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Benchmarking for Compounding SMC

Continuous improvement programs tend to focus on internally identified opportunities and solutions. After the “low hanging fruit” is plucked, further opportunities are progressively more difficult to...
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Mold Making and Maintenance

In the November/December 2017 issue of Composites Manufacturing, we focused on choices and considerations in building glass fiber reinforced molds. In this follow-up column, we will discuss actual mold...
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Composite Molds: Choices and Considerations

Composite molds vary widely, depending on the industry and application. For instance, high-end, nickel-iron alloy tooling is commonly used in the aerospace industry, while boat and wind blade manufacturers...
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Peroxide Selection: An Applications Perspective

When this column debuted in January 2015, the first article discussed mixing organic peroxides into composite materials and focused on the supplier’s point of view. This column is intended to provide insight...
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Listing and Labeling for IBC Approval

Bill Kreysler, founder of Kreysler & Associates and chair of ACMA’s Architectural Division, has years of experience in the architecture market. As principal scientist at Ashland Company, Mike Stevens is...
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Getting the Proper Cure

Getting the proper cure for a composite application is important to meet performance requirements, such as longevity, corrosion and fatigue resistance, low odor and more. Simply put, curing refers to hardening...