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Forum will arm composites owners, executives to capture markets

November 14, 2013
Forum will arm composites owners, executives to capture markets

National policymakers, influential material specifiers and leaders in important end-use industries will provide actionable market intelligence to owners and senior executives of composites manufacturers and material suppliers assembled at ACMA’s Composites Executive Forum, April 1-April 3, 2014, at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. Composites have superior durability and strength, and low lifecycle...

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Working with OSHA

November 14, 2013

ACMA recently had a productive meeting with the Administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA as it is more commonly known.  Until recently the association did not have a relationship with the leadership of OSHA even though the agency is an important regulator for the industry. In order to gain access...

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Charting a New Course

November 6, 2013

Marine manufacturers make headway on the heels of a sluggish economy. By Terin Bufford The 2007-2009 recession, dubbed the Great Recession, caused major hardships for numerous businesses and industries. Many companies within the marine market struggled to stay afloat. The U.S. recreational boating industry suffered its worst contraction in nearly 50 years, which caused...

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3 Trends in VIP Tooling

November 6, 2013
3 Trends in VIP Tooling

Vacuum Infusion Processing (VIP) has been heralded as a great solution for replacing autoclave and open molding processes for various applications. There are several advantages to VIP, which is a variation of vacuum bagging where the resin is introduced into the mold after the vacuum has pulled the bag down and compacted in the...

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For chemicals, OSHA offers “better” workplace protections

November 6, 2013
For chemicals, OSHA offers “better” workplace protections

OSHA’s recently released “annotated” Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) tables will enable employers to voluntarily adopt newer, more protective workplace exposure limits. These tables add information about suggested workplace limits promulgated by California-OSHA, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) to OSHA’s mandatory PELs....

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Alternative approach to silica control will improve safety

November 5, 2013
Alternative approach to silica control will improve safety

An approach to controlling occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica tailored for composites manufacturing operations, and fitting the technical and financial capabilities of smaller companies, is under development by ACMA’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC).  This approach is expected to provide improved worker protection compared to OSHA’s expensive, complex and uncertain proposed silica standard. The...

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New NFPA and OSHA standards will regulate composites dust

November 4, 2013
New NFPA and OSHA standards will regulate composites dust

OSHA has recently cited composites manufacturers for failing to employ rigorous housekeeping practices, for the use of unapproved electrical equipment and for failing to locate outdoors dust handing equipment such as cyclones.  These citations are part of the agency’s Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), designed to address the risk of dust fires and...

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Composites In The News Last Week: October 21, 2013

October 28, 2013
Composites In The News Last Week: October 21, 2013

Composites in the News Last Week is part of our weekly e-newsletter Industry Digest, which highlights composites making headline news around the world. Send news about promotions and staff changes to Industry Digest and see your company listed in Industry Digest’s Composites on the Move section. Subscribe to get important industry news delivered straight to your email each Monday. Change is Coming: Recent earthquakes...

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When the Building Shakes, Composites Keep It from Falling

October 27, 2013
When the Building Shakes, Composites Keep It from Falling

Concrete buildings are losing the battle against nature’s fury – earthquakes. Although they appear sturdy, older concrete buildings are vulnerable to the sideways movement of a major earthquake. Los Angeles officials have known about the dangers for more than 40 years but have failed to force owners to make their properties safer. Therefore, university...

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Q&A – Lighter, Stronger Hollow Rebar is Coming!

October 24, 2013
Q&A – Lighter, Stronger Hollow Rebar is Coming!

Innovation and composites go hand-in-hand and that couldn’t be truer for this Wisconsin-based company, Composite Rebar Technologies, Inc. (CRT). The company has developed a hollow fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite rebar and the process to produce it. According to Robert Gibson, owner of CRT, because of its hollow core, the bar can generate more...

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