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08-03-2015

Aimplas Reduces Costs of Profile Production with Coaline Project

Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Center, Valencia, has reached the mid-point of the European project Coaline, through which research is made in order to develop a new profile manufacturing method by pultrusion for the building and automotive industries.

"In Coaline we expect to coat the profile inside the mold, in other words, to apply the paint inside the mold so we will save time and we will not be emitting solid particles from the sanding or VOC from the paint and the primer", explains Nora Lardiés, main researcher of the project in Aimplas (figure: Aimplas)

"In Coaline we expect to coat the profile inside the mold, in other words, to apply the paint inside the mold so we will save time and we will not be emitting solid particles from the sanding or VOC from the paint and the primer", explains Nora Lardiés, main researcher of the project in Aimplas (figure: Aimplas)

Thanks to this project it will be possible to carry out the whole process only in one step, including the application of the primer or paint that in this case will be produced inside the mold. The new manufacturing process that is being developed allows not only the reduction of labor force needed when producing, but also the number of steps in the process, such as the sanding and the painting or primer application. For that reason, it is faster and cheaper and also more environmentally sustainable, because the emission of solid particles to the environment when sanding and also volatile compounds when painting is avoided.

At this point, Aimplas has ended up the experimental part where microwaves absorbers and gelcoats previously selected by the partners are added to resins. Three different susceptors (microwaves absorbers) have been tested in variable proportions. It is needed to add theses susceptors to certain types of resins in order to improve the absorption of microwaves. The results have been successful since in all the cases the reduction of the curing time in more than 50 % has been achieved.

The Project Coaline, which is funded within the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (GA609149), began in September 2013 and lasts 42 months. Two research centers are taking part: Aimplas and Fraunhofer, and also the Riga Technical University; and finally two industrial partners, Acciona and Muegge and the SMEs Alkè, Composites Aragón,Ecoinnova, Polymec, Resoltech, Rescoll and Synthesites.

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AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico

Gustave Eiffel 4
ES 46980 Paterna/Valencia
Tel.: +34 96 1366040

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