Mindelheim, Germany -- BBG GmbH & Co. KG recently launched two new mould-carrier systems -- the hydraulic BFT-U 26x20 and the electrically driven BFT-P V4 16x11.
Both systems were delivered to customers in February and put into operation, said Mindelheim based BBG.
BBG describes the BFT-U as specifically designed for the encapsulation of large mouldings. It has two 2600 x 2000 mm mounting plates suited for moulds up to the same size. The stroke is 1900 mm.
The customer is using this for moulds with a mass of 20 tonnes but BBG says it has been designed for even heavier moulds.
The maximum closing force is 3000 kN. Four hydraulic cylinders, which form the basis of the design, impart a high degree of stability to the mould carrier system, which reaches a total height of almost 6.5 m.
A customer based in Thuringia is using the BFT-U to make large fairings for passenger cars in a PUR-CSM (polyurethane-composite spray moulding process), developed by Hennecke. This is based on fibres made of glass or natural materials such as hemp, sisal and flax and can be used to make thin-walled, extremely lightweight automotive mouldings that offer a high degree of bending strength, or components of high finish quality.
The BFT-P V4 16x11 mould carrier was set up at the pilot plant of BBG's partner company Hennecke in Sankt Augustin. This unit was designed for a wide range of applications and system demonstrations, involving encapsulation of components with fiber-reinforced polyurethane.
The mould carrier offers ideal ergonomics for any work on the mould since it is easily accessible from every side. This is due to the particular maneuverability of the BFT-P V4. Features include four independently controlled axes, a swiveling turret that can be inclined by up to 30 degrees to the front and rear, and mould-mounting plates that can be swiveled independently "in infinitely variable steps" by a maximum of 40 degrees at the bottom and by up to 90 degrees at the top, said BBG.
PIC: The BFT-U carrier for large moulds