IPCO ThermoPress

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Our double belt presses are widely used in the production of pre-pregs out of fiberglass and carbon fiber composites, and also for the compression of glass fiber/carbon fiber mat, web or cross-ply with thermoplastics. The modular design of IPCO press systems enables pressure, heating and cooling to be incorporated into in a single continuous process. The ability to carry out all the stages of production – heating, reaction, pressing, cooling and confectioning – in one continuous, short cycle system has obvious benefits in terms of productivity. This process also enables the accurate control and adjustment of each stage to deliver a high quality end product. Materials • UD tapes • Fabrics (including those with co-mingled fibers) • Non-wovens • Films and sheets Resins • Thermoplastic: HDPE, PP, PA, PET, PPS, PEI, PEEK, etc. • Thermoset: UP, EP, PUR, etc. Throughput rates depend on individual product types which includ fabrics, resin types and press processes. But our expertise in steel belts and press engineering means that non-wovens and many fabrics can be treated in widths up to 8 feet. We can design in all necessary controls such as edge guiding and tension control to ensure both efficient press operation and optimum product quality. One of the key advantages of a solution based on a IPCO double belt press is continuous production, and our expertise in supporting manufacturers of high performance composites extends beyond the double belt press itself. We can also design and supply a full range of upstream and downstream solutions, ensuring that these stages of production are set up to deliver maximum productivity too. IPCO double belt press technology delivers: • Efficient, continuous production • Excellent control of individual process parameters • Outstanding system versatility • Easily reproducible quality • High degree of automation • High capacity system design
IPCOIPCO (formerly Sandvik)  is a world leading supplier of multi-stage process systems for the production of high-quality composite material. IPCO’s double belt presses and scattering systems provide an efficient solution for the continuous production of a wide range of materials used by the construction industry including flooring, roofing, insulation and technical textiles.  Themodular design of the company’s ThermoPress press systems enables multiple stages of production – including polymerization, curing and cooling – to be incorporated into a single, highly efficient process. A choice of belt types and pressure modules allows systems to be configured to meet virtually any pressure and heating requirements.   IPCO can also supply an extensive range of upstream equipment including feeders, unwinders and its market-leading ScatterPro scattering series, together with associated downstream trimming, winding, cutting and handling systems.  This flexibility of system design means that IPCO systems offer an effective manufacturing solution for products as diverse as LVT/SPC/WPC flooring, acoustic panels, concrete forms, cladding, facades and interior surfaces. The company’s high pressure ThermoPress models can also be used for the production of artificial stone.  With around 600 employees and a worldwide sales and service network, IPCO is able to meet the needs of a global customer base and supply end-to-end systems including process controls and upstream/downstream handling equipment.  Our Productivity Center in Goeppingen/Germany is a state-of-the-art facility from which to showcase the world’s most extensive range of double belt presses and precision scattering systems under one roof.   www.ipco.com