CAMX 2022 Exhibit Preview: Technical Fiber Products Inc.

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Technical Fiber Products Inc. (TFP, Schenectady, NY, USA) presents its Optiveil, Optimat and Tecnofire ranges, all specially designed to provide solutions to the main challenges of composites.

TFP’s Optiveil and Optimat materials are multifunctional, designed to overcome a number of challenges in composites using a single material. Their highly porous structure would improve resin absorption and transport, making manufacturing easier and reducing resin usage. The constant and uniform distribution of the fibers of the veil allows a high quality surface finish, rich in resin, reducing printing and processing. Sails are lightweight and available in a wide range of fiber types to provide additional functionality on top of these manufacturing benefits.

Typical examples include metal-coated carbon fibers that provide electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding for battery and electronics enclosures, as well as conductivity for resistive heating applications; aramid fibers which improve surface abrasion resistance for friction substrates in automobiles, sporting goods and roller coatings; glass and carbon fibers which can provide a corrosion resistant surface for industrial applications and handle static dissipation; and TFP dielectric veils to prevent an electrochemical reaction that leads to galvanic corrosion. The veil acts as an electrically insulating layer between dissimilar conductive materials (such as carbon fiber and aluminum).

In addition to being found in surfacing applications, TFP thermoplastic veils can also increase the longevity of the composite; webs interwoven between reinforcing layers can improve the mode I and mode II interlaminar fracture toughness of the structure by up to 400%.

TFP is also exhibiting its Tecnofire range of lightweight intumescent fire protection materials. These materials allow composites to pass stringent reaction to fire and fire resistance standards and have been widely used in applications such as infrastructure, construction, mass transit and aerospace. According to TFP, Tecnofire can be incorporated directly into a composite structure using traditional manufacturing methods, protecting the structure from fire while reducing smoke and heat release. It can also be combined with flame retardant (FR) resins and integrates well into fiber reinforced laminated composite assemblies. Tecnofire provides integrated composite fire protection without compromising structural integrity and has been used effectively to pass major reaction to fire standards including ASTM E662, E162 and rail industry standard EN45545-2.

In addition to its Optiveil, Optimat and Tecnofire ranges, TFP specializes in developing or adapting materials to meet customers’ specific performance, processing and aesthetic requirements. This is made possible by extensive product development capabilities, ranging from proof-of-concept lab work to testing, large-scale manufacturing and conversion via lamination and nanocoating.

Alejandro L. Myatt