British company Creative Composites has developed a powerful compression unit for compression moulding of polymer composites. The press generates 1,500T of moulding pressure and is capable of processing tools up to 3 metres by 2 metres in size.
Compression moulding method helps to manufacture more durable composite products in comparison with injection method (RTM) because the pressing doesn’t affect the filament orientation in the reinforcing filler due to the low flow of the compound.
The new press is capable of working with different types of fibers including basalt fiber and will be used to meet growing demand for high quality composite components in the automotive, aerospace and construction sectors that demand extremely durable components.
The developers try to eliminate the negative side of the compression moulding by using the most advanced technology available within the industry and including innovative features such as an active levelling system. The new press at Creative Composites achieves results such as advanced control, high levels of quality, high levels of accuracy as well as reducing energy consumption by up to 70%.
The press provides a number of benefits to customers such as good part to part repeatability, low cycle times, ability to add many design features, excellent dimensional stability and efficient use of material.
Jonathan Holmes, Commercial Director at Creative Composites said, “We are expanding in markets including automotive, material handling, medical and aerospace and look forward to exciting times ahead where the applications for composites are endless.”
Companies: Creative Composites
Terms: Composite materials