Edmonton, Alberta-Composite materials producer Resin Systems Inc. has started up a second production cell for its RStandard polyurethane utility structures, at its Calgary plant. RSI said in a 6 April statement that it plans to reach 24 hour operation at the beginning of May, following the achievement of 24 h operation on its first production cell in mid-April.
Describing the news as "a significant corporate milestone," Greg Pendura, chairman, ceo and president of RSI, said the firm can now ramp up production for itself and its licencees. Production cell No. 1 can make modules up to 135 ft in height, while the second cell can make up to 195 ft long modules, Pendura added, in the company statement.
"Now that we can produce modules for structures over 135 ft, we are able to proceed with the production and delivery of RStandard utility structures to our previously announced Chinese and EU customers so they can complete the testing and approval process in their respective countries," Pendura commented.
Maximum throughput from the two cells is expected by the beginning of the third quarter. At full capacity, the group said, its Calgary facility will make 10 000 tonnes of RStandard utility structures, valued at about $50 million.
In recent months, RSI sai d, it has finalised its systems to make all parts of RStandard structures up to 120 ft, in all load classifications. Colorado-based EDM International Inc., an independent testing and engineering research group for electrical utility structures, has given RSI certification for these module heights, the company added.