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Surface Generation licences processing technology to TenCate to lower the cost of composite fabrication

News International-French

19 Jun 2013

TenCate Advanced Composites has selected Surface Generation’s composite processing technology for faster and more efficient production of fibre reinforced composites for the company’s clients in the aerospace and industrial sectors.

By integrating Surface Generation’s patented “Production to Functional Specifications” (PtFS) processing technology into its capabilities, TenCate is able to reduce the cycle time to process composite materials to mere minutes. This step change in performance significantly reduces the time and ultimate cost of manufacturing high-performance composites.

As leaders in their respective fields, the companies will collaborate to further reduce cycle times by developing new innovative materials and processing solutions.

Central to this is Surface Generation’s PtFS technology which encompasses a range of active thermal management technologies, allowing temperatures to be dynamically controlled to the exact requirements of each mould area. By continuously adapting heating and cooling levels in real-time quality is assured and throughput maximised.

Michael Cichon, Director of Product Marketing at TenCate Advanced Composites in Morgan Hill, California, comments: “Surface Generation’s cutting edge processing technology enables us to reduce the cycle time of composites fabrication for high volume markets, while maintaining aerospace quality levels. Surface Generation’s commitment to solutions which lower the cost of composite processing allows us to focus on advanced composite materials and optimal process solutions aimed at achieving extremely rapid process cycle times for moulded parts.”

Ben Halford, Chief Executive at Surface Generation, comments: “Reducing cycle time for compression moulded reinforced composites dramatically improves economics for high-performance parts beyond existing applications. This combined with the significant improvements PtFS offers in energy consumption and quality, allows us to significantly outperform traditional composite and metallic production routes.”

About Surface Generation:
Surface Generation is a carbon composite processing company based in Rutland, United Kingdom. Its patented ‘Production to Functional Specifications’ (PtFS) process is used to combine, compact, process and meld composite materials far more efficiently and with much greater precision than is possible using traditional autoclave or oven processes. Surface Generations technologies are used by component providers and manufacturers across a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, defence and leisure.