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10th February 2020, Bremervörde, Germany

pullCUBE - the world’s most compact pultrusion machine

Thomas Technik & Innovation’s pullCUBE. © TTI.Thomas Technik & Innovation’s pullCUBE. © TTI.

Leading pultrusion specialist Thomas Technik & Innovation (TTI) says it will rewrite the rulebook when it presents pullCUBE, the world’s shortest pultrusion machine at JEC World 2020.  According to the company, at only 3.5 metres in length, pullCUBE machines are around 75% shorter than existing pultrusion machines, providing manufacturers with a space-efficient and ultra-portable production solution.

“As a leading innovator, manufacturer and technology expert in the pultrusion market, TTI developed pullCUBE to make pultrusion more accessible to composite manufacturers and provide a flexible, mobile, rapidly installed production capability for advanced pultruded composites profiles.,” TTI explained in a statement.

“At only 3.5m, pullCUBE machines allow manufacturers to install machines within current sites without building dedicated new production halls.  The pullCUBE machines are so easy to transport and quick to set up, that they can be even be located at the job site itself.  This on-site production enables pullCUBE to deliver profiles with no length restrictions, allowing full length structural profiles for large civil projects such as bridges to be produced without joins.”

“In addition, TTI has also redesigned the start-up process with the shorter machine path drastically reducing set-up scrap. Production waste is also reduced massively as regular mould cleaning purges are no longer required – optimizing cost and efficiency in high volume pultrusion.”

TTI estimates annual savings of over EUR 144,000 can be achieved, based on a carbon profile with price per metre of EUR10, 3 shifts and a normal purge every 20 minutes.

The new pullCUBE machine uses TTI’s patented moving mould technology and Radius Pultrusion process and can be configured to produce both straight and curved profiles.  TTI and its US customer Shape Corp,  recently demonstrated the advantages of TTI’s technology with the launch of the automotive industry’s first curved, multi-hollow pultruded carbon fibre bumper beam for the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.  This highly functional part delivered a weight reduction of 50% and a production rate of 70,000 parts per year, according to TTI.

“We are thrilled to be launching our new pullCUBE machine technology at JEC World 2020.  Our most highly automated machine yet packs a massive amount of integrated technology into the world’s smallest pultrusion package, offering flexible, transportable, high-rate production with huge reductions in waste costs,” commented Sebastian Mehrtens – Head of Sales, TTI.

A pullCUBE machine will be on display on the Composites United Booth (Hall 6, Booth G85) at JEC World 2020 with the TTI team on hand to present more details.

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