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WHY YOU SHOULD BUY THE ROM/AMI IMPREGNATOR
                                       Prepared by Richard O’Meara
                                               April 1, 2000

        This brochure brings to light the advantages of wetting out reinforcements with a fabric
impregnator. We have spent the past 12 years developing our product to be more versatile, easier and
safer to use; but we always ask for our customer’s input and want to express to you our willingness to
improve on this exciting technology.
        Here are some key differences between the ROM/AMI Impregnator and the “competition”:

1.      The ROM/AMI Impregnator will allow you to “take-up” the “wetted out” fabric on an easy to
        remove PVC tube that is driven by the same air motor as the “nip rollers” and has a slip clutch on
        it that will keep the resin from draining out of the fabric as the diameter of the wet-out material
        on the take-up reel increases in weight.

                This feature is the backbone of the impregnator’s design, and it allows the builder
                to leave the machine stationary and to “feed” a number of lay-up stations. It also
                allows the lay-up crew to position and, if necessary, re-position the wet-out
                material in the mold to keep lap lines straight.

2.      The pneumatically driven model uses foot pedal controls so that one man can run the machine. All of
        the others require more than one man to run their machine as their control panels are hand-operated.
        (We do offer hand controls as an option.)

3.      The drive roll has a safety slip clutch that will stop the rollers from driving if the person running the
        machine inadvertently gets a finger or some clothing stuck in between the nip rollers. We also have a
        safety bash bar that will reverse the rollers quickly.

4.      The ROM/AMI Impregnator can handle any width of material from one inch to sixty inches (custom
        widths available) by simply sliding the spring loaded containment dams back and forth. This,
        combined with the controlled feed tubes (which have shut-off ball valves allowing resin to drip onto
        the rollers just where you need it), allows you to change widths of material during the same cure cycle
        without resin “drip through”.




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5.   We will consider orders for custom machines that are suspended over the molds on a rail or bridge crane
     system so that the material can come directly out of the machine on to the mold. However, our present
     feeling is that this type of system is too complicated to set-up for short runs and much more difficult to
     maintain. Plus, they run at very slow speeds and cost over $100,000! We have many customers building
     large parts including a sailboat builder, using the take-up reel system with a manual drive unit, building
     sailboats over 100 feet long who has thanked us for not “over selling” them.

6.   All fabric impregnators work best with mechanically bound glass products, cloth, or woven
     roving. Chopped-strand mat will fall apart in the Impregnator as will “Fabmat” type products
     where the chemical binder breaks down when the styrene from the resin “hits” the glass.
     However, there are now available a great variety of “stitch bonded” materials from various glass
     suppliers such as, Johnston Industries Composites Reinforcements, Brunswick Technologies,
     Inc., Certainteed Corp., OCF/Knytex Corp., and others in the United States and abroad. Most of
     these products are very price competitive. There are a number of mechanically bound chopped-
     strand mats available for a small premium versus chemically bound mats.

7.   Upon request, we can provide a spec sheet for the “Ideal Impregnator Resin”, which have been
     given to the ROM/AMI distributors to work with their resin companies to develop. Basically,
     the machine works just fine with standard GP ortho resins, vinyl esters and isos, as well as many
     epoxies. However, if you can raise this index to a 3.5 to 4.0 level, you will have less drip through
     on the edges of the glass (between the dams and glass) and when you carry the wet-out roll to the
     mold. With training, there is a minimum of resin drip.

             If you are going to use the take-up reel, you may want to extend your resin gel
             time by 5 minutes (in the cup) to allow for more working time as you are creating
             a mass of material on the take-up reel. During the learning stages, it is good to
             have the extra working time. There are other little things, such as catalyst color
             change, that are also nice to have.

8.   The other advantages of the Impregnator system are obvious - the controlled fiber-to-resin ratio
     allows for less “print through”, lighter parts with less repair due to “hot spots”, etc. The resin
     overspray associated with wet-out guns is gone. A catalyst pump and mixing system insure
     consistent and even cures. You can use a thicker, low styrene polyester resin or epoxy resin that
     can potentially have higher physical properties. Production speed is increased on many parts,
     but not all parts. We have reported 30% labor savings versus hand lay-up in a number of shops.

9.   Due to the new process, the fabric impregnator may be deemed to have some negative points.
     While the learning curve is quite short, the operator must clean the machine, e.g. 5 minutes for
     lunch and 20 minutes at the end of the day, and be aware of what is happening with the resin gel
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time or he’ll “set her up” as with any internally mixed gun. Handling wet-out glass is different,
but roll out time is dramatically reduced. Finally, it is more difficult to run pre-cut material;
wet-cutting is better. Some of our customers are running pre-cut very well, but it has been a
longer learning curve.

