Krauss Maffei’s FiberForm technology is being used and recommended in the mass production of thermoplastics composites.
According to the German supplier of injection moulding machinery and solutions, customers appreciate the high quality, reliability and cost-efficiency in the production of thermoplastic composites.
“The FiberForm process developed by KraussMaffei has been successfully established in large-scale production,” reports Stefan Fenske, FiberForm & IMC Technology Manager at KraussMaffei.
FiberForm allows the thermoforming and overmoulding of organic sheets, platen-shaped semi-finished products with continuous fibres made of glass, carbon or aramid that, for example, are embedded into a thermoplastic matrix made out of polyamide (PA) or polypropylene (PP).
In this process, these semi-finished products are initially heated and reshaped in the injection mould and then back-injected with a fibre reinforced polymer. The fully automated process enables short cycle times of less than 60 seconds.
The entire process, including infrared heating technology control for the composite sheet, has been integrated into the MC6 machine control system, simplifying operation.
“Lightweight, thermoplastic construction is an important business unit that is undergoing continuous development,” explains Dr Mesut Cetin, Product and Project Manager for Lightweight Construction at KraussMaffei Automation.
“Therefore, we are expanding and optimising our automation solutions continuously so that we can offer our customers the best possible services. Standardisation allowed us to compile the findings on the infrared heating station from previous years.”
The use of new matrix materials and natural fibres in composite sheets is currently being tested. This offers significant potential for applications in the automotive industry (e.g. for door module carriers) and other industries such as the sporting goods and packaging industries.
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