There has never been a time in which technology and new engineering projects have developed at such a rapid pace, or whereby products are being fashioned out of materials never believed possible less than half a century ago. Yet, this is humanity’s greatest time of innovation, and many avant-garde enterprises are embracing novel opportunities with great enthusiasm. CLI is such an company, because many of our award winning products are exceptionally light in weight, yet highly durable and safe in application, and this is where we benchmark our future success.
Amongst the many advances in ‘new’ materials are the plastic polymers which have evolved dramatically, especially over the past century; indeed as recently as we entered into the 21st century, for we have witnessed advances in fabrics and composites which were unimaginable just thirty years ago.
Where transport is concerned, there is a dramatic revolution taking place, with a prime focus on the environment and new generation electric vehicles, offering exceptional fuel efficiency and autonomy, to improve road safety and dramatically reduce road incidents. As we become ever more aware of our finite global resources, such as fossil fuels depleting rapidly, scientists and engineers are exploring new and better ways to create ingenious forms of transport for an ever burgeoning demographic, with emphasis on developing products not only of outstanding durability, but also incorporating additional benefits such as improved safety and light weight components to dramatically improve fuel consumption, and this is where CLI excels in what it can offer.
Everyday commodities such as highly efficient automobiles are now in great demand, and as manufacturers turn their attention to improving performance, within their design equations they must factor in essential considerations such as fuel efficiency, wind drag, and safety. However, perhaps there is no other measure more important to fuel consumption than reduction in weight, especially with electric cars where power cell batteries add huge weight to a vehicle, yet windows, windshields and panoramic sun-roofs have also increased as a proportion of the vehicles surface area; so every ounce counts! As an example, it has been reported American Airlines removed just one olive from its on-board catering salads, resulting in an estimated annual fuel saving of $40,000.
Modern polymers such as polycarbonate, acrylic and special formulated PVC are extremely lightweight yet highly durable and remarkably strong. The specific gravity of glass is 2.50; by comparison, polycarbonate is far more durable in terms on impact resistance, yet has a specific gravity of less than half of glass, at just 1,19. Perhaps this is why Boeing abandoned traditional aluminum to coat its 787 Dreamliner, opting to replace the outer skin of the aircraft with 100% plastic composites. Indeed 50% of all components in the 787 are made from plastic derivatives. Shocking as it is to believe, the 787 is still regarded as the most efficient commercial airliner in operation today.
CLI has an unblemished history working closely with many very high profile enterprises, Boeing included, creating highly complex and extremely durable products as an excellent substitute for traditional glass products. Our specialty is aeronautical, aerospace, which require the very highest standards of excellence and safety; indeed more so than any other industry. CLI is proud to have supplied tens of thousands of transparencies, many of which are subjected to extreme forces, yet are able to perform flawlessly for many years.
Another area which is developing at an astonishing rate is the concept of introducing commuter drone vehicles which can roam the skies freely so as to become completely autonomous from the confines of congested freeways and side roads – The sky truly is the limit!
Our enterprise is now expanding its business to offer these emerging industries our exceptional products – notably electric vehicles - (performance and consumer), agricultural, construction, neighborhood electric vehicles, golf carts, motorcycles, buses, and of course private aircraft and manned drone style vehicles to emerging developers. Yet we do not limit our scope to transport, rather more, we can design and create products for any enterprise requiring resilient products created from bi-axially stretched acrylics, (MIL-PRF-25690), crack propagation resistant acrylic, cast acrylics (MIL-PRF-8184 and MIL-PRF-5425), coated polycarbonate and ABS.
If you feel your enterprise could benefit from light-weight, highly durable, for your business, and would like to know more about CLI and our specialty products and services, then please do not hesitate to contact us for further information, or to arrange a personal consultation.