Q. What makes the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process
A. The TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process is capable of fully automated
production of medium to very large structural parts that are capable
of competing against many wood, aluminum, steel and thermoset composite
products. Through the use of thermoplastic resins and true long-fiber
reinforcing, the process is capable of producing parts which are
able to structurally compete with parts made from more traditional
materials, while typically providing a significant weight and cost
reduction, when compared to the part manufactured through current
Q. What makes the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process so attractive?
A. Time and money. The demand for specialized
plastic products and applications is rapidly growing. Manufacture
of large structural parts, often with limited quantity requirements,
and the ability to prototype are common problems experienced in
many industries. The flexibility of the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process allows for a
significant reduction of time and costs for many manufacturers and
end-users who are seeking solutions to current requirements for
their business needs.
Q. Where is Envirokare focusing its marketing
A. The following is a partial list of the industries
to which Envirokare anticipates marketing the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ technology in
the foreseeable future:
- Material Handling Industry - pallets of varying sizes, skids
and platforms, bins, totes, containers, including ocean-going
- Transportation - truck decks, exterior skins, interior skins,
truck frames and trailers.
- Marine Industry - ashore and afloat.
- Automotive Industry - bumper beams, body parts and oil pans.
- Construction Industry - beams, trusses, roofing panels, interior
panels, exterior panels, fencing, decking and forms
- Military - sabot, submarine parts, radomes, reflectors, helicopter
parts, military enclosures, and dunnage.
- Telecommunications Industry - microwave transmitters and collectors.
Q. Are there environmental advantages to utilizing
the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process?
A. Yes, there are environmental advantages to
utilizing the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process. The thermoplastic resins used in manufacturing
many of the parts made from the TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ process can either be recycled
or virgin resins. In addition, the use of recycled materials reduces
the demand for virgin materials made from petroleum products, while
decreasing the plastic waste stream into our landfills. Also, the
TPF Thermoplastic Flowforming™ Process does not emit any VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds),
which are present in the manufacture of thermoset composites.