D-LFTDirect Long-Fiber Thermoplastic (plastics)
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During the D-LFT process, which includes an oven to dry the material, two extruders, a conveyer and a press, there are three types of degradation mechanisms PA6 has the potential to undergo: thermal [3, 16], mechanical [14], and thermooxidative [3, 17].
The LGF screw is said to be compatible with either D-LFT (in line compounding) processes or molding precompounded long-glass pellets.
But he adds, "It is clear, based on the number of D-LFT machines sold, that the direct process has and will continue to gain a major share, especially among large processors with long runs.
These heavy-duty functional parts are produced by means of a D-LFT process at RKT Kunststoffe's new plant in Curitiba, Brazil.
At the recent NPE show in Chicago, two familiar names in injection molding machinery introduced standardized equipment options for a patented D-LFT process that is said to be less expensive and simpler to operate than other D-LFT methods.
The move also involves a switch from polyolefins, which have been the mainstay of D-LFT composites, to styrenic thermoplastics.
Steve Bowen, president and CEO of PlastiComp, and Ron Hawley, Woodshed president and inventor of the D-LFT technology, agreed that PlastiComp will hold exclusive global marketing rights for Woodshed's D-LFT process.
in 1989 to mold D-LFT parts and license the process.
It's a rare opportunity to meet and mingle with dozens of innovators in D-LFT and other long-fiber thermoplastic technologies, such as extrusion of structural profiles.
PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY is organizing a two-day conference on D-LFT technology at the Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel in Miami, Fla.