09 April 2010
09 April 2010
A single-shot, high-performance composite pallet developed by the Lomold Group has been named a winner in the Transportation category by JEC in its annual Innovation Awards Program.
Other partners were Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co. Ltd. (Taiwan); KHS Consulting cc (South Africa) and Addcomp Holland BV (NL)
Lomold developed a new Long Fibre Thermoplastic (LFT) manufacturing process, the patented innovation achieving very long fibres in a very large and complex 3D product moulded through one gate (sprue). The resulting fibre length exceeds 20 mm (up to 50 mm), so high mechanical properties are achieved and strong, thin-walled lightweight designs are possible.
Lomold's high-performance LFT PP pallet is said to show a unique racking performance, with no creep under high loading.
The development was carried out in-house by a team of engineers over a period of 10 years and the technology is now patented worldwide. Several years ago, an exclusive cooperation with CLF in Taiwan resulted in the development of the Lomolder, with several machines (different sizes) having been built already.
Currently, Lomold is building two manufacturing facilities to produce the Lomold pallet, one in China and one in South-Africa. Other manufacturing plants are planned in Australia, the USA and Europe.
Other finalists in the Transportation category were:
▪ A new modular product which uses different panels to replace a traditional monocoque car body construction technique, presented by Icolfibra (Colombia) with its partners Pontifical Bolivarian University (Colombia) and Colciencias (Colombia).
▪ A full CFRP monocoque construction for a commercial vehicle trailer, presented by TTT The Team Composite AG (Germany) with its partners Zoltek Zrt (Hungary); Sika Deutschland GmbH; IFAM Fraunhofer Institute Bremen; FRIMO Group GmbH; Horst Witte Geraetebau Barskamp KG; ReKnow Dirk Janssen und Sebastian Schneider GbR; PRETECH Predictive Design Technologies GmbH (Germany).
▪ A low-cost, mass-produced carbon-carbon composite for use as a clutch disc in high-performance automobiles and race cars, presented by Wellman Products Group (USA) with its partners Koppers Inc. (USA); Asbury Carbons (USA); A&P Technology, Inc.; Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc.; SPEC Clutch (USA).
Chomarat has invested in a new pilot production line to develop its next generation of scrim reinforcements for the construction market. Conceived for the development of cement board and roof-waterproofing reinforcements, the machine can also develop materials for new markets.
PUGreen, a vegetable-based polyurethane resin for composites applications, is being launched by CPA and Purcom during Feiplar Composites, 6-8 November, in São Paulo, Brazil.
A Composite Advantage fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) FiberSPAN deck has been installed on a 143-year-old wrought iron bridge in Ontario.