Manufacturer of architectural, decorative and composite panels Panel Systems has introduced a new range of lightweight structural sandwich panels with a ThermHex core.
ThermHex is a polypropylene honeycomb that is said to be strong and lightweight. The material’s optimised cell size and the specific structure of the honeycomb core reportedly offers exceptional surface quality and provides optimal performance in composite sandwich structures, even with very thin skin material layers.
The panels can be specified with a variety of facings, including: powder coated aluminium, anodised aluminium (0.5mm – 3.0mm) and GRP (glass reinforced plastic), whilst also including anti-slip options, painted or coated steel, a high-pressure laminate such as Formica or Trespa and MDF.
Panel Systems’ ThermHex-based panels are said to have incredible strength, yet are up to 2.5 times lighter when compared with plywood core panels faced with 2mm GRP. ThermHex is reportedly resistant to chemicals and moisture and therefore offers durability and longevity. The material is 100% recyclable to ensure ethical and sustainable sourcing of materials.
Alongside ThermHex, Panel Systems are also offering sandwich panels with a Styrofoam XPS, Aluminium Honeycomb or Banova Plywood core. All of which are said to be suitable for use on a variety of applications including van conversions and linings, flooring, automotive and truck bodies, furniture, structural decks and architectural developments.
Styrofoam XPS is reportedly a closed-cell high-performance lightweight product that resists absorption of liquids and adhesives, which helps maintain panel integrity and has excellent insulating properties in low temperature and high humidity and moisture conditions.
Aluminium honeycomb panels are also available for more specialist applications such as marine, railway, façade and industrial applications. The panels are normally specified where flatness, strength and improved fire resistance are key factors.