Quickstep Introduces its Resin Spray Transfer Technology (RST)

Quickstep Introduces its Resin Spray Transfer Technology (RST)

Carbon composites manufacturer Quickstep announces that it is fast-tracking commercialisation of its patented Resin Spray Transfer (RST) technology for the global automotive industry. This new technology, developed in Australia , was partly funded by an AusIndustry Climate Ready Grant.

See JEC Composites News for details.

JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Awards Program Winners

JEC Americas 2013 Innovation Awards Program Winners

Ten companies and their partners will receive awards at the second annual JEC Americas Composites Show and Conferences at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, October 2-4, 2013.

The latest crop of winners will be recognized at an Awards ceremony on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. on the exhibition floor of the JEC Americas exhibition. The Event is open to all visitors, and will be hosted by Gene Lavanchy, one of the Boston’s most recognizable news anchors.

JEC launched the Innovation Awards Program in 1998 with the goal of spotting, celebrating and promoting the very best new innovations in composites. Since then, the Program has involved 1,600 businesses, and rewarded 177 companies and 433 partners for their leading contributions toward advancing composites technology and enhancing value for end-users.

JEC President and CEO Mrs. Frédérique Mutel explains: “The Americas remain a global center of innovation, and a beacon players who wish to compete and thrive in the largest worldwide composites market, which totals $34 billion in annual revenues on a global worldwide composites market of $98 billion. JEC’s Innovation Awards Program continues to be recognized as a driving force for new and highly competitive composites innovations, both in this important region as well as globally, with submissions from top companies from around the world.”

JEC considered applications from many different international companies for recognition in ten competitive categories, including Safety, Supply Chain, Design, Fibers, Process, Green Solutions and Multisectorial. Also, this year JEC Americas is introducing three new award categories: Innovation Spreading, Electric Vehicle and Pipes and Water Management, to reflect the expansion of the composites industry into new markets.

Along with these 10 trophies, and as part of JEC dedication to fostering future generations of composites professionals, the first JEC Americas Student Award will also be delivered during the ceremony, rewarding the best student thesis on the composites field. The winner is to be announced soon.

The 2013 Innovation Awards Program is actively supported by JEC Magazine and Aviation Week.

Ten Companies Recognized at the 2013 JEC Americas Innovation Awards:

Supply Chain: Gascogne Laminates
Intelligent release liners dedicated to manufacturing of prepregs
R&D, Design: Hanyang University
Specially developed beam element with composite cross-sections
Fiber: Innegra Technologies
Series of hybrid yarns for use in composites applications
Green Solutions: TSE Industries Inc.
Environmentally friendly, cost-effective high performance polyurethane resin for filament winding applications
Process: Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology (IPT)
Integrated process chain for automated and flexible production of fiber
Electrical Vehicle: Invenio S.A.
Solar car built with carbon fiber
Multisectorial (Trucks/Trailers, Aeronautics, Marine, Civil Engineering, Oil & Gas): Advanced Telescopic Technologies Inc.
Multi-stage composite telescopic hoist
Pipes & Water Management: Ticona, the engineering polymers business of Calanese
A specific pipe for water infrastructures and oil & gas operations
Personal Safety: Go Composites
    All composite anchors for personal fall arrest systems
Innovation Spreading: FS Cruing Diamond/FS Tool
Tooling solution that thoroughly evacuates hot dust particles produced during cutting operations

More information: www.jeccomposites.com

Best Paper Award Winners Announced For 2013 SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition

Best Paper Award Winners Announced For 2013 SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition

TROY (DETROIT), MICH. – The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced Best Paper Award winners for the group’s thirteenth-annual show, September 11-13, 2013.  Three winners – all in the Virtual Prototyping & Testing of Composites technical session and who received the highest average ratings by conference peer reviewers out of a field of 90 contenders – will be honored for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies.  Honorees Thierry Malo, engineering services team leader at e-Xstream engineering, an MSC Company; David Sheridan, senior design engineer at Ticona Engineering Polymers, the engineering polymers business of Celanese Corporation; and Dr. Ivor Huan-Chang Tseng, program manager at CoreTech System (Moldex3D) Co. Ltd. or their representatives will receive a commemorative plaque for excellence in technical writing during opening ceremonies at this year’s SPE ACCE. 

