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TMP Automatic Composite Moulding System Aims to Reduce Production Costs

22 April 2013

TMP says it has custom designed an automatic composite moulding system increasing their production rates and reducing production costs. 

TMP claim the system includes a series of four hydraulic presses for heating and cooling, integrated with a central hydraulic and electrical system that operates all presses independently. It says the system features two heated presses, each with stainless steel, electrically heated platens, drilled and fitted with cartridge type heating elements for heating up to 1000°F and 550°F, respectively.  Also included are two water-cooled presses fitted with platens drilled for zoned passage cooling that can operate individually, with valving to allow adjustment of water flow. 

According to TMP, a central, self-contained hydraulic system is designed for fast close and opening of the presses to increase cycle speed.  The press operator can adjust tonnage and pressure rise for precise part moulding.  A proportional valve set and adjusted on the operator interface, controls the hydraulic pressure for each of the four presses.

The company goes on to state that the automatic hydraulic press system features mould workstations prior to the pre-heat press, which allows operators to lay-up work and stage moulds. A mould return conveyor and mould elevators raise and lower the customer's moulds at each end of the system.  A mould transfer system carries the mould through all four presses.