Processing Equipment

TARRICO INDUSTRIAL AUTOCLAVE
- for composite curing

Tarrico Autoclave

Taricco Corporation autoclaves are built to meet and exceed A.S.M.E and National Board Codes and Standards and come fully loaded with a 3 piece door locking closure system with NO rotation of door that will scuff the door seal. This Taricco autoclave is comprised of fully forged locking rings, machined locking ring lugs, a fully automated hydraulic locking mechanism, patented integral hinge system, internal insulation, self diagnostic PLC hardware, and TCS control system software for Windows based control which provides our customers with added safety and a higher standard of quality.

Features

  • 4' x 10' interior dimensions
  • 825°F max
  • 300 psi ma
  • Computer control and logging

Application

  • Composite curing
 

WAECO PREPREG MACHINE
- improved productivity of prepreg manufacturing

High-Shear Mixer

Designed and engineered specifically to improve the productivity and versatility of prepreg manufacturing, this WAECO prepreg machine can hot melt impregnate woven fabrics with a max speed of 100 ft/min.  An added capability is laminating thermoplastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene.

WARDWELL COMPOSITE BRAIDER
- proven in textile and composites production

Wardwell Composite Braider The Wardwell composite braiding system is designed for automated operation with one person tending. This machine has been proven in textile and composites production facilities utilizing many different fiber types. The Wardwell composite braider system is shown above configured for carbon fibers carrying 72 tow spools. The machine may be reconfigured to utilize fewer spools and the head speeds and pitch rate of the machine are easily reconfigurable to optimize differing diameters and contours.

Features

  • 72 braiding spools, 36 longitudinal spools
  • Dedicated computer system for automation of the braiding process, duplication of braided parts and braiding of complex parts

Applications

  • Thermoplastic airframe stiffeners
  • Automotive drive shafts
  • Windmill spars
  • Pressure Vessels
  • Sporting Goods

Technical Specifications

  • Carriers - 72 transverse to main axis, 36 parallel to main axis
  • Floor-mounted traverse system
  • Bobbin Dimensions 1 3/4 x 5 1/4"
  • Bobbin Capacity 220 cm3
  • Braid Material Kevlar, Carbon, Fiberglass, Pre-Impregnated Fibers
  • Pull off per Bobbin 50 - 450 grams
  • Central Passage Fitted to application
  • Braid Diameter Max 4"
 

COBRA FILAMENT WINDER
- automatic operation with only one operator

Filament WinderThe Durawound Mechanical Filament Winder is designed for automatic operation with only one person tending. This product has been proven in everyday production and is highly robust and capable. The Model #11-A Durawinder is a 2-axis Mechanical Filament Winder designed to wind parts up to 48" diameter. The #11-A Durawinder uses simple chain & sprocket technology to achieve the ratios required for patterns with 10° thru 90° winding angles. With (6) easy to change sprocket positions utilizing (24) sprockets, nearly 97 million ratios are available for every length carriage chain.

Features

  • Automated winding of large parts
  • Prepreg tow or wet winding
  • Single operator

Applications

  • Composite Pipes and Ducts
  • Cryogenic Tanks and Pressure vessels
  • Drive shafts and torque tubes
  • Composite spars
  • Baseball bats, tennis racquets, skis and poles, golf club shafts, bicycle frames, sail masts and fishing rods

    Technical Specifications

    • 2-Axis Mechanical Control, #40 Roller Chain
    • Ratio Sprocket Sizes - 24 to 72 Tooth
    • Diameter Capacity - 2" to 48"
    • Length Capacity - 24" to 168"
    • Resin Bath (20 roving) up to 2" Band Width for 225 to 900 Yield "E" Glass
    • Tensioner (Offset Type)
    • 8" Mandrel Bolting Hub at Drive End w/ (4)-3/4"-10 Tapped Holes on a 6" Bolt Circle & Adjustable
    • Mandrel Weight Capacity (Max) - 2000 lbs
    • Machine Size - 55" W x (132" + Maximum Winding Length)L x 77" H
    • Spindle Torque (Max) - 5,225 lb-in (3 hp) - 7,160 lb-in (5 hp)
     

    PURITAN INDUSTRIAL STITCHER
    - for stitching of composite systems

    Industrial Stitcher The Puritan allows for stitching of composite systems in the z-direction.  Setting a very strong and attractive stitch the machine allows for advanced composite material development in the z-direction.

