for robotic filament winding processes, designed for research and development and for small-series production. The Type 1-ECO machine was developed as a standardized version of the gantry- type filament winding machine, an entry for the company into the serial production of filament winding machines. The machine is equipped with essential basic functions and is said to offer robustness, durability and precision. It has a modular concept of up to four spindles, up to four winding axes and two length variants (one ranging to 4,000 mm and the other ranging to 10,000 mm). Booth BB50. SHOW PREVIEW

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