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Commercial translucent wall panel system

AAR Manufacturing - Customer History

AAR Manufacturing is a shipping container and refrigeration unit manufacturer for the military. This application takes advantage of fiberglass' superior strength to weight ratio and low thermal conductivity characteristics. They originated their fiberglass program with another pultrusion supplier, but the supplier had problems meeting AAR's product specifications and quality requirements. They brought the challenge to the Advanced Fiber Products engineers, hoping for a quick solution to their problems because they had government contracts which had to be fulfilled on time. AAR Manufacturing contacted AFP with the specific request to improve the bond between the fiberglass and steel components of the shipping containers. The fiberglass needed to be abraded to make the adhesive work effectively. AAR originally used sandpaper to roughen the surface, but this caused problems with consistency. AFP's engineers recommended a raw material, applied during the pultrusion process, which created a uniform surface texture and allowed the fiberglass and steel to properly fuse. The product passed testing and has been in steady use since 2004. AAR Manufacturing now purchases eight different shapes and recognized AFP with their vendor of the year award in 2011 for "outstanding overall performance."

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Product Description Fiberglass frame components for a commercial translucent wall panel system.
Capabilities Applied/Processes Fiberglass pultrusions
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part Pultruder
Overall Part Dimensions Width 5.5"
Height 4.5"
Wall Thickness .25"
Tightest Tolerances ±.005"
Characteristics High strength to weight ratio and low thermal conductivity.
Material Used Fiberglass
Finish Smooth surface with abraded areas
In process testing performed Full dimensional inspection and finish quality.
Estimated Part Weight 4.44 lbs./ft.
Industry for Use Military and government
Delivery Location Michigan
Standards Met Customer supplied print, 2D CAD Drawing

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