The TMP 140 Ton Up-Acting Vacuum Press may be used to fabricate flat polymer composite test panels up to 30 inches x 30 inches. The maximum temperature of the platens is 800ºF (427ºC). The maximum applied force is 140 tons. The platen chamber may be operated either at ambient atmospheric pressure, or at full vacuum of approximately 28.5 in. Hg. The press may be operated manually, or in one of three automatic modes (no heat, heat only, or heat and cool). Four temperature zones, hydraulic ram force, and vacuum level are recorded by a machine-dedicated PC.
The CMSC also has two Carver presses capable to 40 ton, 700ºF and a Tetrehedron double daylight press rated at 40 ton, 1000ºF. These units are located in 4138 Engineering Building.