Rock West Composites expands filament winding capability

February 07, 2019 - United States Of America

Rock West Composites (RWC) has expanded its filament winding operation with the acquisition of new winders, the addition of a long-length oven, and expansion into a third manufacturing bay in its building. The new equipment allows for the production of extra-long part lengths and large diameter tubes, plus additional manufacturing capacity.

RWC’s third manufacturing facility has added 20,000 square feet of space for staff and the new equipment, according to a media release by RWC.

The company recently deployed the Titan-1-4-8M-Flex filament winder, which is complemented by 60 new mandrels. This machine adds the capability to wind tubes up to 30 inch in diameter, as well as lengths of over 22 feet, and is setup for tow-preg winding, further diversifying the company’s manufacturing methodology.

Also, RWC has scheduled the installation of a new six-spindle winder, similar to the one currently operating at the facility, expanding the company’s high-volume manufacturing capacity. An oven with the volume to accommodate the new large format tubing is now onsite—as is a high-power, long-stroke, mandrel extractor—and set to be production ready shortly.

In tandem, RWC has recently expanded its stock products to include a wider selection of large diameter filament wound tubing. Offerings include 52 diameter and material combinations, providing more cost effective, off-the-shelf options for many customers.

“We are always looking ahead to anticipate customer needs,” said Tom Preece, VP business development and marketing. “There is a definite need for this capability among many industries, so we are investing for the future.” (PC)