CAMX 2016 preview: Hennecke

Hennecke Inc. (Lawrence, PA, US) will showcase the results of partnering with technology specialists and parts manufacturers to advance the science of composite materials processing.

Hennecke Inc. (Lawrence, PA, US) will showcase the results of partnering with technology specialists and parts manufacturers to advance the science of composite materials processing. The company will feature parts that represent the fruits of its collaborative developmental efforts to develop custom composite parts that not only reduce weight, but raise the performance bar in strengthening, load-bearing applications. Hennecke and Audi technicians collaborated to refine the HP-RTM (High Pressure Resin Transfer Molding) process to efficiently and economically produce a composite B-Pillar to replace a much heavier steel predecessor. Hennecke will also feature a lightweight automotive latch cover made from carbon-reinforced plastic for the X-Bow sports car. The latch cover was manufactured through a collaborative process combination of Hennecke’s STREAMLINE HP-RTM machine and a “v-duo” vertical large-scale machine from ENGEL. The process provides precise control of process automation and cycle time with considerable improvements in efficiency, economy and product quality, especially in large volume production. Visitors may also see a composite automotive leaf spring for the Mercedes Sprinter produced by Benteler Germany with HP-RTM and Hennecke PUR CSM (Polyurethane Composite Spray Molding) processes on a machine equipped with a custom mixhead. The result is a lightweight composite leaf spring as strong as its metal predecessor, yet more flexible and shock-absorbing, and impervious to rust.

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