As it celebrates 50 years of operation, Frimo highlights its latest developments in polyurethane tooling and equipment
By Louise McHenry, senior reporter
Plastics technology company Frimo has launched a new 'Type 7' polyurethane tool, which uses the power of gravity as a way of saving energy. Frimo showcased the updated version of its large-scale series of electric tool carriers for instrument panel moulds at its 50th anniversary event, held at the company's headquarters in Lotte, Germany, 19-20 Sept.
Typically, only the upper part of a tool carrier moves, which leads to wasted energy when the part is lowered, Frimo said. With the new Type 7, the upper and lower parts move toward one another instead. This "drastically" reduces the drive power, because the drive no longer has to apply lifting forces, but rather only acceleration forces, Frimo said. The German company claimed that closure time can be cut by half against conventional systems, increasing productivity.
The tool carrier was one of a series of deve-lopments presented at the German company's anniversary event, which had 450 participants representing 140 companies from 20 countries across the world.