AOC Reveals New Resin Innovations at JEC22 February 2018
At the upcoming JEC World 2018 trade show, AOC will be presenting several new product innovations. These include Daron® 8150 resin for High Performance SMC, Neomould® 2017-S-01 tooling resin for the manufacturing of high quality composite tooling, and Beyone™ 700-T-01 FC resin used in the relining of drinking water networks.
Together with its customers, AOC is pushing the limits of both Composites part manufacturing and performance. Taking an integral approach to new product development, AOC is using its full expertise in resin chemistry, material science, and Composite processing to develop new technologies and markets.
“AOC has a clear vision to take care of our customer’s business both today and tomorrow. At this JEC show we are very proud to present to the world three examples of great innovation supporting our customers’ future business”, comments Bert Bakker, CEO of AOC. “In all these cases we have been helping our customers to develop Composite solutions that combine ease of processing, durability in daily use, and cost efficiency. These innovations expand the range of applications for composite materials, and contribute to making this industry competitive long term.”
HIGH PERFORMANCE SMC
For Automotive applications and Carbon SMC applications, AOC is introducing the novel Daron® 8150 resin. Featuring excellent wetting of both glass and carbon fibers, the resin enables to obtain elevated strength and stiffness in light-weight molded components. The easy processing of Daron® 8150 resin brings quality consistency and predictable performance in high volume manufacturing. In addition, molded parts have demonstrated ultra-low emissions.
TOOLMAKING MADE EASY
AOC is introducing the new Neomould® 2017-S-1 resin for manufacturing composite tooling. The unique resin characteristics enable to make molds that perfectly mirror the surface and dimensions of the plug. The thixotropic nature of the resin allows for excellent application on vertical surfaces without sagging. Although the through-cure is fast, the exothermic heat is surprisingly low. For these reasons the resin is highly suitable for making thick parts in one go.
FAST AND SAFE DRINKING WATER RELINING
Relining has been the solution of choice for renovating sewage pipe networks, avoiding open streets and associated inconvenience for nearby residents. With the new styrene-free Beyone™ 700-T-01 FC resin now also drinking water networks can be easily repaired at competitive cost. The ingredients of the resin are on the positive list for food contact applications, the resin is manufactured in line with GMP, and resin/ glass liner systems have been approved by KIWA-ATA. Liners made from Beyone™ 700-T-01 FC resin have already seen many successful installations in recent years, providing excellent resistance to network pressure fluctuations and great continuity of operation to network owners.
LIGHT-WEIGHT AND DESIGN FLEXIBILITY
Another good example of how AOC is able to create new technologies in close collaboration with its customers, is the development of light-weight passenger bus components of VDL Bus & Coach. These components are made by applying a foaming resin formulation supplied by BÜFA on the basis of resin from AOC. Besides bringing unique shapes and great aerodynamics, the use of low density composite parts results in major weight savings for the bus, translating into lower fuel cost and emissions.
A large bus front module made with the vacuum expansion process (VEX-technology) is exhibited at the Auto Inno Planet area at JEC (Hall 6, M89).
“AOC believes the successful development of new resins and Composite technologies hinges on the close collaboration with our customers”, adds Fons Harbers, Marketing and Sales Director at AOC. “We like to fully understand the needs throughout the entire value chain, and then develop innovative material solutions that bring true value.”