Revolution Fibreglass directors Robert Miller and Shane Robertson are readying their company for a new era that will utilise the latest Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process to set, a new technological and industry manufacturing benchmark for production quality and innovation.
Although Revolution Fibreglass was enjoying, success producing and delivering a large array of composite components for the auto, leisure, marine, amusement and building industries, the two like-minded and highly ambitious Directors agreed that investment in new manufacturing technology was essential to secure the long-term future of the business.
The focus on energy efficiency and the rapidly growing demand for lighter, more durable, high strength, robust products continues to open doors for composites – and Revolution Fibreglass.
In the next two months, Revolution Fibreglass will take delivery of a new, state-of-the-art RTM machine, and Miller and Robertson predict that within two years, 95% of the company’s output will be produced by the new process.
To better understand the new technology, Shane travelled to the US earlier this year for an intensive training program on all aspects of the machine. Working with JHM Technologies in Fenton, Michigan, he learned how to operate this computerised, fully-automatic Lite RTM machine and how to create and run “recipes” for different moulds. These machines can hold up to 1000 recipes for individual moulds, all of which can be simply set to work automatically or can be adjusted as you go. The process control makes the production of moulds much more precise, repeatable, and efficient.
JHM Technologies is a global supplier of equipment, tooling and training, and the company specialises in the LRTM process. It was founded some 20 years ago by John H. Moore, who has more than 30 years of practical experience in various closed moulding process, and who designed the new, high-tech machines.
To accommodate the new RTM machine and the increased production / manufacturing capacity, Revolution plans to expand to additional premises.