When people think about the materials expertise expected from Vista Engineering and Consulting, materials like steel, ceramics, and even diamond coatings may come to mind. Vista is expanding our core competencies into the new and exciting capabilities of composite materials. We are being recognized in the industry for our accomplishments and wanted to share this exciting news.
CAMX is the largest conference and expo for expertise and applications of composites and advanced materials. It was 2019 and Vista was investigating a new concept product that could change telecommunications infrastructure when we attended CAMX for the first time. Now, in October 2021, only two years later, Vista’s management team is presenting as experts at the conference. Our technical paper that we are presenting is called, “Thermoplastics Composites in Telecom Infrastructure”. The abstract of the session is described as:
Thermoplastic composites have found increasing applications in various industrial sectors, including automotive and transportation. This paper covers the design and development of an underground enclosure for the telecom industry. The study includes materials selection, design and prototyping for the underground application. The thermoplastic composite material replaces a reinforced concrete structure, resulting in significant weight savings and improved safety for installation operators. The unique patented design features a collapsible folding structure that also improves transportation efficiency. The all-composite structure includes a thermoplastic reinforced lid that meets the tier requirements for the application. The FEA analysis, mechanical properties, processing challenges and full-scale product testing are presented.
Just 2 years after attending for the first time, Vista will be presenting at CAMX this week.
We will present the journey from concept to commercialization of the underground enclosure developed through a partnership with Vista Engineering & Consulting, UAB, and TAN Composites. This journey involved identifying and testing materials, design, manufacturing, and licensing. Along the three-year journey, we applied for and were issued United States Patents, resulting in a revolutionary enclosure for use underground by telecom companies. The lightweight folding enclosure replaces heavy, concrete, static, boxes without sacrificing strength and durability needed for the application. This product can be more easily shipped and placed into use without needing heavy machinery to get them where they need to go.
Vista’s engineering design capabilities and materials expertise keep growing. We appreciate all our customers and contacts that continue to allow us to enhance what we have to offer.
See the details of our presentation here: