FastRTM Project

March 12 2018

A unique, automated production platform developed by a French industry consortium – and utilizing an epoxy resin system from Hexion Inc. has demonstrated the feasibility of manufacturing large, net-shape composite parts at industrial scale. It offers a model for automotive manufacturers seeking to integrate weight-saving structural composites into their mass production vehicles.

The fully automated manufacturing platform, developed by the French FastRTM consortium led by the Institut de Recherche Technologique – Materiaux, Metallurgie et Procedes (IRT M2P), consists of a press, modular tooling, high pressure injection machines, temperature-controlled flow tube technology, two 6-axis robots, online monitoring and control, and a fast-cure resin system from Hexion. Together, the equipment and materials enable an innovative process called compression resin transfer molding (C-RTM).

The FastRTM consortium members included: Renault s.a.s., the Faurecia Group, the Hutchinson Group, Hexion, the Chomarat Group, Arkema Inc., Composite Integrity by Institut de Soudure Group, Pinette Emidecau Industries (PEI), Compose Tools, and the Societe d’Industrie et de Service Electrique (SISE).

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