Cross Composite AG (Steckborn, CH) won a JEC World 2016 Innovation Award for its A-CoMP© technology, which was developed to enable the automated manufacturing of complex 3D load introduction high performance thermoplastic composite parts with marketable added values such as optimal weight to strength ratio, UV, fatigue and corrosion resistance enhanced damping properties, X-ray transparency, functions integration (threads) and bio-compatibility. Created in 1998 the JEC Innovation Awards identify, promote and reward the most innovative composite solutions worldwide.
“The prize is a recognition for years and years of research work during which a team of design, construction, simulation and test engineers has successfully worked on the A-CoMP © technology.” summarises Nicolas Eguémann who heads the Product Development at Cross Composite. To ensure low production costs in a competitive environment, Cross Composite has developed its own production system based on highly automated production cells for the fast processing of thermoplastic composite parts in only few minutes compared to the several hours usually needed for. To compete with the complexity, geometrical tolerances and level of function integration reached by casted, injected or/and CNC machined titanium, aluminium or steel parts, Cross Composite has developed with its own tooling workshop a moulding technology inspired by the polymer injection moulding by the use of actuators but adapted to the high temperatures reached in thermoplastic compression moulding.
Cross Composite AG is currently working with a number of companies interested in employing this new technology in the sport, aerospace, medical, automotive and watch industry.