• 21/01/2014

    Visit JEC Composites 2014 and talk with Cannon - Your Technology Centre!

BMW-Preformer cannon

The Cannon Group will present at JEC Composites 2014 (Paris, France, Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, March 11-13 2014, Hall 7.2 - Stand Q 54) their most recent developments in the fields of processing technologies for Composites and Thermoforming.

The Cannon Group will present at JEC Composites 2014 (Paris, France, Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, March 11-13 2014, Hall 7.2 - Stand Q 54) their most recent developments in the fields of processing technologies for Composites and Thermoforming. The leitmotiv of Cannon presence at this year’s edition of the JEC show is “Cannon – Your Technology Centre”. Examples of the most innovative solutions introduced by Cannon for the manufacture of carbon- and glass-reinforced Composites for all their possible applications will be illustrated in detail with dedicated videos, samples and articles published in the Cannon Group’s house organ and website. 
The problem-solving approach of Cannon (www.cannon.com) has generated in the recent past a number of industrial technological solutions for Urethane- and Epoxy-based Composites that have found immediate interest and positive response amongst the most qualified parts makers. The complete manufacturing line required for the production of a thermosetting or a thermoplastic composite part – from glass- or Carbon-preformer to the finished part trimming, including chemical dispensing unit and mixing head, moulds, mould carriers, handling and heating systems, trimming and controls – is today available at Cannon, from a single, qualified source
Among other available technologies, the following will be highlighted: 
  • ESTRIM , a complete moulding solution for Epoxy-based fast RTM process designed for the production of automotive, leisure and sport parts. On top of dedicated preformers, polymerisation clamps and moulds, Cannon offers the E-System, high-pressure metering and mixing equipment that guarantees very fast demoulding times and perfect distribution of the resin across the entire mould surface. In addition to a standard high-pressure injection system in closed mould – now available for three different methods of injection – two methods for the distribution in open mould of the Epoxy resin over the Carbon fibre inserts have been developed: ESTRIM LLD for a Liquid Laydown and ESTRIM SLD for a spray application, that allow to reduce the specific pressure in the polymerization press, thus reducing the investment in clamping equipment. 
  • The first industrial results of an innovative project named CRESIM (Carbon Recycling by Epoxy Special Impregnation), finally aimed at the development of proper processing methods for the manufacture of CFRP parts using recycled Carbon fibres. This Life+ EU-sponsored project addresses fully the waste reuse issue by demonstrating a new innovative manufacturing process which will potentially reuse up to 100% of the Carbon fibre waste and scraps from different industrial sectors, transforming a costing environmental problem of today in an opportunity of greening the production processes and getting economic benefit for tomorrow. 
  • The equipment for the wind-power industry, that is rewarding Cannon with growing volumes of business worldwide, thanks to the availability of dedicated low-pressure resin dispensers for the infusion of Epoxy formulations in the largest blades, manufactured for off-shore and conventional wind turbines. The series of Cannon low-pressure DX machines includes a three-component model that allows for the flexible use of two different hardeners in order to obtain different reaction profiles in accordance with the size of the moulded part, a stringent request coming from the aeolic blade manufacturers that have already appreciated the first two-components models. A degassing unit for resin and a glue dispenser for the application of two-components adhesive completes the series of solutions for this important sector of the power industry. 
  • An innovative complete compression moulding line for LWRT (Light Weight Reinforced Thermoplastics) now available for the production of light automotive parts such as engine shields. 
  • The new, completely redesigned mixing head for co-injection of Polyurethanes and glass fibre for the InterWet technology. Currently used for lightweight, wide structural elements demanded by the transportation industry, as well as by sanitary ware manufacturers or in the wind-power industry, this new interesting solution allows for the manufacture of glass-reinforced Polyurethane parts able to replace – with much faster production cycles – similar manufacturing methods based on low-pressure RTM injection. A new design of the mixing chamber significantly improves its efficiency in terms of glass fibre wetting and in-mould distribution. A completely redesigned chopping unit allows for higher glass fibre output and longer runs between the replacement of the chopper’s blades. 

All the above mentioned turn-key solutions are today available for Composite parts manufacturers based across the five continents: Cannon extended network of direct offices and agencies guarantees prompt local service, availability of spare parts, technical and marketing assistance.  A qualified international team of specialists in Composites technologies will welcome all the interested visitors at the Cannon stand in Paris.

CRESIM - the Cannon R&D project aiming at the industrialisation of the use of recycled Carbon fibres – generated the first industrial results: a 130cm-diameter satellite dish for data transmission (left) has been produced by assembling seven equal parts produced with ESTRIM Liquid Laydown technology in a dedicated mould (right). 


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