TRB Lightweight Structures has created a new production process to deliver continuous-fiber thermoset composite parts at high volume. This automated manufacturing process is now being used to supply a global Tier 1 powertrain manufacturer with battery components for electric buses.
TRB’s manufacturing process combines proprietary snap-cure resins and in-house-produced prepreg materials with robotic production to generate high-spec, ready-to-ship thermoset parts in minutes. These custom materials are fed into a fully integrated process that automates cutting, lay-up, pressing and curing in order to allow parts to be manufactured faster and more cost-effectively. This method can be adapted to include additional material layers offering thermal, electrical and EMI protection.
TRB has created a high-volume production facility in the US, and is establishing the same capabilities at its UK base. Managing Director Richard Holland said, “While high-volume composites have many applications, we have chosen to focus on the fast-expanding EV market—both on the road and in the sky—given our mission to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation.”