Thierry Malo was lead author (along with Laurent Adam and Roger Assaker, also of e-Xstream engineering, and Tsukatada Matsumoto and Riccardo Giacomini from Toyota Motor Europe) on a paper entitled Multi-Scale Modeling of High Cycle Fatigue of Chopped and Continuous Fiber Composites, which will be presented by e-Xstream colleague, Kurt Danielson on September 12 from 8:00-8:30 a.m.  The paper introduces two micro-mechanically based composite fatigue models. The focus is on the high-cycle fatigue model implemented specifically for chopped-fiber-reinforced plastics that were used on an automotive oil-cooler bracket for a Toyota vehicle in Europe. The bracket is molded from short-glass reinforced polyamide (PA, also called nylon) 6/6 resin. Through this case study, the presentation shows how the use of proper fatigue-modeling tools, developed specifically for composites, can increase the accuracy of simulation in the field of durability and pave the way for new simulation standards that help support the desired weight reductions of vehicle components.

David Sheridan was lead author (along with Ulrich Mohr-Matuschek and Anton Grzeschik of Ticona GmbH and Roland Peter of Inteva Roof Systems) on a paper entitled Integrated Anisotropic Simulation for Components Made from Glass Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics, which he will present on September 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. along with a tutorial earlier that day on Design & Development of Precision Plastic Gear Transmissions.  The paper discusses how accurately analyzing and predicting the mechanical behavior of components made from fiber-reinforced thermoplastics is complex owing to the fact that fibers are individually oriented during injection molding. Finite-element analysis often uses isotropic material models, but accuracy of results can be improved if local fiber orientations are considered with anisotropic material properties. The paper introduces the analysis process and a practical application.

Dr. Ivor Huan-Chang Tseng was lead author (along with Yuan-Jung Chang, Tzu-Chang Wang, and Chia-Hsiang Hsu of CoreTech System (Moldex3D) Co., Ltd. and Rong-Yeu Chang, National Tsing-Hua University) on a paper entitled Three Dimensional Predictions of Fiber Orientation for Injection Molding of Long Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastics, which will be presented on September 11 from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. by Moldex3D colleague, Ken (KC) Cheng.  The award-winning paper discusses a recently proposed new fiber orientation model for improving the previously developed models for long fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) composites with regard to interaction and diffusion of the fibers immersed in a matrix. This improved Anisotropic Rotary Diffusion model combined with Retarding Principal Rate (iARD-RPR) model has been demonstrated to describe changes in fiber orientations well, whether treating short fibers or long fibers. This was demonstrated in a study using 40 wt% glass-fiber immersed in a polypropylene matrix that was injection molded in a center-gated disk.  Good correlation was achieved between predicted fiber orientation distribution through the thickness and experimental results.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the SPE ACCE draws over 700 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the transportation composites. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America.  Fully one-third of attendees indicate they work for automotive and light truck, agriculture, truck & bus, heavy truck, or aviation OEM, and another 25% representing tier suppliers.  Attendees also represent composite materials, processing equipment, additives, or reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers.  The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.

