Technology, Machinery & Equipment
Working together with Continental Structural Plastics (CSP), Cytec Industrial Materials has developed MTM 23, a tailored, self-releasing rapid-cure vinyl ester resin system, to satisfy the criteria for production of a composite electrical vehicle battery enclosure that would meet a number of rigorous performance requirements.
These included 30° offset-barrier, side-impact, and rear-barrier crash; 50 G impulse shock (X, Y, Z); post-crash package integrity; fire-resistance testing; 3-m drop testing (bottom/end); 1-m water-submersion test; and vibration/shock testing.
Cytec and CSP also worked together on data generation, ply design and press production technology. That close collaboration enabled CSP to manufacture parts in less than 10 minutes at a 150° cure, but MTM 23 has the capability to be rapid-cured in less than 3 minutes, the manufacturer reports.
A designer of fastening solutions YKK is showcasing its new collections at the Spring/Summer 2015 session of Modamont international trade fair that takes place from 18-20 February in Paris.
Due to hit the stores in summer 2015, YKK has come up with a new twist on sophisticated zippers using a singular modern material that is both sensual and functional – Alcantara, for an upmarket, high-performance zipper, suitable for various applications.
Alcantara is a mock suede type fabric, which is produced by combining an advanced spinning process (producing very low denier bi-component "islands in the sea" fibre) and chemical and textile production processes (needle punching, buffing, impregnation, extraction, finishing, dyeing, etc.) which interact with each other.
Orders for textile machinery rose during the fourth quarter of 2013, according to figures provided by the economics department at ACIMIT, the Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufacturers. The development shows a 5% increase compared to the previous quarter.
However, on the domestic side, orders fell by 15%, due to a highly critical situation for the Italian market. Exports rose by 7% over the previous quarter, and remain the main growth driver for Italian manufacturers.
Raffaella Carabelli, President of ACIMIT, commented: “We’re quite satisfied with our performance on foreign markets, although we remain somewhat distressed by the situation in our domestic market. Abroad, our promotional efforts for 2014 will serve to help us find new business opportunities in growing markets.”
Technical Fibre Products (TFP) has extended its manufacturing capability to include lamination as a complement to the company’s established nonwovens business.
A new flat-bed laminator with powder scatter capability has now been fully commissioned and provides the means to add value to TFP’s Optiveil and Optimat nonwovens for composites, Tecnofire passive fire protection and thermal insulation materials. The value can take several forms – bonding of multi-layer structures, powder addition and compression.
Digitising industrial printing and deposition processes has transformational benefits, making them more flexible and responsive, more efficient, more environmentally responsible and more profitable, according to Xennia Technology, a company which will be offering its advanced digital manufacturing solutions at the InPrint 2014 industrial print show as a founding partner and sponsor.
InPrint, taking place in Hannover, Germany, from 8-10 April 2014, is the first trade exhibition solely committed to print technology for industrial manufacturing.
Groz-Beckert will be exhibiting its selected knitting and felting needles at Exintex 2014 exhibition that takes place from 11-14 March 2014 in Puebla, Mexico, where a broad spectrum of new products from the textile, apparel and thread industry will be on display.
Groz-Beckert will be presenting the latest products and services at the Fimec international fair for leather, fur and products and machines for footwear, with its agent NS Importação e Comércio Ltda.
The show that takes place from 18-21 March 2014 in Novo Hamburgo, Brazil, is expected to welcome about 600 exhibitors and 50 thousand visitors.
The central theme of the fair will be SEWING5, Groz-Beckert's comprehensive services plan in support of its high quality product range.
Scott & Fyfe, a supplier of reinforcement textiles to the composite industry, will be exhibiting its products at the JEC Europe 2014 show for the global composites industry that will take place from 11-13 March 2014 in Paris.
With an extensive range of products designed to specifically meet the needs of customers, the company is a supplier for many of the leading composite producers. It serves across markets such as mass transit, automotive, marine, wind energy, construction and sports and leisure.
Radici Fil SpA, a leader in the manufacture of PA6 and PA6.6 BCF yarn for the contract, residential, automotive and upholstery sectors has been awarded UNI EN ISO 14001:2004 certification for its environmental management systems.
According to Radici Group, this is part of the company’s strategy to support sustainable economic growth. “ISO 14001 environmental certification, together with BS OHSAS 18001 certification, is an important step for us,” said Stefano Loro, Managing Director of Radici Fil.
“It represents the evolution and optimisation of a management system that had been in place for quite some time at our company,” he added. “Our next step is going to be certification to ISO 50001, an energy management system standard that we intend to adopt to improve and optimize our performance in terms of energy efficiency.”
Oerlikon Neumag and Oerlikon Barmag will be presenting their solutions for efficient carpet production at this year’s Domotex Asia that will take place from 25-27 March at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Center.
The focus of the information will be on the three end BCF plant S+ from Oerlikon Neumag, as well as on the new tape yarn solution for carpet backings, EvoTape with WinTape, from Oerlikon Barmag.