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Technical Fibre Products has extended its manufacturing capability to include lamination as a complement to their established nonwoven business.
The company says that a new flat-bed laminator with powder scatter capability has now been fully commissioned and provides the means to add value to TFP’s Optiveil and Optimat nonwovens for composites, Tecnofire passive fire protection and thermal insulation materials. The value can take several forms; bonding of multi-layer structures, powder addition and compression.
The new capability it says provides greater flexibility in material design, enabling the production of hybrid materials made up from layers of material with different properties. Examples include stabilisation of reinforcement fabrics with lightweight nonwovens, addition of pressure sensitive adhesive or foil backing and creation of multi-functional materials with alternating conductive and dielectric layers. These hybrid materials can help simplify part fabrication or eliminate downstream processing steps as well as providing additional functionality.
A further benefit to this new technology is the capability to surface coat materials through powder scatter application of polymeric or active powders, such as thermoplastics or adhesive. Coating of materials is not limited to nonwovens and can add surface functionality to the material processed. The laminator also enables TFP to offer material compression, enhancing the drape of nonwovens to facilitate improved conformability to complex mould shapes used in composite manufacture, particularly when using thermoplastic veils.
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