The vacuum infusion process can produce very large, high strength, lightweight structures with a uniform degree of consolidation. Very high glass to resin ratios are possible with vacuum infusion and this can result in superior laminate properties. Examples of products fabricated using vacuum infusion include bridge decks, customized panels and facades.
Vacuum infusion is a process where the binder resin is introduced into the mold after the vacuum has pulled the bag down and compacted the dry reinforcing and core laminate materials. The method is defined as having lower than atmospheric pressure in the mold cavity. The mold may be gel coated in the traditional fashion. After the gel coat cures, the dry reinforcement and core material is positioned in the mold. A perforated release film is placed over the dry reinforcement and core, followed by a flow media consisting of a coarse mesh. Perforated tubing is positioned as a manifold to distribute the binding resin across the laminate. The vacuum bag is then positioned and sealed at the mold perimeter. A tube is connected between the vacuum bag and the resin container. Vacuum is applied to consolidate the laminate and the resin is pulled into the mold. When the resin is pulled into the mold the laminate is already compacted; therefore, there is no room for excess resin.
As a leading manufacturer of large structural composite products, we understand that customers need value-added performance benefits like corrosion resistance, superior strength, lighter weight and reduced system costs. Our unique resin infusion techniques go beyond conventional methods. We have developed a breakthrough approach to large part molding by combining infusion technology with efficient manufacturing processes and flexible production cells. By combining specialized knowledge about composite design with field experience and application engineering expertise, we develop innovative solutions that implement fiberglass composites into non-traditional applications to help customers solve problems.
Janicki Industries is a full-service engineering and manufacturing company specializing in manufacturing parts and tools made of advanced composite materials. Janicki is fully capable of building your facades, beams, plates, domes or other large Architecture projects utilizing large-scale facilities, and high precision 5-Axis mills (100’X20’). We have extensive experience using many composite systems such as syntactic putty, fiberglass, and carbon fiber. Our 100% in-house capability for the total tooling and parts solution enables a one-stop, lean enterprise solution. Give us your difficult challenges!
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Arcoplast has been pioneering the use of fiberglass reinforced composites for the architectural and design community. Since the beginning, we have stayed true to our mission to research, design and produce composite-based interior finishes that would become the industry solution for highly specialized and complex environments. Whether it’s hygienic issues in the Food and Beverage industry, aseptic conditions in Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical cleanrooms or safety and security issues in BSL-3, 4 and high containment facilities, Arcoplast provides permanent solutions for the most demanding situation.
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Miles Fiberglass and Composites is a forward thinking company devoted to finding innovative solutions using fiberglass and other composites to meet customer needs. A team consisting of design engineers, toolers, fabricators and finishers work together to create custom products to fit unique needs. Please visit our fiberglass, composites, and thermoforming manufacturing capabilities page to learn more about our solutions. Miles Fiberglass & Composites has the ability to work in several processes to create the end product that best fits our customers’ needs, including: open mold spray-up, thermoforming, and resin infusion.
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