Thermoforming press

At JEC Europe 2014, Siempelkamp, a Krefeld, Germany-based supplier of high-performance presses and handling systems for fiber-reinforced composites since 1993, touted its recently developed a 2,000-ton press for thermoforming sheet molding compound (SMC), which can be changed in only a few steps to an injection-press unit for resin transfer molding (RTM).

At JEC Europe 2014, Siempelkamp, a Krefeld, Germany-based supplier of high-performance presses and handling systems for fiber-reinforced composites since 1993, touted its recently developed a 2,000-ton press for thermoforming sheet molding compound (SMC), which can be changed in only a few steps to an injection-press unit for resin transfer molding (RTM). Installed at vehicle components manufacturer C.F. Maier Kunstharzwerk in Königsbronn, Germany, the equipment reportedly can process composite materials at temperatures as high as 430°C/806°F and features precision positioning and hydraulic control, the ability to use open-die, closed-die and gap-impregnation molding techniques, and includes a modular tool changing and clamping system with a shuttle for quick and easy tool changes. Siempelkamp also exhibited concepts for automating wind blade and helicopter rotor blade production as well as its experience with equipment for stamping of thermoplastic organosheets (a term used in the plastic injection industry to describe thermoplastic matrix materials with some type of fiber reinforcement).