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Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Why is MIR relevant to my business?

A. MIR products frequently replace other molding processes at a lower market entry cost when production volumes do not justify expensive molds and large capital investment. MIR also improves profitability by enabling automating production, having faster cycle times, eliminating waste and reducing labor. MIR enables fabricators to expand their business capabilities by delivering the ability to manufacture parts currently made from other materials such as thermoplastic, urethane, epoxy, light RTM and metal castings.

Q. What are the advantages of the MIR Closed Molding System?

A. Every situation is different. Closed molding with MIR does not require significant capital outlays on molds, it improves labor efficiency, reduces material usage (minimal trimming), provides a double sided finish and has better EH&S outcomes. Another added benefit is that closed molding produces consistent, precisely engineered, high quality components.

Q. How does the material compare strength-wise with conventional fiberglass?

A. MIR materials do not use traditional glass reinforcements so do not have the same linear strength or engineered layering. If however you need the extra strength of a laminate you can always use traditional fabrics for localized reinforcement. MIR products are tougher and rely on strength by design, just like thermoplastics. Reinforcing ribs and seams are easily incorporated in part design.

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Q. If MIR is so good why isn’t everyone working with it?

A. MIR composites are new materials that are being proven-out in the field. The company’s client list is expanding as more applications are coming on line. The value propositions that are being achieved by early adopters of the technology are compelling and help drive new business. If you look through this website we feature a vast range of client-made applications and over time you will see an ever increasing number of new applications that are being produced with MIR composites.

Q. Does MIR compete with fiberglass?

A.MIR is strong and far more versatile than fiberglass, has a much quicker production process and is ideal for molding complex shapes. Most fiberglass parts are non-structural hence MIR can substitute many light RTM processes.

Q. What technical support does MIRteq offer?

A. Our staff is available to offer turn-key solutions and will assist with any outsourced mold fabrication and design.

Q. What is MIR’s greatest selling feature?

A. Our customers have chosen MIR for the soundest of business reasons. It is a cost-effective alternative to other fabricating methods, improves production efficiencies and expands our clients’ capabilities. They also do not see the change-over to a new material as being particularly challenging or costly.

Q. What is involved to convert to a MIR production process?

A. You obviously need a B-mold. The molds also need to be rigid enough to maintain consistent part thickness and should be well sealed around the edges. Our technical support staff can assist with mold selections and mold designs.

Q. How can I obtain samples for testing?

A. Please send us an email at sales@mirteq.com. We would be happy to hear about your intended application and can assist with your material selections, designs and mold preparation.