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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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Sep 21, 2016

This week, I welcome Francesco Fornasiero on the show to discuss some his work in developing a composite material that makes military uniforms breathable and could protect soldiers from biological and chemical agents.

Dr. Fornasiero is on the research staff of the
Biosciences and Biotechnology Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States' security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:

• Enhance the nation's defense.
• Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
• And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Sep 15, 2016

This week, I welcome Dr. Anthony Rollett. He is the co-director of the NextManufacturing Center and professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

He's an expert in the 3D printing of metals, Rollett’s research focuses on microstructure, strength of materials, constitutive relations, texture, porosity and formability.

On this episode, we'll be discussing 3-D printing and the problems related to printing metals like titanium.

Although 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is currently being used for rapid prototyping, it has its sights set on becoming the mainstream manufacturing process for grander applications, such as aerospace parts, custom biomedical implants, and high performance automobiles.

Improving the internal structure of 3-D printed metal parts is one of the big challenges that need to be met in order for this manufacturing process to be adopted in a more mainstream way. Less porosity will mean stronger, more reliable end-parts.

On today's episode, I'll be discussing the issue of porosity with Dr. Rollett and how be eliminated by making adjustments to the process parameters of the machine.

You can find out more interviews like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Sep 1, 2016

This week, Katie Christy joins me on the show to discuss the topic of improving sales performance using the StrengthsFinder Assessment.

Katie is the founder of "Activate Your Talent" and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach who has seen first-hand how individuals that utilize the StrengthsFinder assessment in their selling style have increased their overall engagement, productivity and profitability.

She has worked with both small and large organizations alike that are interested in improving their sales team's performance by uncovering those natural talents that often go untapped.

Katie’s mission is to help people and organizations leverage their talents to be more effective in both their personal and professional lives.

You can find more episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Aug 23, 2016

This week we welcome Mark Barfoot of Hyphen, a full-service, rapid prototyping and environmental testing center with Canada’s widest range of prototyping and environmental testing capabilities under one roof.

Mark is the managing director of Hyphen, and is responsible for overseeing Hyphen’s day-to-day operations.
Mark has a B.A.Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada and is a member of the Professional Engineers Ontario.

Mark is also President on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group. In his spare time, he mentors engineering design projects and competitions at the University of Waterloo, and serves on the Industrial Advisory Committee for the Waterloo Chair in Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Aug 16, 2016

This week, I welcome Heather Rhoderick on the show to talk about CAMX (The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) 2016. Heather is the senior vice president of events and information with ACMA and CAMX.

This week she sat down with me to discuss CAMX and give us an overview of what's in store for this year's event in Anaheim, CA September 26th-29th.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Aug 9, 2016

This week, I welcome Paul Hewitt of Rocket Composites on the show to discuss one of their recent projects - the first carbon fiber backpack frame that weighs under 10 ounces.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting our website at http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Aug 2, 2016

This week, I welcome John Moore on the show to discuss some of the latest advancements in Resin Transfer Molding (RTM). John Moore is founder and president of JHM Technologies Inc..

For over 30 years JHM Technologies has provided closed molders worldwide with proven packaged solutions.

JHM Technologies innovative approach provides molders with custom turn-key packages that are precisely tuned to meet their production needs.

You can find more weekly episodes by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jul 25, 2016

This week JB Currell joins me on the show. JB is the owner of Bio Brands and Gibco Flexmold.

Today we'll be talking about their green acetone replacement and also the Flex Mold, a great product for tooling, production and repair of non-skid deck areas of boats as well as other FRP manufactured products.

You can find our weekly podcast episodes by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jul 22, 2016

This week, we welcome Mitch Menaker on the show to discuss "Ollie", the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of the IBM Watson. Mitch is the Chief Sales Officer for Local Motors, the leading 3D printing vehicle company in the world.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jul 11, 2016

This week, I welcome Eric Miller of PADT inc. on the show to discuss some of the latest news and technology developments in the world of 3D printing.

Eric is a co-owner of Tempe based PADT, Inc., where he is involved in providing tools and services to companies who design and manufacture physical products.

