Lightweight is a mega-trend across many industries. Reducing component weight has great benefits, ranging from improved product design/performance and a decreased end-user cost to less environmental impact.
In the transportation industry, the trend towards lightweight is of utmost importance due, in part, to new governmental regulations and industry pressure to increase fuel consumption efficiencies.
This trend will often involve a change in design and materials with an increasing number of lighter-weight options available, including composite sandwich panels.
These panels are widely used in many different applications, ranging from hybrid structural floors to several other interior subsystems like flooring, ceiling, partitions, etc.
Structural adhesives combined with a smart choice of different panel materials are key enabling factors of new product designs and applications.
MCG’s design and manufacturing competencies are focused in modular systems and very large panel sizes, thus enabling our customers to take one step further in their product optimization reducing weight, cost and assembly times.
In its production process and materials, MCG uses different bonding systems such as bi-component PUR and epoxy, core materials like structural foam, cork, balsa, plywood, and honeycomb combined with panel skins in aluminum and stainless steel.
All of these materials are chosen to meet the application requirements and the duration of the entire service life.
Depending on the panel design features, special bonding operations are performed during the panel manufacturing process, like – integration of heating films, sensors, cabling, etc.
In our bonding process special care is taken for quality assurance:
- 350 m² bonding cabin with controlled temperature and humidity
- Surface preparation stations
- Adhesive mixers and dispensing systems
- Large size vacuum tables
- Car size assembly table for floor panel integration, finishing and floor covering installation
- Full process traceability
- Skilled technicians (EAB training) and process engineering
- Testing & Inspection