At the NPE, KraussMaffei Skillfully Combines FiberForm with SpinForm Technology

May 28 2018

The FiberForm process demonstrates KraussMaffei's dedication to bringing thermoplastic lightweight construction to the next level and establishing it successfully in series production. At NPE in Orlando, USA (May 7 to 11), KraussMaffei presented for the first time a FiberForm application in connection with SpinForm technology for multi-component injection molding. The combination of soft and hard components together with the high strength of the components, results in completely new potential applications — and not just for vehicle construction.

The FiberForm process can also be joined efficiently with multi-component injection molding, as KraussMaffei demonstrated effectively at the NPE trade show booth. At the show, a GXW 450-2000/1400 SpinForm with swivel plate technology produced a center armrest for the vehicle interior. A continuous-fiber-reinforced organic sheet with a 1 mm thick, continuous-fiber-reinforced composite sheet was first encapsulated with polypropylene (PP) and then overpacked directly with a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).

At the NPE, KraussMaffei demonstrated the thoroughness with which production data can be collected and traced using the FiberForm technology. It was possible to find out the melt pressure and screw position in addition to, for example, the heat-up time of the composite sheet and its transfer time from the heating station to the injection mold. In addition, the curves of the various heating zones of the infrared heating station were recorded.

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