WINONA, MINN., USA — PlastiComp, Inc. will open a new Technical Development Center to further develop Pushtrusion® Direct Long Fiber Thermoplastics (D-LFT) technology, company President Steve Bowen announced today.
The new 15,000 square foot building at 110 Galewski Drive in Winona is near the present Pushtrusion corporate headquarters.
The Technical Development Center will be devoted to further develop and define Pushtrusion processes and machinery. PlastiCompo will demonstrate new equipment and processes, profile Pushtrusion technology under a variety of process conditions and develop prototypes of new D-LFT machinery.
PlastiCompo customers will have the opportunity to develop processes specific to their businesses on working production lines, and to perform test runs of Pushtrusion machinery prior to shipping.
“Our Technical Development Center will help us more fully profile the Pushtrusion process and evaluate parts production under typical processing conditions,” said Bowen.
“Most importantly, it gives us the ability to work more closely with our customers to develop processes that improve their products, as well as their profits. It’s a big step in positioning Pushtrusion technology into a rapid market growth phase, and to work with our customers to demonstrate how they can take advantage of D-LFT,” Bowen continued.
Pushtrusion technology combines fibers and molten polymers directly in-line as parts are formed, eliminating the need for pre-compounded resin pellets. Molders can set and maintain precise fiber lengths. Composite product performance is greatly improved, while material costs are lowered dramatically. Pushtrusion technology is compact and can be retrofit to existing process equipment, including injection and profile extrusion machinery.
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.