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PEI announces completion of R&D composite manufacturing platform for the NRC

News International-French

24 Feb 2015

Pinette P.E.I. (France), a specialist in forming presses and production systems for high performance composites, has been contracted by the National Research Council to design, manufacture and supply an R&D composite manufacturing platform in Boucherville, Quebec.

The platform will support the development of thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials using press moulding technologies, including stamping, consolidation, and HP-RTM. This platform will be one of the largest in the world available for R&D and capable of processing sheet sizes up to 1.2 m x 1.2 m at 12,500 KN closing force. The platform has been manufactured at Pinette P.E.I. France’s facility and has successfully completed a series of acceptance tests and is expected to be fully installed and commissioned in Boucherville during the 1st quarter of 2015.

The composite manufacturing platform is highly flexible by design and capable of serving a wide range of research and technology development projects for a variety of industries. In the automotive and land transportation sectors, the company has an extensive record of supplying composite forming systems for both research and high volume production of components. This experience coupled with its expertise in carbon fiber forming machinery for the Aeronautic sector provides the National Research Council with a strong technology provider. The automotive and land transportation industries are actively engaged in the development and commercialization of advanced composites to support their production of lightweight vehicles, and the manufacturing platform is an effective R&D tool towards that end.

The company is a leading designer and builder of R&D and large scale machinery and production systems for the forming of high performance composites. Based in France, Germany and the USA, Pinette PEI is a global partner serving the transportation, energy, aeronautic, aerospace, medical and industrial sectors with custom engineered solutions. The company is also a provider of customized large scale NDT and testing machines for the energy and aerospace sectors. Expertise, innovation, cooperation, Global presence are the four pillars of its value creation for all customers and end-users of its technology and machinery.

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