Process Description
Continuous panel is a process that generates high volumes of flat or corrugated panel in high production rates. The panel can be thin sheet or sandwich construction. Widths can be greater than 10 feet and length can be as long as can be handled and transported. The continuous panel process typically begins by feeding chopped glass, mats and other reinforcing media onto a belt. The reinforcing media is wet with a binder resin that contains a heat curing agent. The fibers and binder are sandwiched between carrier film. This sandwich moves through a forming die before entering the heating oven which sets the binder and reinforcement into a solid shape. After leaving the oven, the carrier film is removed and the panel is trimmed to the desired width and cut to length. Thickness can vary from less than 1/20th of an inch to several inches thick if sandwich panels and core media are utilized.