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25th February 2014, Burneside, UK

Technical Fibre Products adds lamination to nonwovens business

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.

Hybrid materials

The new capability is said to provide greater flexibility in material design, enabling the production of hybrid materials made up from layers of material with different properties.

TFP Laminator. © Technical Fibre Products

Examples include stabilisation of reinforcement fabrics with lightweight nonwovens, addition of pressure sensitive adhesive or foil backing and creation of multi-functional materials with alternating conductive and dielectric layers.

These hybrid materials can help simplify part fabrication or eliminate downstream processing steps as well as providing additional functionality, according to the company.

Coating of materials

A further benefit to this new technology, TFP reports, is the capability to surface coat materials through powder scatter application of polymeric or active powders, such as thermoplastics or adhesive.

Coating of materials is not limited to nonwovens and can add surface functionality to the material processed. The laminator is also said to enable TFP to offer material compression, enhancing the drape of nonwovens to facilitate improved conformability to complex mould shapes used in composite manufacture, particularly when using thermoplastic veils.

The company believes these additional capabilities provide an ideal complement to the value added options TFP already offers, including flexibility in material supply in the form of rolls and sheets or custom cut shapes to suit customer requirements.


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