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University Outreach

Mar-Bal understands the importance of supporting the growth of future generations while simultaneously recognizing all they have to offer. Therefore, we partner with multiple universities by way of sponsorships and internships to foster this growth. These partnerships provide firsthand experience to students that will soon be joining the American workforce.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites, Engineering, Engineers, Materials Engineer, Manufacturing, Composites, Engineer, Product Engineer, University Outreach, Internship, Intern, Higher Education

In-House Research and Development

Mar-Bal, Inc. is committed to providing their customers with the very best quality and service. Moreover, the company is dedicated to their employees. It is the employees that listen to the customers to formulate and design products that best fit the customer needs.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites, Research, Research and Development, Engineering, Engineers, Materials Engineer, Manufacturing, UL, Underwriters Laboratories, Composites, Development, Engineer, Product Engineer

Fire Safety On and Off Campus

Posted by Olyvia Lōse - Web Content Provider on Sep 26, 2018 10:32:40 AM

With school back in full swing, September is Campus Safety Month. This month, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is teaming up with Campus Fire Safety for Students and See It Before You Sign It to raise awareness about the dangers of living in on-and-off campus housing and encourage parents to see their child’s off-campus apartment before signing a lease.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites, Fire Safety

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

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

Mar-Bal and EnterpriseIQ

Posted by Matt Brill on Mar 8, 2017 8:50:00 AM

Mar-Bal uses advanced manufacturing ERP software, developed by IQMS, to meet the challenges of modern manufacturing and produce a variety of products for a diverse customer base.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites

High Quality Tooling for Thermoset Composites

Posted by Chip Noe on Mar 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

High quality tooling for production of thermoset composite parts can be viewed as a cross between the structural needs of die-cast metal tooling and the complex geometries often associated with intricate features of thermoplastic and machined metal parts. Molds for thermoset plastic parts are unique in their requirements when compared with other molding materials and processes.

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Topics: Thermoset Composites