Current supporters of the show include:  PREMIER & SPECIAL SPONSORS:  Ticona Engineering Polymers* (also lunch and conference bag sponsor), BASF Corp.*, Bayer MaterialScience*, CPI Binani, Inc.*, Dow Automotive Systems*, Dieffenbacher GmbH*, INVISTA Engineering Polymers* (also student poster-competition sponsor), Michigan Economic Development Corp.* (student scholarship sponsor), Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc.* (also first-reception sponsor), PPG Industries*, Schuler Group*, Autodesk Inc. (second-reception sponsor), Red Spot Paint & Varnish Company, Inc. (lunch sponsor), American Chemistry Council – Plastics Div. (breakfast sponsor), Plasticomp, Inc. (breakfast sponsor);  ASSOCIATE & BREAK SPONSORS:  A&P Technology*, Abaris Training Resources, Inc.*, Accutek Testing Laboratory*, Acrolab, Ltd.*, Addcomp North America, Inc.*, Adhesives Research, Inc.*, AOC Resins*, Applied Fluid Technologies Division-Graco Inc.*, Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.*, Ashland Inc.*, Assembly Guidance Systems, Inc.*, BMC Inc.*, Cannon USA*, CHOMARAT*, Core Molding Technologies, Inc.*, CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D)*, Dassault Systèmes*, ESI Group*, e-Xstream engineering*, FibrTec Inc.*, Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western University*, Gurit Automotive Ltd.*, HBM, Inc. (HBM-nCode)*, Henkel Corp.*, Johns Manville*, LANXESS Corp.*, Lawton Machinery Group*, LayStitch Technologies LLC*, Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd.*, Mitsubishi Rayon Carbon Fiber & Composites*, Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc.*, National Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC)*, NETZSCH Instruments North America, LLC*, Owens Corning*, Pinette Emidecau Industries*, Plasan Carbon Composites* (also lanyard sponsor), Polyscope Polymers*, Polystrand*, Quantum Composites*, Regloplas Corp.*, RTP Co.*, Siemens*, Single Temperature Controls, Inc.*, Tata Technologies*, TenCate Advanced Composites USA, Inc.*, The Composites Group*, Toho Tenax America, Inc.*, Trexel, Inc.*, Williams, White & Co.*, Zoltek*, Zotefoams, Plc*, Zwick USA*, and Multimatic Engineering (coffee-break sponsor); MEDIA/ASSOCIATION:  Automotive Design & Production magazine, Automotive Engineering International magazine, Automotive NewsWire magazine, China Plastics & Rubber Journal, China Plastics & Rubber Journal International, Composites Technology magazine, CompositesWorld Weekly magazine, High-Performance Composites magazine, Industrias Plásticas magazine, JEC Group, Modern Plastics India magazine, Noticiero del Plástico magazine, Plaspec Global Plastics Selector, Plastech.biz, Plastics Engineering magazine, Plastics Technology magazine, Plastics: The Global Application Medium, PrototypeToday.com, Reciclado y Plasticos magazine, Reinforced Plastics magazine, Rubber Fibre Plastics International Magazine, SAE InternationalÒ, TheMoldingBlog.com, and WardsAuto.com.

       * Indicates a sponsor that also is exhibiting.

The mission of SPE is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics.  SPE’s Automotive and Composites Divisions work to advance plastics and plastic-based composites technologies worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances.  Both divisions are dedicated to educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic-based composite developments, including materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design and testing, and application development.

For more information about the SPE Automotive Composites Conference, visit the Automotive Division’s website at http://speautomotive.com/comp.htm, or the Composites’ Division website at http://specomposites.org/, or contact the group at +1.248.244.8993, or write SPE Automotive Division, 1800 Crooks Road, Suite A, Troy, MI 48084, USA.  For more information on the Society of Plastics Engineers or other SPE events, visit the SPE website at www.4spe.org, or call +1.203.775.0471. 

® SPE is a registered trademark of the Society of Plastics Engineers.

 

Updated SPE ACCE 2013 Program Now Available

An updated program as of August 6 for the 2013 SPE Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) is now available at the ACCE Webpage.  Support for this year’s conference has simply been overwhelming.  In moving to our new site at The Diamond Center in Novi, MI, we were planning on the ability to expand the conference in the future.  Well, it looks like the future is now !!!  Exhibit space in the much larger facility is completely sold out and the technical program has expanded by over 30% from 68 to 90 papers/presentations.  Come join us for what will surely be the best ACCE ever!!!

