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Composites Weekly

Composites Weekly is an online podcast published each week by industry expert Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan has served as consultant in the composites industry for over 12 years. He brings you the latest news and information in the world of composites and provides interviews of leading manufacturers and distributors in the industry.
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Jun 30, 2022

On this episode, we'll be discussing the topic of branding based on a legendary icon in the recreation world. I welcome Robert Grede to the show to talk about his book Rebuilding the Brand: How Harley-Davidson Became King of the Road

In the early 1980s, Harley-Davidson was on the verge of bankruptcy. In the public’s opinion, the quality was substandard. Harleys leaked oil and were often broken down. Today, Harley-Davidson is a model brand. And It isn’t just a motorcycle company anymore. It is a community, a look, a source of self-expression, an all-American appeal for freedom—all expressed in one little logo.

So What happened? How did they turn things around? On this episode, Robert will be sharing the story.

He ghostwrote the book after spending days with Clyde Fessler, a man who held several positions within Harley, from the head of marketing services to VP of business development. 

Jun 29, 2022

This week I welcome Megan Multanen, one of the founders of "Women in the Composites Industry". Megan is the Chief Executive Officer at Bestbath based in Caldwell, Idaho, and a member of the Board of Directors for the ACMA.  

On this episode, we'll be discussing this organization (WCI) and its mission of helping women succeed in the Composites Industry.

The rapid growth of the composites and high-performance materials industry holds great promise for many current and emerging market segments. 

Members of Women in the Composites Industry are an integral part of a fast-growing and committed network of women that come together across sectors and career levels to promote the education, professional development, and advancement of women.

Jun 23, 2022

This week I welcome Dennis Fink of Akpa Chemical to the show. Dennis is a veteran with over 40 years in the polymer industry. He is the president of Resin Research & Recovery and a consultant for Akpa Chemical. 

AKPA Chemical was established in 1997 and specializes in the production of Organic Peroxides, Initiators, Accelerators, and Paint Driers. AKPA has a State of the Art R&D center with distribution headquarters in South Carolina.

On this episode, Dennis will be sharing his background and the history of Akpa. He’ll talk about choosing the right organic peroxide for the job and what separates their product line from so many other suppliers. 

You can learn more about their product line today by visiting akpachemicalus.com or by calling them at 803-686-288.

Jun 14, 2022
This week Andrew Pokelwaldt joins me on the show to discuss the Composites Certification Training programs that are offered to help improve quality production and boost employee development at every level of an organization. 

The ACMA’s standardized composite process training with CCT Certifications are designed for technicians, engineers, quality, safety and technical sales personnel. 

Nine certification specialties are available and you can learn more about each of these by visiting http://www.acmaeducationhub.org/certification

Jun 1, 2022

This week I welcome Dan Cohen, CEO of FLITE on the show to talk about some of their surface engineering technology that uses laser and plasma energy to make permanent changes to surfaces reducing the need for chemicals.

The company was created in 2018 to develop the emerging science of surface functionalization into commercial use at industrial scale. 

The FLITE team believes that the time has come to take these techniques out of the lab and into industries looking for a better, cleaner, and safer way to protect their products. 

Their methods have been demonstrated on glass, plastic, metal, ceramics, semiconductors, and composites.

You can learn more by visiting them at https://www.flite.tech

 

 

May 18, 2022
This week I welcome Dr. David Hicks and Dr. James Chen on the show. We'll be discussing LIFT,  a Detroit-based national manufacturing innovation institute, and its recent partnership with the University of Buffalo on a project to accelerate the development of materials for hypersonic systems.

LIFT, which is operated by the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII), is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, industry, and academia driving the U.S. mobility sector toward the future manufacturing revolution to support our nation’s economy and enhance our national security.

You can learn more at https://lift.technology/.

May 12, 2022
This week Andrew Pokelwaldt joins me again on the show to discuss the ACMA’s CCT Certification and Training Content resource center that is available to members and non-members.

This Education Hub is a great destination for composites resources for CCT training & testing, recorded webinars, conference proceedings, ANSI standards,  regulatory information, customized manufacturing training, and more. 

You can learn more by visiting http://www.acmaeducationhub.org.

Apr 27, 2022

This week, I welcome Ivan Madera on the podcast show. Ivan is the CEO and founder of Nikon-backed Morf3D, a trusted leader in metal additive manufacturing (AM) that specializes in AM optimization and engineering for the aerospace, defense, and space industries. 

 

Apr 21, 2022
On this episode Alex Corrêa, CEO of Gerdau Graphene joins me to discuss some of the exciting work they are doing.

Gerdau Graphene, is a company that is working to transform graphene into solutions that will revolutionize industries such as coatings, concrete, elastomers, polymers, and lubricants just to name a few. 

Graphene is an ultra-strong, lightweight, flexible, and superconductive two-dimensional nanomaterial formed by carbon atoms in a hexagonal structure.

It is the perfect combination of strength, lightness, flexibility, and transparency, and is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. 

With annual revenues exceeding $20 billion, Gerdau is the largest producer of steel in the Americas and employs more than 30,000. 

Alexandre Corrêa joined Gerdau in 2020 with the mission of scaling the company’s first advanced material spinoff, Gerdau Graphene, where they are focused on graphene application development. 

You can learn more by visiting their website at www.gerdaugraphene.com/en.html.

 

Apr 12, 2022
This week Kelsey Britton joins Andrew Pokelwaldt and me on the podcast to share her background and the work they are doing at IYRS School of Technology & Trades, a non-profit, post-secondary experiential learning institution in Newport, Rhode Island. It is the premier marine trades and modern manufacturing school in the United States. 