                              Thank you for your Interest!
                   60” PNEUMATIC IMPREGNATOR




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60” PNEUMATIC IMPREGNATOR – CONTINUOUS OPERATION




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     Glass cutting




     Resin Dam




      Resin impregnated fabric on take-up reel


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                 24” PNEUMATIC IMPREGNATOR




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                             FABRIC IMPREGNATOR
                           SATISFIED CUSTOMER LIST
                                           April 2000

1.      Advanced Materials, Inc. Contact:            David Rogerson        (860) 691-8350
          Builds cylindrical parts directly on the impregnator.
2.      University of Maine    Contact:      Habib Dagher            (207) 581-2138
           LROM/AMInate wood/composite “Glulams” for infrastructure applications.
3.      American Composites          Contact:     Joe Fecko                (916) 743-1885
          Builds large tanks with deluxe impregnator.
4.      LaValley Construction        Contact:      Eric Schumacher         (601) 374-1774
          Builds very large tanks with deluxe impregnator.
5.      Pettegrow Boat               Contact:        Mac Pettegrow           (207) 244-5082
           Pettegrow builds large vinyl ester and epoxy boats one-off style.
6.      Boston Boatworks             Contact:       Mark Lindsay           (617) 561-9111
           Custom sailboats - epoxy resins.
7.      Carroll Marine Ltd.          Contact:        Joe Silvia            (401) 253-1264
           Production boatbuilder using vinyl ester and epoxy to build 35'+ sailboats.
8.      Trident Shipworks             Contact:      Gary Carlin            (813) 839-5151
           Trident builds up to 150' motor yachts and sailboats with a pneumatic drive system.
9.      Gambol Industries          Contact:       John Bridwell         (310) 901-2470
          Gambol built a 100'+ motor yacht with the deluxe system using vinyl ester resin.
10.     Tiara Yachts                  Contact:      Jeff Wright            (616) 392-7163
        Production sport fishing boats.
11.     Industries Esthete         Contact:         Louis Fournier         (418) 693-6677
           Builds epoxy snowboards in Canada.
12.     Ride Snowboards            Contact:         Bernard Gervasoni      (909) 736-7520
           Builds epoxy snowboards in USA.
13.     Merritt’s Boat & Engine Works, Inc.       Bob Fournier             (954) 782-4216
          Builds epoxy custom 65' - 85' motor yachts.

There are currently over 90 units in the field. To our knowledge, all Customers are totally
satisfied with the performance of the Impregnator. Please contact ROM Development
Corporation if you would like to pursue this exciting technology by calling (401) 846-6008 or by
fax (401) 849-7903.

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                        ROM / AMI 60" IMPREGNATOR
                        SUGGESTED OEM PRICE LIST
                                  Effective August 1, 2000

AM-60M       Manual drive impregnator to include one (1) PVC pick-up tube        US$     16,000
             Casters, optional

AM-60PT Pneumatic drive impregnator to include: One (1) treadle control valve,
        safety slip clutch and slip clutch tools, reversing bash bar, roller counter,
        casters, hoses, and one (1) PVC pick-up tube.                             US$    22,000

AM-60DP Deluxe polyester impregnator system to include the features of
        AMI-60P plus a pumping system with 25 foot hoses, ball valve
        control with half inch static mixer with orifices, back pressure
        valves, ball valves, and air/solvent flush. SS solvent pump and
        hoses, dual foot treadle controls, feed tube system, and resin fluid
        pressure control.
        Flow rate: 25 lbs / min with 500 cps resin                               US$     37,500

AM-60DE Deluxe epoxy impregnator system to include the features of
        AMI-60P plus a pumping system (including transfer pumps for feeding
        main pumps) with 25 foot hoses, ball valve control with half inch static
        mixer with orifices, back pressure valves, ball valves, and air/solvent flush.
        SS solvent pump and hoses, dual foot treadle controls, feed tube system,
        and resin fluid pressure control.
        Flow rate: 25 lbs / min with 500 cps resin
                    20 lbs / min with 1200 cps resin                             US$     44,000

                                     Suggested Options
PVC-T       Extra 60" PVC pick-up tube                                           US$      85
CTR         Casters                                                              US$     400
Crating charge:                                                                  US$     500
Prices FOB East Lyme, Connecticut
Prices subject to change without notice.
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              ROM / AMI 18" or 24” TAPE IMPREGNATOR
                    SUGGESTED OEM PRICE LIST

                                 Effective August 1, 2000

AM-PTP-R Tape Impregnator with take-up reel to include penumatic drive
          with safety slip clutch and reversing bash bar, drip pan, cart, foot pedal
          control, feed creel, dams, roll counter, and slip clutch tools.

              AMI-PTR-R              18” US$18,000                24” US$19,500


AM-PTP        Tape Impregnator without take-up reel to include pneumatic drive
              with safety slip clutch and reversing bash bar, removal
              drip pan, castered cart, foot pedal control, feed creel,
              and dams.

              AMI-PTP                18” US$15,500                24” $16,500


AM-MTP        Manual drive Tape Impregnator without take-up reel

              AMI – MTP              18” US$12,000                24” $13,200


TURK        Tape take-up reel kit.                                                     US$ 2,200

CART        Cart Assembly.                                                             US$   600


Pumping, mixing, and dispensing equipment for a variety of resins is available with the ROM/AMI
18" Tape Impregnator as with our 60" Impregnator. Please calculate your required volume of resin
per minute, and we would be happy to quote an appropriate system to complement the Tape
Impregnator.

Prices are F.O.B. East Lyme, Connecticut.
Crating charge: $300.00
Prices are subject to change without notice.


                               ROM Development Corporation
                  136 Swinburne Row - Brick Market Place, Newport, RI 02840
                      Tel: (401) 846-6008           Fax: (401) 849-7903
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    11 Colton Road • East Lyme, CT, 06333 • Phone 860.691.8350 • Fax 860.691.8355
                             www.advancedmaterialsinc.com

								
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