    Features

    • 1500 Stitches per inute
    • Thickness range 1/32 in. to 1/2 in.
    • Stitch length 1/64 to 2 1/2 in.

    Applications

    • Advanced Composite Systems with 3-d weave patterns
    • System Fastening
     

    CINCINNATI MILACRON INJECTION MOLDING
    - horizontal plastic injection molding

    Injection MolderThe Cincinnati Milacron model VST55-2.97 horizontal plastic injection molding machine can be used to develop and test new production processes utilizing polymer and composite thermoplastic materials. This machine utilizes industry standard processing for rapid production of small components.

    Specifications

    • High speed hydraulic ejector
    • 33 ton clamping force
    • 2.97oz shot size
    • Toggle clamp
    • Platen Size:  20"H x 19"W
    • 9kW mold heater/cooler (AEC model T50-9-4-2)

    Applications

    • Process development
    • Materials/process experiments
     

    COPERION TWIN SCREW EXTRUDER
    - process development of polymers and composite materials

    Twin Screw Extruder The Coperion Twin Screw extruder is used for process development of polymers and composite materials. Currently the machine is being utilized for experiments involving cellulose fiber processing for future ethanol production sources. This robust machine is capable of running extended production cycles and high torque demand for high viscosity substance mixing and extrusion.

    Features

    • Polymer mixing and shaped extrusion capabilities
    • Multiple section extruder allows thermal gradient, vacuum application, gas injection, etc.

    Applications

    • Continuous compounding of polymers, technical ceramics and foodstuffs
    • Extrusion of tubes, beams, etc.

    Technical Specifications

    • 6.5 liter extruder capacity
    • 82 N-m per screw torque capacity
    • 20.6 kW
    • 3000 or 1200 RPM screw rotation rate
    • Type 21.1 P 82 M
     

    K-TRON GRAVIMETRIC FEEDERS
    - compact loss-in-weight feeders

    Gravimetric FeedersOur K-Tron Compact loss-in-weight feeders are optimized for laboratory applications, pilot projects, and feeding minor ingredients with high accuracy and recipe repeatability. The Microfeeder provides feed rates as low as 0.04 dm³/hr (0.0014 ft³/hr). The Compact Feeder is used for any low feed rate application where high accuracy and recipe repeatability are required.

    Features

    • Loss-in-weight gravimetric feeders with programmable control independent control of primary (bulk) and secondary (additive) rates
    • Twin-screw feeders

    Applications

    • Controlled ratio feeding for compounding
     

    POWDER KING PULVERIZER
    - small sample milling

    Powder King PulverizerThis Powder King® laboratory system provides small sample milling, from one pound to fifty pounds. The PK-18 saves valuable time when milling small samples, and is also quick and requires little clean time. This saves from pulverizing small samples on a large system that requires hours of cleaning. The PK-18 can be cleaned and ready for the next sample in less than ten minutes.

    Features

    • Gap adjusting from outside mill with single stud, push/pull adjusters
    • Poly hopper
    • Variable-speed drive on mill motor with dynamic braking
    • Vibratory feeder with control

    Applications

    • Pulverizing small sample sizes for R&D purposes

    Technical Specifications

    • 8" Disks
    • Aluminum mill housing with integrated bearing housing
    • Flywheel mounted on tapered shaft to run within 0.001"
    • 5 HP motor
     

    JHM RTM Machine
    - for resin transfer molding

    JHM RTM Machine Resin transfer molding is a positive injection pressure molding process with either central or single side cavity injection utilizing a diverging flow front from the injection point to the exit vents located at the perimeter of the cavity.  Designed for injecting polyester, vinylester and methacrylate resins and peroxide catalyst, at controlled flow rates and pressure.  Using pressures up to 50 PSI the process requires tooling to be capable of withstanding internal injection pressure without deflecting the mold cavity.

