At JEC World, KraussMaffei will present cost-efficient solutions for manufacturing fibre reinforced plastic components, focusing on new processes and applications based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix materials.

“The market trend for fibre reinforced plastics is still on a positive trajectory,” explains Philipp Zimmermann, Head of the Composites/Surfaces BU.

“There is currently strong interest in China. Our five different RTM (resin transfer moulding) processes are the main source of demand in this region.”

KraussMaffei is debuting a fully automated turnkey solution. “It cuts cycle times in half compared to manual solutions and simultaneously increases process reliability,” says Zimmermann.

The KraussMaffei wet moulding process features a simple process chain. Low mould cavity pressures when wetting fibres ensure an affordable investment and upkeep of the systems as well as elimination of the preforming process.

Wet moulding is one of a few processes that permit the use of recycled materials.

Another highlight of the KraussMaffei booth is the iPul pultrusion system presentation. This is said to be the first complete system for continuous pultrusion and has production speeds more than twice as fast as conventional tub processes.

“The new iPul system meets the needs of the modern age,” says Zimmermann. “Interest remains high, particularly for applications in the construction industry such as window profiles or rebars for concrete or in wind turbines. We are also increasingly getting requests from the automotive industry.”

KraussMaffei recently expanded its Lightweight Construction TechCentre in Munich, Germany, by installing a second iPul system for manufacturing pultruded rebars for concrete.

Together with the iPul system for flat sections, KraussMaffei now offers its customers a unique research environment to develop and test new processes and applications in pultrusion.

Long fibre injection (LFI) can be used to manufacture large components with excellent surface finish for trucks and agricultural machinery.

“The long-fibre injection process permits the use of high fibre volumes of up to 50%,” reports Zimmermann. “This process produces lightweight components with high stability. The high degree of automation ensures short cycle times.”

It is possible to manufacture large, complex, thin-walled parts with high-temperature stability, excellent impact strength and paintable surfaces. At JEC, KraussMaffei is presenting a side cover for commercial vehicles using long fibre injection.

Visit KraussMaffei in Hall 6, Stand F61 at JEC World 2018, Paris, 6 to 8 March.

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