Surface Generation, a company in Rutland, the United Kingdom, that provides carbon fiber processing technologies, has unveiled a compression molding technology for high-volume automotive and consumer electronics markets.
The company's Multiplexing system can form fiber-reinforced plastic components in high-volume applications, with greater speed and precision. It uses a transfer process with a pressure containment cassette that holds mold faces and laminates to be held at predefined loads, even outside the press.
The mold faces are loaded into cassettes and passed through a series of stations for material loading, preheating, molding, cooling and demolding. The process tightly controls the temperature and pressure applied. By using multiple cassettes, preheating and cooling stations minimizes time within the press and cuts production time to as low as one minute.
Central to the system: Surface Generation's PtFS technology, which allows temperatures to be dynamically controlled to the exact local requirements of each part, by adapting heating and cooling levels in real-time.
Contact the company at www.surface-generation.com.