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Fabrication of a Thermoplastic Car Bonnet in only 4 Minutes

24 September 2006

RocTool inaugurated a new laboratory this week, with 2 Pilot Lines (Platforms) dedicated to testing their Cage System technology.

The laboratory is composed of 2 Platforms: a large platform for parts reaching 1.2 m² in size and a small one for parts measuring 500x500mm.

As Alexandre Guichard, RocTool President, describes, “Before the acquisition of a licence, a company wishes to test the credibility of the technology. This is why we have invested in the 2 Platforms. The prototype parts are manufactured with our technology; this way, we can demonstrate the advantages of the Cage System to the potential client. We are already working with several partners from all over the world, notably Japan, the United States, and several countries in Europe.”

“For the last three months, we have made several prototypes with of different sizes and shapes as well as of different materials (glass, carbon, thermosets and thermoplastics),” added Matt Boulanger, Business Development Manager.

With the inauguration of the new laboratory came another exciting discovery: using the Cage System, only 4 minutes were needed to produce a car bonnet measuring close to 1m2.

“From an industry standpoint, where the reduction of costs is always an important objective, RocTool, thanks to the increase in productivity achieved with the Cage System, finally gives an answer to the industry,” emphasized Alexandre Guichard.

Supported since its creation in 2000 by its private and institutional shareholders, RocTool develops innovative processes and sells licences for the use of its patents. The company is currently made up of 15 employees.





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