07 November 2012
07 November 2012
Integran Technologies has made further advances in its “structural metal plating-on- polymer” technology (Nanovate NP) for enhancing fuel efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the cost-effective manufacture of lightweight transportation parts.
Under development for several years, Integran’s nanometal-polymer hybrid core technology is protected by a number of patent filings and now with US 8,268,423 which issued on September 18, 2012 disclosing lightweight metal-coated polymer oil pans with high impact resistance.
Integran’s CEO Gino Palumbo stated “Our structural plating-on- polymer technology can be used to replace a variety of heavier all-metal components while providing superior wear- and impact-resistance in land, sea and air transportation applications. Further benefits can include thermal management and EMI shielding. Product designers are no longer limited to design restrictions imposed by metal forming or machining processes as they can now use the flexibility of injection moulding or additive manufacturing to fabricate strong and durable parts.”
Integran Program Manager, Dr. Nanda Nagarajan, added “Customers can now also take advantage of Integran’s ability to apply strong, highly adherent, nanometals to a broad range of high performance thermoplastics such as Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS), Polyetherimides (PEI), Polyamides (PA) and Polyetheretherketones (PEEK), along with other traditional plate-able polymers.”
The use of composites within the rail industry is predicted to grow by up to 40% between 2015 and 2020 according to the Composites Leadership Forum, reports Fibrelite, a UK manufacturer of composite trench covers.
Plasan Carbon Composites (PCC) has been awarded a contract to produce the first composite ramps and bridgeplates for Amtrak.