University of Alabama at Birmingham installs LMG compression press

The press is being used to conduct research on long fiber-filled thermoplastic composite materials for military applications, transportation structures and industrial process development.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham reports that it has installed a 300-ton LMG (Di Pere, Wis., USA) compression press in its Materials Application Research Center. The press is being used to conduct research on long fiber-filled thermoplastic composite materials for military applications, transportation structures and industrial process development. Both glass and carbon fibers are being used in conjunction with thermoplastic materials including, but not limited to PEEK, PPS, nylon and PP. The research center is capable of performing design analysis, making prototype parts and conducting property testing.

The LMG 300-ton press has been built and designed with the high speeds and controls necessary for molding fiber-filled thermoplastic materials. The press features a large color touch screen for easy access and entry of process set points for temperature, velocity and pressure profiles. Velocity and pressure profiling of the clamp closing stroke improves the quality of the molded part. Other features on the press include real-time process monitoring, alarm descriptions and mold recipes.