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Global, real-time process monitoring and quality control

News International-French

24 Feb 2014

JEC Europe 2014 - Sponsored Innovation - An intelligent process monitoring system will be presented for the real-time monitoring and control of composites manufacturing processes using closed moulds, autoclaves and ovens.

Resin cure (OPTIMOLD), resin flow (OPTIFLOW) and temperature are monitored with a single program (OPTIVIEW) using a large variety of durable and disposable sensors. 

Special modules make it possible to monitor in real-time the resin’s Tg, degree of cure and viscosity or faulty conditions such as high exotherms, incorrect mixing ratios or resin ageing in the mould cavity, in the die, at the feeding lines or in the resin pot/bath. For example, the industrial use of OPTIMOLD in high-speed RTM production can reduce the cure cycle time by 40%.

OPTIMOLD and OPTIFLOW have been already used successfully in RTM, LightRTM and vacuum infusion processes and can be readily used in other processes such as out-of-autoclave technologies, filament winding and SMC. With installed systems in leading manufacturing sectors in the aerospace, automotive, wind-energy and other industries, as well as in world-class research centres and famous universities, the new global process monitoring system provides a total solution for process optimisation, quality control and real-time process control in advanced composites applications.    

Booth: Q62