ReicoTec is the first lightweight material on the market to combine reinforced fibers and nonwovens. In contrast to organic sheets, ReicoTec remains unconsolidated until it is subsequently processed into finished components, which means it can be offered as endless roll goods.
Manufacture of the ReicoTec fiber-reinforced plastic using the meltblown process
The ReicoTec semi-finished product is manufactured inline in a single production step with our proven meltblown process: The meltblown nonwoven is produced directly from both sides on the reinforced fibers and finally wound up unconsolidated as a three layer sandwich structure. The low-viscosity polymers to be processed are, according to present knowledge, polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, polyamide, polyurethane, polyphenylene sulphide, and polycarbonate.
Subsequent processing of the finished component in the double diaphragm process
The double diaphragm process is one of several possibilities to consolidate and form ReicoTec into a finished component in a single step. Thanks to the air permeability of the nonwoven, the final product has significantly fewer air pockets (flaws).
ReicoTec is suitable for many different areas of application. At present, we are developing different demonstrators for test purposes.
HBW Gubesch Thermoforming
Double diaphragm process
FST Troisdorf / IKV Aachen
Pressure molding process