A KraussMaffei manufacturing cell for production of lightweight automotive parts featuring Trexel’s MuCell foaming technology has won the gold medal for the most innovative application at Plastpol 2013, according to Trexel’s announcement on July 18.
“In combination with MuCell equipment package and a precision injection and plasticizing unit, the GX series is tailor-made for reliable production of foamed components,” explained Frank Peters, Vice President Sales at KraussMaffei. “This automotive application shows the enormous potential still available in lightweight thermoplastic solutions.”
The manufacturing cell, based on KraussMaffei’s GX 400-3000 injection molding machine and MuCell microcellular foaming technology, aims at maximizing productivity with zero defection, along with production intelligence for the automotive industry, noted Trexel.
Steve Braig, President & CEO of Trexel, Inc. noted, “MuCell technology is a natural fit for the high performance and productivity requirements of the automotive industry. The MuCell process brings weight reduction, dimensional stability and allows dramatic reductions in part production cycle time. MuCell brings benefits that are integral to the performance of this new technology from KraussMaffei.”
According to Trexel, the manufacturing cell achieves high shot weight constancy of less than +/-0.1% even under demanding conditions. The GX machine, said to be the fastest dual platen machine on the market, offers short movement time. Its smooth-running mechanism reduces traction resistance by up to 80% and, together with a hydraulic concept designed for minimum flow losses, ensures energy efficiency, production reliability and productivity.