SPE ACCE Committee Annouces Second Parts Competition

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced that it will hold its second parts competition at this year’s show, September 11-13, 2013.  Expanding on last year’s single award, the 2013 contest will recognize one winner in each of three categories: Body Exterior and Body Interior (with each winner selected by members of the SPE ACCE committee), and People’s Choice (selected by conference attendees). Winners will be announced and will receive recognition and a trophy during lunch on the last day of the show.

There is no cost to enter the competition.  Any registered conference participant (speakers, sponsors/exhibitors, or attendees) may nominate original equipment or aftermarket composite parts on passenger cars or light trucks in any geography. The only requirement is that parts must be on a vehicle available for commercial sale and the OEM must give permission. Nomination instructions will be found at http://speautomotive.com/comp.htm. Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due August 30 and should be eMailed to ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com. Physical parts must be brought to the SPE ACCE for final review by judges during a formal walk-through at the show.

Winner of 2012 SPE ACCE Composites Parts Competition

Nippani Rao, president, Rao Associates, who is the competition’s co-organizer said, “Last year’s parts competition was a lot of fun, but judging was difficult since we had only planned to give one award. This year we’ve expanded the contest and will give awards for both Body Interior and Body Exterior categories. And to ensure more conference attendees can participate, we have added a third category called the People’s Choice award so all attendees can vote for their favorite parts. The competition will be an excellent way to showcase this year’s theme of Composites: Lightweighting the Cars of Tomorrow.”

Teri Chouinard, president, Intuit Group and the other competition co-organizer added, “Nominations will be judged on their impact and trendsetting nature, including materials, processing and assembly methods used. Nominations should also emphasize the benefits of design, weight and cost reduction, parts consolidation, functional integration, and improved performance.”

About the SPE ACCE

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition draws over 700 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the transportation composites. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America. Fully one-third of attendees indicate they work for automotive and light truck, agriculture, truck & bus, heavy truck, or aviation OEMs, and another 25% for tier suppliers. Attendees also represent composite materials, processing equipment, additives, and reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers. The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001. This year’s show will be held September 11-13, 2013 at The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374.

For more information about the SPE ACCE, see: http://www.speautomotive.com/comp or http://www.specomposites.org.

The mission of SPE is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics. SPE’s Automotive and Composites Divisions work to advance plastics and plastic-based composites technologies worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances. Both divisions are dedicated to educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic-based composite developments, including materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design and testing, and application development.

For more information on the Society of Plastics Engineers or other SPE events, see www.4spe.org, or call +1.203.775.0471.

New “Eventsential” App Launched for SPE ACCE

A new event application (app) for smartphones, tablets, or other web-based devices is now available free of charge for the 13th-annual SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE).

For those with a Blackberry, or accessing via the web, the event app’s content can be found HERE.

For those with an Android phone or tablet or iPhone/iPad, please go to your app store and download the free app called Eventsential. Install it, open it, look under Organizations. When you see the SPE shield, click on the arrow to the right and it should open the very first SPE event in the new platform (under Upcoming Events): ACCE. Click on that logo, and it will take you to the conference schedule, where you’ll find all our sessions and the schedule for each session (including rooms, speakers, mini-abstracts and speaker bios where available). The app lets you flag sessions you wish to attend throughout the 3-day event and then sync content with your personal calendars across your various devices.

To the top right is a series of 3 white horizontal lines. That will take you to a table of contents. From there, you can learn more about our exhibitors/sponsors, each of whom have a page of their own with their logo, links to their websites, contact details, their booth number at the ACCE (if exhibiting), and in most cases a short writeup about what they offer. The app lets you flag sponsors you wish to visit during the show and later check off those that you have seen. A map icon to the top left brings up a map of the exhibition area where you can match booth numbers to exhibitors.

Check back often as we will continue to update content as the show approaches.

We hope the event app is a useful tool to preview content and help you decide if you wish to attend this year’s SPE ACCE. Hope to see you at the show this September.

Learn more about the conference HERE. Review program guides and proceedings from 12 previous years of the show in the ACCE Archives HERE.  And register to attend this year’s show HERE.

If you work directly for a transportation OEM anywhere in the world, you may attend the conference free of charge.