LITEFLEX COMPOSITE SPRINGS
Liteflex has been designing, testing and manufacturing composite suspension springs for automobiles, trucks and trailers for nearly 40 years. With numerous patents and over 20 million springs produced, Liteflex remains focused on quality and customer satisfaction while delivering weight savings for vehicle and trailer manufacturers around the globe.
Headquartered in Englewood, Ohio, Liteflex boasts 309,000 square feet of engineering, manufacturing and testing space among five Dayton Region locations. It currently exports 65% of domestic production to Germany, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey, China, Russia, India, South Korea, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico while using 95% American-made materials.
METAL TO COMPOSITE CASTING. Developed Class 8 truck links in partnership with Meritor and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Litecast composite saves weight and increases durability over traditional mechanical fabrication. Utilizing a revolutionary technology, which allows molten metal to be cast directly onto composite material (carbon or fiberglass), Litecast provides ultralight mechanical connections w/o adhesives or mechanical fasteners.
The first commercial applications were the automotive suspension links on the 1996 Chevrolet Corvette and the GM EV1 Electric Vehicle. These links were a 75% fiber-reinforced thermoset pultruded rod with aluminum end fittings. Applications have since been expanded and tested for the heavy duty, class-8 tractor and trailer markets, allowing fleet operators to increase their payload and fuel economy by lightening their suspensions.
COMPONENT MANUFACTURING. Advantages of the Quickstep Process include low cost for set-up, shorter cure cycle times, reduced energy consumption, and aircraft quality parts can be made outside of the Autoclave. In addition, it allows the ability to produce complex integrated parts offering major cost savings by eliminating bolts and rivets.
DAYTON-WRIGHT COMPOSITE & CERAMIC
The Dayton-Wright Composite and Ceramic Development Center is designed, manned and resourced to respond to new and emerging requirements for the manufacture of special, lightweight composite components. The 80,000 square feet production facility is set-up as an accelerator for composite companies transitioning from start-up to growth stage. With a synergistic layout, it allows products to move seamlessly from one area of production to the next while ensuring quality throughout the process.
Boasting an impressive array of equipment and space, the facility is equipped with a clean rooms, freezers, large presses (250 ton booking press, 320 ton long stroke compression; 1000 ton with vacuum; 1400 ton long stroke compression, PrePreg-Autoclave, Filament Winding, Quickstep Out-of-Autoclave, RTM & Compression Molding, Vacuum-Assisted RTM (VARTM) manufacturing processes, and one of the largest curing ovens in the midwest. It also hosts a unique machine/process called Quick Step for “out of autoclave” processing.