Compact Yet Powerful: AFC Energy Enhances Research Capabilities with LabEcon from Fontijne Presses

Compact Yet Powerful: AFC Energy Enhances Research Capabilities with LabEcon from Fontijne Presses

AFC Energy, a leading clean energy technology company committed to replacing fossil fuel generation with hydrogen fuel cells, has recently expanded its research capabilities by acquiring a LabEcon 600 press from Fontijne Presses. As an exclusive representative of Fontijne Presses in the UK and Ireland, Intelicare facilitated the supply and commissioning of the cutting-edge unit.

They are headquartered at the iconic Dunsfold Aerodrome, which once housed pioneering organisations like British Aerospace and, more recently, TopGear! AFC Energy is dedicated to advancing clean energy technology by displacing diesel in temporary power and construction applications. They have garnered significant commercial success with partners like SpeedyHire, who share their vision of a hydrogen-powered future.

In pursuing sustainable energy solutions, AFC Energy recognised the need for a membrane electrode assembly press to enhance its research and development capabilities. The LabEcon 600, part of the acclaimed LabEcon series, perfectly met their sample preparation and quality control requirements.

The LabEcon series is well-regarded for its precision and consistency in pressing quality, making it a preferred choice for R&D and quality control applications. Depending on the model, the LabEcon series can exert forces up to 300, 600, or 1000 kN at temperatures up to 400°C, ensuring the results are consistently accurate. Larger platens, greater press force, and higher temperatures can also be catered to.

Fontijne Presses is renowned for building laboratory platen presses according to the specific requirements for their particular application. Using modern techniques, innovative developments, and customisation, they aim to deliver products of the highest quality and reliability. Fontijne customers can expect uninterrupted equipment operation to keep their production, development and quality programs at optimal efficiency.

Small Footprint, Big Impact

One of the key benefits of the LabEcon 600 is its compact design, making it a valuable addition to AFC Energy’s laboratory without occupying excessive space. The user-friendly touchscreen interface, part of the ProView control system, simplifies operation and enhances the overall experience for lab technicians.

Safety is a top priority with the LabEcon series, featuring a fixed upper platen, an emergency stop system, and a safety shield. These built-in safety measures ensure that lab personnel can work confidently, knowing they are protected.

The ProView control system offers temperature and closing force control and ramp profiles and includes a large 15” touch screen, providing clear visibility of the press’s settings and progress. An automatic venting system and degassing stroke enhance the unit’s efficiency by allowing automatic venting at preset intervals. Moreover, the LabEcon press has an exhaust or extraction hood seamlessly connected to an existing exhaust system, enhancing environmental safety and laboratory efficiency.

An Investment in the Future

AFC Energy’s acquisition of the LabEcon 600 exemplifies its commitment to staying at the forefront of clean energy research. By investing in high-quality equipment like the LabEcon 600, they are poised to make significant strides in their mission to develop cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology. With a strong emphasis on teamwork, innovation, and the pursuit of solutions that benefit both their end-users and the planet, AFC Energy is helping pave the way to a greener, hydrogen-powered future.

Fontijne Presses and Your Project

Intelicare is an exclusive partner for Fontijne Presses in the UK and Ireland. Whether you are looking to batch test, start a new venture, or upgrade your current equipment, Email or call 07815921951 to start the conversation.

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