High productivity technologies for composites manufacturing
The growing demand for c02 emissions reduction is pushing the OEMs at reducing cars weight. Composites are one of the most promising solutions, permitting to combine high mechanical perfomances with low weight. Traditional technologies like Vartm or Prepreg however, are not productive enough to withstand the massive volumes typical of the automotive Industry. Average cycle times to obtain CFRP parts in fact, can easily go beyond two hours, seriously limiting the adoption of this kind of materials wherever big numbers are in place. Thanks to the R&D efforts of both chemical companies and machineries suppliers however, a whole new way of making CFRP parts has been developed. Cannon, through its integrated solutions for high pressure RTM that range from injection units to presses to moulds and preformers, can achieve cycle times lower than 5 minutes for a fully cured CFRP part opening the way to the adoption of this kind of materials in the most demanding production environments.