Thomas + Technik introduces modular, compact pultrusion system
At 3.5 meters long, pullCUBE is reported to be about 75% shorter than conventional pultrusion machines, and the shortest yet built.
pullCUBE. Source | TTI
Editor’s note: CompositesWorld received several new product and technology announcements ahead of JEC World 2020, which had been scheduled for March 3-5. Although that exhibition was postponed to May, CW is now publishing the announcements we received. This is one of them.
At JEC World 2020, Thomas Technik + Innovation’s (TTI, Bremervoerde, Germany) is launching its pullCUBE pultrusion machine. At 3.5 meters long, pullCUBE is reported to be about 75% shorter than conventional pultrusion machines, and the shortest yet built.
According to TTI, the advantage of the machine is to enable manufacturers to install machines without having to build dedicated new production halls. The pullCUBE machines are designed to be easy to transport and quick to set up, so that they can be located at the job site itself, providing pultruded profiles with no length restrictions.
The new pullCUBE machine uses TTI’s patented moving mold technology and Radius Pultrusion process, and can produce both straight and curved profiles with a reportedly lower footprint than existing technologies. The process is also designed to minimize set-up scrap and to reduce production waste, as mold cleaning purges are no longer requiring. PullCUBE’s fully enclosed design promises safety for operators, separating them completely from hot surfaces, grippers and cut-off saws.
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