Liquid Compression Molding (LPLCM)
LCM process offers similar performance characteristics as SMC and similar cost and volume benefits. The key distinction is superior structural efficiency that improves mechanical and cosmetic properties of the molded part. This advantage makes it popular for automotive and truck parts that require greater structural integrity.
Typically used for high-volume manufacturing, compression molding is a method in which the glass fabric is placed in an open, heated mold cavity. Once the glass has been placed, the fabric is subjected to a light resin coat. The mold is then closed with a top plug in which pressure is applied to force the resin and glass material into contact with all mold areas. Heat and pressure are maintained until the part has been cured.
- Appropriate for all applications
- Capable of excellent surfaces
- Widely used for commercial vehicle body and structural components
- The cost-efficiency of SMC with better mechanical characteristics