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Webinar – Syntactic Foams: An Update From Research and Industry

NYU Tandon will be hosting it’s first Zoom webinar in the Syntactic Foams Series on December 4th, 2020, 10-11AM EST. Register for free on eventbrite

Noel Tessier is one of the Founders and Technical Director of CMT Materials, Inc. and Engineered Syntactic Systems, LLC. BS in Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University and MS in Plastics Engineering, UMASS Lowell . His work experience for the last 30+ years has been developing and commercializing syntactic foam products for specialty applications. Some of the commercially developed syntactic foams that he has been involved with include specialty tooling materials for thermoforming, many types of buoyancy products, core materials for highly stressed composite sandwich structures and damage tolerant composite parts, extruded insulation for flexible pipe, insulation and base material to support wire windings in MRI units, ballistic and energy absorbing applications, and insulation having Low Fire, Smoke and Toxicity properties for civil and military applications.

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ESS Commentary on CAMX 2017

Like many others who had planned to attend CAMX 2017 this year, our thoughts are primarily with those affected by Hurricane Irma. The decision by the show organizers to postpone the event was not an easy one, but it was the right one. (In fact, our sister company, CMT Materials, also had a conference in Orlando cancelled during the same week.)

Our plan for CAMX was to introduce our new tooling board products designed for the composites industry. ESS materials engineers created a new epoxy-based syntactic structure that offers improved toughness and machinability. (See this blog post for complete details.)

If you were planning to visit us in Orlando, we’ll have to take a rain check until December… but feel free to get in touch with us directly to discuss your material needs.


ESS TOOL Syntactic toolboard

ESS Prepares New Product Launch at CAMX 2017

Tough. Durable. Low coefficient of thermal expansion.  ESS-TOOL™ delivers all of the properties expected from high performance, intermediate temperature tooling board plus enhancements to cut machining time in half and increase ramp down curing rates at 2X or more as compared to today’s industry standards.

Leveraging 30+ years of experience in materials science, Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS) has developed a new line of epoxy and thermoplastic tooling boards for the composites industry.  These tough and machinable materials are an excellent choice for composite fabrication in pre-preg and autoclave cure, wet lay-up, vacuum infusion and other composite processes.   They may also be used for constructing forming tools, master models, fixturing and other heat resistant applications.

ESS-TOOL 250 is the newest addition to our tooling board family. With enhanced properties for toughness and durability, it is designed for use at temperatures up to 250°F (121°C).  The material is engineered with a unique cell structure to reduce machining time and a polymer system that enhances toughness.  The result is faster machinability with superb surface qualities to reduce machining and polishing time. The enhanced toughness allows ramp down rates of up to 4°F/minute (2°C). Users can produce models and tools with great precision and dimensional stability.

ESS TOOL ramp time graph

ESS TOOL ramp time graph

Visit ESS at CAMX 2017 at booth N71 from September 11-14 the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

mz grade microsphere syntactic foam


ISO 9001:2015 cert

March 8, 2017, Attleboro, MA

Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of high-performance syntactic solutions for buoyancy, insulation and composites markets, is pleased to announce the achievement of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Standard Certification. Meeting the rigorous criteria established in the standard, ESS demonstrates and affirms its commitment to consistently deliver quality products and to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization to meet market demands. The certification was authorized by TÜVRheinland®, a premier global provider of independent testing and certification services with 15 locations throughout North America.

Terrence Woldorf, Managing Director, notes, “I am proud to see the validation that comes from having an independent body certify that our controls, processes, communication and commitment are consistent with the ISO 9001:2015 standards. Our management team, employees, processes and business management techniques were scrutinized along with our entire value chain, from initial product design to suppliers through to delivery and customer satisfaction. We passed with flying colors.”

ISO 9001:2015 provides a set of requirements that must be in place to have a quality management system, regardless of the organization’s size, product or service line, or public or private status.

Certification to the standard is voluntary, and organizations must complete a rigorous auditing process by a third-party registrar.