13 December 2016
13 December 2016
VELOX organised its first technical forum at the CEMCAT in Laval, France, on Thursday 24 November 2016, in partnership with the companies Samyang and Crossfire/CMT.
According to VELOX, a group of players from the transportation and automotive industries was introduced to the TRICAP range, the latest composite innovation based on new-generation hybrid resins.It says that the attending industry specialists very quickly understood the multiple benefits offered by these products which, due to their low implementation costs, allow companies to significantly increase their productivity when manufacturing structural parts.
Pascal Dubois, Advanced Composites Business Development Manager at VELOX, points out, “With its patented formula, the epoxy based polymer offers a viscosity that ensures a fibre impregnation rate nearing 100%; this, in turn, provides the composite with exceptional mechanical resistance, allowing significant weight reduction in parts. This hybrid resin can also be processed as a pre-impregnated material. It can be stored at room temperature and does not require high pressure levels for processing, therefore significantly reducing tooling costs.”
VELOX claims that non-consolidated TRICAP P allows companies to manufacture ‘one-shot’ parts that are painted inside the mould. After reticulation between 160 and 230°C, this polymer allows a certain degree of thermoformability, once reheated above its Glass Transition temperature (Tg ~110°C), therefore it can be easily recycled. Lower reticulation levels allow parts to be assembled without adhesives; consolidation is ensured by heating only.
Gianluigi Creonti, CEO of Crossfire, and Marcel Schubiger, Managing Director at CMT, creators of this resin technology, and of the impregnated systems, emphasise that, “This polymer challenges all preconceived ideas regarding the behaviours of thermosetting materials and thermoplastics. This unique innovation is perfectly suited to the economic and environmental constraints faced by OEMs and all players in the composites industry.”
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Composites UK reports that its members are supporting the new 2018-2021 Safety in Manufacturing Plastics and Composites strategy (SIMPLC).
Composites are considered hard to join and researchers have predominantly focused on mechanical joining technologies including crimping, gluing, riveting or screwing. The Composites Europe exhibition in Stuttgart, Germany, on 6-8 November will show the advantages and drawbacks of each of these processes.
The Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University are commencing a study into the use of thermoplastic tapes in injection moulded parts. Companies interested in joining the study are invited to a kick-off event during Fakuma 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on 18 October.