High performance composites are typically lighter and stronger than traditional materials and can play a significant role in industrial decarbonization initiatives. This focus on sustainability has led to the development of renewable, bio-based solutions and products incorporating high levels of natural or recycled materials.
Ipco AB, Sandviken/Sweden, supplies systems based on steel belts, Teflon belts or a combination of the 2. The modular design of ThermoPress press systems enables multiple stages of production – including polymerization, curing and cooling – to be incorporated into a single, highly efficient continuous process. A choice of belt types and pressure modules allows systems to be configured to meet virtually any pressure and heating requirements. The company will be present at the international textile machinery trade fair ITMA in Milan/Italy from June 8-14, 2023, to present its latest innovations.
At Ipco’s center of excellence, a 1,600 m² test and demo center near Stuttgart/Germany, a full range of processes can be assessed, from consolidation/calibration, lamination and impregnation, to tempering and cooling. Applications include consolidation of pre-laminated sheets and impregnation of fibers with resin. Resin can also be applied in powder, film or liquid form onto a nonwovens or felt material.
A complete set of pilot systems, including a recently installed ThermoPress SB steel belt line, a ThermoPress TB (Teflon) and a CB (Combi) unit, enables Ipco and its partners and customers to cooperate on the research and development of thermoplastic composite materials and produce prototypes scalable to production size. This in turn provides the process data needed to design high productivity commercial-scale solutions.
Teflon = registered trademark