Aliancys installs new SMC line

This line has the capability to make the full range of SMC materials, including products based on carbon fiber.

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Aliancys (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) has installed a new SMC line at its R&D facilities in Zwolle, Netherlands. This line has the capability to make the full range of SMC materials, including products based on carbon fiber. Aliancys will be using this new equipment for joint development projects with key customers.

“Aliancys wants to have an in-house capability and full independence for making SMC products in R&D," said Peter Hilzendegen, market segment leader SMC/ BMC of Aliancys. “That is why we have made the investment in a brand new line from Schmidt & Heinzmann. The ability to optimize raw materials, SMC manufacturing conditions and part molding all in one hand, allows us to significantly speed up new resin developments.”

The new Aliancys SMC equipment is temperature controlled, enabling operation at elevated temperatures. This allows to optimize fiber impregnation (e.g. by reducing resin viscosities) and speed up SMC maturing. Aliancys will be using the new line for evaluating innovations in its Palapreg, Daron and Beyone resin and Low Profile Additive series for SMC applications, with the initial focus on developing lightweight structural solutions for transportation end-use markets. The line is capable of handling both carbon and glass reinforcements.

“Aliancys is inviting its key customers to work on joint development projects creating unique SMC material solutions,” said Andreas Horbach, technical service manager SMC/ BMC at Aliancys. “Besides the new SMC equipment, we do have full testing and material evaluation capabilities for material characterization and optimization. This helps our customers to obtain predictable part performance in high volume industrialized manufacturing processes.”