    Features

    • 100 cc Resin / 4.5 cc Catalyst pump system with adjustable ratio
    • On-board 5 gal stainless steel solvent reservoir with variable purge amounts
    • Compact automatic injection head with re-circulation and low mix wastage, including easily removed NRV valves for ratio checking
    • Electronic MPG injection pressure sensor & electronic regulato
     

    FARREL TWO-ROLL MILL
    - multi-batch milling for rubber and plastic

    Farrell Two-Roll MillConfigured for both rubber and plastic applications, the Farrel Two-Roll Mill is designed for multi-batch routine milling.  The controls are designed and engineered to provide the flexibility required in R&D environments.

    Features

    • More accessible front roll
    • 1.3 lb capacity
    • 350°F max Temp

    Technical Specifications

    • Roll Diameter:  6 in (152 mm)
    • Roll Width:  13 in (330 mm)
    • Sheeting Capacity:  3 lb (1.4 kg)
    • Front Roll Speed:  34 to 17 rpm
    • Rear Roll Speed:  24 rpm, Fixed
    • Friction Ratio Range:  0.71:1 to 1.41:1
     

    WISCONSIN WALK-IN OVEN
    - electrically-heated environmental chamber

    Wisconsin Walk-in Oven The Wisconsin Walk in Oven is an electrically-heated environmental chamber for composite curing, heat treatment, and curing powder coatings. The EWN batch oven is rated for a continuous maximum operating temperature of 850°F.  The high volume, low velocity airflow provides excellent temperature uniformity for modern powder curing applications and composite manufacturing control.

    Features

    • 850°F maximum
    • Honeywell digital strip-chart recorder
    • 6' x 6' x 10' working volume
    • 7,000 CFM recirculation blower
    • 108kW heat capacity
    • Heavy gauge construction with aluminized interior
    • Microprocessor based temperature controller with "auto-tune"

    Application

    • Composites Parts Fabrication
    • Process Temperature Control
    • Powder Coating
    • Heat Treatment
     

    MUFFLE FURNACES
    - gravimetric or quantitative analysis, sintering, and heat treating

    Muffle Furnaces The CAPE Lab has a two muffle furnaces for general laboratory use, including gravimetric analysis, sintering, quantitative analysis and heat treating.

    GERBER DCS1500 CUTTING TABLE
    - CNC-automated fabric & polymer sheet cutting

    Gerber Cutting TableThe DCS1500 cutting table provides CNC-automated fabric and polymer sheet cutting capabilities.  This easy to operate system enables the lab to produce samples, prototypes, or short production runs.

    Features

    • Cutting area - 54" x 66"
    • GUI for cutting automation
    • File type supported: ".dxf" 2-D drawing format
    • Cutting speed - 55" per second
    • Wheel cutter or drag knife
    • Built in vacuum cabinet for decreasing fly

    Applications

    • Sample fabric/polymer cutting
    • Component ply cutting
    • Experiment test sample preparation
    • Production fabric kitting
    • Pen plotting
     

    WABASH 100 TON PRESS
    - hydraulic press for molding, laminating and assembly

    100 Ton PressThe Wabash Genesis press is a hydraulic press for compression molding of rubber, plastics and composites, and laminating and assembly of preimpregnated thermoset and thermoplastic composites.

    Features

    • Automated cure cycles
    • Programmable controller (12 segment maximum) heated and cooled cure recipes
    • Water-cooled platens

    Applications

    • Pressed sandwich laminate structures
    • Compression molded rubber and plastic parts
    • Thermoplastic and thermoset composite parts

    Technical Specifications

    • Adjustable clamp force: 0 to 100 tons
    • Platen size: 24" x 24"
    • Heated Platens up to 800°F (15°F/min. heat-up rate)
    • Automatic transfer from closing to pressing speed
     

    CARVER 30 TON PRESSES (2)

    30 Ton Presses

    Features

    • 30 ton clamping force
    • Heated and cooled platens - 15" x 15", 650°F max
    • Programmable heating, cooling and force control

    Applications

    • Compression molding
    • Flat sample and sandwich construction
    • Film stacking

     


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