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Kraussmaffei: Expertise for Foamed Components

  • Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
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Milling, ultrasonic cutting and deflashing, testing or flexible ultrasonic welding in a compact post-mould processing plant.

With this technological innovation, KraussMaffei is highlighting its extensive expertise in delivering complete, highly automated production systems for preparing, producing and post-processing of foamed multi-component PUR components. 

For the first time, KraussMaffei will demonstrate the fully automatic deflashing of semi-rigid foam components with a robot-controlled, deflashing head developed in-house as well as an end-to-end system for process monitoring and data analysis. 

Process know-how, design expertise

Efficient production of premium quality foamed interior components can be achieved by coordinating and digitally connecting all process steps. In this case, KraussMaffei can offer the entire process chain from a single supplier. This chain includes skin spraying and precise scoring of the decorative film in the airbag area as well as activation of the substrate surface. For backfoaming of the decorative film, the technology leader offers a high-end portfolio of mixers and metering machines for PUR processing that meets all requirements. The substrates also come from an injection moulding plant from KraussMaffei if required. 

New all-rounder: Three robots add the finishing touches simultaneously

For the final post-mould processing, efficient punching machines or multi-functional robot systems are available. Milling, ultrasonic cutting, deflashing, testing or flexible welding tasks can now be carried out with a single, mobile machine concept for finishing components. The new MultiStar processing cell uses up to three robots operating simultaneously with different tools. A component positioner developed by KraussMaffei with quick-change capability for product pickup eliminates the need for any manual setup. The component is placed in a safe, steady position which is optimal for processing. This positioning provides the basis for high quality in processing. 

Innovation: Semi-hard and hard foams can be deflashed fully automatically

Another new feature is the fully automatic deflashing of semi-rigid foam components. The newly developed technology with a deflashing tool and innovative design increases efficiency, while stable process control ensures consistent high post-mould processing quality. Thanks to the selective removal of foam flash, the foam body is undamaged. The technology is not only suitable for deflashing foam components, but can also be used in other areas of plastics processing, such as plastic injection moulding or certain composite applications.


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