Economical press molding

Dieffenbacher’s (Eppingen, Germany) Compress Lite made its debut at JEC Europe 2014.

Dieffenbacher’s (Eppingen, Germany) Compress Lite made its debut at JEC Europe 2014. The new and reportedly cost-effective compression molding machine is designed to process thermoset- and thermoplastic-based composites. This low-height machine features an energy-saving drive and offers what is said to be identical deflection of the table and ram to help provide consistent component thickness and quality. Access to the table is provided from all four sides, easing tool changes and allowing good automation integration. Press forces in the series range from 4,000 to 12,500 kN.

            Dieffenbacher also sought to reinforce its position in the high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM) market by emphasizing its fully automated production system for the manufacture of carbon fiber composite components. The system includes preform production, the HP-RTM press, and equipment for post-mold work. Preforming capabilities include fabric cutting operations, binder application and transfer of preforms to carriers. Dieffenbacher has been cooperating in HP-RTM production-line development with Krauss-Maffei (Munich, Germany), which supplies the resin injection systems for many Dieffenbacher presses.