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AF Composites Info


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AF Composites Info

  2. 2. <ul><li>Nickels Boat Works / AF Composites: </li></ul><ul><li>Began mid-1950’s in Fenton, MI – a proud heritage of boat building excellence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current ownership began 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moved to Flint, MI 2008 for expanded & improved space – 15,000 sq ft total </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production fiberglass mold making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Production of Class A and Class B fiberglass components & assemblies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finished surface colors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand Fiberglass lay-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resin infusion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mold-making for fiberglass products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open molding of fiberglass products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacuum bagging of fiberglass products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate structural reinforcements, metal fitments and mountings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Light assembly including welding (e.g. bar stock for trailers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repair and Maintenance Parts operations </li></ul></ul>History In Brief
  3. 3. <ul><li>International Lightning - world’s premier builder of this one design racer </li></ul><ul><li>Buccaneer 18 - exclusive builder of this versatile one-design </li></ul><ul><li>Mutineer 15 - exclusive builder of this one-design </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nickels is building the first new Buccaneer & Mutineer </li></ul><ul><li>sailboats in nearly 20 years (modified Chrysler designs)” </li></ul><ul><li>Rebel Mark V - exclusive builder of 2 one-design models </li></ul><ul><li>Snipe - U.S. builder of this worldwide one-design </li></ul><ul><li>Duck Boat - exclusive Nickels design for hunting enthusiasts </li></ul>Nickels Boats
  4. 4. <ul><li>Each sailboat made to customer specs: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each boat handmade (customer visits welcome!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose among many colors and options </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long lasting hull construction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blown and hand layed fiberglass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra structure integral within class weight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Superior Modifications </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hull molds updated for fast, smooth sailing within regs </li></ul></ul>ABOVE - Lightning hull underway with foam and chain plates installed - fiberglassed in place BELOW - Lightning deck in process of being rigged Installing seats into the hull of a Lightning - while in the mold The Nickels Advantage
  5. 5. <ul><li>Division of Nickels Boat Works </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in 2009 to promote Market Diversification </li></ul><ul><li>Shares full capabilities of Nickels Boat Works </li></ul><ul><li>Experts in rapid low cost prototype work </li></ul><ul><li>Specialists in low-volume production </li></ul>About AF Composites
  6. 6. <ul><li>Tier-2 supplier to U.S. Military for portable shower units </li></ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mold design and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spray-on gel coat of chopped fiberglass </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foam reinforcement panels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assembly of attachment fitments and cutouts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responsible for field-ready shower base </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Built to military specifications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinforcement and nonskid areas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Built-in sump for drain attachments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Packaging & on-time shipping </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volume: 1,000 annual </li></ul>ABOVE - Underside of 4’x6’ shower base shows structure with built-in sump – corners glassed in ABOVE – Molds in fiberglass spray booth BELOW – Top side in desert tan color; holes cut and drilled ready for assembly Projects
  7. 7. <ul><li>Tier-1 supplier to electric ice resurfacer firm locating operations from Europe to Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>Processes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mold design and development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand lay-up gel coat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foam reinforcement panels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metal reinforcement & attachments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Precision fit of adjoining body parts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Responsible for all fiberglass components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All Class-A Exterior body components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Underbody & functional components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. hot water tank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Volume: 50 units annually </li></ul><ul><li>CLOCKWISE FROM TOP </li></ul><ul><li>Finished IceCat in operation - Toronto </li></ul><ul><li>Hood with reinforcement metal strap and stainless hinge in place with initial gel coat </li></ul><ul><li>Hood attached to snow containment compartment with hinge and reinforcement installed </li></ul><ul><li>IceCat on assembly line with hood open – shows double hinging and strength of reinforced fiberglass </li></ul><ul><li>IceCat at final QC on assembly line </li></ul>Projects
  8. 8. Become the Go-To Composite Supplier for Small Wind Turbine Developers Future
  9. 9. <ul><li>As the Go-To Composite Supplier for </li></ul><ul><li>Small Wind Turbine Developers </li></ul><ul><li>Support early development of blade design </li></ul><ul><li>Support prototype needs to showcase new products </li></ul><ul><li>Provide startup production </li></ul><ul><li>Provide ongoing production </li></ul>Future
  10. 10. <ul><li>Capable of ultimate aero shapes – can vary: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thickness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taper … throughout blade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lightweight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can integrate carbon fiber, Kevlar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corrosion-resistant (vs. steel) </li></ul><ul><li>Low thermal and electrical conductivity </li></ul><ul><li>Class-A finish </li></ul><ul><li>Embed metal fitments for attachment </li></ul><ul><li>Mold-in color and texture to reduce glare </li></ul><ul><li> Substituting composite for many steel parts saves weight, cost and paint </li></ul>Advantages of Composites
  11. 11. <ul><li>For Small Wind Turbine Developers </li></ul><ul><li>AFC has developed numerous projects using: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blueprints, CAD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving old parts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reverse engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prototyping to perfection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Size & Volume sweet spot fits Small Wind blades </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8’ wide x 20’ long </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial to full production capability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cultural fit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AFC is comfortable with on the fly prototyping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AFC takes pride in design modification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AFC employees have a “can do” attitude </li></ul></ul>AFC - Advantages
  12. 12. 810-767-4050 1871 Tower Street Flint, MI 48503 Contact US