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 21 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 Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, and Ukraine, while using 95% American-made materials.
COMPONENT MANUFACTURING. Advantages of the Quickstep Process include low cost set-ups, cure cycle times that are one-third that of any other process, 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.
Click HERE to view a technical paper related to the tail spar developed for an Air Force SIBR using the Quick Step process.
Click HERE for third-party research related to the Quick-Step technology. Zhang, Jin; Fox, Bronwyn. Composite Materials Manufactured by Quickstep Technology. LAP LAMPERT Academic Publishing, 2010. MoreBooks. 3 April 2018.
Click HERE to view a technical paper on spar fabrication with reduction/elimination of the radius thinning problem seen in traditional autoclave curing.
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.