More and More Composites Blowing in the Wind

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Wind energy is putting the uncertainty that was the hallmark of this industry in the rearview mirror. Electricity from this renewable resource is cheaper and more competitive than it’s ever been — and getting more so. And with a five-year Production Tax Credit (PTC) on the books in the United States, the outlook for wind growth is strong — everywhere. This massive consumer of composite materials has a bright future indeed. More.

Preview: CAMX Awards and ACE Finalists Announced

If composites are “the materials of the future,” then CAMX 2016 is the best place to experience the future today. The most innovative displays of composite technology can be seen at the CAMX Awards and Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) booths. These prestigious awards honor cutting-edge innovation and outstanding composite products.  Read on to find out the 2016 Award finalists for both competitions.

The ACE sponsored by Composites One, recognizes outstanding developments in design, manufacturing and market growth. This year’s finalists feature the latest developments in pultrusion, 3D printing, architectural and automotive composites, thermoplastics, Internet of Things (IoT) and Out of Autoclave (OoA) technology, among others.  See the full list of entries here.

“Composites One has sponsored ACE for nearly 20 years because we company believe in composites innovation and the limitless potential of the industry,” said Marcy Offner, Director of Marketing Communications at Composites One and Chair of the CAMX Steering Committee. “We are committed to supporting CAMX and the growing engine of new and inventive products that are changing the landscape of technology and manufacturing like this year’s ACE finalists”.

“Composites manufacturers are true entrepreneurs who understand how our products can be used to build new and exciting things, often replacing more traditional materials,” Offner says. “Every year we look forward to seeing how they envision new uses of composites and advanced materials to make better more innovative products.”

Congratulations to the following ACE Award Finalists:

DESIGN CATEGORY

Most Creative Application Award

ENTRY # ACE16-0030

Customizable Thermoplastic Sandwich Core

T Plates Global, LLC.

ENTRY # ACE16-0043

High Performance, Heavily Contoured Composite Skateboard

Loaded Boards, Inc.

ENTRY # ACE16-0005

Pultruded FRP Replaces Aluminum for the Silver Flow

Strongwell

ENTRY # ACE16-0026

Undulating Gills

University of California, Los Angeles

MANUFACTURING CATEGORY

Material and Process Innovation Award

ENTRY # ACE16-0023

3D Printing of High Temperature Thermoplastic Molds

Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)

ENTRY # ACE16-0029

Continuous Fiber Composites Smart Manufacturing

+LAB – “Politecnico di Milano”

ENTRY # ACE16-0031

Development of Cocured Integral Wing Interspar Box using VERITy Process

Advanced Composites Division, NAL

ENTRY # ACE16-0008

Thermoplastic Resistive Welding Fabric

T Plates Global, LLC.

MARKET GROWTH CATEGORY

Infinite Possibility for Market Growth Award

ENTRY # ACE16-0046

2017 Honda Ridgeline Weatherable SMC Truck Bed

Ashland Performance Materials

ENTRY # ACE16-0009

Compression Molded Composite Telecommunication Vault Cover

PRC Composites

ENTRY # ACE16-0040

Fire-resistant Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Facade Cladding System

Kreysler & Associates

ENTRY # ACE16-0036

Hybrid Natural Fiber Polymer Composites (H-NFPC) for Engineered Products/Systems

AGRO-BIOGENICS (CLEAN-TECH) Pvt Ltd

MANUFACTURING CATEGORY

Equipment and Tooling Innovation Award

ENTRY # ACE16-0028

Industrial-IoT Technologies Leveraged to Create Digital Thread & Digital Twin

Plataine Technologies

ENTRY # ACE16-0017

Innovative Robotized Preform Cell Providing 3D Stacking and Control

Composite Alliance Corp.

ENTRY # ACE16-0035

Rapid OOA Process for Reduced Cycle Times

Vistex Composites

The CAMX Award, sponsored by Ashland, embodies the spirit of CAMX – Combined Strength and Unsurpassed Innovation – and recognizes two cutting-edge innovations that will significantly impact composites and advanced materials. The Combined Strength Award acknowledges a product that incorporates composites materials that solves a problem through teamwork and collaboration, and the Unsurpassed Innovation Award celebrates a product with a design that can change the outlook of a particular market.

This year’s CAMX Award finalists confront evolving questions within our industry:  How can we change the paradigm of how certain markets can be approached? How does the automotive market look to composites beyond traditional methods for lightweighting? How will composites be used to shape our infrastructure and the buildings of the future? All of the finalists also have potential to change the way you look at composite materials themselves.

“The CAMX Award aligns with Ashland’s goal of developing practical, innovative, and elegant solutions to complex problems, always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and advancing the growth of the composites industry, and our customers, through new applications across diverse industries,” said Andy Beer, VP Global Marketing & North American Composites at Ashland.

