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Teijin’s carbon fiber used in laptop-sized automated people mover
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:28.Aug.2020

Teijin Limited has announced that thermoplastic materials made with its Tenax carbon fiber and Panlite polycarbonate alloy resin, have been adopted for use in the world’s first laptop-sized automated people mover (APM), the WALKCAR, developed by cocoa motors Inc.

 

The WALKCAR, which is small enough to be carried in a bag, measures just 21.5 cm by 34.6 cm, roughly the size of a 13-inch laptop computer, and weighs only 2.9 kg. The WALKCAR can travel about 7 km at a maximum speed of 16 km/h on a single charge.


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Teijin's carbon fiber and resin have been adopted for use in the world’s first laptop-sized automated people mover.


Operated by simply shifting one’s center of gravity, the APM requires neither a handle nor controller, and stops automatically as soon as the operator steps off.

 

The sturdy but lightweight WALKCAR is made with Teijin’s thermoplastic carbon fiber reinforced laminates Tenax TPCL, thermoplastic woven fabric Tenax TPWF and polycarbonate alloy resin Panlite.Compared to steel, Tenax offers 10 times the strength at just one quarter of the weight.


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The WALKCAR measures 21.5 cm by 34.6 cm.


Panlite polycarbonate resin boasts some 200 times more impact resistance than fiberglass but only half of the weight. The characteristics of these Teijin materials are why the WALKCAR is able to combine low weight and high durability.

 

The WALKCAR went on sale in Japan in June and overseas sales will begin from August 11.

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