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Thermosetting Plastics Process: Start to Finish

As a leader in the thermoset composite industry, Mar-Bal creates customized thermoset materials and parts to help solve complex problems. This is not an easy or quick job. Dave Phillips, the Lead Engineer of Custom Products at Mar-Bal, explains the process from start to finish.

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Industries That Use Composites

Composites are the hidden features within many of the things we rely on daily to live our lives, yet you likely don’t even realize the importance of composites in your life. For example, without the use of composites, it would be nearly  impossible for us to fill our cars with gas, rely on appliances like dishwashers and stoves, and travel via planes, trains and automobiles. In fact, the American Composite Manufacturing Association says that “composites can help America build and rebuild a stronger and longer lasting infrastructure.”

But what is a composite? Well, a composite is a material made from two or more different materials that, when combined, are stronger than those individual materials alone. In other words, composites help us solve problems, raise performance levels, and create endless opportunities for innovation.

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2018 Kitchen Trends

Often referred to as the “heart of the home” the kitchen is a gathering place, a place of nourishment and fulfillment, and often a design challenge. Although we have come a long way from avocado green appliances, linoleum, and brown everything, kitchens continue to evolve.

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Getting to Know Mar-Bal

Mar-Bal is often described as an industry leader, cutting-edge, and the largest manufacturer of insulators. While all of those things are true, there’s more to Mar-Bal than the adjectives. Mar-Bal is a family business in every sense and this is demonstrated through the values of Mar-Bal both within and outside of the office, factory or plant.

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Thermoset Composites Properties in HVAC

Posted by Ron Poff on Sep 20, 2017 8:22:00 AM

As a director in your organization, building solid vendor relationships is one of the key factors in the shared success you have with your vendor. Understanding where your vendors can add potential value in unexplored areas of the business is huge. Learn below how thermoset composites and thermoset composites properties are changing the face of the HVAC industry.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites, hvac, hvac industry

What is Torque Strength?

Posted by Mitch McClung on Aug 7, 2017 2:35:00 PM

Torque is one piece of a larger puzzle that we call torsion. Torque is a twisting force that causes rotation, while torsion is the action of twisting or the state of being twisted, especially at one end of an object relative to the other.

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Innovation at Mar-Bal

Posted by Scott Balogh on Apr 5, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Innovation has its roots in disruptive change and the desire to shatter the status quo and reassemble it into something fresh and undreamed of before. Innovation results in new products and services that have never been commercialized, or breakthrough inventions that are born in a laboratory connected to a research and development department. Innovation, which happens every day in every organization around the world, is spurred by people who strive to improve a product design, manufacturing process, or administrative procedure, or to find a creative new way to deliver a commercial product to people looking for higher functionality and quality and lower cost.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites

What is a Thermoset?

Posted by Marc Imbrogno on Mar 29, 2017 11:15:00 AM

The term thermoset describes a polymer-based material that is insoluble and non-melting. This is in contrast to a thermoplastic material, which is generally soluble and can be melted. While both types of materials can be classified as polymers, the primary difference lies in their structures. In a thermoset, a pre-polymer, or backbone, resin is reacted with a crosslinking agent under heat and pressure to form a crosslinked network. Thermoset network formation can also be achieved without heat and pressure by using radiation or room temperature initiators / promoters. Conversely, thermoplastic materials do not contain a crosslinked network – a difference that has many implications and forms the basis for general use profiles of these two classes of polymer materials.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites

[Infographic] BMC Molding Processes 101

Posted by Chip Noe on Mar 22, 2017 9:15:00 AM

There are three types of BMC molding processes: injection, transfer, and compression. Each of these molding processes are dependent on the type of product you have. BMC or Bulk molding compound conform to the mold form by pressure and heat being applied until a reaction happens. BMC is a thermoset plastic made up of a polymer resin, various inert fillers, fiber reinforcement, and much more.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites

Partnering for Success: Make it a Win/Win in Sourcing

Posted by Nick Scolaro on Mar 15, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Never Discount the Buy(er)

The Procurement Office is here to help. With the right strategy, mindset, and action, sourcing professionals can be a valuable asset to you, the engineering department. By involving the sourcing team early in your product design, you can save time and money, improve your product, and even learn something new.  

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Topics: Thermoset Composites

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