1. The Laminate Feasibility and Optimization study is the fastest and most efficient way to generate cost effective solutions.

  1. Plant audits not only help identify waste but also  help define the road map of the future.

  1. Successful infusion is driven by 3 principles; vacuum pressure, permeability or porosity of the reinforcement, and viscosity of the resin. bravolab helps you navigate the maze of options to control these 3 principles, and, control cost.

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  1. Technical Training and continued education is an investment in your company’s greatest asset...your people.

  1. Developing materials to work in a specific process rather than the “band-aided” approach, keeps the true cost of building parts easy to identify.

  1. A successful infusion of a carbon fiber laminate relies upon a disciplined approach including rigorous trials and testing. But the results yield a laminate with truly unique mechanical properties

Bravolab builds the knowledge base and skill sets to drive innovation and leadership.

  1. Laminate Feasibility & Optimization.

  2. Successful composite parts start with a thorough laminate design because to lead in this industry demands more than just knowing the strength of a part. Bravolab starts by compiling all the critical information relative to the intended goals. Then, with the clients input, sets parameters and prioritizes the four drivers for the laminate design; stiffness, strength, weight, and cost. Once these are established multiple laminates can be added to optimize the design and navigate towards to the best solution. Laminate feasibility and optimization will clearly and concisely illustrate where improvements can be made in the design of the part or the selection of more appropriate materials, and most of all, provide the true cost of the finished part. The cost per unit surface area is the only true way to fully evaluate the choice of materials and the process for isolating waste and maximizing profit. Especially in the infusion process.

  1. Technical Training & Education programs

  2. Technical training and continuing education builds depth for your company’s resources and assets because a staff with technical skills is an invaluable asset to building market share. A sales and engineering team that can  bring solutions to the customer will be successful compared to one that doesn’t have technical knowledge and the right answer.


  3. Training programs are designed to fit all skill levels and job descriptions from in-the-filed sales teams to in-house engineering and customer service.


  1. New product launches are a good example as how bravolab can work across corporate boundaries to ensure everyone is “on-board” and the message is clear, concise, and relevant.

  1. Infusion Engineering for carbon fiber laminates.

  2. During the course of developing laminate designs for infusion it became obvious that carbon fiber reinforcements, under a vacuum,  are the most difficult if not, impossible to thoroughly wet out. In simple terms the reasons for this phenomena are 1) filament diameter, and 2) filament surface profile. The 7 micron diameter for most carbon filaments compared to 15-28 for E glass allows little room for  resin to flow especially when compacted under a vacuum. The smooth surface profile creates an almost air tight seal as the vacuum is applied the fibers can roll and nest on each other.


  3. A lack of visual change from dry to wet laminate compounds the problem. Carbon can look wet to the eye but, since it does not become transparent like fiberglass, it is virtually impossible to know if the inside tows or filaments have been saturated. 


  4. There is light at the end of the tunnel and bravolab has the solution; a practiced composition of materials and process controls has proven that carbon infusion does not have to be high risk and in fact can yield results more favorable than parts manufactured from pre-preg carbon with lower void content and tougher properties.

  1. E-Glass & aramid infusion engineering.

  2. The reason for separating E Glass/aramid and carbon fiber infusions is the nature and behavior of the fibers under vacuum mean that specific tools and procedure need to be in place for a successful infusion.


  3. Close molding can yield tangible benefits both in terms of manufacturing environment and end product performance. But, like any process, it’s only as good as the materials and engineering input and the controls to process the part. Infusion is very familiar to bravolab with the invention and development of several key products being credited to it’s founder. It is a discipline we constantly strive to improve and perfect.


  4. Like many aspects of our industry nowadays the more demand that’s placed on making the process cost effective (and who doesn’t want to reduce cost) the more important  the details become. bravolab’s services address all aspects including laminate design, reinforcement and resin selection to the choice of equipment and in-house training and education.

  1. Plant Technical Audit

  2. An independent, unbiased audit of your facility is an effective way to quantify your company’s assets, address issues and isolate waste with no obligation to purchase products. The client receives a detailed report of the findings with clear, concise recommendations for the path forward to minimizing waste and risky practices and maximizing profit.

  1. Application Specific Material Development.

  2. Success is more readily achieved when the input materials are designed to operate within the manufacturing environment. For example, infusion operates under about 1 atmosphere of pressure. Therefore the resin, reinforcements and other materials should be designed for optimum performance in those conditions. Without forethought to these areas the true cost often becomes  hidden as processing problems become band-aided.


  1. bravolab has a proven track record in the creation and development of application specific materials together with necessary technical training and education to reach the target audience.