14 November 2017
14 November 2017
Technology from Dow Automotive Systems that is designed to enable the processing speed and recyclability needed to utilise carbon fibre composites in mass production has been selected as a 2018 Automotive News PACE Award finalist.
VORAFUSE P6300 epoxy intermediates are said to offer zero tack and rapid transfer advantages in compression moulding of carbon fibre prepreg.
“One of the biggest challenges with implementing carbon fibre reinforced composites as a lightweight solution for transportation manufacturing is to make them effective in high-volume production scenarios,” explains Dave Bank, R&D Fellow, Dow Automotive Systems. “Working closely with customers and other partners, we have proven the capabilities of VORAFUSE and are optimistic that this solution will work across the industry.”
The PACE Awards recognise supplier innovations that have entered the market and are delivering measurable customer benefits. Finalists include a total of 33 innovations from 27 component and technology suppliers around the world. The winners will be announced in April.
Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.
UK company Prodrive Composites has developed a process for manufacturing recyclable composite components that can satisfy future end-of-life requirements without any compromise in the performance of the original parts. The company says the P2T (Primary to Tertiary) process not only simplifies recycling, but endows a composite material with the potential to fulfil three or more useful lifetimes.