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Giulio Trevisan, General Manager, Comec Innovative

JEC Composites Magazine interviews Giulio Trevisan, General Manager, Comec Innovative, to inquire about the company evolution and vision after 50 years of continuous presence in high technology applications.

Giulio Trevisan, General Manager, Comec Innovative
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7 minutes, 30 secondes

Flexibility and adaptability are the keywords that have been Comec’s leitmotif.

The Company, situated in East-Central Italy, not far from the sea, was founded in 1965 by Giuseppe Trevisan, father of the present General Manager Giulio Trevisan, to manufacture parallel lathes to be supplied to the industry and the educational sector. Over 50 years of continuous presence in high technology applications demonstrates the high quality of this company that has grown considerably while remaining a family owned company. Caracteristics of Comec Innovative are the flexibility, adaptability and attention to market developments and customer requests, qualities that have allowed the small original company to grow continuously.

The development of today’s activities began in 2007 thanks to the historical collaboration relationships with the aeronautical industry. From 2012 Comec Innovative started focusing on the production of high quality machinery for GFRP and CFRP industry, designing and manufacturing a new generation of advanced machinery tailored for customers in Italy and around the world. Responding to the need of more working surfaces to satisfy the ever-growing customer demands while keeping  maintaining the superior quality features, the company just inaugurated the new Headquarters & Factory.

Comec Tow Preg journey started with an R&D project more than 10 years ago. The main goal was to improve some characteristics of the resin and fibre on our in-house test stand. The synergy of practical knowledge in machine construction and results of the R&D scientific tests let us produce our first towpreg mass production solution. As we constantly work with fibre, resin producers and satisfy different customer needs, we have developed a robust and reliable “TOW Quattro” machine easily settable and adaptable to different materials and conditions. However, we continue to improve each aspect and provide our customers with a modular structure to further upgrade machines with our latest innovations
Comec Tow Preg journey started with an R&D project more than 10 years ago. The main goal was to improve some characteristics of the resin and fibre on their in-house test stand. The synergy of practical knowledge in machine construction and results of the R&D scientific tests let them produce their first towpreg mass production solution. As they constantly work with fibre, resin producers and satisfy different customer needs, they have developed a robust and reliable “TOW Quattro” machine easily settable and adaptable to different materials and conditions. However, they continue to improve each aspect and provide their customers with a modular structure to further upgrade machines with their latest innovations

Recently, the fourth generation, represented by Giuseppe Trevisan Junior recently graduated in engineering, joined the company.

Over the years Comec Innovative has grown considerably while remaining a family owned company.

JEC Composites Magazine: Good morning Dr. Trevisan, your business is a family company, interesting both for its constant growth and for its high quality. From the beginning (in 1965) it seems that your vocation is for innovation and a deep technical knowledge, how do you see the future?
Giulio Trevisan, General Manager, Comec Innovative:
“After earning a degree in economics and commerce, I started working in Comec Innovative in 1990 and, for over 30 years, I have been involved in technology. From the very beginning, Comec Innovative has always been involved in machinery with high automation content, building machines equipped with numerical control in the early 70’s and automatic assembly lines in the late 80’ of last century. The machinery sector for composite materials was a natural transition which took place in 2008 thanks to a project for Finmeccanica which was already a customer of Comec Innovative in the machine tool sector. I think that the future of technologies both in the plastic and in the composite materials industries will increasingly see integration between mechanical and electronic technologies with the knowledge of physics and chemistry, since unlike other technological fields, deep understanding and knowledge of materials becomes a winning factor in the construction of machinery.”

Comec pre-preg machines can impregnate various types of fibre to produce fabrics. We focus on a mass production and have tight partnerships with global and regional leaders in the aerospace composite industry. Our resin content beta gauge high precision control together with a neural network automatic optimization software is one of our latest innovations that makes it easy to set up the machine for your target product and assures conformity and repeatability.
Comec pre-preg machines can impregnate various types of fibre to produce fabrics. They focus on a mass production and have tight partnerships with global and regional leaders in the aerospace composite industry. Their resin content beta gauge high precision control together with a neural network automatic optimization software is one of their latest innovations that makes it easy to set up the machine for customer target product and assures conformity and repeatability.

JEC Composites Magazine: Starting from machine tools, how has your company evolved over the years? Who are your strategic partners?
Giulio Trevisan: “Our evolution was initially driven by the needs and specific requests of our customers, who, generally, are large multinational companies that need to build pilot plants for their research and development departments. Over time, production plants based on industrial development activities have been built. These experiences led us to deepen our knowledge in all technical aspects in all engineering sectors. Today this knowledge allow us to have both resin producers and fiber producers as partners in order to give the best service to users of pre-impregnated materials. Our customers are partners as well because we are involved in projects of global value.”

