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SMI Nominated for Georgia Manufacturer of the Year

The 25th Anniversary of the Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) was April 15-18, 2019.  The appreciation week was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. There are three categories for the award – large, 500 or more employees; medium, 150-500 employees; and small, 150 or fewer employees.  To qualify for the nomination, the […]

Then & Now: A Brief History of Composites Materials

What do you think of when someone mentions the words “composites materials?” Do cutting edge plastics cross your mind? Perhaps extra strength lightweight aerial and automobile materials? If rocks and mud pop into your mind, you’re not too far off. Or do you feel a little lost at the mention of “composites materials?” Let’s start […]

10 Surprising Examples of Composite Materials

10 Surprising Examples of Composite Materials Chances are they’re in your flooring, your walls, your car, and even your bathtub. They’re called composites. But what exactly are composites? What are their uses and why do they matter? If you’ve got these questions looming your mind or if you’d like some surprising examples of composite materials, then you’ve come […]

The Top 5 Carbon Fiber Uses in Sports

The Top 5 Carbon Fiber Uses in Sports How times have changed! Carbon fiber, one of the materials commonly used to make aircraft and car parts, is now gaining prominence in the sporting world. This material is also known as graphite fiber, and it is said to be the strongest metals on the planet. In […]

From Automobiles to Aerospace: A Booming Industry Overview for Composite Technologies

An Industry Overview for Composite Technologies The composites market will reach USD $130.83 Billion in 2024. It’s the backbone of most of the world’s most formative industries. As a consumer and corporate interest in fuel and energy-efficient solutions grow, more industries are looking to composite materials. Affordability, durability, and strength are also key factors pushing many industries […]

What You Need to Know About the Bladder Molding Process

Do you manufacture complex hollow composite parts? Then improving the bladder molding process is something that might be of interest to you. Are you familiar with the Bladder Assisted Composite Manufacturing (BACM) technique? And how it has made improvements to the conventional bladder molding process? If you are not, yet, you should know that the […]

Kevlar 101: What Is It And What Are The Benefits?

You may have heard the word Kevlar thrown around on your favorite crime dramas like Criminal Minds or NCIS. But what is Kevlar material and what is it really used for? While the most well-known application is in bulletproof vests, there are so many more uses for Kevlar that you may not have even thought of. But don’t worry, […]