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IPCO Double Belt Presses and Precision Scattering Systems highlighted at JEC

IPCO, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of processing systems for composite materials, will use JEC 2024 to highlight the scope and capabilities of its ThermoPress double belt press systems, ScatterPro precision scattering lines and continuous film casting process.

The company is a globally-active engineering group, manufacturing and installing process systems for the production of a wide range of composite materials used in the automotive, aerospace, flooring, construction, non-woven, and textile industries.

IPCO is the only manufacturer capable of supplying double belt press systems based on steel belts, PTFE belts or a combination of the two. Pilot systems based on all three types – an IPCO ThermoPress SB high pressure line using IPCO steels, a ThermoPress TB low pressure line based on PTFE belts and ThermoPress CB CombiBelt unit – are available for product trials and assessment at the company’s 1600 sq.m. Productivity Center near Stuttgart, Germany.

The modular design of ThermoPress systems enables multiple stages of production – including polymerization, curing and cooling – to be incorporated into a single process. A choice of belt types and pressure modules allows systems to be configured to meet virtually any pressure and heating requirements.

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A full range of processes can be assessed at IPCO’s test facility, from pressing, lamination and impregnation, to cooling and tempering. Applications include consolidation of pre-laminated sheets and impregnation of fibers with resin. Resin can also be applied in powder, film or liquid form onto a non-woven or felt material.

Complementing the ThermoPress range, IPCO manufacturers a range of high precision scattering systems that can be incorporated into production lines to scatter powder, granulate or fibers onto a carrier material before being formed by pressure and/or heat.

The ScatterPro P model is a powder scattering unit used in the production of flooring, filters, electronics, smart chips and more. The ScatterPro F enables uniform scattering of fibrous materials used in the manufacture of products for the automotive, textile, recycling and construction industries. A modular design allows multiple stages to be incorporated into one continuous process.

IPCO will also showcase the benefits of its continuous film casting units and Venturi drying systems. The quality of films produced using this process makes them ideally suited for use as separator membranes and ceramic tapes in energy storage applications.

The three main components of the system are a precision slot die, a polished steel belt and the Venturi dryer. The slot die coater delivers a uniform casting of the product onto a moving steel belt. The film is carried to the Venturi dryer, a technology unique to IPCO for this application and one that eliminates any risk of skin formation on the product.

IPCO manufactured the world’s first steel belt in 1901 and has maintained its position as a world leader in steel belt technology for more than 120 years. IPCO steel belts are used in applications ranging from conveying and cooling to heating and pressing.

Their main applications in composite processing are in high-pressure ThermoPress SB systems used in the production of thermoset/thermoplastic composite materials, and hybrid ThermoPress CB CombiBelt lines, where they are used to create high pressure modules within the forming zone of PTFE belt-based double belt presses.

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