United States Senator Richard Shelby visits Vectorply

Phenix City, Ala. – On Saturday, March 25th, United States Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama visited Vectorply Corporation as part of his tour of Alabama businesses. Senator Shelby discussed several topics with members of Vectorply’s management team including the use of composites in the infrastructure, pipe, and defense markets.

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VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 updates released

VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 is a laminate analysis and design tool created by high performance composite reinforcement manufacturer Vectorply Corporation (Phenix City, Ala.). With the most recent software update, VectorLam has added vital alert massages along with new features to improve the user experience. Below are some of the new features:

  • Materials can now be deleted.
  • When a user deletes a report, a confirmation/warning message will appear.
  • Previously, a confirmation message appeared when a ply in a laminate was deleted. This was removed to speed up the process of modifying laminates.
  • Throughout the Beam, DNV, ISO, Plate, etc. reports, warning messages have been added. These warn users about required values and if values are entered that are outside of the applicability of DNV and ISO.
  • A user can now save a partially completed beam or plate within DNV, ISO Plate, etc. and return to it later. In the past, the beam or plate had to be fully completed before it could be saved.

VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 is a free program for anyone interested in designing and analyzing laminates. To register, visit www.vectorply.com and follow the link under our technical services tab.

Advanced Composites Business Development Manager

Vectorply Corporation, a leader in the development, production and distribution of high performance composite reinforcement fabrics is seeking to hire an experienced executive to lead new business development for the expanding advanced composites reinforcement product line.

The primary responsibility of the position is to identify potential customers, develop relationships, and assist Vectorply sales and engineering teams with winning new supply positions.  The focus will be on composite producers within the aerospace, automotive and infrastructure industry segments.

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the composites industry with a full understanding of advanced high performance reinforcement fabrics such as carbon, aramid and other high modulus fibers.

This job will report directly to Trey Sawtelle, Co-president and will be based in the new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center at the company’s Alabama headquarters. The job will require a significant amount of travel. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested candidates should send their resumes to employ@vectorply.com

Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center on track to open this spring

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Vectorply Corporation’s Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center (ACRC) and corporate offices are scheduled to open this spring. The gallery below highlights the latest pictures of the construction progress. Follow us for more updates on the construction of our new facility and grand opening information.

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Vectorply to highlight VectorUltra products at CAMX, IBEX

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Vectorply Corporation will showcase its full VectorUltra™ line of carbon multiaxial fabrics September 26-29 in Anaheim, CA at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) 2016.

Vectorply’s standard VectorUltra products are offered in unidirectional, biaxial, double-bias, triaxial, quadraxial, and multilayered architectures ranging from 3 oz./yd.² (100 gsm) to 94 oz./yd.² (3,193 gsm). These products are always in stock and readily available for customers. Visitors to Vectorply’s booth will be able to view and discuss our full line of VectorUltra materials with our sales and engineering teams.

The VectorUltra line of advanced reinforcements provides a wide range of unique products that allow users to accomplish their specific goals. Vectorply’s balanced and symmetric C-4QX 9400 fabric, for example, is an excellent fit for tooling, panel, and thick section advanced composite applications. A toughened line of products with added Micromesh veils help to reduce delamination/damage zone size and retain structural integrity in the event of an impact.

Vectorply Corporation Director of Composites Engineering, Trevor Gundberg, P.E., will also participate in an aerospace textiles panel organized by SAMPE’s Ted Lynch. Gundberg will discuss the advantages of non-crimp fabrics in the aerospace market during the panel, which will be followed by a Q&A session for the audience. The panel will take place Thursday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. in a meeting room yet to be determined.

Visit Vectorply’s booth at space J48 to learn how our wide range of composite reinforcements can make your product lighter and stronger while also reducing processing time and labor costs!

Vectorply will also be exhibiting at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Tampa, FL on October 4-6 in booth 1051.

We look forward to seeing you at CAMX and IBEX this year!

Composites One visits Vectorply for BOI meeting

On August 2-3, Vectorply hosted distributor Composites One for a Business Optimization Initiative (BOI) meeting. The two-day meeting covered a wide range of topics focused on improving efficiency as we strive to always keep our collective customers happy!

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Construction begins on Vectorply’s Advanced Composites Facility

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Vectorply Corporation announced in February at the company’s National Sales Meeting that the addition of a new Advanced Composites Facility would begin during the spring. With the site preparation completed, foundation construction began this week as the first concrete footings were poured. Check back at www.vectorply.com for more news and updates about this exciting addition!


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Successful composite products begin with Vectorply’s R2O

Phenix City, Ala. – In an industry as competitive as composites fabrication, any edge that manufacturers can gain has the potential to pay huge dividends. As numerous customers have already discovered, Vectorply’s powerful tool known as the Road to Optimization (R2O) can identify key areas for improvement in the production process leading to higher quality products, increased efficiency, and a competitive edge in the market.

The Road to Optimization begins with an on-site technical meeting and audit by members of Vectorply’s engineering and sales teams. From the first time the material is handled at the customer’s facility, our team will have eyes on the process until the final product is complete.

With the meeting and audit complete, the Road to Optimization moves into the laminate analysis and design stage utilizing Vectorply’s proprietary software, VectorLam Cirrus 2.0. VectorLam is a free internet-based program (accessible at www.vectorply.com) that allows the engineering team and customer to determine the correct laminate schedule for the specific application. The selected materials are then tested, finalized, and the reinforcements are built to order.

The Road to Optimization was designed to help customers optimize their production process with the ideal materials and procedures. To find out more about Vectorply’s R2O and the difference it can make in your production process, call us today at 334-291-7704.

Vectorply composites strengthen Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge

Destrehan, LA – Spanning the Mississippi River to connect Destrehan on the east bank to Luling on the west bank, the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge (also known as the Luling Bridge) is one of the Luling Bridge Picstate of Louisiana’s most crucial pieces of infrastructure.  With the bridge in need of surface repairs, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development turned to Engineering Consultant Malcolm Huval of Huval and Associates to find a solution that provided the most longevity.
The Luling Bridge is a 10,699-foot-long suspension bridge that presented Huval and Associates with the difficult task of developing a flexible composite structure that would adhere to the steel plate on the bridge as well as the concrete that would be poured for the roadway.  For this tall task, Huval developed a composite system utilizing Vectorply’s Kevlar/E-glass hybrid material and a highly adhesive and flexible epoxy resin.

“Bridges constantly move, especially suspension bridges, so a typical concrete and steel reinforced surface does not do well by itself and will eventually end up cracking,” explained Vectorply’s South/Central Region Sales Manager Doug Lachapelle. “The combination of specialized composite materials and resins make concrete surfaces on suspension bridges possible.”

The Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge is the latest infrastructure project to show the value composites provide in revitalization and repair. To find out more about using composites in your infrastructure or construction application, call Vectorply at 334-291-7704 or visit our website www.vectorply.com.

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U.S. Coast Guard marine inspectors train with Vectorply carbon

Richmond, CA – Maritime Technical Services of Tiburon, CA recently completed their 15th training course designed to teach United States Coast Guard marine inspectors how to inspect composite small passenger vessels.  The course is held three times a year at the KKMI Boathouse in Point Richmond, CA and consists of 20 students.Coast guard pic2

The course covers several topics including: small passenger vessel rules and standards for FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic) vessels, introduction to FRP and composite materials, vessel manufacturing techniques, composite testing, identifying dynamic loads in small passenger vessels, and tools of the trade and inspection techniques.

Finally, as seen in the photos, common repair methods are taught to the students. The students shown are repairing a hole in a piece of plywood using Vectorply C-LA 1812, an 18oz. carbon uni.