EPI CARBON FIBER MANUFACTURING AND STEEL CONSTRUCTION
EPI has been working for twenty years in the construction of industrial plants and has gained a strong experience in carbon fiber and composite materials manufacturing.
The proximity to the Aerospace District of Apulia and the collaboration with research centers on composite materials have allowed advanced studies and the development of a deep know-how in the processing of machining these materials.
EPI mission’s is to experiment on carbon fiber and composite materials and to transfer this technology to common things, offering its customers technologically advanced and economically sustainable solutions.
Manufacturing activities are carried out at our factory in Brindisi industrial zone.
Thanks to the high expertise of our engineers and technicians, we are able to offer the customer a design and manufacturing service of carbon fiber and composite materials components, tailored to the specific needs of a wide range of industrial sectors such as sports equipment, horse riding, furniture-design, nautical and automotive sectors, professional and non-professional suitcases.
- ISO 9001-2008
- ISO 3834-2:2006
- ISO 1090
- WELDING PROCEDURE ACCORDING EN AND ASME
- INTERNAL WELD INSPECTOR CERTIFIED ACCORDING UNI EN ISO 9712 FOR THE METHODS VT AND PT FOR THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR P/S
- AUTOCLAVE CONSTRUCTION: TÜV CERTIFICATE FOR CE TYPE-EXAMINATION (MODULE B) ACCORDING TO DIRECTIVE 97/23/CE
Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials Manufacturing
Composite materials have become a valuable resource for the production of many products, since they integrate lightness, strength and aesthetic features: indispensable elements in many industrial sectors.
A leading role is occupied by CARBON FIBER, highly innovative material that permits to produce items with unimaginable features or just give new life to an obsolete product.
The use use of new materials, like carbon fiber, increases the performance of athletes or, simply, improves perple’s everyday life . The main goal is to lighten the finished product by improving, at the
same time, its mechanical properties.
This lightness translates into a general savings which, depending on the case, can be evaluated in terms of effort or energy.
In 2015 EPI has completed the construction of a laboratory dedicated to carbon fiber and composite material manufacturing, that design and produce components and items on customers specific needs.
The laboratory of 600 square meters includes: Autoclave (diameter 1700 mm to 5500 mm in length), clean room, trimming and painting area.
EPI design team offers innovative solutions, studied tailor-made for the customer, starting from tha analysis of needs and existing problems, with a 360° advisor. Our engeneer and technicians are able to offer the following services:
- 3D design, modeling and printing;
- design and building of molds;
- construction of series or single pieces ( also reproducing an existing model);
- costruction of tailored models;
- lab test and certification, in partnership with specialized research centers.
All production stages are carried out internally by our highly qualified technicians and using local
suppliers carefully selected, in order to offer our customers a 100% MADE IN ITALY PRODUCT.
Download our CARBON FIBER MANUFACTURING BROCHURE
BENEFITS OF CARBON FIBER
- RELIABILITY AND LONG - LIFE TIME: DOES NOGIVE UP ON THE STRESSES, DOES NOT RUST, ISCHEMICALLY
AND THERMALLY STABLE;
- RIGIDITY AND RESISTANCE 5 TIMES HIGHER
THAN STEEL AND ALUMINIUM;
- LIGHTNESS: SPECIFIC WEIGHT 1/5 LESS THAN
STEEL AND ½ LESS THAN ALUMINIUM.
Products and sectors
Thanks to its extraordinary performance, the possible uses of carbon fiber are several.
- SPORTING GOODS (horse riding, fishing, cycling, motorcycling, rowing)
- NAUTICAL INDUSTRY
- AERONAUTIC INDUSTRY
- MEDICAL PROTHESIS
EPI is currently involved in the manufacturing of motorcycle components, kytesurf boards, flight cases and professional briefcases, luggage articles, furniture-design components and structural parts, saddle trees and accessories for horse riding.
The constant research and experimentation that drives our company and the great versatility of carbon fiber allow us to study and test solutions for the most different sectors, always tailored on the needs of the customers.