He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has lived in Arizona since 1986.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jul 6, 2016

This week, I welcome Frank Macher, Chairman and CEO of Continental Structural Plastics on the show.

Continental Structural Plastics is the global leader in vehicle lightweighting technologies. For more than 40 years, Continental Structural Plastics has provided leading‐edge, lightweight composite solutions for the automotive, heavy truck, HVAC and construction industries. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, CSP has facilities in Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Mexico, France and China.

The company provides full‐service R&D and engineering support, and holds more than 50 patents covering materials development and manufacturing processes in composite materials formulation, design and manufacturing technologies.

Frank Macher is a recognized expert in strategic and business planning, advanced technologies, product development, and manufacturing processes and operations, has more than 45 years’ experience in the automotive industry.

You can find the latest weekly podcast episodes by visiting http://www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Jun 27, 2016

This week we welcome Tad Coffin. Tad is the owner of Tad Coffin Performance Saddles.

He joins me on the show this week to talk about their unique saddle tree, which is the first of it's kind to be made from composite material.

Tad has created a proprietary process using carbon fiber. He has actually "invented" a process marrying two kinds of composites to create "pins" that are used in the tree to provide flexion and movement.

Tad will be discussing the benefits this provides to horses and the racing industry.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jun 17, 2016

This week we welcome Lee Weinblatt on the show for our sales and marketing episode. Lee is the founder and CEO of PTG, a market research company that specializes in completely passive, real-world consumer engagement and non-conscious measurement techniques that have been validated by experts from Scientific American, MIT and Barrow Neurological Institute.

On this episode we'll be discussing:

  • How neuroscience is being used in marketing today.
  • How eye tracking is being used to determine customer buying patterns.
  • How companies today can improve their marketing messages and advertising materials based on how the brain responds to certain messages and images.

You can find some of PTG's most recent research findings by visiting www.pretesting.com/research

Jun 13, 2016

This week I'm pleased to have Chris Hurdleston join me on the show. Chris is the regional sales manage of ACS international, a leading supplier of raw materials for composites industries such as cast polymer, solid surface and FRP.

On this episode Chris will be sharing some background on ACS and how they are more than a supplier to just the cast polymer industry. He'll be discussing how their light weight fillers are benefitting FRP manufacturers as well. 

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jun 8, 2016

This week I welcome Boyd Comfort on Composites Weekly. Boyd is the director of sales and the principal partner of Gasket Engineering, a custom gasket manufacturing company with the heritage of converting a multitude of materials into the exact shape, dimensions, and thickness required for your manufacturing needs.

This is done in high-capacity facilities that house a large selection of machinery. Gasket Engineering maintains in-house expertise in diecutting, dieless cutting, rotary die cutting, laser cutting, laminating and other capabilities that turn virtually any raw material into highly sophisticated parts for aerospace, automotive, Marine, alternative energy, electronics, medical and many other industries.

You can find more weekly podcast episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

Jun 1, 2016

This week I welcome Dianne Zimnavoda CEO of RCF Technologies, which is headquartered in Vidalia, Ga. RCF has been a supplier to the aerospace and aviation industries since 1975, and has developed a material called Rishon that is used in manufacturing gaskets and seals.

Rishon is a homogeneous material that before processing, consists of RCF's proprietary high temp silicon base material and a standard fiberglass mesh in most cases. Rishon has 5 major attributes above and beyond what is on the market today for standard composites and Dianne will be sharing these attributes with me today.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting www.CompositesWeekly.com.

May 28, 2016

This week, John Miller, Director of Sales & Operations at Shelter Works joins me on the show to discuss his company's success in manufacturing high quality composite buildings.


Shelter Works manufactures composite structures to protect field equipment in many industries, including water, waste water, gas, oil, telecom, aviation and energy. Their shelters are dramatically different from typical fiberglass buildings because of the unique manner of construction that improves quality, eliminates de-lamination and strengthens the structure even further.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

May 22, 2016

This week we interview Chris Briggs, founder and CEO of TouchPoint Games, a customer engagement service that helps companies build stronger relationships with customers through branded online sports contests. Chris will be discussing how manufacturers can utilize this service to grow their sales either directly or through distributors.

