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RocTool will present its new moulding technology, ‘live’ for the first time at JEC World which Mathieu Boulanger, RocTool CEO, says is a result of 3 years of R&D into the Light Induction Tooling (LIT) which allows RocTool to develop its offer in key segments, such as aerospace, automotive and transport.
RocTool says that the LIT technology is fully adapted to thermoplastic and thermoset composites; it enables the production of very large parts and allows manufacturers to improve their existing production capabilities.
According to RocTool, its LIT addresses OEM challenges to make cost effective composite parts with quick cycle times. LIT technology does not require any compression press machines or special large forming press that only few manufacturers can afford globally. A light tooling structure integrates its state of the art induction heat technology and is connected to RocTool Performance Cooling units.
“With this new Out Of Press and Out Of Autoclave (OOA) technique, manufacturers can now increase their capabilities without investing in large tonnage machines and the OEM can extend their supply chain for such composite parts. Making large composite parts without compression machines, with light tooling configurations and precise temperature control is a game changer,” says Boulanger.
With this new innovative process, RocTool says it reduces the thickness of the tools and shortens the heating and cooling times achieving cycles below 3 minutes for various materials. The LIT enables an accurate control over heat ramps, from very fast heating to defined heat rates for aeronautical certified resin systems which require an overall longer cycle.
“The energy cost is very low and we obtain an exceptional return. Globally speaking, this new RocTool process allows the end user to obtain massive energy savings compared to conventional manufacturing processes! For the JEC World demo mould, the energy consumption remains below 2 kW.h, and a cost per part below 15 cents, therefore much less than using an autoclave,” highlights Dr. Jose Feigenblum, RocTool CTO.
RocTool Light Induction Tooling (LIT) – LIVE Demonstrations by RocTool and their partners JEC World (Live demo zone) from 8-10 March 2016, Paris Nord Villepinte, France. Thermoset & Thermoplastic composite parts will also be on display at RocTool booth – Hall 6, Stand C63.
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