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16 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Interview with Current Inc. – One of the Few Electrical Grade Laminate Manufacturers Still Operating in the US
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Current-Composites-final.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week Meredith Glasgow of Current Inc. joins me on the show to discuss their company’s story. They’re a leading manufacturer of laminated plastics & thermoset composite materials. Current has been a family-owned and operated business since 1962 serving industries such as aerospace, automotive, electrical, marine, oil & gas, and sports. They specialize in industrial laminates and copper-clad laminates. Their copper-clad laminates are applicable to circuit board assemblies and can withstand high pressures and high temperatures. The facility in Warren, OH manufactures these highly specialized copper-clad laminates and is one of the few electrical grade laminate manufacturers to still operate and maintain a manufacturing facility in the U.S. Their G-10 product is a thermosetting industrial laminated plastic consisting of a woven glass cloth material and an epoxy resin matrix. You can see some of the beautiful knife handles designed with G-10 at this year’s Blade Show. You can learn more about Current and their product line by visiting https://currentcomposites.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss The post Interview with Current Inc. – One of the Few Electrical Grade Laminate Manufacturers Still Operating in the US appeared first on Composites Weekly.
21 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Providing High-Performance Materials for The Next Generation of Electronics – Interview Brett Walker CEO of Electroninks
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Electroninks.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss On this episode, I welcome Brett Walker, CEO of Electroninks on the show to discuss how their company is working towards being the leading worldwide brand of particle-free metal complex inks for printed electronics and semiconductor applications. Electroninks was founded in 2013 with a deep knowledge base in materials science, chemistry, and design. Since its founding, Electroninks has been adopted into the consumer electronics supply chain and developed its own entire consumer product line, Circuit Scribe. Currently, Electroninks develops high-performance solutions for many markets including display, plating, interconnects, and wearables, as well as consumer devices. On today’s episode, Brett will be sharing the history and background of the company as well as some of the advantages their material technologies offer to the market. Brett will also talk about their work in the education market with Circuit Scribe. In 2013, Electroninks launched a line of educational kits designed to help kids learn about electronics. Based around a pen that draws with conductive silver ink, the kits are now used in schools and households around the world. You can learn more about their company by visiting https://electroninks.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Providing High-Performance Materials for The Next Generation of Electronics – Interview Brett Walker CEO of Electroninks appeared first on Composites Weekly.
27 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Discussing Gel Coat Application Tips with Andrew Pokelwaldt of the ACMA & Brannon Pittman of HK Research
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Gelcoat-Troubleshooting.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss On this episode, I share a recent interview I did with Andrew Pokelwaldt, of the ACMA, and Brannon Pittman of HK Research discussing Gelcoat issues. Gel coating is typically a common problem area when working with composites, especially in the colder months, and can be a struggle for even experienced fabricators. On this episode, Andrew and Brannon will be walking us through application steps and procedures for avoiding many problems that can arise during the gel coating process. The post Discussing Gel Coat Application Tips with Andrew Pokelwaldt of the ACMA & Brannon Pittman of HK Research appeared first on Composites Weekly.
26 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Helping to Make Everyday Structures Stronger and Safer than Ever – Interview with CII Solutions
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/CII-Solutions.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Nearly $130 billion dollars is needed to repair deteriorating infrastructures throughout North America. And while steel and concrete may be the most popular methods for reinforcing structures, they are labor-intensive and time-consuming. CIISolutions was formed in 2018 by Dr. Bahira Abdulsalam to provide a better solution through composite materials. They specialize in the repair and strengthening of structures like bridges, parking structures, and seawalls with Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP). CII Solutions is an engineering and manufacturing company based in Canada, and they provide advanced, sustainable, and cost-efficient solutions for the civil engineering sector. This week, Dr. Abdulsalam joins me on the show to talk about the work they are doing at CII Solutions. Dr. Bahira Abdulsalam has a Masters’s Degree in structural strengthening using composites, a Pd.D. in FRP internal reinforcement, and a Post-doctorate Industrial Fellowship in composite manufacturing. You can learn more about their company by visiting https://compositeinfrastructure.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Helping to Make Everyday Structures Stronger and Safer than Ever – Interview with CII Solutions appeared first on Composites Weekly.
