Orlando, Florida - DirectSkinning technology, a one-step moulding process that enables manufacturers to produce parts with customisable colour, texture and softness more efficiently, is now available in North America.
Bayer MaterialScience, Proper Group International and KraussMaffei developed the technology jointly, according to a 4 April news release from BMS. DirectSkinning combines conventional thermoplastic injection moulding with reaction-injection moulding in a single tool.
It produces a hard polycarbonate blend substrate with a soft, ultraviolet-stabilised, scratch- and chemical-resistant aliphatic polyurethane self-skinning foam or polyurethane coating.
Bayer said that by integrating PU processing into the injection moulding machine, it can achieve increased production efficiency and outstanding part properties.
"We're bringing this technology to market as a turnkey solution," said Ignacio Osio, demand creation manager, Bayer MaterialScience. "Because we are offering a complete solution - materials, moulds, molding equipment and expertise - OEMs in North America can feel confident integrating this process into their manufacturing operations."
Osio noted that the ultra-low VOC (volatile organic compound) process has already been proven in Europe.