Hydraulic press systems for thermoplastic composites consolidation: high volume production
Pinette P.E.I. is a leading manufacturer of hydraulic presses and is involved in each step of thermoplastics and thermoset production and shaping, by providing a large range of processes. To produce polymeric composites from carbon fiber and polymers like PEEK or PPS, widely used in the modern industry, consolidation is an inescapable and vital operation. Pinette P.E.I. has the expertise to offer you state-of-the-art consolidation press systems, tried and tested all around the world.
Consolidation process for thermoplastic composites
Before the shaping of consolidated composite plates into complex forms, unconsolidated polymer and fibers are transformed through simultaneous steps, all together designated under the name of the consolidation process: heating of the layer to curing temperature, application of the consolidation temperature during the crystallization cycle time and cooling down to room temperature under pressure.
Press system for thermoplastic composites consolidation
Pinette P.E.I. equipment is the perfect fit for your consolidation process. Our compression press systems for consolidation feature:
- Effort from 200 up to 2,000 kN
- Heating platens up to 450 °C
- Guaranteed temperature homogeneity of +/- 5°C over the consolidated plates
- Adaptable heating rate from 1 up to 10 °C per minute
- Nonlinear cooling rate, through air and water, up to 10°C per minute.
- PLC supervision
All heating or pressing processes are controlled and driven through our proprietary PLC, insuring the best availability and efficiency. Pinette P.E.I. press systems can run both automatically and semi-automatically, whatever your needs.
Pinette P.E.I. is also committed to help its customers thrive though innovation. That is the reason why we offer R&D consolidation press systems, tailor-made solutions for your business. We are proud to serve the industry by providing efficient and creative production means to the increasingly demanding industrial environment.
Pinette P.E.I. can also provide custom equipment for thermoplastic in-situ consolidation machinery. To process carbon fiber or polymer (PEEK, PEI, PPS, and PEKK), we design compression press which reaches 450 °C with an excellent homogeneity over the consolidated plates of +/- 5 °C.
Thermoplastic composites consolidation : automated production lines
Our compression press can also be implemented in automatic line for thermoplastic composites consolidation. This kind of line is composed of several presses through which tools are transferred.