CARBON FIBER SADDLE TRESS FOR RIDING SADDLE
The saddle is the point of contact between horse and rider. A good saddle - and consequently a good saddle tree - must guarantee an optimal union between the two bodies, ensuring maximum comfort to both of them. This happens through the distribution of the rider's weight in the widest possible area of the horse, preserving the spinal tract from trauma and pressure, accompanying the movements of the animal and giving the rider a correct posture.
EPI trees , made entirely of carbon fiber, allow to obtain these benefits.
In the equestrian sector, carbon fiber, applied to the different equipment, allows to improve the performance of the horse and the rider thanks to its lightness and resistance.
EPI designs and manufactures horse riding saddle trees, completely made out of carbon fiber, customized on customer's specific needs.
LIGHTNESS and RESISTANCE. ELASTICITY AND SHAPE RETENTION. BUILDING PRECISION. COMFORT
Our saddle trees are studied to simplify the work of the saddler, which can easily insert nails, screws and studs for the assembly of the saddle, without altering its consolidated production process.
EPI designs and produces saddle trees for different horse racing disciplines:
- endurance / cross / others
In addition we realize accessories and pieces for the assembly of the whole saddle:
- stirrup bars
- other components and accessories ( cases, saddle boxes, toolboxes , suitcases, helmets, protections, etc)
Download our CARBON FIBER SADDLE TREES CATALOGUE
LIGHTNESS, PRECISION, ELASTICITY. TOP PERFORMANCE.
Carbon fiber, compared to wood, guarantees a high resistance but at the same time a lower weight.
ELASTICITY AND SHAPE RETENTION
The carbon fiber saddle tree follows perfectly the horse's morphology and lasts over time, without losing its shape.
BUILDING PRECISION AND CUSTOMIZATION
The use of mold allows a higher building precision. In addition, every tree can be realized in a customized way, depending on personal measures and specific needs.
COMFORT FOR HORSE AND RIDER. TOP PERFOMANCE
A saddle with carbon tree permits a more natural and confortable posture for the rider, thanks to the depth of the seat and major proximity to to the horse's back; at the same time it respects the horse's shape, accompanying the movements. All this increases the wellness and the whole perfomance.
COMPOSITE MATERIALS AND CARBON FIBER MANUFACTURING LAB
Steel Construction and Services
EPI works directly in the design and construction of steel structures.
The sales office provides advice to the customers already during estimation process, by proposing solutions and profitable alternatives in accordance with the main international standards and the QCP supplied by the customer.
The technical department, by means of a highly qualified, supports the customers in the design phase and subsequent construction phases by the most popular CAD-CAM softwares with extensive use of 3D modeling.
In detail, the Epi provides:
- Basic design and detail, spreadsheets, spool piping;
- Steel Construction includes:
- BOILER: chimneys, air ducts, flue pipes, harps, Penthouse and boiler’s casing.
- PRESSURE VESSELS and piping according to PED
- PIPING’s SUPPORT
- STEEL STRUCTURES: primary and secondary service structures such as stairs tower and walkways, ladders, handrails, platform, rack for pipes
- Heat exchangers, electrostatic precipitators and bag filters, economizers, blowdown, reactor.
- Construction of Skid, complete with dressing electro-instrumental and insulation.
- Surface treatment: painting and hot-dip galvanizing.
- Packaging in accordance with the standards for international transport (EU and non-EU).
The EPI has the welding qualifications according to EN and ASME.
The autoclaves are applied in various industrial sectors, from the aeronautics (carbon fiber and composites) to the food industry, from the rubber sector to the glass and wood industry.
EPI designs and builds industrial autoclaves for all these sectors focusing on the applications for composite materials. This last stands on the top of the pyramid of possible applications. Our autoclaves represent not only the objectification of the studies and researches we made, but also the recognition of the thirty years experience gained by EPI’s team in the widest sector of large size industrial plant engineering.
Our experiences are fundamental elements in the definition of optimum solutions creating the integration in already existing production lines or during the construction of a new productive plant.
The collaboration with Companies of Apulian Aeronautical District (ITALY) provides to EPI a continuous feedback to develop innovative solutions applicable successfully both for hi-tech sectors, such as the production of composites, as well in the traditional sectors.
It is available the reconditioning service of obsolete autoclaves in conformity with EPI standards.