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Featured Project: AeroLidz

 

ST. LOUIS 8/13/18 — AeroX Industries has developed a light bar cover for trucks that silences wind noise while driving.

 

Gabe Warner, founder and president of AeroX Industries, conceptualized the product after experiencing annoying wind noise from the new light bar on his truck. “I came back from a long drive and immediately picked up a pencil and paper,” he says, “I worked on the design until I finally came up with a solution.”

 

AeroLidz, the light bar covers, are made from a polycarbonate material with properties that make it flexible enough to expand over the light bar, but rigid enough to maintain its airplane-like shape. The curved piece allows air to flow over the light bar, silencing any wind noise.

 

Warner approached Custom Plastics, Inc. to produce the part after twelve other manufacturers turned down the design due to the complex shape of the profile. Since Custom Plastics, Inc. has been serving the plastics industry for over 60 years, the plastics manufacturer was confident in taking on the project. A week after submitting drawings, the project was accepted and the product development process kicked off. “The engineering team at Custom Plastics redrew my design and we modified and modified until we got it right,” says Warner.

 

The piece has already received positive feedback from its multiple appearances at industry trade shows, including the Jeep Invasions Show in Tennessee. AeroLidz will be exhibited next at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, starting on October 30, 2018. This show is the premier automotive specialty products trade show event in the world. In 2017, the show hosted over 70,000 domestic and international buyers and over 3,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components.

 

Aside from the SEMA Show, future plans for AeroX Industries include expanding the AeroLidz product line and exploring new markets. Warner has already begun working with Custom Plastics to design new pieces for different sized trucks, UTVs, and Marine vehicles. “We had already built the trust and communication with Custom Plastics, so it made sense to work with them again,” says Warner, “There are so many opportunities for this product.”

 

Click here for more information or to purchase your own AeroLidz: https://aeroxindustries.com/shop/?v=7516fd43adaa

 

 

Strategies in Light Show 2018

 2/6/2018

Join us at Booth #322 at the Strategies in Light Show on February 13-15 at the Long Beach Convention Center located in Long Beach, California. 

Professionals from all areas of the lighting industry are invited to attend this three-day conference and trade show. Strategies in Light will provide opportunities to learn, observe and engage with different segments of the lighting industry through keynote speakers and conference sessions. New to this year's show are Lightspace California, which will combine trends and techniques of lighting technology with the art of design, and the IoT Pavilion, where attendees can find information and emerging technologies related to the Internet of Things. 

At Booth #322, we will be displaying samples of extruded lenses for LED lights and the new Diffuse Frost PVC. This material alternative to acrylic (PMMA) was engineered in collaboration with PolyOne Corp. and provides significant cost-savings benefits for extrusion projects. Sales representatives and engineers will be available to answer questions about the immense project capabilities of Custom Plastics, Inc.

 

Plastic Resin Flame Rating

At times, we would be asked about a flame rating for the plastic material or compound we either purchase or make here locally.  We thought that information was generally lacking or not easily found, so we took the initiative to make it readily available for everyone to learn about.
 
UL 94 is the flame rating test standard.  
 
“HB” is one classification, and is the most basic.  Most plastics will have an HB rating.  In fact, we joke that is standards for “happily burning”.
 
5VA is the highest flame rating a material can have, and indicates the material self extinguishes.  Below are all the classifications within the UL94 test:
 
  • HB: slow burning on a horizontal specimen; burning rate < 76 mm/min for thickness < 3 mm or burning stops before 100 mm
  • V-2: burning stops within 30 seconds on a vertical specimen; drips of flaming particles are allowed.
  • V-1: burning stops within 30 seconds on a vertical specimen; drips of particles allowed as long as they are not inflamed.
  • V-0: burning stops within 10 seconds on a vertical specimen; drips of particles allowed as long as they are not inflamed.
  • 5VB: burning stops within 60 seconds on a vertical specimen; no drips allowed; plaque specimens may develop a hole.
  • 5VA: burning stops within 60 seconds on a vertical specimen; no drips allowed; plaque specimens may not develop a hole.

 

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