Cranfield University Purchase Fontijne Grotnes Composite Curing Press

Vlaardingen, the Netherlands November 4, 2016

Cranfield University, where research and innovation is part of Cranfield’s corporate DNA and forms the basis of all activities, especially in the science, engineering and management disciplines has invested in a Fontijne Grotnes Composite Curing Press.

The press, also referred to as a Platen Press has been supplied through the UK agents Intelicare Limited. The model is a LabPro 1000, a hydraulically operated 2-column press with prism guiding with 500 x 500 mm heated platens, platen heating up to 450°C and a wide range press force; from 100 to 1000kN.

Other features of the press are:Fontijne Presses

  • Quick closing and opening speed up to 25 mm/sec
  • Combined air and water cooling of the platens by means of a new and unique multi channel common rail system which ensures accurate temperature distribution across the platen during the cooling process which has a positive effect on quality of the moulded product.
  • A “bolster” plate fixed to the platens for attaching the Cranfield moulds and tooling
  • Lab ProView control system with a large touch panel for easy control of pressure and temperature and incorporating an almost endless number of programs which can be saved and changed at any time.

Research and innovation is the basis of all activity at Cranfield; it is part of Cranfield’s ‘corporate DNA’. Specialist expertise combined with excellence in strategic and applied research has enabled Cranfield to make significant contributions to the world around us for over 60 years.

The Cranfield work informs policy for governments, management best practice and produces new technologies and products for the world of commerce. Global warming, flooding, disease prevention, national security are just a few areas in which have benefitted from Cranfield research and teaching.

And of course Cranfield is a great place to study. Being a wholly postgraduate university it is the best choice for postgraduate study and has a vibrant and culturally diverse student body with students representing more than 100 different nationalities, ensuring student experience mirrors the global workplace.

The Composite Curing Press will enable Cranfield to carry out vital ground breaking and industry leading research into composite materials for aerospace and automotive industry application as well as enabling further advancement in postgraduate studies for a number of students directly involved with the projects.

Cranfield University are extremely pleased with the press so far as demonstrated by Andrew Mills, Principal Research Fellow Composites Manufacturing, Enhanced Composites & Structures Centre.

 “We purchased the LabPro 1000 to assist our investigation and development of cost effective manufacturing technology for lightweight composite structures in partnership with industry, in particular but not limited to current research projects for unmanned aircraft structures with BAE SYSTEMS and sports car bodies with McLaren Automotive” says Andrew.

Andrew also pointed out that the choice of press was based on a number of issues; “our requirements, the high specification of the press including temperature distribution during both the heating and cooling cycles, the quick closing and opening speed of the heated platens, the reputation of Fontijne Presses and the build quality”.


About Fontijne Presses
Fontijne Presses, part of the Fontijne Grotnes Group have been manufacturing Hydraulic Laboratory Platen Presses for use in the polymer processing, rubber, and composites industry for more than 80 years. Platen presses are utilised for research and materials development, sample preparation, small production processes for quality control and series production of finished product, dependant on the model and specification.

About Intelicare
Intelicare specialises in the supply and service of ancillary equipment used within the plastics processing and other industries. Key product lines include Fluid Temperature Control, Materials Handling and Laboratory Platen Presses, all sourced from high quality European manufacturers. The company also has an enviable reputation for product support in terms of equipment selection, application, installation, commissioning and service.