Fontijne Grotnes BV (Vlaardingen, The Netherlands) has introduced a hydraulic laboratory platen press for production of thermoplastic samples in support of R&D and quality control. According to the company, larger presses in the lab press line can be used for low-volume production. The presses can generate temperatures as high as 450°C/842°F, sufficient to prepare samples of polyetheretherketone (PEEK), polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetherimide (PEI) and polyetherketoneketone (PEKK). The presses also enable preparation of thermoplastics in a vacuum. They can be put under a vacuum manually or integrated with a PC control system. A control is built into the press to ventilate the vacuum chamber after pressing. Press forces range from 50 to 1,000 kN. Also new is the Lab Pro-View press control system, which offers the ability to preview programmed values and view the predicted press cycle. Other features include command recipe control, which reportedly offers an easy, user-friendly way of programming for both simple and complex processes.
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