Thermoplastic CFRP preforming & forming line QSP ®
Innovation through its R&D department is the heart of Pinette PEI.’s business strategy and represents 30% of its sales revenues. It is often the result of a collaborative approach and as a result our last project, the QSP ® Quilted Stratum Process - rewarded at JEC show in Houston, Texas and Experience Composites in Augsburg, Germany - represents the perfect illustration of it.
QSP ®: innovative process for thermoplastic composites layering
The QSP production line is dedicated to composite parts manufacturing through composite layering process. The QSP ® line is a breakthrough innovation that has the following competitive advantages:
- Cycle times acceleration allowing to reach automotive standards for the production of net shape parts ready for assembly in 1 minute
- Capacity to transform up to 5 kilograms of raw material per minute into medium or large sized structural parts
- Alternative to steel, aluminium, thermoset plastics and mono-material TP
- Proven industrial principles
- Reduced scrap: material usage > 90 %
QSP ® Solution : Production lines & machines
QSP ® layup is available in two versions : the high volume QSP ® line or the QSP ® Compact line - different sizes and options available on request.
The QSP ® preforming & forming line
The QSP ® results in a high series production line for CFRP and thermoplastic TP matrix structural part with multi-thickness, multi-material and net-shape, ready for assembly.
This equipment addresses & targets the automotive sector & the world of aeronautics. In these sectors, manufacturers are looking more and more for composites materials as an alternative to metal parts in order to save weight.
The QSP ® Compact Direct layup 1300
PINETTE PEI. also developed the QSP ® Compact direct layup 1300, a standard unit allowing customers to benefit from QSP technology & advantages while drastically reducing the required Capex. This compact unit allows to manufacture 2D+ multi-thickness preforms with thermoplastic matrices in a one minute cycle time. It can be easily integrated in a QSP ® turnkey production line.
QSP ® : Industrial principles
This preforming & forming line can feature the following modules:
- Pultrusion (optional)
- Patch cutting
- Tape laying including preform assembly, fast heating & fast transfer
- Hydraulic press allowing compression & over-molding
Pinette PEI is an engineering company providing custom engineered solutions. Thus, the QSP ® production line is scalable to better fit with our client's needs.
Main features & applications
- 5 Kg per minute output
- One minute cycle time
- Net shape design
- Ready for direct assembly
- Robustness and repeatability
- Competitive cost
QSP ®: A production resulting from a collaborative approach
To design such a line, Pinette PEI. has combined its expertise on composites testing and forming equipment with the Cetim technical center (Nantes, France), the toolmaker Compose (Ain, France) and Loiretech (Loire-Atlantique, France).
The line uses the composite layering process, without any break in the flow. 35,000 hours of engineering conception and 7 million euros were engaged to develop this new process. This project came to a close end with the inauguration and start-up of the line on November 3rd 2015 at the Cetim space of the Techno campus in Nantes.
Pinette PEI. supplies QSP ® full technology turnkey production line, related tool and equipment according to customer specific request.