Vectorply adds 100″ multiaxial machine

Vectorply Corporation recently expanded its manufacturing capabilities with the installation of a 100” multiaxial Karl Mayer LIBA COPCENTRA Max 4 machine. The new state-of-the-art Max 4 machine will help Vectorply continue to meet and exceed the needs of our customers with high-quality composite reinforcements delivered on time. For more information on Vectorply fabrics, call us at (334) 291-7704

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Vectorply unveiling new technology at CAMX

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Vectorply Corporation is excited to announce the release of VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) on October 26-29, 2015 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 is the latest edition of Vectorply’s proprietary laminate analysis software. VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 provides a cloud-based, multi-platform compatible approach to classical laminate theory and provides a suite of services across diversified market segments. This upgrade from the Excel-based version of VectorLam allows users to build and access laminates on nearly any internet connected device.

VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 helps users achieve goals of stiffness, strength, weight and cost by allowing users to design the perfect laminate for their application. Whether it is comparing materials, resin, or even manufacturing processes, VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 offers the best solution and reports it in clear, concise languageVectorLAM-Cirrus_2_logo_black_NO_WEBBASED

The VectorLam Cirrus 2.0 program is free to all users, and will be accessible through Vectorply’s website, www.vectorply.com.

The Vectorply website also features a new look that will be on display at CAMX 2015. Visitors who have not yet seen the new website will be able to view the easier to navigate pages and see examples of Vectorply’s easily downloadable specification sheets.

Another exciting event that will take place at CAMX 2015 is the debut of Vectorply’s new 20’ X 20’ custom show booth (Booth T112). The interactive booth will feature examples of the latest product offerings by Vectorply including thermoplastic, carbon rod, and lightweight carbon fabrics among many others. Visitors will be able to take a hands-on tour of the new booth to see how Vectorply designs and manufactures custom fabrics to meet their specific requirements.

Finally, Vectorply’s Director of Composites Engineering, Trevor Gundberg, P.E., will present his technical paper titled E-Glass/Polypropylene Woven & Stitch-Bonded Biaxial Fabrics – Static & Dynamic Composite Property Characterization at CAMX 2015. The paper covers the mechanical property testing, both static and dynamic, done on Vectorply’s ThermoPly E-Glass/polypropylene comingled fabrics. Gundberg will compare this data with other types of thermoplastic composites, including LFRT, and similar thermoset composites.

Vectorply debuts new booth, products at IBEX 2015

Louisville, KY. – Vectorply Corporation recently participated in the International Boatbuilder’s Exhibition and Conference at the Kentucky Convention Center in Louisville, KY. The show, with the theme “Building Better Boats,” offered boat builders a chance to learn about the latest products and offerings in the marine market including Vectorply’s advanced composite reinforcements.

IBEX Sign LouisvilleAt the show, Vectorply unveiled a new 10’ X 20’ booth designed and built by Clawson, MI.-based Creative Solutions Group. The new booth displayed samples of Vectorply’s latest reinforcement fabrics such as CR-LCX 3610, a carbon rod-reinforced VectorUltra fabric. Infusion-specific, hybrid VectorUltra, and lightweight carbon fabrics were also on display. Members of Vectorply’s management and technical services teams were on-hand to assist visitors with any questions about the company or products.

According to the IBEX website there were 4,700 total qualified attendees, equivalent to the number of professionals that were at the 2013 event when it was last held in Louisville. IBEX drew quality boat builders and other industry professionals from around the globe, representing 42 countries.

With IBEX 2015 in the books, Vectorply will now turn their focus to the upcoming Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) to be held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, TX on October 27-29. If you are planning to attend CAMX, please stop by booth T112 to visit and learn how Vectorply reinforcements can help you take your product to new heights!

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Scout Boats’ 420 LXF made possible with Vectorply’s R2O

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – In a market as diverse as the United States marine market, Vectorply Corporation understands that each boat builder has unique goals they strive to achieve with individual projects or models. With a list of must-meet goals in hand, Scout Boats, Inc. turned to Vectorply to assist with laminate design and technical recommendations as they tackled their first epoxy-infused boat hull.

Although epoxy infusion was new to Scout, Vectorply’s Southeastern Region Sales Manager, Jordan Haar, complimented the market innovator for their willingness to try new production methods for their customers.

