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Release Agents, Mold Cleaners, Mold Sealers for Improved Composite Molding

Chem-Trend develops and produces highly tailored release agents and related products to increase the productivity and quality output of composite molding operations around the globe. Our Chemlease® and Zyvax® brands cover industry applications from FRP to advanced composites and from aerospace applications to automotive, construction, marine, recreational/sporting goods, wind energy and more. This robust array of products  improves molding processes such as vacuum bagging, resin infusion, layup and more.

Chem-Trend experts have spent years focusing on how to improve composite molding operations by increasing efficiency, reducing waste and enhancing finished part quality. We formulate an extensive range of both semi-permanent and conventional external release agents as well as specialized internal release agents for particular applications. As a leader in the development of water-based products, Chem-Trend offers environmentally conscious technology for composite molders who require the same, uncompromised high levels of quality and performance as found in traditional solvent-based products.

For more details about our products for composite molding read our Chemlease® section. Or, for aerospace composite molding industry solutions, read about our Zyvax® products.

To learn more about how your operation can benefit from our products, expertise and exceptional customer support and training, explore the expanded content below or contact us now.

Mold Release Systems Tailored to Address the Challenges of Composite Molding

To release composite parts there are multiple variables that must be considered, such as:

  • Slip Level
  • Post Molding Processes
  • Size/Weight of the Molded Item
  • Complexity/Geometry of the Molded Item
  • Environmental Issues/Regulations
  • Surface Appearance/Finish Quality

These variables can be positively or negatively affected by the release system (release agent, mold cleaner, mold primer and/or mold sealer) that is selected. Additionally, the cost of the tooling in composite molding is often quite high. Although the cost of the release system is relatively small in relation to all other aspects of the molding operation, it can have a significant impact on your operation’s bottom line. It is of great importance to choose your release agent/release system carefully to protect your investment, get maximum life and productivity out of your tools, and  optimize your production efficiency.

All of our Chemlease® and Zyvax® products have been specifically developed to address the needs and challenges found within the composites molding industry.

To find out more about our products and service, explore the expanded content below or contact us now.

Advantages of Utilizing Chem-Trend’s Composites Molding Products

Chem-Trend combines great technical and industry knowledge with a hands-on approach to service and support to address the challenges faced by our customers in their composite molding operations. Beyond the basics of releasing finished parts from their molds, utilizing our robust portfolio of Chemlease® and Zyvax® products, along with our industry leading support network, brings significant operational benefits, such as:

  • Water-based options for reducing environmental impact and improving facility HSE;
  • Flexibility to accommodate a wide range of process conditions;
  • Easier introduction of new tooling into production;
  • Products that refresh and restore worn tooling;
  • Easy-to-use products with robust formulations designed to optimize your molding operation;
  • A global network of support experts to work with you to eliminate bottlenecks and improve process flow;
  • Ability to restore and extend the life of your equipment;
  • Improved vacuum integrity, surface quality and throughput;
  • Reduced frequency of equipment maintenance and replacement;
  • Decreased cost of scrap and waste.

To learn more about how Chem-Trend can help you in your operation call a representative near you, send us a contact form, or explore the expanded content below.

How Our History of Helping Composite Molders Can Help You

Chem-Trend began helping molders of composite components in the late 1970s/early 1980s, working side-by-side with molders of advanced composites. Then, in the mid-‘80s we introduced a line of products under the RPM™ (Reinforced Polyester Molding) name as we further expanded our scope by addressing the needs of the Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) part of the industry.

In 1998 our knowledge and experience gained in those areas were augmented by Chem-Trend’s acquisition of the company that developed the globally respected Chemlease® line of release products for the composites industry. The integration of this new business helped us expand our expertise, technology and product range to further help molders around the world address the challenges of molding composite parts.

Then, in 2013, Chem-Trend took another major step forward in our ability to help composites molders of all types when we acquired the Zyvax® brand of mold release agents, mold cleaners and mold sealers. This well-known and well-respected portfolio of products has enhanced our range of technology and provided us the opportunity to offer an even wider spectrum of solutions for addressing composite molding challenges.

Chem-Trend has had a long history in composite molding industries, and our Chemlease® and Zyvax® brands of products are respected around the world for quality and reliability. When you purchase Chem-Trend’s Chemlease® and Zyvax® products you not only get industry leading products, you also gain access to our many years of direct production floor experience. We understand your production issues and can help you optimize your mold preparation, maintenance and release processes to improve your bottom line.

To learn more about how to leverage Chem-Trend’s expertise in composite molding applications to your benefit call a representative near you, send us a contact form, or explore the expanded content below.

  • Semi-Permanent Release Systems

    Chem-Trend’s semi-permanent release agents provide greater operational efficiency by bonding to mold surfaces, creating a durable layer that is resistant to both chemical and mechanical attack.

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  • Conventional Release Systems

    Chem-Trend’s conventional mold release products for the composites industry are designed for applications where high slip is the prime attribute required.

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  • Internal Mold Releases

    Chem-Trend’s specially designed internal release agents enhance the function of external release agents and provide internal lubrication to the resin to provide efficiency gains.

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Common Questions:

  • Can I use the same release for all of my parts, regardless of whether they are gel-coated or not?

    While some manufacturers may choose to use one semi-permanent release for all their needs, we believe that gel coated and non-gel coated applications should be handled differently, as should male and female tools. Typical non-gel coated applications such as stringers, require a slicker release agent than a gel-coated tool.

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