Composite

Hydraulic Presses for Composite Molding Applications

Some estimate that by 2030, over three-quarters of all economic growth will be attributable to the development and application of composite and advanced materials. In order to be competitive in this ever-growing market, you need to ensure that the equipment you use in your process is designed by engineers that have the same high standards for advanced technology and quality that you do.

French makes proven French and TMP style hydraulic composite presses for many composite material applications, including these:

  • Aerospace Components
  • Automotive
  • Marine
  • Sports & Recreation
  • SRIM Applications
  • Oil & Gas

French and TMP composite presses may be fitted with our UNI-TEMP Thermal Management Solutions, delivering advanced uniform temperature control into forming, laminating, molding or tooling applications. The UNI-TEMP two-phase heat transfer technology allows stable and controlled temperature rise and fall while maintaining a steady temperature +/-3°C.

If you are not in the market for a new press, we can retrofit your existing composite molding press with UNI-TEMP heated platens or you can integrate UNI-TEMP thermal management bars in tooling for improved core heating, yielding higher quality parts.  These retrofits, along with upgrading your hydraulic press control system to our specialized recipe and data collection, the Edge II Control System, increases your ability to maintain consistent production quality.

Contact a French Sales Engineer for more information about our hydraulic press molding solutions for composite press applications that improve productivity by reducing or eliminating scrap and costly, time-consuming, post-press finishing operations.

Browse through examples of our various hydraulic press designs. Some are provided below:

ULTRIX™ Composite Press

The French ULTRIX Composite Press delivers exceptionally low deflection levels and produces finished-dimension molded parts. Combined load ULTRIX composite pressvariation and machining error is about one-third the value normally found in precision presses. This improves productivity by reducing or eliminating scrap and costly, time-consuming, post-press finishing operations.

Low deflection means accurate, uniform parts, which require little or no post handling, and very low scrap rates. Heavy-duty construction guarantees years of reliable service with minimal downtime. French combines a rugged patented taper key sideplate press design, with highly dependable and efficient electrical and hydraulic systems. Many of the design features not only extend the life of the composite press, but also produce more consistent and higher quality parts at higher cycle rates. They contribute to the lowering of production costs by reducing scrap rate, flash and post handling requirements while using less operating energy. This dependability helps reduce the Total Life Cycle Costs, while improving overall profitability.

French engineers can custom design an ULTRIX Composite Press to meet your exact needs. Applications include fuel cell manufacturing, composite parts and many other industry applications. A variety of tonnages and configurations are available.

Automatic Composite Molding System Reduces Production Costs

French’s new four press composite molding system features two heated presses for heating up to 1000°F and two water-cooled presses. An automated system moves the material through each press increasing production rates and reducing production costs. In addition, a central, self-contained hydraulic system is designed for fast close and opening of the presses to increase cycle speed. Read how the composite press operator can adjust tonnage and pressure rise for precise part molding.

Composite Molding Press for Medical Laboratory Testing Components

This 300-ton downacting press was designed for a customer molding composite medical components. The press features a heavy-duty ground headblock to yield low deflection levels and three knock out cylinders that allow the customer to run their full range of molds. Read how TMP partnered with the customer’s engineers to design a specialized operator interface that could be integrated into their existing programs.

High Temperature Composite Molding Line

Read how TMP’s automated high temperature composite molding press systems can be designed with either 4-post or sideplate construction to meet the customer’s molding needs. Additional features for vacuum molding or enhanced automation are also available. An integrated material transfer system moves the part material into an oven to reach the programmed temperature, then onto forming dies in the press. After the pressing cycle, the formed part is automatically moved out of the press for part removal and quick, easy loading of new material.

Tilting-Platen Composite Press

tilting-platen composite pressThis downacting composite press design features either upper or lower tilting platens (or both) for easy mold access and cleaning. It also includes operator guarding and a special clamp locking system.

Specialty Furniture Composite Press

This composite press was developed specifically for the compaction of material to produce office and school furniture. Several unique systems provide the necessary control to mold these unique materials.

SRIM Composite Press

SRIM composite pressThe Automatic Moving Bolster Press, designed for Structural Reaction Injection Molding (SRIM) applications in the automotive industry, provides up to 1000 tons of clamping force, less than 0.005″ deflection, and a 12′ by 10′ pressing surface. The process allows the production of structurally reinforced component design (non-uniform cross sections) in a single molding operation.