WINONA, MINN., USA — PlastiComp, Inc., a leading technology company in the field of reinforced polymer composites, announces an exciting advancement in the development of direct in-line filament winding (D-FW) of fiber reinforced thermoplastic compounds. PlastiComp’s unique pultrusion process enables the company to introduce D-FW materials that offer improved benefits to customers at a significantly lower cost compared to competitive products.
“Unlike typical precompounded thermoplastic filament winding materials currently offered, our D-FW technology gives the customer the ability to completely customize their filament wound product by easily changing the color, fiber content, polymer, or fiber used in the process. The speed at which our process can be run allows the user the ability to significantly increase output, thus reducing costs,” said Eric Wollan, Manager of PlastiComp’s Technical Development Center. “A wide variety of applications can benefit from our innovative in-line filament winding technology ranging from sporting good products, such as baseball bats, to many industrial products including pipes and tanks.”
“Our new D-FW technology has created unlimited possibilities as customers can now take advantage of the freedom of formulation and processing speed that this technology provides,” said Steve Bowen, PlastiComp President and CEO.
Thermoplastic composite materials offer excellent strength-to-weight ratios and good resin uniformity in finished parts that are circular in shape. PlastiComp offers the full-range of research and development services relating to its direct inline roving materials including part molding, materials testing, formula development, data collection, and technology licensing.
PlastiComp, Inc. focuses on developing and providing long fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technologies to partners worldwide. These include ready-to-process reinforced long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) pelletized compounds, along with process development and manufacturing equipment licensing for LFT pultrusion, in-line direct long fiber thermoplastic (D-LFT) Pushtrusion®, and in-line direct glass mat thermoplastic (D-GMT®) technologies. PlastiComp’s injection moldable Complēt® LFT composite compounds are available as standard and custom formulations that combine long glass, carbon, and other specialty fiber reinforcement with thermoplastic polymers from polypropylene to PEEK.