Global real-time process monitoring

Synthesites Innovative Technologies Ltd. showed off its new global system for real-time monitoring of composites processes at JEC Europe 2013.

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Synthesites Innovative Technologies Ltd. (Piraeus, Greece) showed off its new global system for real-time monitoring of composites processes at JEC Europe 2013. Resin cure (Optimold), resin flow (Optiflow) and temperature are monitored with the same software (Optiview) using a variety of durable and disposable sensors. With special modules, it is possible to monitor, in real time, a resin’s Tg, degree of cure and viscosity and to identify faulty conditions, such as an incorrect mixing ratio or resin aging in the mold cavity, in the die, at the feeding lines or in the resin pot or bath. In one application, the industrial use of Optimold in high-speed resin transfer molding (RTM) production already has enabled a cure cycle time reduction of up to 40 percent. Optimold and Optiflow systems reportedly have been successfully used in RTM, Light RTM, vacuum infusion and pultrusion processes in aerospace, automotive, industrial and wind energy applications, as well as in R&D centers. These systems can be readily used in other processes, such as in autoclave curing, filament winding and compression molding of sheet molding compound (SMC), according to the company.  

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