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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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Now displaying: May, 2020
May 27, 2020

This week, I welcome Bill Rice of Magnum Venus Products on the show to discuss the latest in gelcoat spray technology and also maintenance best practices for spray gun operators to help plants save money on equipment parts, seals, and gaskets. 

Bill has been in the FRP industry almost his whole life.  His father owned a commercial boat building business back in the 70’s.  He started working with him in his early teens until his father sold the business in the mid 80’s. Bill started with Magnum Venus Products back in 2000 and has served as a sales technician with them for the last 20 years.

On this episode, Bill will also be sharing some details on MVP’s multi-color systems for FRP manufacturers who want to spray multiple colors without paying for three individual spray units. 

To learn more about MVP”s technology, visit their website at https://www.mvpind.com.

May 15, 2020

On this episode, Jennifer Towner joins me to give an update on the cancellation of POLYCON 2020. 

With the continuing unknown health risks and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ICPA board determined that it would not be a viable option to reschedule POLYCON to the Fall of this year.
 
The ICPA is now moving ahead to plan for a great event in 2021 and we'll be discussing this along with The ICPA's plan to schedule workshops, webinars and networking events over the next several months to keep members up to date on issues facing our industry and ways to improve our product.
 

 

May 14, 2020

This week, I welcome Amaël Cohades, Ph.D., CEO of CompPair Technologies on the show to discuss how they are bringing healable and sustainable composite material solutions to extend the lifetime of composite parts, contributing to a circular economy in the industry.

CompPair Technologies Ltd. is the result of 12 years of thorough research in self-healing composites in the Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Amaël is joined by a highly complementary team, with a strong network in the composites industry and a wealth of experienced advisors. Their pre-impregnated textiles allow composite parts to fully recover their initial properties in minutes while suppressing the usual repair waste.

Overall, CompPair has the potential to reduce composite resources needs by half. We'll be discussing this technology and the applications,  as well as the research that has gone into its development. 

May 6, 2020

On this episode, Dr. Chris Arnusch joins me to discuss some of his research work in the fight against COVID-19. With the worldwide focus on coronavirus prevention and transmission, a new type of air-filter that self-sterilizes and decontaminates is being developed at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel based on water filtration technology.

This new nanotechnology is based on laser-induced graphene (LIG) water filters that eliminate viruses and bacteria in water. This new concept, engineered for air-filtration could be used in air filters in heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. It could also be integrated into face masks for a self-sterilizing effect. Most masks like the N95 can become contamination risks during usage if not properly handled. 

LIG is a microporous graphene foam that can be generated on many types of materials and is already resistant to bacteria and actively kills microbes and viruses using a low-level electric current from a power source.

Dr Chris Arnusch and his group of researchers envision the two-fold protective system applied to air-filtration offering a new solution in our fight against COVID-19. 

May 4, 2020

On this episode, I am pleased to have Andrew Pokelwaldt join me. 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.

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