Press manufacturer Wickert Hydraulic Presses USA (Hebron, KY, US) is featuring a new high-temperature, contact heating press that allows processing temperatures up to 425°C. The machine is targeted toward thermoplastic composites fabrication applications, focusing on local, continuous fiber reinforcement and UD tapes. Maximum product dimensions in this press are 1,100 by 1,100 mm. Heat output is 2 x 50 kW which, Wickert says, allows the press to reach the 425°C maximum temperature quickly. The heating plates feature six-zone temperature control, and temperature control is said to be accurate to ±1.0°C.
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