Thermoplastic CFRP preforming & forming line QSP ®
Innovation through its R&D department is the heart of Pinette P.E.I.’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.
PINETTE P.E.I. 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 P.E.I 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 P.E.I. 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 P.E.I. supplies QSP ® full technology turnkey production line, related tool and equipment according to customer specific request.