Mouldings, Sandwich Panels & Components
Permali offers its customers a wide range of tailored composite solutions and composite components to suit specific needs, designed and manufactured under exacting AS9100 accredited quality standards.
We offer semi-finished fibre reinforced epoxy, phenolic and UHMWPE composite sheet materials, in sheet sizes up to 8.7 sq.m.
Our production combined with technical expertise in formulating composite resin systems using specialty fillers and additives, along with design engineering and materials testing capabilities makes us experts in composite solutions
Finished composite components
Glass and aramid fibre reinforced prepregs and solid or sandwich design laminate sheet materials are supplied as semi-finished products to convertors. Lightweight ballistic grade sheet materials are also high pressure laminated from specialist UHMWPE fibre products for armour plate applications, such as DSM Dyneema® and Spectra Shield® from Honeywell International Inc.
Alternatively, finished composite components are manufactured to order, either CNC machined from in-house produced composite sheet materials or closed moulded. Depending on individual customer requirements, Permali can also supply sub-assembly composite parts with metal fixtures, or fully assembled finished components, painted or with special PU coatings, ready to fit.
Composite Production Capabilities Overview
Permali’s extensive in-house production capabilities for manufacturing composite solutions include:
High pressure laminating
Fully finished, assembled, coated/painted CNC machined and closed moulded
Key Composite Products & Market Applications
Permali has established market leading positions in a number of key markets and application areas with its innovative composite solutions:
Armour & Spall Liner systems
FRP composite stanchions
Composite Material Grades
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Wet lay can be used for heavily filled resin systems. Permali uses DSM Synolite polyester resin for simple composite mouldings, which provide good electrical resistance and outstanding flammability performance.
Open Moulding and Vacuum Bag Bonding
Creating a highly compact composite finish, vacuum bag moulding creates strong layered products where two or more fibre layers are bonded with a resin product. This method also ensures no excess resin is wasted as the vacuum creates excellent consolidation resulting in low voidage and excellent adhesion.
One of our specialities is utilising closed moulding techniques commonly referred to as RTM light (or vacuum-assisted resin transfer moulding (VARTM) for small to medium production volumes. For higher volumes, Permali have also used more conventional RTM moulding processes).
The obvious advantages of closed moulding include superior precision and repeatability. Considerations should also be given to a safer and cleaner working environment with less exposure to resins and fibres.
This includes notable improves, such as:
• Greater scope for automation
• Reduced manual labour
RTM Light (LRTM)
Where RTM will use a high pressure, LRTM normally uses a lower pressure. This allows for more flexibility in the types of resin, fillers and fibres used. LRTM is fast becoming industry preferred, and at Permali, we are proud to offer industry leading RTM Light. Popularity is growing with RTM Light because of the low tooling costs, leading to short lead times for customers.
Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)
RTM uses pressurised environments to create fast cycles and product consistency by injecting resin into a mould already containing the fibres required. It allows a broad range of tooling in either hard or soft form. Permali can achieve fast cycle times due to heat-controlled mouldings, enabling swift turnaround for time-sensitive products.
With fast curing times that last no more than five minutes, compression moulding involves putting the ‘charge’ of moulding material into the mould, where it can be heated up to over 200°C and pressed in a high-pressure cavity.