On the 21st of Februari, Inholland Composites visited Theuws Polyester located in Wieringerwerf. The reason for this visit was to obtain more knowledge of the manufacturing of composite materials for the First-Time-Right project (www.r1ght.nl). After a short introduction from the company we were given a tour of the facility.
Theuws Polyester produces a lot of different composite components while using different production methods. The spray-up and vacuum infusion are the most commonly used production methods.
The method that is most interesting to Inholland Composites are the vacuum infused products.
The project First-Time-Right focusses on the manufacturing of vacuum infused products. Within this project multiple work packages are divided for different graduation students and interns. Therefore multiple students were on the trip as well. For the students this was an interesting experience so see how companies use vacuum infusion on their composite components.
Theuws polyester showed us the automatic fiber cutter as well. This machine is used to cut templates within the glassfiber to reduce the waste material and the cut outs faster.