03 September 2013
03 September 2013
Jeco Plastic Products has produced a thermoformed door liner for a cryogenic container which will be used by NASA on the Space Lab.
Producing the door liner required a proprietary Jeco plastic moulding capability involving polypropylene sheets with continuous polypropylene fibre reinforcement, oriented 90 degrees from one another to produce structures that remain very strong and durable at cryogenic temperatures.
The NASA project relied on Jeco capabilities including an internal vacuum chamber to keep the raw material sheets flat until forming is complete, as well as a proprietary clamping technique. The Jeco production processes and precise tooling controls the movement of raw material as moulding occurs, thus maintaining proper orientation of the reinforcing continuous fibres.
Discussing the project, Jeco CEO Craig Carson commented, "Jeco is proud to have been selected to produce this specialised moulding for NASA. Our proprietary thermoforming techniques are finding application in a wide variety of products requiring unusual thermal and structural properties."
Jeco Plastic Products designs and manufactures pallets and containers for printing and automotive industries, as well as other industries handling heavy product which must be protected from damage. Other capabilities include the ability to produce large plastic structural components made with continuous carbon fibres in a variety of engineering thermoplastics.
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