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SMC compression moulding UK by Tricel

Tricel specialises in the compression moulding of Sheet Moulding Compound (SMC). Due to extensive experience and industry knowledge, the Tricel team has the capabilities to design and develop products from initial concept all the way to final mass production.

Our industry-leading team of designers and engineers work together with our customers to develop products and solution for a wide range of sectors. This includes IT, construction, road safety, water storage, public transport and marine, for products such as radar housings.

Our SMC compression moulding services are perfect for developing new products as well as updates or improvements to current offerings, and even as a replacement material for metallic based products.

What is compression moulding?

Compression moulding is one of the oldest techniques for processing polymers. As the name indicates, it is a process of moulding product using a powered press to perform the compression. These mould presses can be powered electrically or hydraulically with controlled compression loads. Higher concentration of reinforcing fibres and longer fibres can be included with compression moulding material. The products produced from this process have remarkable mechanical properties and high strength to weight ratio.

Compression moulding process

The process begins by placing the SMC material in an open heated mould. The mould is then closed, and pressure is applied to force the SMC into contact with all mould areas while maintaining heat and pressure until the moulding material is cured.

Why choose SMC compression moulding?

The advantages of using SMC compression moulding are numerous. We have listed some of them below:

  • SMC is ideal for modular systems. Indeed, it can be moulded in a wide range of shapes and sizes to suit customer requirements.
  • Metal inserts can be included.
  • It gives you flexibility in your design and is ideally suited for bespoke products.
  • It is cost effective, tooling is very economical (compared to conventional metal fabrication process).
  • With SMC compression moulding it is also possible to run low volume of production in order to create prototypes.

The benefits of using SMC

  • Lightweight
  • Non-conductive
  • Excellent load bearing properties
  • High impact resistance
  • Fire retardant
  • Heat resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Weather resistant – will not rust
  • UV resistant (optional)
  • ESD – static dissipative SMC available on request

Example of SMC compression moulding products made by Tricel.

Our expertise in SMC compression moulding UK

Working alongside Tricel to develop your project, you will benefit from our expert team of designers and engineers.

We will provide you with full CAD drawing, prototypes and samples to support you through the product development stage.

The SMC Compression moulded product developments generally follow the listed steps:

  1. Initial inquiry/design consultation
  2. Product development and design
  3. 3D modeling
  4. CAD drawing
  5. Mould fabrication
  6. Prototype and testing
  7. Modification (if required)
  8. Pre-production planning
  9. Full production
  10. Quality control
  11. Product delivery

If you have any questions or would like more information about our SMC compression moulding UK capabilities, and how we can get involved with your project, contact our technical sales team now.

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