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Formax Successfully Commissions New Multiaxial Machine Dedicated To High Volume Automotive Applications

29 April 2014

Formax Successfully Commissions New Multiaxial Machine Dedicated To High Volume Automotive Applications

Formax has successfully installed and commissioned its new Karl Mayer Malitroni Multiaxial machine as part of a €2.5m investment programme.

According to Formax, the new cut and lay machine has a variable width from 1270mm – 1600mm and will be dedicated to the production of tailored Non Crimp Fabrics (NCF’s) specifically optimised for high volume automotive programmes.

Formax believes the new 35 metre multiaxial machine will allow Automotive OEM’s and Tier 1’s to design a bespoke fabric or preform to fit both the structure being built, and the manufacturing process; thereby ensuring a fast, cost effective and efficient conversion of carbon fibre into parts.

The machine is equipped with three axes, capable of laying ply angles from 20° through to 90° with both in-line and off-line spreading technology, which Formax anticipates will allow engineers to specify larger, lower cost, carbon fibre tows, with ply weights starting from just 50gsm.

Dan Norton, Automotive Sector Manager at Formax comments “Formax has recognised the demand being shown within the automotive industry to include carbon composite structures within their multi material platforms and with this machine, and its cutting edge spreading technology, we are able to increase fibre throughput whilst maintaining and delivering high manufacturing efficiencies.”

The new machine is in full operation, whilst the facility will officially open in May.

Photo provided by Formax





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