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Matt Defosse

March 23, 2009

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PMC making run at laptop cases with thermoplastic composites

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Processing laptop covers from continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics could result in thinner covers and and lower part weight.

Composite plastics supplier and processor Performance Materials Corp. (PMC; Camarillo, CA) has signed an exclusive production license agreement for laptop computer components with RocTool (Le Bourget du Lac, France), developer and licenser of the Cage system for inductive heating of a plastics processing mold. During this week’s JEC Composites Show 2009 in Paris, RocTool will be molding laptop covers at its stand in what it says will be 2-minute cycle times, processing a continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic from PMC.

MPW has covered developments at RocTool in depth for some years, to include most recently its work to develop and market its Cage system for injection molding. Its Cage system very quickly heats, and then cools, a mold’s surface, and only the surface, allowing for top-notch surface appearance and for specification of materials that may not be suitable if other processes/cooling systems are used.

According to RocTool, processing laptop covers from continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics could result in thinner covers, compared to injection molding and magnesium molding, and lower part weight.  The company also claims that surface appearance is improved.

Matt Boulanger, RocTool’s business development manager, when contacted last week by MPW, said the firm would not release further details until after the JEC show. [email protected]

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