Pressing

A diverse range of process variables enables pressing technologies to offer a variety of options across a broad spectrum of sectors and areas of application. In addition to what have now become conventional pressing technologies for thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, we also develop specially tailored, novel techniques for the manufacturing of products designed by us in-house. This ensures that any special technological features are factored in as early as the product development phase. Our concepts for series-ready pressing processes and corresponding equipment are carefully adapted to the batch sizes you aim to achieve. What is more, our access to cutting-edge systems and facilities at the ILK means that we are generally able to demonstrate your processes at prototype scale.

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Pressing technologies for materials featuring thermosetting matrices

Pressing technologies for materials featuring thermosetting matrices are a well-established means of manufacturing fibre composite components. In addition to conventional wet, LFI and SMC processes, novel modifications and additions to these technologies facilitate the cost-efficient, large-scale production of highly loadable components. Two outstanding examples are the RPM and TSF processes recently developed at LZS.

Our service portfolio

  • LFI, SMC, RPM and TSF technologies, wet presses
  • Processing of long and continuously fibre-reinforced preforms in combination with a variety of matrix materials
  • Design and dimensioning of pressing tools
  • Needs-based component design including the integration of sandwich structures, tailored fibre architectures, various reinforcement materials, ribbed structures, etc.
  • Technical-economic assessment

Our facilities (used as part of our cooperation with the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) of
TU Dresden)

  • 3000 t rapid-action hydraulic press
  • LFI systems
  • Large-scale press
  • Laboratory-scale presses

A.S.SET process for the manufacturing of a continuously fibre-reinforced component with a thermosetting matrix material

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Thermoplastic pressing technologies

Thermoplastic pressing processes represent a particularly cost-efficient manufacturing technology in the case of large batch sizes. Our technological know-how ranges from classical LFT and GMT processes to modern, specially developed organosheet pressing technologies.

Our service portfolio

  • LFT, GMT and organosheet technologies
  • Processing of long and continuously fibre-reinforced preforms in combination with a variety of matrix materials
  • Design and dimensioning of pressing tools
  • Needs-based component design including the integration of sandwich structures, tailored fibre architectures, various reinforcement materials, ribbed structures, etc.

Our facilities (used as part of our cooperation with the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology (ILK) of
TU Dresden)

  • 3000 t rapid-action hydraulic press
  • LFT extruder
  • Infrared heating devices
  • Large-scale press
  • Laboratory-scale presses

Examples of components

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Thermoplastic car seat module

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Thermoplastic sandwich structures

Dipl.-Ing. Kai Steinbach

Contact Person

Dipl.-Ing. Kai Steinbach

+49 351 463 38744
steinbach@lzs-dd.de