New Direct In-line Filament Winding Technology from PlastiComp Provides Custom Winding Solutions

26 Feb 2008 • by Natalie Aster

WINONA, MN, USA - - PlastiComp LLC, a leading technology company in the field of reinforced polymer composites, announces an exciting advancement in the development of direct in-line filament winding (D-FW) of fiber reinforced thermoplastic compounds. PlastiComp's unique pultrusion process enables the company to introduce D-FW materials that offer improved benefits to customers at a significantly lower cost compared to competitive products.

"Unlike typical precompounded thermoplastic filament winding materials currently offered, our D-FW technology gives the customer the ability to completely customize their filament wound product by easily changing the color, fiber content, polymer, or fiber used in the process. The speed at which our process can be run allows the user the ability to significantly increase output, thus reducing costs," said Eric Wollan, Manager of PlastiComp's Technical Development Center. "A wide variety of applications can benefit from our innovative in-line filament winding technology ranging from sporting good products, such as baseball bats, to many industrial products including pipes and tanks."

"Our new D-FW technology has created unlimited possibilities as customers can now take advantage of the freedom of formulation and processing speed that this technology provides," said Steve Bowen, PlastiComp LLC President and CEO.

Thermoplastic composite materials offer excellent strength-to-weight ratios and good resin uniformity in finished parts that are circular in shape. PlastiComp offers the full-range of research and development services relating to its direct inline roving materials including part molding, materials testing, formula development, data collection, and technology licensing.

About PlastiComp

PlastiComp LLC is unique in providing both long fiber reinforced thermoplastic (LFRT) technology and direct long fiber reinforced thermoplastic (D-LFRT) technology to global customers. Complet® composite pellets provide a single pellet solution for customers with stringent requirements and rapid speed to market demands. Pushtrusion™ direct in-line compounding offers a complementary approach by providing substantial savings compared to precompounded thermoplastic composite pellets. PlastiComp also offers advanced contract molding and research and development.

Source: PlastiComp LLC