It’s no secret that productivity is the key for all businesses. When one manages to be productive, successfully addresses labor shortages, and additionally reduces its environmental footprint, it’s considered a great success! This is exactly what Spacekap has achieved. It’s no wonder that this SME from Beloeil, in Quebec, is now regarded as the largest manufacturer of fiberglass truck boxes in Canada.
In 2020, Spacekap transformed its door manufacturing department by acquiring a resin injection pump for the resin transfer molding process, around thirty sets of molds/counter-molds, and an industrial vacuum system, a total investment of exceeding 2 million dollars.
Resin transfer molding is a semi-automated process that occurs between a mold and a counter-mold, allowing for the perfect filling of a cavity. Thanks to this technology, all doors produced by Spacekap’s service units are uniform and more rigid.
An investment that would revolutionize the way fiberglass doors are manufactured. For example, Spacekap could initially produce 18 doors per day. Now, they can produce 18 doors in less than two hours: “Thanks to this technology, we have quadrupled our production! And not only have we increased our production capacity, but our doors are now flawless, eliminating the need for any repairs” reports Christian Lauzier, vice president of operations at Spacekap.
In the context of a labor shortage, this kind of technology is very welcome. It helps reduce training time, as the process is easily operable and requires only a minimum of dexterity compared to the old method, which required a lot of patience and experience for manually laminating fiberglass doors.
The resin injection process using this pump also eliminates the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC). This is another important factor for Spacekap, justifying the investment:” With the old open mold laminating method, we had a large volume of styrene molecules evaporating, creating an odor. Today, with resin transfer molding process, the free styrene is almost entirely used in the polymerization reaction, and what little evaporates is directly captured under vacuum, resulting in zero emissions, “adds Christian Lauzier.
Productivity. Growth. Consistency. Better cost management. And eco-responsibility! Everyone wins!