Mindelheim, Germany — BBG, which makes mould, machinery and production plants for many different types of polymer, has developed a flexible mould system for rigid polyurethane foam insulation.
The company says the moulds have applications in the production of large numbers of products such as water tanks. They are designed so that it only takes a few steps to adapt them to different tank sizes, model versions and connection types.
The mould can be operated manually or using a PLC system semi-automatically, hydraulically or pneumatically.
BBG claims that using a few universal moulds can increase the economic efficiency of water tank production, and mould costs can be significantly reduced. The efficiencies are particularly noticeable in plants producing many different types of water tanks in different sizes.
'Many producers have hundreds of moulds in stock,' said Gerhardt Hortrich, sales and project manager at BBG. 'This means that they that many thousands of euros are tied up in moulds that can often be used for a single tank model.'
Several BBG customers are using moulds to encapsulated drinking and process water storage tanks. The company says that the most versatile moulds can be used to insulate up to 15 different tank models with capacity of 100 to 1000 litre.