SMTC’s Dynatech® solution lightens the mood at Aircraft Interiors 2014
Christophe Jenny, CEO of SMTC, says: “With Dynatech®, a truly revolutionary technology, we proactively made a major investment in mass production with high repeatability, in order to better serve our customers’ needs regarding significant weight savings, better mechanical properties, lower total system costs, and recyclability. We see ourselves as a carrier for solutions that fulfil the needs of society and, thus, are happy to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emission, to the performance of mass transport, and to the comfort and accessibility of passengers.”
SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® technology at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (in northern Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade fair.
Dynatech® products have been developed specifically for use in light-weight and high-performance applications such as damage tolerance as well as superior fire, smoke and toxicity (FST) values.
Due to the thermoplastic nature of the Dynatech® solution as a ready-to-be-
Based on the use of polyetherimide (PEI) in situ foam panels, Dynatech® technology also offers better thermic and acoustic isolation, as compared to traditional honeycomb designs based on thermoset panels: ultimately, this also contributes to the comfort of the traveller.
“The Dynatech® revolution is down to an entirely new way of making sandwich panels based on full thermoplastic PEI material. These panels can also be formed into a variety of shapes, with different edging options,” explains Christophe Jenny.
SMTC, which formerly focused on producing aluminium-based honeycomb systems, acquired the Dynatech® solution from inventor and patent-holder FITS Technology. SMTC is now developing and investing in the technology with a view to providing a completely new thermoplastic mass-market solution.
Martin de Groot, CEO of FITS Technology and inventor of the process, explains: “My goal was to achieve maximum weight reduction to improve the ecological footprint of aircraft. In comparison with traditional sandwich systems, Dynatech® is much less labour-intensive thanks to its automated processing. Dynatech® now allows for extremely short-cycle times of only a few minutes for the pressing process. It also outperforms traditional material by offering a maximum manufacturing time of 30 seconds per edge.”
In the steadily growing aircraft and high-speed-train end-markets, safety, weight and space-saving become more stringent, with a growing demand for enhanced performance. Dynatech® allows aircraft and train builders to use thinner layers of sandwich material, therefore creating more space for travellers. Its unique heat-resistance properties make Dynatech® a highly desirable and long-lasting material to be used for interiors.
The production of a range of pilot Dynatech® products has already started: tests are being run and the first customers have received their prototypes. Full commercial production of the Dynatech® range is expected to be rolled out in 2016.
SMTC is a French-based company with over 30 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing of composite sandwich panels. With this expertise and innovation at the heart of its strategy, SMTC contributes to the performance of mass transportation by producing light-weight solutions for the interior parts of trains, aircraft and cruise ships.
SMTC will be showcasing its Dynatech® products at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014, to be held in Hamburg (Germany) from 8 to 10 April of this year. The specialist company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall B6 of the trade show.
For further information about the trade show, go to: http://www.aircraftinteriorsexpo.com
For further information about the company, go to: http://www.smtc.fr/
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