2014 News

TCG Provides Comprehensive Solution to EMS Industry with New Composites Application

Ferno iN∫X to revolutionize daily life for emergency personnel

Highland Heights, Ohio – April 15, 2014 – The Composites Group (TCG) and its three business units, Quantum Composites, Premix and Hadlock Plastics, have collaborated with Ferno EMS in creating the new iN∫X (pronounced "in-ex") Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System—the next generation power cot for the emergency medical services (EMS) industry, and a new application for thermoset composites.

"This is a wonderful example of the comprehensive solutions approach we envisioned when forming The Composites Group," said Terry Morgan, CEO. "The drive to replace traditional manufacturing materials with superior-performing, high-strength, low-density composites continues to create new opportunities such as this in myriad industries. With our complementary skills, technologies and manufacturing capabilities, TCG is well-positioned to assist and respond."

After a thorough engineering and product development process, TCG was on hand as Ferno launched iN∫X at the 2014 Fire Department Instructors Conference this month. A motorized patient handling system, the iN∫X is designed to help EMS personnel stop lifting and reduce the risk of injuries while enhancing performance and delivery of care.

The Composites Group manufactured a total of 16 parts for each iN∫X system. Eight parts comprise the four tri-colored, independently adjusting legs while another eight parts form four black arms that secure the legs to the cot.

Each of TCG's three business units had a hand in manufacturing these parts.

  • Quantum Composites produced and supplied AMC® 8590, a carbon fiber material known for its high strength yet lightweight properties.
  • Premix handled the custom compression molding process.
  • Hadlock Plastics finished each part, including a customized, tri-color paint application to feature Ferno's signature red.

"Our thermoset composites material delivered the requested weight reduction without sacrificing strength, which was critical to Ferno," said Greg Woerth, TCG account manager. "In addition, due to the strength and durability of thermoset composites, the iN∫X legs and arms will create a longer life for the product."

Ferno's iN∫X Integrated Patient Transport and Loading System is expected to revolutionize the daily professional lives of EMS workers, including emergency medical technicians and paramedics, who often suffer from work-related injuries that result in lost time and significant worker's compensation and medical costs.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sprains and strains were the most common diagnosis for EMS workers in 2011. Most of these injuries affected the lower and upper trunk (e.g. back and spine) and were the result of either excessive physical effort or a single incident that imposed stress or strain on some part of the body.

Premi-Glas 3101-20 Exceeds Industry Standard for Arc Track Resistance

North Kingsville, Ohio – Feb. 27, 2014–Premix's Premi-Glas® 3101-20, a fiberglass reinforced thermoset bulk molding compound for electrical applications, passes the ASTM D-2303 standard for arc track resistance at an exposure of greater than 2,000 minutes—surpassing the recognized industry standard.

ASTM D-2303 tests resistance to tracking on an incline plane in the presence of a liquid contaminant. The material was tested at 2,500 volts.

Premi-Glas 3101-20 is used for circuit breakers, switchgear and other applications where fire retardance is required. Its other key features and benefits include:

  • Non-Halogen FR technology for regulatory compliance
  • Excellent dimensional stability and electrical properties
  • Recognized by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), File #E42524
  • Outstanding flow and fill in compression, transfer and injection molding
  • Pigmentable for molded-in color, best appearance with mold texture

For more information, view the Premi-Glas 3101-20 technical data sheet.

ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is one of the largest standards development and delivery systems in the world. Today, approximately 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

TCG to Exhibit, Sponsor, Present at Annual SPE Thermoset Conference

Highland Heights, Ohio – Feb. 21, 2014–The Composites Group (TCG) will exhibit and deliver technical presentations at the Society of Plastics Engineers' Thermoset Topical Conference (SPE Topcon), scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in Tucson, Ariz. TCG also is sponsoring the conference's opening breakfast Tuesday morning.

The annual event is sponsored by SPE's Thermoset division, which is the organization's fastest-growing unit. Topcon will include attendees from thermoset composites, raw material additives, as well as both mold and part design and production.

Tim Langschwager, lead development chemist with Quantum Composites, Inc., a business unit of TCG, will present "Thermoset matrix systems for high temperature applications."

Casey Blabolil, a product development chemist with TCG's Premix business unit, will close the two-day technical conference with his presentation, "Application of thermal analysis techniques to drive product development."

Langschwager leads Quantum's research and development activities, including formulating, testing and project management. He is a member of ASTM International's D-30 committee on composites testing and has been with Quantum for five years. Previously, Langschwager served as the organics lab coordinator for Delphi Steering's Divisional Materials Lab. He was responsible for PPAP's and engineering changes on plastic, rubber, oil and grease compounds and performed failure analyses. Langschwager earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Mich.

