Surface Generation has unveiled a new compression moulding technology for high-volume composite manufacturing that could improve throughput.

Parts taking more than six minutes using traditional compression moulding can now be produced in two minutes using Multiplexing, the company says.

The technology has been developed to form fiber-reinforced plastic components with greater speed and precision, and uses a transfer process with a pressure containment cassette that allows mould faces and laminates to be held at predefined loads, even outside the press.

Mould faces are loaded into cassettes and passed through a series of material loading, preheating, moulding, cooling and demoulding stations, which control the temperature and pressure applied. The use of multiple cassettes and multiple preheating and cooling stations minimises time within the press and makes it possible to achieve Takt times of as low as one minute.

This story is reprinted from material from Surface Generation, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.