Comec Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fibre placement (AFP) equipment are found in a gantry or robotic platform. Our ATL and AFP semi-standard solutions can satisfy different needs and can produce simple and very complex shapes. To guarantee a high-quality production it’s not enough to know the mechanics and CAD CAM software, there are many parameters like deposition rate, material properties, compaction force and an optimal movement of robot to decrease the stress of the system and make it productive. We have tailored our solutions to different needs and have cutting-edge technologies provided by our R&D department to satisfy any needs. As we are experts in prepreg, towpreg, Filament Winding and other production processes, we can also provide a hybrid solution to further improve the productivity.
Comec Automated tape laying (ATL) and automated fibre placement (AFP) equipment are found in a gantry or robotic platform. Their ATL and AFP semi-standard solutions can satisfy different needs and can produce simple and very complex shapes. To guarantee a high-quality production it’s not enough to know the mechanics and CAD CAM software, there are many parameters like deposition rate, material properties, compaction force and an optimal movement of robot to decrease the stress of the system and make it productive. They have tailored their solutions to different needs and have cutting-edge technologies provided by their R&D department to satisfy any needs. As they are experts in prepreg, towpreg, filament winding and other production processes, they can also provide a hybrid solution to further improve the productivity.

JEC Composites Magazine: In which sector(s) do you think we will see the greatest development for the composite materials industry?
Giulio Trevisan: “Surely the world of energy will represent the sector with the greatest development in the coming years, as, with the advent of increasingly high-performance resins, its uses will extend to sectors and industries that have not yet been explored. What will certainly generate new development in this sector are the performances allowed by chemistry for pre-impregnated materials. In the next 10 years, I expect that many technological products will be rethought by the contribution of composite materials. A lot depends from the developments of new resins particularly designed to obtain the best performance for towpreg. Specifically, I refer to the development of pressure vessels in composite materials for hydrogen storage, which allow greater storage capacity with a decrease in weight and a greater safety.”

The R&D network of Comec with more of 20 years of history about composite applications, allows us to support customers in the design of innovative parts/process. 50 years of continuous presence in high technology applications are the best guarantee about the quality of our working method and the quality our machines. Our expertise in machine tools is the characteristics of each of our designing: each machine is strong and highly accurate.
The R&D network of Comec with more of 20 years of history about composite applications, allows them to support customers in the design of innovative parts/process. 50 years of continuous presence in high technology applications are the best guarantee about the quality of their working method and the quality of their machines. Their expertise in machine tools is the characteristics of each of their designing: each machine is strong and highly accurate.

JEC Composites Magazine: How do you see your Company’s role in the future of the composites industry?
Giulio Trevisan: “Today, Comec Innovative has gained that kind of experience that make us ready for new challenges. However, we are always attentive to market developments and ready to rethink our plants in terms of quality and productivity, always keeping an eye to the environment issue as well.

We can say that, as the composite industry originates mainly in the world of woven materials therefore, they are the children of this experience. Instead, COMEC began his history in the machine tool sector, with many different experiences in the world of machinery and carries this wealth of knowledge with it.”

Responding to the need of more working surfaces  in order to offer our customers the top quality, we recently inaugurated the new Headquarters & Factory. A total surface of more than 5000 sq.  A machines assembly area of 4,000 sq. a logistic area of 1,000 sq. and the new Headquarters presenting an office building distributed on 3 levels for a total of 500 sq.
Responding to the need of more working surfaces in order to offer our customers the top quality, they recently inaugurated the new Headquarters & Factory. A total surface of more than 5000 sq. A machines assembly area of 4,000 sq. a logistic area of 1,000 sq. and the new Headquarters presenting an office building distributed on 3 levels for a total of 500 sq.

JEC Composites Magazine: Let’s talk about the circular economy. The issue of the environmental impact and recyclability of composite materials is an increasingly important aspect for the composite industry, how are you dealing with this issue?
Giulio Trevisan: “Transforming the contemporary economy, improving the recyclability of materials, is an indispensable path, not only to respect the environment, but also to reduce the costs of our companies. Our commitment is to create ever “greener” tools in terms of energy consumed, dispersion of materials in the environment and waste management. We have often been involved in the recyclability of composite materials and we currently have a research project underway with the University d’Annunzio of Chieti. The research is focused on the study of innovative carbon fiber recycling techniques based on the decomposition of the matrix using microbiological agents.”

JEC Composites Magazine: What will be your next challenges both in the short and long term?
Giulio Trevisan: “Comec Innovative has the ambition to become a reference point for those who want to impregnate materials with increasingly performing resins. In the short term we are already involved in several projects for the realization of new materials and unconventional applications. In the long term, the goal is to create increasingly high-performance machines and tools that are both performing and respectful of the environment”

JEC Composites Magazine: Can you tell us about your project: “New highly automated solutions for impregnation and Smart Tow Winding”?
Giulio Trevisan: “The “Smart Tow Winding” project is funded by MIUR in the Smart Factory area. Its general objective is the development of a new filament winding technology for the production of high performance composites characterized by a high degree of automation.

Today, after more than 50 years of experience as advanced automation integrators, and more than 10 years of direct experience in composite technology, we design automated processes with high standards of OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency). We are continually investing in the research and development of innovative machinery solutions, to  design and produce high quality machinery cost reduction.
Today, after more than 50 years of experience as advanced automation integrators, and more than 10 years of direct experience in composite technology, they design automated processes with high standards of OEE (Overall Equipment Efficiency). They are continually investing in the research and development of innovative machinery solutions, to design and produce high quality machinery cost reduction.

This technology, which Comec will develop, will lead to a great competitive advantage, since through the use of towpreg it will be possible to guarantee higher working speeds, products characterized by a strong reduction of defects and overcoming the current limits of traditional filament winding machines. Furthermore, a very important aspect of the project is constituted by its team, made up of both industrial and academic partners, therefore able to guarantee a solid point of view that includes the purely technical sense for development combined with a strong scientific background.”

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