By Cameron Chai
Advanced Composites Group (ACG), Umeco Composites Structural Materials’ member that produces mould tooling and structural prepreg materials, has announced that it will be exhibiting its Out-of-Autoclave (OoA) prepreg technologies at the 2012 SAMPE Asia conference.
This program will take place in Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 21 to 23 February, 2012.
Since the usage of composite materials is high, it demands for the reduction of production expenses and increase in the manufacturing output. Autoclave processing is becoming impractical and highly expensive especially due to the increasing sizes of the components particularly in the aerospace division. The next-generation OoA prepregs of ACG deal with these problems and has paved the way for economic, integrated manufacturing routes.
A sustained development program of ACG has formulated a medium temperature moulding (MTM) OoA resin systems for the aerospace industry. These prepreg materials with inexpensive process potential are associated with improved toughness and high-temperature performance, in order to meet rigid constraints of the aerospace industry. The airbus-qualified MTM44-1 prepreg will be needed by manufacturers of primary and secondary structures and engine nacelles. Other ACG MTM OoA prepregs can be used for military and civil applications.
In the same way, the automotive industry is attempting to enhance fuel economy, decrease CO2 emissions and reduce production expenses. The company’s medium and low temperature moulding (MTM and LTM) cosmetic prepregs, structural and MTM prepregs prove its commitment to supplying composites to the automotive market.
In order to offer inexpensive in-autoclave and OoA solutions, ACG has created two rapid laminating technology body panel systems. These offer constant surface quality and save cost when compared to usual prepreg technologies.