Kelsey Britton has a passion for designing and building with some of the lightest, strongest materials on earth. Before joining IYRS as an instructor, Kelsey worked for New England Boatworks where she helped build the 62-foot carbon fiber Tripp design racing boat ChessieRacing. On campus, Kelsey is the primary Rhino 3D computer graphics and CAD instructor, teaching students in multiple IYRS programs the software they'll use to design their school and capstone projects. Kelsey uses her knowledge and experience to instruct and guide students as they conceptualize and build composites projects as diverse as miniature working tug boats to high-impact bicycle helmets.

Mar 28, 2022
This week, Monica Rommel president of Specialty Materials Inc (SMI) joins me on the show. 

Monica is life long learner who has worked at two aerospace prime contractors as a materials engineer supporting the development of fighter jets, supersonic transports, and satellite payload systems.  

She now owns Specialty Materials Inc., the world's leading supplier of the highest quality Boron and silicon carbide fiber products, and advanced composite materials. 

Boron fiber is Produced in single-filament reactors by chemical vapor deposition. It exhibits a unique combination of high compression strength, high modulus, and large diameter.

No other composite material has higher compressive strength properties. 

Mar 23, 2022
This week, I welcome Pierre-Yves Lavertu of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division on the podcast to discuss how engineers can investigate and predict the behavior of a large mix of composite
materials, and how to minimize weight, cost, and time-to-market for composite industrial parts.

We'll also be discussing how to improve the prediction of structural FEA by
accounting for the manufacturing process, as well as how to reduce material testing and prototyping. 

Mar 15, 2022
This week I'm pleased to have Doug Griffin of Carbon Fiber Recycling back on the show.

Carbon Fiber Recycling is a sustainable materials company, developing and operating technologies for the recovery of resources from difficult to recycle polymer composites. Their special focus is on the extraction of carbon fibers from finished composites, including laminates, trimmings, tooling, R&D, and end-of-life components. The recovered carbon fibers are made available in milled or random chopped form.

Mar 7, 2022
This week, Andrew Pokelwaldt, director of certifications for the ACMA joins me to discuss mold and tool care, prep, and setup for FRP composite production. 

Andrew will be joining me each month on the show to discuss different topics related to composites training and education. 

The ACMA's education hub can be accessed at http://www.acmaeducationhub.org. There you'll find all of the resources your company or organization needs for CCT training & testing, recorded webinars, conference proceedings, ANSI standards and guidelines, regulatory information, customized manufacturing training, and much more. 

 

Mar 1, 2022

This week, I welcome two supply chain experts on the podcast to discuss how the Russia-Ukraine Conflict will impact supply chains for our industry as well as other manufacturing sectors. 

My first guest is Dr. Ednilson Bernardes. He is a global supply chain management professor and program coordinator at West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics. He's an expert in process transformation and supply network innovation.

My second guest is Lee Smith. He's an attorney and leader of Baker Donelson's International Trade and National Security practice. He advises clients on matters involving export controls, supply chain, customs compliance, trade policy, and free trade agreement interpretation.

 

Feb 15, 2022
This week Kelly Debusk joins me on the podcast to discuss some basics for resolving ventilation issues. In today’s environment, manufacturers face growing regulations from the EPA and OSHA; regulations that have the potential to hinder the operations of companies in our industry. Understanding the basics of the systems affected is critical. Kelly wrote a great article for the winter issue of Cast Polymer Connection and if you haven’t read it, I’d encourage you to do so along with listening to our interview on this podcast.
Feb 1, 2022

This week Frank Fox and Tom Tymon join me on the show to discuss how they are using their backgrounds in chemistry and textile engineering to do something good for the planet and developed a process to recycle scrap leather.

Jan 25, 2022

This week I'm joined by Dr. Habib Dagher of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center at the Univ. of Maine and Tim Kenerson of AIT Bridges to discuss The GBeam Composite Bridge System -  a long-life solution to traditional steel and concrete medium-span deck bridges at a low cost.

 

 

Dec 16, 2021

This week I welcome Bill Easter, the CEO of X-Mat on the show. X-Mat is a company that has developed a revolutionary, high-performance material that combines some of the best properties of metals (electrical conductivity), engineering plastics (lightweight), and ceramics (high operating temperature). 

 Their technology has the power to disrupt many industries and we'll be discussing some of the latest projects they are involved in on today's episode. 

Nov 10, 2021

This week, I welcome Sonny Vu to the show. Sonny is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Arevo, an advanced manufacturing technology company that automates the design and production of large, complex continuous carbon fiber reinforced polymer (“CFRP”) composite structures. 

Their technology has the ability to build complex-geometry parts using chopped carbon fiber or, more importantly, continuous fiber reinforcement and high-performance polymers. However, the real innovation is combining digital technology with a six-axis robot to enable 3D parts with 3D fiber orientation.

On this episode, Sonny will discuss his background as a serial entrepreneur and what drew his interest to Arevo's technology and market potential. 

Oct 31, 2021

This week I welcome Casey Welch to the show. Casey is the co-founder and president of Tallo, a company that connects the next generation of talent with opportunities in the workplace. 

On this episode, we'll be discussing the worker shortage for so many industries including manufacturing and trucking.

Casey will be sharing some interesting data from their survey of over 29,000 Gen Z high school and college students on their choice of careers and the industries they are most interested in. 

Casey will also share some important strategies for attracting this next generation of talent. 

You can learn more about their company by visiting https://tallo.com

Oct 18, 2021

This week Meredith Glasgow of Current joins me on the show to discuss their company.

Current Inc. 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. They can withstand high pressures and high temperatures. 

Oct 14, 2021

On this episode, I welcome Brett Walker, CEO of Electroninks on the show to discuss how they are working to be 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. 

Sep 27, 2021

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.

 

Sep 15, 2021

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. 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.

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