IBEX adds composites demo on hall floor

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Composites One, Magnum Venus Plastech and the Closed Mold Alliance will demonstrate several composite manufacturing techniques during live demonstrations and outdoor exhibits at the 2013 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference — a demonstration organizers say will give attendees another perspective on recent trends and advancements in the marine industry.

IBEX will be held Sept. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. At the Composite Pavilion attendees will be able to see four closed mold processes, including “prepreg” (pre-impregnated composite fibers), a recent advancement in closed mold technology.

Seeing the same part built four ways on the same mold will allow spectators to compare and contrast the applications and will lead to a discussion about the intersection of the three main concerns of a manufacturer: quantity, quality and cost. Each method of closed mold processing weighs these concerns differently.

“Composites One is looking forward to an exciting IBEX show this year,” Composites One marketing communications manager Marcy Offner said. “This year, for the first time ever at IBEX, our closed-mold demonstrations will take place live on the exhibit hall floor.”

Other exhibitors also will offer demonstrations. Each day of the show at 1 p.m., Dr. Shrink, an international shrink-wrap supply business, will walk participants through shrink-wrap techniques.

Outside, attendees will be able to view the SeaDek Super Air Nautique 230, a wakeboat built to showcase the SeaDek non-skid system. SeaDek is a closed foam non-skid for decks, cockpits, helm stations and trailers.

An alternative to paint-on textures, SeaDek gets its traction from a pattern of microdots and it attaches to surfaces with an acrylic, pressure-sensitive adhesive. Also on view will be the Ameritex Fabric Systems canvas cover on a pontoon boat to highlight the company’s work on innovative pontoon coverings. Ameritex is a leading manufacturer of bimini and enclosure systems.

Steyr Motors North America Inc. will display its marine diesel hybrid engine with the Steyr HDSTM, or Hybrid Drive System.

“One of the things that all of our outdoor exhibits and live demonstrations have in common is that these exhibitors are testing the limits of their craft,” IBEX sales director Tina Sanderson said in a statement. “It is exciting to see people enthused about what they do and willing to share it with others. These people are working on the edge of new technologies, and they are coming to the IBEX show to give us a view of the horizon of the marine industry.”

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