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KraussMaffei Reaction Process Machinery has expanded its TechCenter for lightweight components and fibre composite technology in Munich, Germany, with the addition of a new MX SFT mould carrier.
The mould carrier, which boasts a clamping force of 8000 kN, features high locking forces and fast run times. KraussMaffei expects customers and processors to benefit from its high precision and flexibility when using a wide variety of materials and processes, especially fibre reinforced plastics.
The MX SFT mould carrier is said to be ideal for the entire range of resin transfer moulding (RTM) processes, such as High-Pressure RTM (HP-RTM), Compression RTM (C-RTM), Surface RTM (S-RTM), Thermoplastic RTM (T-RTM) and even wet moulding.
“The addition of the new mould carrier to our TechCenter provides our customers with optimum prerequisites for developing and testing processes and solutions tailored to series production,” says Stefan Ehrlicher, Head of the RPM TechCenter at KraussMaffei. “Even OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers outside of the automotive industry utilise the unique options for prototype development and proving in our TechCenter.”
Thanks to easy-to-use metering machines, the new mould carrier can be combined with almost all of the available metering machines in the KraussMaffei TechCenter. An epoxy RTM machine is permanently installed in combination with a release agent unit and an industrial robot for open injection (wet moulding).
The high positioning accuracy and bending stiffness provided by the four-column concept makes it possible to use moulds suitable for series production to manufacture structural or surface parts in single cavities or multiple cavities. This considerable holding force in the mould carrier system is made possible thanks to hydraulic locking cylinders over the entire press stroke. The use of differential cylinders ensures extremely short cycle times and very high speeds. At the same time, the SFT design concept from KraussMaffei guarantees a perfect power flow and a high level of stiffness (FEM-optimised).
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