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Scout 420 LXF hull

“Scout’s willingness to be open-minded and venture into new realms of production to achieve the cosmetics and see the added bonuses of epoxy was a worthwhile investment that their customers will value,” Haar said. “This further reinforces Scout’s commitment not only to the industry, but also to their customers by producing a top-quality product,” he added.

Vectorply’s ‘Road to Optimization’ (R2O) is a process of evaluating a company’s laminate and production process from start to finish, from the time the material is delivered until the customer’s product is complete. To achieve the goals that Scout had for the new 42’ boat, Vectorply’s R20 was put to the test.

A team consisting of Vectorply, Composites One, Magnum Venus Products (MVP), and 3A Composites was on-hand to hear the objectives that Scout Boats wanted to achieve with the 420 LXF. This team was specially chosen after much consideration, according to Scout Boats Director of Manufacturing William Ferguson.

“We made sure that we did our due diligence to choose the right team,” Ferguson said. “We chose their team because they were focused on our needs and the attention to detail was second to none.”

Weight reduction and high cosmetic appeal were two of Scout’s biggest goals for the new model. The cosmetic appeal of the new boat would need to at least equal that of a traditional open molded hull, but the ambition was to be even more aesthetically pleasing. A boat as large as the 420 LXF would also need to be light enough to maintain top-of-the-line performance on the water.

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Scout 420 LXF hull infusion

With these goals in mind, Vectorply’s proprietary laminate building software program, VectorLam, was employed to create the optimal laminate. VectorLam helped members of the design team reach a lower weight by reducing or eliminating costly or heavy products such as resin and putty.  By working with VectorLam’s laminate design program the team was able to utilize higher quality laminates, which reduced the potential voids and created a better mechanical bond, resulting in peace of mind for the boat’s new owner.

The result of the hull infusion confirmed that Vectorply’s R2O solution achieved drastic savings in labor time and weight. The building of the hull saw reduced labor of 20 percent and the finishing time dropped 50-60 percent from the open molded hulls, according to Ferguson. The already lightweight hull, which was previously core-bonded, also achieved a 15 percent weight savings.  As for the cosmetics, the Vectorply solution performed even better than expected to create one of the sleekest boats on the market.

An added benefit of the Vectorply solution was a cleaner production facility that meant less waste and better working conditions for employees. Employees also saw a skill that they can learn to help improve value and productivity, according to Haar.

“I have seen a spark of new interest in many of Scout’s employees that want to be involved on the closed mold team,” Haar said. “I am excited to see employees more engaged and learning new skill sets that produce a better product.” These observations were echoed by Ferguson, who said he was very pleased with the somewhat unexpected cleaner and more engaging working environment.

Scout has big plans for the future utilizing closed molding infusion. In the LXF series the 380 and 350 models are the next hulls planned to be epoxy-infused. Ferguson also said that the stringers and consoles are on the schedule to be produced through closed molding.

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Scout Boats’ 420 LXF on the water

Vectorply’s ‘Road to Optimization’ has been a driving force for innovation across all markets. As the new Scout 420 LXF proved, the ‘Road to Optimization’ can turn ideas into real-world processes and results. With such a powerful program in place that is free to any customer, Vectorply is also proving their commitment to helping businesses create the best, most innovative products on the market.

To find out how Vectorply’s ‘Road to Optimization’ and other tools can help your business, call our customer service department today at 334-291-7704.

Vectorply carbon helps UCF take 6th in ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge

GAINESVILLE, FL. – The University of Central Florida’s (UCF) human-powered vehicle team recently competed in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, East at the University of Florida. The UCF team claimed a sixth place finish while competing in a vehicle that featured Vectorply’s C-BX 0450 carbon fabric.

According to their website, the ASME’s international Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate the application of sound engineering design principles in the development of sustainable and practical transportation alternatives. In the HPVC, students work in teams to design and build efficient, highly engineered vehicles for everyday use—from commuting to work, to carrying goods to market.

The event featured 33 competing colleges and five divisions: Design, Innovation, Women’s Speed, Men’s Speed, and Endurance (with obstacles). The UCF team collected 70 total points to finish 6th out of the 33 total teams. The best event for UCF was the Women’s Speed Event where they finished in third place.
Congratulations to the UCF team!

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