Pinette completes acceptance of composites manufacturing platform

Pinette Emidecau Industries has supplied a platform to support the development of thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials using press molding technologies, including HP-RTM.

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Pinette Emidecau Industries (Chalon Sur Saone, France), a manufacturer of forming presses and production systems for high-performance composites, reported on Feb. 5 that it has been contracted by the National Research Council to design, manufacture and supply a research and development (R&D) composite manufacturing platform in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada.

The platform will support the development of thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials using press molding technologies, including stamping, consolidation and high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM). This platform will be one of the largest in the world available for R&D and capable of processing sheet sizes up to 1.2m by 1.2m at 12,500 kN closing force. The platform was manufactured at Pinette's French facility and has successfully completed a series of acceptance tests and is expected to be fully installed and commissioned in Boucherville during first quarter 2015.

The Pinette composite manufacturing platform is said to be highly flexible by design and capable of serving a range of research and technology development projects for a variety of industries.

Pinette is a manufacturer of automated presses, transfer and thermoform lines, including hydraulic presses 50 to 10,000 tons. The company also makes large-scale nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment.