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After having developed the Cage System technology, RocTool launched the first adaptation of its induction process for the RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) Industry at the JEC composites show.
This new technology is designed for rates of production between 100 to 1 000 parts per day, which is of interest to the car industry, water sports, sports & leisure and to the aeronautics markets.
The Cage System rapidly heats the surface of the mould using electromagnetic induction and allows two different temperatures, one for the resin injection and another for the curing phase. “The adaptation of RocTool’s Cage System® for the RTM industry, constitutes a technological rupture compared to the conventional methods” explains Alexandre Guichard, CEO of RocTool. “It allows the production of parts of high and medium rates: Thanks to the RTM adapted Cage System®, many sectors will benefit from the reduced cycle time. According to the parts produced, it can go up more than 50%”.
To view an application of the adapted Cage System to RTM, RocTool presented a reduced scale car floor at the Show. This part was made in 2 minutes, at the Pôle de Plasturgie de l’Est (Saint Avold, France)
The organisation of a pilot is planned in Europe for the 2007 summer, in order to continue the development of the technology and to organize private demonstrations. “RocTool will open the license sales for the RTM process from April 2007” indicated Alexandre Guichard. “We are in the process of registering 9 patents and very soon we will be in possession of a total portfolio of 15 patents”
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