ISS4 2017

CAMX Show Directory & Program The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo

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CAM X 2017 9 Wednesday, December 13, 2017 NEW TECHNOLOGY Laser-Based Ply Placement System Virtek Vision International Inc. (Waterloo, ON, Canada) is introducing its Iris 3D laser templating and spatial positioning system, with the compa- ny's newest Vision Positioning System (VPS) technology, which features an integrated laser with stereo cameras. Designed for projection onto a tool for hand layup applications, VPS introduces a new feature called FlashAlign, which eliminates manual target alignment. With the new VPS series, users are said to be able to set up the system in as little as 1/20th of the time previously required. Virtek says the robustness and intelligence of the technology enables more efficient assembly, significantly improves workflows and leads to increased productivity. Virtek Vision International Inc., Booth L51. Thermoplastics for Liquid Molding Processes Arkema Inc. (King of Prussia, New York) is featuring its liquid thermoplastic resins, under the brand Elium, which make it possible to produce continuous fiber-reinforced ther- moplastic parts. Also featured is Arkema's Luperox organic peroxide formulations, specially designed for fast polymerization of Elium resin at room or elevated temperatures. The Elium resin and Luperox organic peroxides system can be used to design structural and aesthetic elements in applications ranging from automotive and transportation to wind power and construction. Arkema says composite parts made from Elium resin are 30-50% lighter than the same parts made from steel, but offer the same mechanical performance. Elium resin also is easily cured into complex designs with glass, carbon or other reinforcement fibers through conventional thermoset molding technologies, including resin transfer molding (RTM), infusion, pultrusion and flex-molding. Because of their thermoplastic properties, Elium resin-based composite parts are thermoformable and also recyclable. New developments in other performance resins include Kepstan PEKK, Kynar PVDF and Rilsan PA resins for automotive and aerospace lightweighting that do not compromise strength, stiffness or flame/chemical resistance. Arkema's Technical Polymers group also is introducing Rilsan matrix composite thermoplastic tapes, for automotive applications, which provide high Tg and good mechanical performance. Arkema Inc., Booth M52.

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