ISS5 2017

CAMX Show Directory & Program The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017 / ORLANDO, FLORIDA CAM X 2017 8 SHOWDAILY NEW TECHNOLOGY Honeycomb-Cored Sandwich Panel Processing EconCore (Leuven, Belgium) is featuring its technology for the continuous production of honeycomb sandwich materials in Booth D74. Reportedly fast and efficient, the process is said to be ideal for companies that operate in cost-sensi- tive applications, including automotive and transporta- tion, industrial packaging and building and construction. The EconCore process is capable of producing honeycombs from a range of thermoplastics with inline integrated lamination of skin materials of various types. At CAMX, EconCore is supporting one of its recent U.S.-based licensees — truck and trailer body manufacturer Wabash National Corp. — and its Mexican licensee Fynotej, which makes fibers, yarns and nonwoven products. EconCore also is presenting lightweighting options via several sandwich material combinations enabled by its honey- comb technology. The applications in heavy-duty transportation include roofing and walls of trucks and trailers, aerodynamic elements, cladding of vans as well as solutions for logistics and storage. EconCore is highlighting its development of high performance thermoplastic core materials made from high-end polyamides, FST-compliant formulations, among other high heat polymers. EconCore also is developing technology for converting recycled mass-market thermoplastics to high performance core materials by controlling the thermodynamics that influence material performance. Finally, the company is spotlighting its award-winning lightweight polymer solar panel, which is one-third the weight of a standard glass solar panel and more rugged and resistant to damage than standard panels. Within EconCore's technology, the honeycomb core is made in a fast, continuous process from thermoplastic material base and the composite skins are inline laminated onto the core as it is being made. The sandwich panel is then offline-laminated with the photovoltaic cells. EconCore, Booth D74 Modelmaking and Toolmaking Materials RAMPF Group Inc. (Grafenberg, Germany) is presenting its modeling and mold engineering materials, and its composites design, engi- neering and manufacture capabilities. RAMPF's portfolio includes styling, modeling and working board materials; and close-contour pastes, close-contour casting, and close-contour clocks. The highlight in the RAMPF booth is the concept car Fast Eddy, designed and produced by the Aria Group based in California. The use of RAMPF's RAKU-TOOL close-contour paste CP-6070/6072 reportedly enabled a high-quality, cost-effective and fast modelmaking process. RAKU-TOOL CP-6070/6072 was applied to a supporting structure made from RAMPF's polyurethane board RAKU-TOOL SB-0096, cured, and then machined according to CAD data. RAMPF Group Inc., Booth F2 Thermoplastic and Thermoset Materials TenCate Advanced Composites (Morgan Hill, California) is highlighting new thermoplastic and thermoset prepreg technologies. On display are several related aerospace and high-end industrial applications. The first application is an HP Spectre Ultrabook computer case manufactured with TenCate's Cetex TC920 polycarbonate/ABS carbon fiber laminate. TenCate says this high-volume applica- tion demonstrates the versatility of thermoplastic composites in cost-competitive applications, such as laptops, tablets and handheld consumer devices. The final details of the lower case are injection overmolded for manufacturing efficiency. TenCate's Cetex polycarbonate/ ABS carbon fiber laminates provide UL-94 fire safety without the use of secondary fillers. Also in TenCate's booth is a Thermoplastic Composites Research Center (TPRC, Enschede, The Netherlands) part developed with the assistance of GKN/Fokker (Papendrecht, The Netherlands). This TPRC part uses scraps of TenCate's Cetex TC1100 PPS thermoplastic prepreg to manufacture an aerospace-grade aircraft access panel. New from TenCate is TC380, a toughened, out-of-autoclave-capable, high-compression- after-impact (CAI) epoxy prepreg for aerospace applications. TenCate notes that with older- generation toughened epoxies, the tough- ening mechanisms essential for CAI perfor- mance often degrade the critical properties of service temperature, open-hole compression strength and moisture resistance. TC380 uses a proprietary toughening mechanism that does not degrade the modulus of the epoxy, main- taining service temperature and open-hole compressive strength, while providing good compression-after-impact performance. On the thermoplastics side, TenCate recently launched Cetex MC1322, a PEKK-based, chopped fiber bulk molding compound (BMC) aimed at compression-molded commercial aircraft applications. TenCate also is highlighting Cetex TC1225, a PAEK-based thermoplastic prepreg with a lower processing temperature, which is said to enable cost-effective overmolding with higher temperature PEEK resins for finer details and integrated structures, such as rib stiffeners. TenCate Advanced Composites, Booth N2 Test Equipment for Fibers Textechno (Mönchengladbach, Germany), a manufacturer of test equipment for fibers, yarns and rovings, is showcasing ROVINGTEST, which measures the most important properties of rovings simultaneously. ROVINGTEST can be used to characterize all yarns and rovings made from carbon and glass fibers. One parameter assessed by ROVINGTEST is the friction prop- erties of rovings when in contact with metal or ceramics, and, related to that, it can alert the user to the existence or generation of broken filaments, e.g., due to contact with surfaces. Moreover, the friction from roving to roving can be measured, which is an important parameter for simulating draping and forming processes. Spreading behavior and homo- geneity of filament orientation also can be measured, which is particularly important in the production of organosheets and tapes. Textechno, Booth B52 EconCore's lightweight polymer solar panel is one-third the weight of a standard glass solar panel and more rugged and resistant to damage than standard panels.

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