Aliancys has installed a new state-of-the-art SMC line in its R&D facilities in Zwolle, Netherlands.
Aliancys explains that this line has the capability to make the full range of SMC materials, including products based on carbon fibre. It will be using this new equipment for joint development projects with key customers, pushing the limits of both SMC processing and moulded component end-use performance.
“Aliancys wants to have an in-house capability and full independence for making SMC products in R&D,” explains Peter Hilzendegen, Market Segment Leader SMC/ BMC of Aliancys. “That is why we have made the investment in a brand new line from Schmidt & Heinzmann. The ability to optimise raw materials, SMC manufacturing conditions and part moulding all in one hand, allows us to significantly speed up new resin developments.”
According to Aliancys the new SMC equipment is temperature controlled, enabling operation at elevated temperatures. This allows optimising fibre impregnation (e.g. by reducing resin viscosities) and speed up SMC maturing. Aliancys will be using the new line for evaluating innovations in its Palapreg, Daron and Beyone resin and Low Profile Additive series for SMC applications, with the initial focus on developing light weight structural solutions for Transportation end-use markets. The line is capable of handling both carbon and glass reinforcements.
“Aliancys is inviting its key customers to work on joint development projects creating unique SMC material solutions, very much in line with our LET’S TALK / brand promise,” says Andreas Horbach, Technical Service Manager SMC/ BMC at Aliancys. “Besides the new SMC equipment, we do have full testing and material evaluation capabilities for material characterisation and optimisation. This helps our customers to obtain predictable part performance in high volume industrialised manufacturing processes.”
“Customers in SMC need a partner that has the right knowledge and track record,” adds Paul Vercoulen, CTO of Aliancys. “Aliancys has a strong drive to deliver composites solutions that work in new applications and to help our customers to increase their competitiveness. We have made the development of carbon fibre based solutions a key priority in our long term strategy. Therefore, the investment in this new SMC line is a good example of how we take the lead in product innovation.”