Rock West Composites Significantly Adds to Its Filament Winding Capability With Investment in Six-Spindle, Four-Axis Winder

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Rock West Composites announces that its new custom-built, six-spindle, four-axis filament winder is operational this month, significantly expanding the company’s production capability in this rapidly growing manufacturing area. By adding this equipment, the business anticipates creating cost efficiencies and improving schedule flexibility for customer programs.

New Six Spindle Filament Winder in Production

New Six Spindle Filament Winder in Production

Increased filament winding capability enables us to remain extremely competitive as we continue to serve a variety of industries, including Aerospace and Defense, Scientific Research, Oil & Gas, and more.

This month Rock West Composites (RWC) announces the deployment of a six-spindle, four-axis filament winder that the business recently acquired. With advanced programming software and operating controls, this machine adds significant production capability to the company’s manufacturing operation. The rapid growth in demand for filament wound product has required the near doubling of RWC’s manufacturing capacity in this area.

The reduction of per part labor should increase cost efficiencies for certain programs, supporting the business’s ability to provide commercial pricing for high volume production. Also, since demand for product is high, additional capacity increases equipment availability and provides flexibility to better accommodate customer schedule requirements.

RWC’s new filament winding machine has four axes of motion for precise fiber placement, and a 36-tow-capacity resin bath for rapid material build up. Its programmable doctor blade provides precise control of resin content, and a digitally controlled resin bath heating system assures optimum fiber wet out. To compliment the machine’s capabilities, an advanced pattern simulation software is used to generate the winding programs that allows the winding pattern to be viewed at any stage prior to the actual manufacturing process.

“We are excited about this additional equipment to support our customer base,” said Dave Erickson, VP and General Manager of RWC’s Utah facility. “Increased filament winding capability enables us to remain extremely competitive as we continue to serve a variety of industries, including Aerospace and Defense, Scientific Research, Oil & Gas, and more.”

For more information on Rock West Composites’ filament winding capability, visit http://www.rockwestcomposites.com.

About Rock West Composites
Rock West Composites provides composite products for variety of markets and customers. Specializing in carbon fiber composites, RWC offers in-stock products, including tubes, plates and complementary materials, as well as custom products and services, such as product development, engineering services, prototyping, and manufacturing. Manufactured processes include filament winding, roll wrap, resin infusion, bladder molding, and modified closed mold processes. Rock West Composites has facilities in San Diego, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. http://www.RockWestComposites.com

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