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CCT-Vacuum Infusion Process (VIP)

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The vacuum infusion process is a closed molding process, and was initially developed over six decades ago. Until recently, these molding methods mostly languished in the background of mainstream molding, with only occasional interest from the composites community. Today, with styrene emissions becoming a major issue and with quality at the top of everyone’s list, VIP processes are receiving well-deserved attention.

VIP is drawing interest currently because of its low capital investment, easily manageable learning curve, and potential emissions reductions. Closed Molding is changing the industry as we know it. To survive and thrive will require adjusting our shop processes and acquiring new skills. This curriculum gives you a great head-start, and becoming a CCT-VIP will certainly position you in the best spot for job opportunities.

As a candidate for the CCT-VIP, one can expect to see the following subject matters addressed in the study materials, as well as the certification examination.

Program Overview - Vacuum Infusion (VIP)

  • Basic Composites
  • General Composites Knowledge
    • Composites Overview
    • The Composites Industry
    • What are Composites?
    • Why Composites are Different
    • The Advantages of Composites
    • History of the Composites Industry
  • Composites Manufacturing Processes
    • Overview
    • Open Molding
    • Closed Molding
    • Cast Polymer Molding
  • Composites Materials
    • The Polymer Matrix
    • Thermoset Resins
    • Overview of Polyester Resins
    • Initiators, Promoters, and Inhibitors
    • Resin Additives
    • Gel Coat
    • Reinforcement Materials
    • Core Materials
  • Quality Control and Troubleshooting
    • The Approach to Quality
    • Quality Assurance System vs. Quality Control Program
    • Quality Terminology
    • Management Roles in Quality
    • Building a Quality System
    • Procedural Quality Control
  • Composites Plant Safety
    • Introduction to Shop Safety
    • Chemical Safety
    • Fire Prevention and Safety
    • Fluid Handling Equipment Safety
    • Electrical Safety
    • Power Tool Safety
    • Compressed Air Safety
    • Lock-Out/Tag-Out Procedures
    • Lift Truck Safety
    • General Personal Safety
    • Housekeeping and Safety
    • Confined Space Entry
    • Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
    • Respiratory Protection Program
  • Vacuum Infusion
  • Gel Coat Application
    • Introduction to Gel Coating Technology
    • Gel Coating Safety
    • Gel Coat Storage and Handling
    • Plural Component Application Equipment
    • Fluid Pumps & Initiator Delivery
    • Controlled Spraying
    • Gel Coat Application Methods
    • Equipment Maintenance
  • Vacuum Infusion Process
    • Overview of VIP Methods and Techniques
    • VIP
    • CCBM
    • Light RTM
    • Vacuum Infusion Theory
    • Physics of the VIP processes: Darcy’s Law
    • Viscosity
    • Porosity/Permeability
    • Vacuum pressure
    • Flow distance
  • VIP Best Practice Rules
    • Installation of Dry Reinforcements
    • Ply Positioning
    • Core Materials Installation
    • Vacuum Bag Installation and Testing
    • Shop Floor Infusion Rules
    • Operating Pressure
    • The Concept of the Resin Front
    • Resin Flow and Infusion Rates
    • Feed and Vacuum Lines
  • VIP Equipment: Tools of the Trade
    • Vacuum Systems
    • Molds for VIP
    • Mold Storage
  • VIP Quality Control and Troubleshooting
    • Procedural Quality Control for VIP
    • Quality Methods for VIP
    • Improving Cosmetics in VIP
    • Part Inspection and Post-Process Verification
    • VIP Problem Solving and Repairs