Munich, Germany - Demand for high-pressure resin transfer moulding (RTM) from the hi-tech sectors is increasing, Krauss Maffei said, following the JEC Composites show in Paris last month.
The company, which makes machines for the polyurethane, plastics and rubber industry, said it had "more concrete product enquiries than ever before," after the show in Paris at the end of March.
Krauss Maffei said that high-pressure RTM produces lightweight, high-strength carbon-fibre plastic composites which are highly-automated and cost-competitive with very short cycle times.
The German firm said that it is cooperating with Dieffenbacher to supply complete production solutions, which cover the whole manufacturing process, from unwinding the carbon-fibre to post-mould processes.
"The close cooperation between KraussMaffei and Dieffenbacher, working with a network of expert partners (users, suppliers of fibre, resin and machining systems and R&D institutes) has proved to be extremely productive for all concerned," said Matthias Graf, Technical Manager at Dieffenbacher.
He added, "Working in a network sharpens all the partners' understanding of the goals and of the technical and cost considerations of a project. In other words, it creates the ideal environment for launching a mature product after a very compact development process. In a process chain like this, each link in the chain must be absolutely reliable."