Karl Mayer launches production line for thermoplastic UD tapes
The new line targets the mass production of thermoplastic tapes for lightweight construction applications.
Karl Mayer Technische Textilien GmbH (Obertshausen, Germany) has launched a new line for mass production of thermoplastic unidirectional (UD) tapes for lightweight construction applications. The line was developed, the company says, to fulfill a need for reproducibility, quality and efficiency at a reasonable cost in the processing fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP).
More specifically, Karl Mayer has extended its spreading technology to include suitable heating and impregnating modules, resulting in a machine system that is said to deliver a continuous mode of operating, a high production speed and large tape widths.
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