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Saertex was awarded the AVK Innovation Award 2010 for SAERfix EP self-adhesive fabrics that enable the user to apply custom-shaped textile surfaces to complex component shapes.
The AVK – Industry Association for Reinforced Plastics (Industrievereinigung Verstärkte Kunststoffe e.V.) presents the award annually in four categories. In the industry category, The product was the result of years of development work and testing and is now in full-scale production.
The EP-resin compatible reactive glue is incorporated firmly into the matrix network during production, and as a result does not influence the curing reaction or the mechanical parameters. The placement of textile fabrics on arched or vertical surfaces is problematic, because the pieces and sections slip out of place, warp, or fall during overhead work. SAERfix EP allows textile fabrics to be positioned precisely. The material can be stretched and fixed into place, and is suited for automated processes. It replaces conventional agents, which increases productivity due to the reduced production time. The adhesive application is reproducible, enables the construction of glued hybrid structures and is also available for self-application onto the carrier medium. Saertex say that SAERfix EP can be implemented to all conventional resin-infusion and -injection processes with open or closed tooling systems. The fabrics and other textile semi-finished products, such as peel ply, are equipped with SAERfix EP adhesive in such a way as to be self-adhesive and are also functional even after months of storage.
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