23 minutes | Sep 6, 2021
Kepstan® PEKK: Polymers Designed for Extreme Performance – Interview with Bob Barsotti of Arkema
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Kepstan-PEKK.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week Bob Barsotti, the global R&D manager of Arkema joins me on the show to discuss their Kepstan® PEKK Resins. These polyether-ketone-ketone resins are made from a tailored combination of two monomers and are designed for applications requiring extreme performance. Compared to PEEK resins, Kepstan® PEKK resins generally offer higher temperature performance, significantly higher compression strength, a broader range of tailored properties, improved barrier performance, and a better coefficient of friction control. They are manufactured in the USA and France and marketed & serviced as part of Arkema’s High-Performance Polymers business unit. You can learn more by visiting https://www.extremematerials-arkema.com/en/product-families/kepstan-pekk-polymer-range/ ?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Kepstan® PEKK: Polymers Designed for Extreme Performance – Interview with Bob Barsotti of Arkema appeared first on Composites Weekly.
23 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Converting Common Household Waste into Thermoplastic Materials – Interview with Tato Bigio of UBQ™
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Interview-UBQ-Materials.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week Tato Bigio, cofounder of UBQ joins me on the show to discuss how their company helping to reduce landfills all over the world by converting everyday household waste into their patented UBQ Material. UBQ is a thermoplastic and climate positive material, that can be used to make everyday durable end-products, more sustainable and with a reduced carbon footprint. It can substitute traditional plastics, minerals, and wood in thousands of different applications. UBQ Materials was founded in 2012 by Tato and Rabbi Yehuda Pearl. The name UBQ stands for ubiquitous. The problem of waste is ubiquitous and the solutions, therefore, need to be as well. On this episode, Tato will be sharing the background of the UBQ, and discuss their process, as well as some of the projects they’ve been involved with. You can learn more about the company by visiting https://www.ubqmaterials.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Converting Common Household Waste into Thermoplastic Materials – Interview with Tato Bigio of UBQ™ appeared first on Composites Weekly.
23 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Bridging the Gap Between Plastic & Metal Through the Metallization of Polymers
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Polymertal-interview.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week, Guy Varon of Polymertal joins me on the podcast. Polymertal is an Israeli company, that has developed a highly specialized surface coating technology allowing flawless metal plating on plastic and composite materials to produce Hybrid Products. Their unique plating process combines polymer with metal to create a superior product you won’t find anywhere else.Some of the benefits of this process include: ■ Reduction of weight by up to 70%■ Electrical and Thermal conductivity■ Cost reduction by at least 30%■ Sustainable carbon-free, recycled materials We’ll be discussing the company and the unique benefits of this proprietary technology on this episode. You can learn more about their company by visiting https://polymertal.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss or by visiting their LinkedIn page at https://www.linkedin.com/company/polymertal.ltd?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Bridging the Gap Between Plastic & Metal Through the Metallization of Polymers appeared first on Composites Weekly.
24 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
Discussing Geopolymer Composites with William Hoff of Geopolymer International
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/Geopolymers-William-Hoff.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week, I welcome William Hoff CEO of Geopolymer International, a firm that creates and distributes ecologically friendly building materials. William has been in the construction industry for over 40 years, with experience in massive projects, and is an expert in concrete and concrete alternatives. William focuses on sustainable materials, and commits to bringing new technologies compliant with standard certifications, and permitting requirements needed to make them a reality. Currently, he’s working with Geopolymer, 3-D concrete printing, and modular housing to achieve his goals. You can learn more about them by visiting https://geopolymerinternational.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Discussing Geopolymer Composites with William Hoff of Geopolymer International appeared first on Composites Weekly.
17 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
How Genesis® Optimization is Implemented into Composites for Motorsports- Interview with Martin Gambling of GRM Consulting
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/GRMConsulting.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week, Martin Gambling of GRM Consulting joins me on the show to discuss the use of OmniQuest’s Genesis software in the Motorsports industry today; and how it’s migrating into automotive hypercar development, mainstream automotive, and marine composites sector as well. Genesis® is a Structural Analysis and Optimization Software that fully integrates analysis and optimization and it is written by leading experts in structural optimization. GRM Consulting is a design and topology optimization software company, creating solutions for successful forward-thinking engineering companies all over the world. You can learn more about their company by visiting https://www.grm-consulting.co.uk?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post How Genesis® Optimization is Implemented into Composites for Motorsports- Interview with Martin Gambling of GRM Consulting appeared first on Composites Weekly.