Since joining The Composites Group in 2013, Blabolil has focused on thermal analysis characterization techniques in order to provide quantitative data support to product development and quality control processes. Blabolil earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio.

In addition, John Gaither, chairman, president and CEO of Reichhold Inc., will deliver the conference's keynote address Wednesday morning. Gaither will address present and future unsaturated polyester resin composites and explore trends, growth and partnering opportunities

Click here for a full agenda of this year's SPE Topcon.

Quantum Composites Launches First Hybrid Carbon Fiber Material

Bay City, Mich. – Feb. 17, 2014 – Quantum Composites, a business unit of The Composites Group, introduces its first hybrid carbon fiber material, a cost-effective, lightweight and high-strength alternative for traditional fiberglass and metal applications in the automotive, heavy truck, medical, sporting goods and industrial markets.

"Quantum Composites' revolutionary hybrid carbon fiber has the power to open doors that were previously closed. This new material—with its improved flexural and tensile moduli at a significant cost reduction—has created the opportunity for new thermoset applications," said Wisdom Dzotsi, general manager, Quantum Composites.

The hybrid carbon fiber material, AMC®-8590-12CFH, is an Advanced Molding Compound® that offers the performance benefits of carbon fiber at a cost similar to high-performance fiberglass. It is easily moldable, delivering parts that are high strength, low density, and resistant to fatigue.

To round out its value-added attributes, this innovative, hybrid compound can be customized to achieve specific application requirements and is suitable for fast cure compression molding to form complex parts in high-volume production.

AMC-8590-12CFH is part of Quantum's AMC-8500 Engineered Structural Composite® (ESC®) series. Quantum's ESC® materials are available in a range of product offerings, including carbon or glass reinforcement in epoxy, vinyl ester and polyester, phenolic, BMI and polyimide resin matrices.

For more information on the hybrid AMC-8590-12CFH material and potential applications, contact Matt Douglas, product manager, at 989-922-3863, ext. 108 or click here.

Randall Zajac Named Oil and Gas Market Manager for The Composites Group

Bay City, Mich. – Jan. 20, 2014 – Quantum Composites, a business unit of The Composites Group (TCG), has appointed Randall Zajac as its Market Manager for Oil and Gas. TCG utilizes a comprehensive portfolio of thermoset composite compounds and parts along with forward-thinking research and development initiatives to deliver creative solutions for myriad applications throughout the oil and gas and other markets.

Zajac has been with Quantum Composites for two years and has 13 years of experience in composite processes, design, and application engineering. In his new role, Zajac will be responsible for new business development and account management as well as compound and molded parts sales within the oil and gas market.

"The oil and gas market is an industry with a number of potential applications for our high-performance fiberglass and carbon fiber composite compounds," said Wisdom Dzotsi, General Manager, Quantum Composites. "Randy had great success with our international automotive customers. I am confident his engineering expertise and composites knowledge will help us to serve this new market segment well."

Most recently, Zajac served as the primary technical support for Quantum's European automotive customers, specifically Lamborghini. Notably, he played a key role in securing the use of Quantum's carbon fiber SMC products in a number of components on the Lamborghini platform.

Prior to joining Quantum, Zajac held various engineering, technical, and research and development roles for TPI Iowa, Newton, Iowa, Gougeon Bros, Bay City, Mich., and Johnson Controls, Holland, Mich.

Zajac earned an MBA from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Mich., and a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering Technology from Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.

Scarpino Appointed to Newly Created Marketing Coordinator Position

Highland Heights, Ohio – Nov. 26, 2013 – The Composites Group, a leading supplier of thermoset composite solutions, has appointed Suzanne Scarpino as its marketing coordinator.

In this newly created position, Scarpino will assist with the development and implementation of marketing communications strategies, public and media relations, corporate communications, and outreach initiatives for The Composites Group and its three business units, Premix, Hadlock Plastics and Quantum Composites.

"We are fortunate to have found a high-caliber communications professional such as Suzanne to help shape and lead The Composites Group's marketing communications efforts," said Marc Imbrogno, Corporate Director of Market/Product Development.

Scarpino has nearly 15 years of public and media relations and integrated marketing communications experience. She has served as a corporate communications manager for Cleveland Clinic, assistant director of media relations for Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and coordinator for public information at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pa. In these roles, Scarpino was responsible for building relationships with key external and internal stakeholders, assisted with the development and execution of public and media relations efforts, including writing and distributing news releases, feature stories, website content, and media pitches, and assisted in strategic decision making for crisis communications and issue management efforts.

Early in her career, Scarpino served as a senior account manager for Marketing Communications Inc. in Washington, Pa., where she handled the public and community relations, global customer communications, and marketing collateral for its manufacturing and specialty chemical clients. She also has served as a public relations writer for Tillman Group in Erie.

Scarpino earned a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State.