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Inside Goldshield’s ISO-certified facility, you’ll find a variety of processes available for your molded fiberglass manufacturing solutions. With state-of-the-art equipment, and more than three decades of experience, our OEM customers have access to a 260,000-sq. ft. campus capable of producing hundreds of large-scale parts daily. This includes a separate facility dedicated to cell manufacturing, allowing Goldshield to fulfill unique, customer-specific production requirements.
As the name implies, open mold laminating of Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP) is achieved utilizing a single “open” top or bottom semi-rigid concave or convex mold. The desired “finished side” of the part dictates the orientation of the mold. In starting the manufacturing process, the mold is cleaned and prepped with a release agent. If a cosmetic surface finish is required, the mold surface is covered with a gel coat and allowed time to cure. The laminate structure (typically fiberglass) is “loaded” in the mold, combined with a thermoset catalyzed resin, and formed to the shape of the mold. At this stage, the molding process utilized to complete the part varies based on part dynamics and specifications. Those molding processes of FRP include the following:
Goldshield, with the support of key transportation partners, has led the industry in the high-volume method of Open Mold Robotic Spray-up Lamination. With multiple robotic spray-up rooms, Goldshield can support component programs in excess of 5,000-parts annually. Additionally, Robotic spray-up laminating systems reduce manufacturing variability, improve thickness control, and enhance structural integrity. Only a select few open-mold composite manufacturers have invested the capital, human, and financial to support robotics. Goldshield is a leader in this open mold laminating process. As noted above, Robotic Spray-up laminating is most effective in support of high-volume large parts, and is commonly used in the transportation industry.LEARN MORE
Uniquely different than “Open Mold,” and with multiple variations, Closed Mold Laminating Processes in their most common form utilize two molds, a bottom and top, connected and formed precisely to the shape of the finished part. With this basic premise, multiple variations of Closed Mold Laminating exist, based on: part volume and geometry, size and complexity, durability and flexibility, capital investment and tooling, raw materials, and use of pressure (low or high) or vacuum. Some of the more common closed mold processes utilized in the composites industry, include:
Goldshield offers Closed Molding through the Light Resin Transfer Molding or LRTM Process.
Part Prototyping is yet another component of Goldshield’s full portfolio of customer program services. Our cross-functional team of FRP composite experts will work in coordination with your organization to conceive, build, and validate a prototype part prior to full-scale production. By following the Advanced Production Quality Planning (APQP) protocol, the Goldshield team will validate the fit, form, and function of the design, and determine production viability of your desired component.LEARN MORE
From the employees behind the scenes, to the high-quality manufacturing processes we put in place, and the value-added services we provide to make your components a reality, Goldshield is committed to perfecting the way molded fiberglass manufacturing is done.LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WAY WE MANUFACTURE