02 April 2006
02 April 2006
CompoTech has recognised the potential of composites in one relatively untapped area, that of mechanical engineering and in industrial machinery.
The company has developed a process using ultra high modulus pitch carbon fibre to manufacture structural tubes, which can be used in almost any type of high speed industrial machine, such as milling machines, robots and printers. They say that this pitch-based fibre offers higher bending and torsion stiffness than the usual pan-based fibre, and can be cost-effective when used in volume.
In fact, CompoTech is now using up to 1.5 tonnes of pitch carbon fibre per week, due to customer demand, and this figure is set to grow.
Whilst high speed machine components have traditionally been made of steel or aluminium, the improved material properties of pitch carbon fibre components can offer the customer increased productivity, longevity of the machine’s life, reduced downtime and improved accuracy. For instance, when CompoTech’s tubes are used for drive shafts and beams in CNC milling machines, the same level of accuracy can be achieved twice as fast, or twice the accuracy can be achieved at current speeds.CompoTech’s pitch carbon fibre tubes are successfully being used by companies in the printing and robotic automation sectors, such as Soma Engineering and Bilsing Automation respectively, who have seen considerable improvement in their machines’ performance and are now rolling this out to become a standard feature on all of their machines.
Established ten years ago, CompoTech has a design office and manufacturing plant in the Czech Republic and a sales office in the UK,