We are global leaders in reusable vacuum membrane technology – a world class closed moulding process that offers huge production cost savings and efficiencies over traditional composite moulding methods. Converting and supporting wet lay, resin infusion, LRTM and pre-preg part manufacturers with lower costs and protecting the environment with cleaner systems and greatly reduced waste.

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“ON DEMAND RESIN CHANNEL – The Morph Runner”

You will be amazed by our “morphing“ resin runner system where the reusable vacuum membrane actually can be made to form a resin flow channel but return to flat shape without wastage after resin fill. Unlike other consumable resin running systems, which can leave exothermic witness marks, waste resin and add time to clean-up processing after demould. The morph runner becomes a resin super highway (16mm wide channel) when required and is easily controlled to return flat after resin injection, pushing the remaining resin out of the channel and into the part, leaving no trace or clean-up processing.

The Morph Runner system is supplied in 3 convenient components, 2m lengths of straight channel, cross junctions and the Crows Foot resin feed. The channel and cross junction sections can easily be cut and pasted into any resin path configuration during vacuum membrane manufacture. The Crows Foot resin feed is an independent device that sits under the vacuum membrane and feeds resin into the Morph during injection.

Morph Runner 2m length – part number 102175

Morph Runner X Junction – part number 102177

Crows Foot Resin Feed – part number 102183

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“STOP MESHING ABOUT AND USE ReFLOW”

Try using Reflow moulded into membrane flow mesh as an alternative to one time use flow media. Cut the cost of your consumables, improve set up and clean up times by reducing processes and speed up infusion times.

Reflow is a patented texturized sheet to allow membrane building encapsulating 0.5 x 0.5 grooves at 1cm grid spacing. This provides inbuilt resin flow “mesh” which is reusable and not consumable. Peel ply may or may not be used in conjunction with this product. Reflow is available in convenient A4 size sheets and ordered in 1 m2 packs (16 sheets).  The thin sheets are simply fitted to the mould calibration with spray mount and coated with a wax release agent prior to membrane manufacture.

 

 Reflow part number 102153

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please visit us at the following demonstrations, workshops and composites industry trade shows

                                                                                                                             

Calling all South West England composite moulders, see for yourself how reusables mould live!

  Demo Day Workshop – All local composite part manufacturers welcome                                                      Wednesday 30th August, Fibreglass Supplies Limited                                                                   Unit 1, 19 Alvington Street, Cattedown, Plymouth, PL4 0QL                                                                                          telephone 01752 658 498


Germany   

              Composites Europe – Stuttgart, Germany – 19th, 20th & 21st September 2017                 Hall C2 Booth C13


 

Poland 

Kompozyt Expo – Krakow, Poland – 11th &12th October 2017

 

UK 

             Composites Engineering (Advanced Engineering 2017) NEC, Birmingham, UK                1st & 2nd November 2017 – Stand O123

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Demo of new way to mould glass fibre

August 30, 2017, 9:30am - August 30, 2017, 8:00pm

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ENOUGH TO COVER THREE SOCCER FIELDS - LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSITE FLOORING SPEEDS DEUTSCHE BAHN AG ICE TRAIN FLEET INTO 2030

I was privileged to visit SMT in Forst, Germany recently and witnessed the highly professional streamlined infusion moulding techniques the company has developed using our reusable vacuum membranes
Germany’s ICE fleet trains use SMT’s new lightweight infused flooring to replace previously installed heavy wooden panels. The fire resistant, structural composite sandwich replacement flooring bring excellent weight savings allowing new air-conditioning, seating and entertainment system additions.

SMT is the exclusive suppliers to Deutsche Bahn AG producing 25,000 m2 for the 66 train fleet comprising 8 carriages each. The company gained an enormous advantage with the system for its simplicity and closed mould characteristics ideal for worker ease and safety. Workers are able to gain great efficiency in moulding by the basic infusion process and clean extraction after infusion. Very little waste resin is evident and the cost and waste management savings over unsound traditional consumable bagging are significant gains for the company.

SMT not only have worked closely with their supplier to assure quality and structural integrity of the new sandwich floor panelling but also have their own teams of installers taking delivery from production to fit out on each carriage refurbishment.
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GREAT OPEN DAY SUCCESS AT BUS COMPANY
Wright Composites in Ballymena, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland recently held an open day within WrightBus’s main works for school children and school leavers John Elder, operations manager asked for the loan of our demo moulding kit for the”Face”. Apparently, this went down well with attendees and as the mould was heated a good demo to the boys in the moulding shop of how effective heated composite moulds can be.
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DARTFORD COMPOSITES UPDATE
Last year we posted how a composite moulding company were delighted with our reusable vacuum membranes. Today, Mark Silvester, CEO of Dartford wrote to me. I copy his email for you.
"Hi Alan
We are still making train seats. Up to about 4,250 so far with another 1,000 to go. The great thing I have found from a business perspective is that it is now a job performed by a factory operator as opposed to a far more expensive laminator. We have replaced a few of the skins during this time but have found by having a spare ready to drop in if needed then production isn’t affected if repairs are needed. Waste is minimal and rejects are very low. The staff like the system, one of the biggest sceptics moulds the end-caps you originally demonstrated the system on. This now runs with two base moulds and the single skin moving between moulds nearly doubling production and the laminator loves the job. A win-win for me, happy staff and an 80% increase in production.""
Mark goes on to say...
"If you have any prospective customers that wish to ask me about the system please do not hesitate to give them my details."
We say who needs an advertising budget when clients write such glowing approval of our system? Thank you Mark
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