Posted by Scott Reeve on Dec 1, 2022

2. CR 55 FRP Deck pre-assembly

American author Mark Twain said, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. Using the right words or terms consistently among a company’s engineers and sales workforce is both important and practical. If you are describing processes, products or a design/build concept with a customer, you want to use the right language for three reasons: coherence, improved clarity and clear communication. In the world of manufacturing, whether we are talking about metal or composites, there are a few terms that are sometimes used interchangeably but have their own definitions. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

In general, composites fabrication includes using one or more of the following processes – manufacturing, finishing or assembly.

  • Manufacturing converts raw material into a finished product via pultrusion, molding, filament winding or hand-layup.
  • Finishing encompasses many items including drilling, grinding, painting and coatings.
  • Assembly of manufactured finished and specialty components to form a product that will be installed at the job site

Composite manufacturing typically involves a die or form and one of the molding processes to shape the resin and reinforcement. This is required to give the unformed resin/fiber combination its shape prior to and during the cure.

Prefabrication refers to the act of making composite parts in a factory to create a product or system that can be installed quickly at the job site. The process is attractive to customers because it can reduce man-hours, increase productivity and provide faster installation times. Factory labor is lower cost than on-site labor. In some cases, moving prefabbed components from a factory is cheaper than moving materials to a work site.

At CCG we don’t like to limit ourselves. Whether a customer needs a structural FRP profile or a handrail system, pedestrian bridge, rail platform or waterfront infrastructure, we can design and build it. We also cater to OEMs by leveraging our experience [in a broad range of industries] and engineering knowledge to match the right process to new products and projects these companies want to bring to market.

Got an idea? Bring it to us. Just need a lot of parts made? We can handle that too. And if you are still interested in words, we have a glossary to help you better understand the composite world of fabrication and manufacturing.

Topics: FRP Composites

Scott Reeve

AboutScott Reeve

Scott does Business Development for Creative Composites Group. For over 35 years, he has developed new applications using FRP composites; especially in the infrastructure sector. In 2005, he founded Composite Advantage, which is now part of CCG.

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