Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. (Tacoma, Wash.) announced the launch of RapidClave 2, its second-generation technology that provides autoclave-processing capabilities in a machine that operates significantly faster than traditional autoclaves. The RapidClave, which incorporates a pressure press, cures prepregged, autoclave-compatible thermosets in a sealed, highly pressurized chamber that can shorten thermoset composite mold cycle times to 17 minutes. The system features 0- to 350-psi pressure, integrated rapid heating, cooling, vacuum and automated tool and materials handling. New in the RapidClave 2 is controlled top and bottom zoned heating and cooling. The system also offers independent control of heating, cooling, pressure and vacuum according to stored process parameters. RapidClave 2 can accommodate parts of a variety of sizes and is targeted toward the automotive, industrial and aerospace markets.
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