Category: Sectors

EPI - Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials Manufacturing - Automotive

Automotive

The automotive sector has been using composite materials for years, especially in high-end productions.

We produce components for car and motorcycle bodywork, accessory parts, for individual projects or for mass production.

Based on the specific request we study customized projects and support our customers in all phases of product development.

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EPI - Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials Manufacturing - Biomedical

Biomedical

We offer companies in biomedical sector the technical skills on the manufacturing processes of composite materials acquired over years of studies and experiments, to develop prostheses, orthotics, guardians and, in general, mobility aids in the biomedical field. Cotact us for more information

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EPI - Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials Manufacturing - Luxury box

Luxury box

Carbon fiber lends itself perfectly to the development of high-end packaging solutions, suitable for containing luxury items. We design and manufacture custom-made boxes based on specific needs, which combine technical and aesthetic benefits. All offering the highest quality made in Italy.

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EPI - Carbon Fiber and Composite Materials Manufacturing - Sports goods

Sports goods

The sports goods equipment sector was among the first to perceive the benefits of composite materials. The application of these in the development of objects or parts allows obtaining optimal performance and high mechanical resistance. The technology of composite materials is applied transversally to numerous sports disciplines.

We create custom components and parts, offering a consulting, engineering and production service. Based on customer needs, we identify solutions that are effective and efficient.

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Ultraceramica

Furniture and design

We support companies in the furniture-design sector to study and create new products using composite materials, in order to overcome the current limits of performance of finished products (weight / volume ratio).

Our engineers are able to offer research and development consultancy and support, starting from the analysis of the existing product and its problems or designing from scratch customized solutions that are economically efficient.

We are able to create components to be incorporated in the object of furniture or finished products, single or in series, using different types of composite materials, depending on the specific case.

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Carbon fiber suitcases

Technical luggage and travel accessories custom made

Epi manufactures custom-made technical suitcases (Case, Luggage, Carry-on) for professional use made of carbon fiber and composite materials such as cases for musical instruments, product samples, etc.

Maximum lightness and strength

We apply aeronautical technology of composite materials to travel items.

We produce innovative products with extreme resistance combined with a very low weight.

Quality and comfort in work and leisure

Our suitcases, 100% carbon fiber, are handmade with the most advanced technologies in the field of composite materials and tested to verify their resistance.

Epi realizes with its own brand Ilatro suitcases for personal use in air cabin standard formats.

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carbon fiber dressage sadlle tree

Carbon fiber saddles tree

The saddle is the point of contact between horse and rider.

A good saddle tree, and consequently a good saddle, must guarantee an optimal union between the two bodies, ensuring maximum comfort for the horse and the rider.

This happens preserving the spinal tract of the horse from traumas and pressures, accompanying the movements of the animal and giving a correct posture to the jockey.

The EPI’s trees, made entirely of carbon fiber, allow these benefits to be obtained!

Carbon fiber applied to the riding sector improves the performance of the horse and rider, thanks to its characteristics of lightness and strength.

EPI can supply standard carbon fiber saddle trees or we can support the customers for a customized saddle tree productions.

Flexibility and shape can be optimized on customer’s needs.

Epi has proprietary patented technology for the adjustability of the gullet according to the size of the withers.

The main features are: Lightness and strength, Elasticity and non-deformability, Constructive precision, Comfort.

Our Trees are designed to simplify the work of the saddler who can easily insert nails, screws and studs for the assembly of the finished saddle, without altering the consolidated production process.

EPI designs and manufactures Trees for the various horse disciplines:

  • Jumping
  • Trekking
  • Dressage
  • Endurance/Cross/
  • Stirrup bars
  • Adjustable gullets

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Carbon fiber sheets

We produce panels and sheets in carbon or other composite material, in different sizes and thicknesses.

On request it is also possible to make special formats.

All our plates are made with pre-impregnated fabrics and produced in our autoclaves.

The processing of the sheet involves rough edges.

On request we can also provide a drawing cutting service.

Available plain or twill fabrics in different weights and colors.

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Composite Materials

Composite materials: what they are and how they are made

Composite materials have become a precious resource for the realization of numerous products since they integrate lightness, mechanical strength and aesthetic performance: indispensable elements in many industrial sectors.
The use of composite materials has taken on significant importance in recent decades, arriving, in some sectors, almost completely replacing metallic, plastic and wooden materials, thanks to their extremely high physical-mechanical properties.
Among the composite materials a leading role is occupied by carbon fiber, a highly innovative material that allows the creation of products with mechanical characteristics that were previously impossible.
Carbon fiber is ideal for example to give new life to a product that is by now mature or to provide a new lever to the marketing function with its “racing” appeal.

Materials consisting of two or more elements are called “composites“. From the union of these elements we obtain a new material that combines the best features of the single elements that compose it. Generally composite materials are made by means of a matrix and a fiber.
For example, reinforced concrete is a composite material as it consists of the iron rod, which has the task of resisting traction, and of the cement matrix which has the task of resisting compression. In the same way, an artifact made of carbon fiber is composed of woven carbon fiber filaments and a resin, the matrix, generally of an epoxy.

The matrix is ​​the “glue” that holds the fiber together and protects it from the effects of the external environment, also allowing to distribute the loads to which the product is subjected.
Composite materials allow the construction of lightweight, durable and energy-efficient structures that can be used in a wide variety of applications.
The aeronautical and aerospace sectors were the reference sectors forerunners in the use of composite materials: the technologies developed in these enviroments can now also be used for everyday applications.

Production processes

There are different methods for the production of manufactured articles in composite materials.
One of the main, as well as that used in the aeronautical field, is the autoclave process, since it guarantees the best mechanical characteristics on the finished product.

Epi produces with an autoclave cure process

The prepreg fabrics (or fabrics already impregnated with resin / matrix) of carbon fiber or kevlar or other composite material are first cut into shapes. The shapes are rolled into a mold; the mold is then placed in an autoclave and subjected to a care cycle at electronically controlled pressures and temperatures. At the end of the process the finished piece is obtained.
There are numerous types of compound materials.
The first distinction divides the fibers and the matrices into two macro areas, depending on whether they are natural or synthetic.
The most common types of synthetic fibers include carbon fiber, aramid fiber (kevlar) and fiberglass.

Fibre di carbonio - Epi Group

Biomaterials

Even natural composites, consisting of at least one element of natural derivation, are currently of particular importance. Today, in fact, alternative sources are available compared to traditional fibers; this is the case, for example, of so-called “green” reinforcements, such as hemp, linen or bamboo fibers.
Ultimately, the main feature of composites is to lighten the finished product while simultaneously improving its mechanical characteristics.
This lightness translates into a generalized saving that, depending on the case, can be evaluated in terms of fatigue or energy.
In addition to structural efficiency, composite materials can also be smarter, more functional and more versatile than traditional ones. The combination of new features in composites is considerably easier than with metals and the only obstacle is the boundaries of imagination.

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