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23 CompositesWorld.com NEWS In-mold Polymerization www.northcoast.us 216-398-8550 Whether you are buying tooling, developing a process, or buying the part look no further than North Coast. Based on our 40 year history, we can guide you through the entire journey. With a complete spectrum of services – from design assistance, to tooling, to part production – we'll get you to your destination. All Compasses Point North activator/catalyst, which then triggers the polymerization that transforms the caprolactam to poly- amide 6. KraussMaffei says the low viscosity of caprolactam — similar to that of water — will enable the matrix material to easily and thoroughly pene- trate the fiber layers prior to polymerization, even at low internal mold pressures. For the application demonstrated at the exhibition, a clamping force of approximately 350 MT will be used. In addition, the high flow capacity of the process will permit a reduction in the minimum-allowable part wall thickness and will allow a part's fiber volume frac- tion to be increased to about 60%. The Roding part also will feature a thermoplastic tear-off edge that is reportedly easily removed, post-mold. According to Erich Fries, head of the Composites/Surfaces business unit at KraussMaffei, "The production process on the KraussMaffei K 2016 exhibition booth will last about 2 minutes. The system is intended for high-volume projects and is designed for multiple-shift operations." CW will be at K 2016 and will report again with addi- tional information about this process. Read more online about in-mold polymerization | short.compositesworld.com/InSituPoly r Source | KraussMaff ei

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