The following awards are bestowed during the Awards Presentation and Reception at AeroDef on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
JUD HALL COMPOSITES MANUFACTURING AWARD
The J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award honors the late Judge H. Hall (1931-85) for his dedication to making the former Composites Manufacturing Association of SME (CMA/SME) an established group within the composites manufacturing industry, and for his contributions to the development of composites technology. Hall was issued U.S. Patent 3962394 — “Method for molding fiber reinforced composite tube” in June 1976. Previously, he was a member of the technical staff, TRW Inc., Redondo Beach, California, and chair of the former CMA/SME.
The award is presented annually to an individual who has contributed to the composites manufacturing or tooling technology through leadership, technical developments, patents or educational activities. It recognizes excellence in the development or improvement of processes, tooling and applications, as well as achievements in composites research, education and technology transfer. The J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award celebrates innovation in solving issues related to production and applications development, and acknowledges significant contributions that reduce costs and waste streams, and improves quality and efficiency.
Scott Lewit, president of Structural Composites Inc. and Compsys Inc., leads his companies with a unique combination of outside-the-box thinking and flexible business practices. Lewit is a subject-matter expert on composites and develops innovative new manufacturing processes and automated manufacturing control systems, as well as new products. He is a keen problem solver with one innovation after another during his career. Lewit has developed numerous patents and expanded his companies from R&D and testing into manufacturing. Lewit inventions have changed the composites industry, are well known and used throughout the manufacturing sector.
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EXCELLENCE IN COMPOSITES MANUFACTURING AWARDS
In recognition of the valuable contributions within the composites manufacturing industry, the Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME’s Plastics, Composites & Coatings Community, developed two technical awards to acknowledge the valuable roles that both large and small manufacturers play within the industry.
The awards are presented annually to one large company and one small company that have demonstrated “excellence in the field of advanced composites manufacturing.” This is an international award, and the competition is open and unrestricted to all companies that manufacture products from advanced composite materials. These annual awards recognize those companies that have demonstrated dedication and ongoing contribution to further advance the design and development of technology used in the manufacturing of advanced composites.
Each award will showcase those companies that have excelled in manufacturing products made from advanced composite materials. That excellence will include developing an innovative way via tooling and/or manufacturing process techniques, which will help manufacture future products made from these materials; or have shown accelerated growth by providing superior service, quality or cost reduction initiatives. The award recipients will have demonstrated all of the initiatives that have helped advance the overall composite manufacturing industry.
Fives Cincinnati, formerly Cincinnati Milacron and MAG Cincinnati, has been on the vanguard of technology for composites laminating equipment, process and software for the past 36 years.The products and systems of the Fives Cincinnati brand greatly influenced and promoted the use of advanced composites materials by the aerospace industry, in both military and commercial sectors. More
Abaris has been providing advanced composite training and services to industry since 1983 and has trained over 22,000 people from over 68 countries since its inception. Over time, Abaris has transformed to primarily a training and services provider to all industries utilizing composite materials in manufacturing, providing engineering, manufacturing, tooling, repair, NDI, training and consulting services to thousands of customers worldwide. More
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