Congratulations to the 2016 CAMX Award Finalists:

COMBINED STRENGTH

ENTRY # CA16-0038

Fire-resistant FRP Facade Cladding System for Hi-rise Building

Kreysler & Associates

ENTRY # CA16-0012

High-Temperature Composite Buoyancy System for Drill-Riser Landing Strings

Trelleborg Offshore

ENTRY # CA16-0014

Multi-Material Decklid Concept

Continental Structural Plastics

ENTRY # CA16-0032

Non-Delaminating, Permanently Hydrophobic Thermoplastic Composite Sandwich Radome

Ebert Composites Corporation

ENTRY # CA16-0004

Revolutionizing Epoxy Pipe by Way of Anti-Aging Glass Roving

Owens Corning

UNSURPASSED INNOVATION

ENTRY # CA16-0031

Crashworthy Lightweight Thermoplastic Carbon Fiber B-Pillar

University of Delaware

ENTRY # CA16-0035

Fire-resistant FRP Facade Cladding System for Hi-rise Building

Kreysler & Associates

ENTRY # CA16-0027

Innovative Recycled Carbon Fibre Materials for High Volume Automotive Structures

ELG Carbon Fibre

ENTRY # CA16-0043 (Also in ACE)

Innovative Robotized Preform Cell Providing 3D Stacking and Control

Composite Alliance Corp

ENTRY # CA16-0044 (Also in ACE)

Undulating Gills

University of California, Los Angeles

Stop by booth M98 (CAMX Awards) and booth B106 (ACE) to check out the award winners, and to see all the finalists on display! For more information, go to http://www.thecamx.org/awards-competitions/.

The Place to Meet Experts & Influencers Face to Face

With 540+ companies already committed to exhibit, CAMX 2016 is the No. 1 destination for influencers and decision makers. It’s the best place to see the newest and most innovative products and watch live manufacturing demonstrations, all in one place. Browse the floor plan and view virtual booths for a preview of what’s in store for you. Search by category, country, state, and more.

Interested in showcasing your products and services? It’s not too late to reserve booth space, book now!

CAMX LIVE! – Meet the Speakers

CAMX Live, an exciting, new General Session format, will feature three individuals who are innovators in using composites and advanced materials to make a positive impact on the world.

Daniel Preston, CEO/CTO of Luminati is using an engineering background and knowledge of composites materials to deliver on his goal to bring internet connectivity to all places around the world.

Gregory Haye, General Manager at Local Motors
 has unique insight into a company that takes an open source approach to solving problems and is building transportation vehicles using 3D Printing and advanced materials that have less of an environmental impact.

Greg Lynn, named by Forbes as one of the ten most living influential architects, has been influential in the acceptance and use of advanced materials and technologies for design and fabrication in architecture.

You will be inspired by their stories and use of composites and advanced materials – Find out more! The General Session is open to all attendees and exhibitors, so be sure to join us at 8:30 am on Tuesday, September 27th – immediately before the exhibit hall opens. Thank you to our sponsor: Owens Corning.

Unrivaled Conference Program

Capitalizing on a global network of thought leaders and innovators, CAMX delivers an unrivaled Conference Program. Curate your experience with a diverse selection of Education Sessions and Technical Paper Presentations built around eight overarching tracks:

 Additive Manufacturing
• Advances in Materials
• Business, Regulatory, and Workforce Development
• Design, Analysis, and Simulation
• Green & Sustainability
 Manufacturing & Processing Technologies
 Market Applications
 Non-Destructive Evaluation & Testing

Use the MyCAMX Planner to add programs to your schedule, and search all the speakers and sessions online. All Conference Programs require a Premium, Full Conference, or Show Sampler registration. CAMX offers a variety of registration levels that match the unique needs of professionals at all levels, background and experience. View all registration levels and register online by September 1 for the best rates.

CAMX Luncheon – A Group Experience

This year’s event will feature one unified closing luncheon, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 29th. The Luncheon will feature a panel of students, our next generation of innovators and industry leaders. They’ll share what inspires them about the potential of composites and advanced materials, and provide insight into the mindset of the incoming workforce. The Student Panel will be announced in early September. Tickets to the luncheon are included with Premium and Full Conference registrations, or anyone can purchase a ticket online or onsite. Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsor: Interplastics/NAC.

Reserve Hotels by September 1

Have you booked your room for CAMX? Did you know that CAMX offers guaranteed low rates for attendees through our official housing provider Conference Direct? Official CAMX hotels range from $129 to $232 per night. Hotels are selling out so visit www.theCAMX.org/hotels to book today.

Join the CAMX Race

Students and young professionals are invited to join the CAMX Race, an exciting game that connects participants with new exhibitors and innovators. Racers will take part in the fun using their mobile phones, exploring the exhibit hall, and answering trivia questions that could be worth cash prizes up to $500, on Wednesday, September 28. Separate registration is required. Sponsored by BYK and Polynt. Learn more.

Making the Most of a Great Opportunity in Anaheim

Attending CAMX may be the best decision you make for yourself and your business all year. There’s no better way to sharpen the saw, obtain new tips and tricks, discover new ideas, and get inspired. You’ll meet other like-minded professionals, spark new relationships, and nurture old ones. And you’ll do it all in Anaheim, California – located in the heart of Southern California’s manufacturing and Aerospace Hub – home to Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, countless attractions, dining experiences, and overall excellent place to have some fun while you’re visiting for business. Find out all there is to do in Anaheim.