Dieffenbacher is continuing its working relationship with the Fraunhofer Project Center (FPC) in London, Ontario, and will deliver a preform center which will be used to undertake applied research into materials development and the processing of fiber-composite materials for North American industrial companies.
The addition of the Preform Center, which is currently under construction, is set to expand the range of applications now offered by the FPC to include processes related to high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP-RTM). Preform technology forms part of the innovative HP-RTM process, which is primarily used to produce components using carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP). Previously, CFRP preforms could only be produced by hand via a cost-intensive process. The preform center allows fully automatic production.