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Below we pick a selection of just some of the product innovations on exhibit in Paris:
Pyromeral Systems, (heat- and fire-resistant composite materials for industrial applications), are presenting the new Pyrotool moulding system, a ceramic-based matrix reinforced by fibres and is intended for the manufacture of high-temperature-resistant moulds.
Pyrotool includes a laminating resin, a fibre reinforcement and a gelcoat. It can withstand temperatures above 300°C and is thermoformed with standard composites techniques. The moulds are thermostable, even at high temperature, and have a good dimensional stability in continuous exposure and in cycles. The system is highly suitable for small- and middle-run production of thermoset and thermoplastic parts. Stand B14.
Favier TPL Company is presenting their new PEEK-glass braid, developed in partnership with another firm, Schappe Techniques.
Stretch-broken glass yarn is blended with PEEK, and the resulting product is used to make braided sleeving that is heat-processed to produce objects such as medical equipment. The product can be rapidly processed, and should be suitable for the same applications as carbon yarns, at lower cost. Fields of application: medical, aerospace, sports, automotive.
ACEs is presenting the latest results from a publicly funded project on preforming, testing and resin-infusion technologies. The main exhibit is a special tool for the tufting of braided stiffening profiles on biaxial curved carbon-fibre textiles.
The solutions for near-net-shape preforming and manufacturing of FRP-parts for high-tech applications come from one source. They can be used in many sectors, such as aerospace, automotive, marine, leisure, transportation, civil building, machine construction, and process engineering. ACEs (Aachen Composite Engineers) is a competence network that brings together the expertise in composite technology of several departments of the RWTH Aachen University.
RocTool are hosting a pres conference to announce details of their latest partnership with Novation
In 2004, RocTool announced the creation of the Cage System, a new, ultra quick composite transformation process. This revolutionary proceses utilizes inductive heating which allows a reduction of production costs as well as an increase in production rate. The patented process will be exclusively licensed to Novation for the production of composite shoe parts and accessories. Novation, formally Nike Bauer, is one of the leading manufacturers of sports shoes (soccer, cycling, ice hockey, ski…) and sport accessories made with composite materials.
The press conference will be held at the RocTool stand (M31) from 12 noon.
Nidaplast Honeycombs, a designer of extruded polypropylene honeycomb, is presenting Nidapan at its stand. Nidapan is a honeycomb reinforced with a glass/thermoplastic grid thermobonded to both sides. This results in a partially stiff, semi-finished honeycomb core material that requires only facings to provide the final characteristics. The company is enlarging its Nidapan line as early as spring 2005 with grids of varying areal weights and mesh sizes.
The products in the Nidapan line are low-cost, semi-finished sandwich panels that are both lightweight and stiff. As they are pre-reinforced, they are suitable for a broader utilization and can be adapted to the requirements of specific user sectors, such as marine, transport, building, and industrial equipment. Nidapan applications include walls, facades, and floors. The facings usually consist of decorative laminates (wood, marble, etc.), but other types of skin can be adapted to Nidapan.
Biteam AB, the 3D-weaving technology pioneer, has further advanced their unique system recently to weave directly the first ever single-piece carbon fibre constructional I-beam that has sine-curve web integrated with straight top and bottom flanges.
Compared with the conventional straight web I-beam, the sine-curve web provides a greater structural stability in compression and torsion for the I-beam as it supports relatively broader areas of the integrated flanges. An I-beam with a sine-curve web thus has an improved load bearing capacity. Such a constructional beam is required for structural applications in the aerospace and construction industries.
The experimental production of an I-beam with sine-curve web demonstrates the flexibility of the unique 3D-weaving technology developed by Biteam. The amplitude of the sine-curve web can be controlled according to design needs – the greatest being up to the opposite edges of both top and bottom flanges. Production of double sine-curve webs, either parallel or oppositely facing, also seems possible now.
Biteam will exhibit the novel small-cross-section I-beam that combines a sine-curve web of different amplitudes and also linear sections, as illustrated, at JEC Show 2005, Stand J-120.
SAERTEX launches the next generation of Carbon Fibre Multiaxial Fabrics – SAERTOW (TowOptimisedWeight).
Using new manufacturing techniques, ply weights of around 150 g/m² using 24K or heavier tow fibres, can be readily achieved. The SAERTOW product range has been developed with the objective of offering end users, typically in the automotive and aerospace sectors, affordable high quality fabrics with no compromise on properties, especially drapeability.
Delcam will demonstrate the latest developments in its CADCAM systems for the composites industry. New features on display will include methods for the generation of 2D patterns for prepregs from 3D models of components, improved nesting to ensure the most economic use of materials cut from sheet and an increased range of five-axis machining methods, both for the manufacture of patterns and tooling and also for the trimming and drilling of moulded parts.
Stand E 52
Oxeon AB,innovator of Oxeon-TeXtreme the tape woven reinforcements produced by interlacing stabilized unidirectional 20-50 mm wide tapes, instead of yarns are exhibiting their latest offerings at JEC.
The achieved fibre architecture combines the structural performance of unidirectional tapes with the handling ease and large surface area of a woven textile. To bring even more performance and flexibility to our customers Oxeon has developed their own UD-tape production system and introduces at JEC 2005 the next generation of Oxeon-TeXtreme.
Stand J 120
Johns Manville is presenting its Global Reinforcement Business during the JEC fair in Paris (hall 1, booth no. N 22).
During the last twelve months JM have introduced a few new products all of which will be exhibited at JEC. StarRov 086, a new direct roving in 300, 600, 1200 and 2400 tex, is available for the high speed and multi-axial weaving market. Application fields include the fast growing wind energy market as well as the marine and sporting goods markets.
ThermoFlow 718, a special developed densified chopped strand for PBT compounds, exhibits superior mechanical performance and excellent heat aging characteristics. These fibres will be used in the thermoplastics industry in connectors, housings, relays, switches, motor end caps, electrical and electronic applications.
Johns Manville’s are providing a press presentation to discuss their latest innovations and current product availability.
Assocompositi. the Composites Association of Italy will be present at JEC to highlight its Association to the composites industry for the first time. The Association is relatively new (established in December 2004 in Milan) and with the increasing widespread popularity of composites, the need for a collective Italian composites association became apparent.
Due to the fact that more European countries have become members of the EU, a European market has developed with nationals laws, standards and regulations which are often replaced by European laws. Clearly it is necessary for each European country to have its own association. These associations must have a say in the matter in Europe and become the spokesmen of each national composite production industry. The Association is made up of producers, developers and researchers from the breadth of the composites industry with many Italian companies taking up interest.
The Associations main aim is to support composite production and to support the support and the capacity of supplying helpful services for its members. It also aims to defend, promote and spread the interests of its members involved in composites R&D. Represent at national and international level the organisations, institutes, professionals, producers, transformation industry, suppliers of raw materials, machinery, equipment, accessories and services.
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