19 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Discussing APJeT’s Air Plasma Technology for the Treatment of Composite Materials
https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/compositesweeklypodcast/APJET-Interview.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This past week Bentley Park, CEO of APJeT®, Inc. joined me on the show to discuss their unique air plasma technology and the benefits to a number of industries including the composites and additive manufacturing industry. APJeT® is an advanced technology company located in Research Triangle Park, Morrisville, NC. They recently announced a new industrial application for its breakthrough air plasma technology. Eliminating the need for heat and chemicals for substrate preparation prior to dyeing or printing, the APJeT cold plasma process increases wettability and adhesion, while reducing safety risks, environmental impact, and degradation of the substrate material. You can learn more about their company by visiting https://www.apjet.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. Sponsors for this Episode The post Discussing APJeT’s Air Plasma Technology for the Treatment of Composite Materials appeared first on Composites Weekly.
47 minutes | May 4, 2020
Discussing Plant Safety Practices with Andrew Pokelwaldt Director of Certification For The ACMA
http://traffic.libsyn.com/compositesweeklypodcast/Interview-Andrew-Pokelwaldt.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss On this episode, Andrew Pokelwaldt joins me to discuss plant safety practices. Andrew is the Director of Certification for the American Composites Manufacturers Association. Andrew has 28 years of experience in leadership, training, and operations. In his current role at ACMA he develops, delivers and directs the composites technical fabrication training and certifications industry-wide. His composites experience includes manufacturing management, training, process, and personnel training roles in various composite industry areas over the past 10 years. Andrew worked as a dual career military reservist for 24 years including service in Operation Iraqi Freedom leading foreign military training and operations. On today’s show, we’ll be discussing some safety practices in your plant as it relates to composites and cast polymer manufacturing. We’ll talk about daily implementation and safety improvements that will improve your bottom line, reduce waste, and benefit your workers. Andrew will also be talking about the ACMA’s Certified Composites Technician (CCT) program. It supports professional development and facilitates uniform training and technical skills for composite manufacturers. The post Discussing Plant Safety Practices with Andrew Pokelwaldt Director of Certification For The ACMA appeared first on Composites Weekly.
22 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Introducing the First Ever All Composite CryoSphere Tank for Space Exploration
http://traffic.libsyn.com/compositesweeklypodcast/Interview-ICT.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week, I welcome Matt Villarreal (CEO) of Infinite Composites Technologies on to discuss a new technology they’ve developed – the first ever, spherical all-composite carbon-fiber pressure vessel for storing cryogenic propellants for launch vehicles and spacecraft such as a lunar lander. By providing the lowest mass and most cost-effective option to store fuel, ICT’s CryoSphere would affect the in-space capabilities of future missions, reduce the cost of launch vehicles to transport cargo to space, and increase the amount of payload to planetary surfaces. You can learn more about ICT by visiting their website at https://www.infinitecomposites.com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss or following them on their social media channels: facebook.com/InfiniteCompositestwitter.com/Infinite_C_Tlinkedin.com/infinite-composites-technologies The post Introducing the First Ever All Composite CryoSphere Tank for Space Exploration appeared first on Composites Weekly.
26 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Outlook for the Aerospace and Defense Industry After COVID-19
http://traffic.libsyn.com/compositesweeklypodcast/David-Nolletti.mp3?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss This week I welcome David Nolletti on the show to discuss how our current pandemic will impact the aerospace and defense industries. The coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on air travel with air carriers having suspended or reduced their flight schedule by 60-95 percent. As aerospace and defense manufacturers have begun limiting production, David Nolletti joins me to talk about what we might expect over the next 12-18 months in these manufacturing sectors. Inside Aerospace Manufacturing Plant David is the director at Conway MacKenzie, and is a manufacturing expert, particularly in aerospace and defense. Dave has substantial experience in aerospace, defense, distribution, consumer products, aerospace maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), and general industrial verticals. His broad manufacturing experience includes precision machining, grinding, forging, casting, complex assembly, and kitting. You can learn more about he services Conway MacKenzie offers by visiting https://conwaymackenzie.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. The post Outlook for the Aerospace and Defense Industry After COVID-19 appeared first on Composites Weekly.
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