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Dieffenbacher supplied technologies for manufacturing fibre-reinforced plastic components to the newly inaugurated Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) and, in doing so, continued its successful working relationship with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
November 5, 2012 saw the grand opening of the Project Center in Canada when the Fraunhofer Project Center in London, Ontario, Canada, officially opened its doors in the presence of representatives from the German and Canadian governments and numerous clients from the industry and research sectors.
According to Dieffenbacher, the successful working relationship with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is set to continue with the launch of the new Project Center (FPC) in London, Ontario, Canada. Over the last few years, Dieffenbacher has collaborated with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT) in Germany to develop methods and machines for the manufacture of glass or carbon fibre-reinforced plastic components. For economically advanced nations such as the US, Canada and Germany, knowledge can help to secure a significant competitive edge on the global market. Together with the FPC, Dieffenbacher has now also established an independent platform in North America that gives industrial enterprises in the region the opportunity to research materials and to develop innovative fibre-reinforced plastic components.
Dieffenbacher explains it supplied all of the relevant plant systems in the areas of duroplastic and thermoplastic synthetic materials. These systems include a direct shield moulding compound line (D-SMC line) with a CompressPlus hydraulic press. This is used to manufacture fibre-reinforced plastic components such as engine hoods, bumpers or rear decks, for example. The system uses direct compounding to manufacture the finished component, taking it from its fibre-reinforced product form through the entire production process. Dieffenbacher claim it is the first D-SMC line in operation in North America and Canada.
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