You can find episodes like this and more by visiting www.compositesweekly.com

May 17, 2016

This week we interview Scott Clear, the Chief Design & Innovation Officer at RKS Design. RKS, is a Los Angeles based design and innovation consultancy.
One of their recent projects consisted of creating an all new sustainable composite using excess tree pulp, something that had never been done before.

They molded the first batch of this material into guitars, to take advantage of the wood-like qualities that it offers.

On this episode, Scott joins me to talk about this project using THRIVE, a new class of thermoplastic composites. THRIVE composites use cellulose fibers to reinforce various plastics, allowing customers to bypass many of the current challenges with conventional fiber-reinforced composites like fiberglass.

You can find more episodes like this by visiting http://www.compositesweekly.com.

May 14, 2016

This week, we welcome Josh Hahn on the show to discuss content marketing strategies for today's composite manufacturers.

Josh is the marketing manager at Myco Technology, an ingredient manufacturer that develops innovative ingredients that solve some of the toughest challenges in the food & beverage industry.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting http://www.CompositesWeekly.com.

May 6, 2016

This week we welcome Dr. Wayne Powers, Dr. Ron Koniz and Mr. Bill O'Brien of Globe Composite Solutions to discuss their patented High Gravity Composites. 

You can find more episodes like this by visiting www.CompositesWeekly.com

May 2, 2016

This week I welcome Morten NormanLund of GXN on the show to discuss BioBuild, a collaborativeresearch project of 13 partners who worked together to design andfabricate four building systems made of bio-composites, provingthat bio-composite materials have the required fire resistance,durability, mechanical performance and thermal conductivity toserve the building industry.

The goal of BioBuild was to usebio-composites to reduce the embodied energy in building materialsby 50% without an increase in cost.

BioBuild won a JEC InnovationAward in 2015 (JEC is a non-profit association that is dedicated tothe promotion of composites.

You can find more weekly episodeslike this by visiting www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Apr 26, 2016

This week, we welcome Brittany Fossier of Fibergrate Composite Products.

Fibergrate Composite Structures is the world's leader in fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) molded grating.

Founded in 1966, Fibergrate is celebrating 50 years of experience in the FRP industry.

Over that time, they've grown to be the leading global manufacturer and services provider of high performance fiberglass engineered solutions.

With worldwide sales, fabrication and distribution networks working collaboratively, Fibergrate provides product solutions for a wide range of industrial, commercial and recreational applications.

On today's episode I'll be talking with Brittany about Fibergrate's 50 years in the FRP industry, their molded and pultruded gratings, stair solutions and other unique products they offer.

You can find more episodes like this by visiting http://www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Apr 21, 2016

This week we welcome Daniel Feiman on the show. Daniel is the managing director of Build It Backwards, a global management consulting and training firm with expertise in strategy, finance and process.

On today's episode we'll be discussing the "Theory of Constraints" which was popularized by Ei Goldratt's famous book "The Goal".

We'll be discussing how composite manufacturers and distributors can better identify the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) within their company that stands in the way of the ultimate Goal - improved profitability.

You can find more weekly episodes like this by visiting www.CompositesWeekly.com.

Apr 15, 2016

This week, we welcome Andreas Martsman, a co-founder of TeXtreme. TeXtreme® is a composite material technology and is mainly produced using carbon fiber. They produce & sell carbon fiber sheets and tapes to companies in various industries making composite products.

TeXtreme® is made of carbon fiber yarns that they first spread into tapes and then weave in various ways to give it different benefits.

TeXtreme® is used in a large number of sports and competitions such as: Formula 1, Americas Cup, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, Bicycles, Ice Hockey, Surfing, Motorcycle, Rowing Shells, Golf, Tennis, Skis, and Snowboards.

In addition to the Sporting Goods industry, TeXtreme® is also used in a wide variety of Aerospace and Industrial applications.

You can find this episode and others like it by visiting www.compositesweekly.com.

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