ÉireComposites has developed and patented a revolutionary new method of heating and cooling moulds called MECH (Mould Efficient Cooling and Heating)
MECH replaces traditional inefficient ovens and cooling systems and offers a cost effective method of processing a wide range of thermoplastic composite materials.
MECH is a highly efficient heating system that applies electrical heating directly to the location on the mould where it is required. Cooling channels constructed on top of the heating system allows a high volume of conditioned air to be blown over the mould surface for rapid cooling.
The are many advantages to using MECH, including the following
Energy costs can be reduced by as much as 80%.
The operators’ working environment is considerably enhanced by reduced temperatures, noise and the elimination of movement of moulds into ovens.
Maintenance costs are reduced as troublesome ovens and coolers are no longer required in addition to the fact that equipment will not suffer from metal fatigue as a result of being constantly exposed to large temperature fluctuations.
New grades of thermoplastics / composites can be processed cost effectively.
Electronic data acquisition can now be used to monitor the cure cycle in real time, a feature which was not possible in ovens.