Munich, Germany - Major plastics processor KraussMaffei's Clear Coat Moulding (CCM) is to be used by a Japanese automotive supplier on "wooden decor strips for high-end car interiors," the company said 23 Oct. The CCM system will be the first of its kind to go into operation in Japan.
According to KraussMaffei, the coating applies a "highly uniform, scratchproof, transparent coating" to walnut or other wood veneers used as décor elements in luxury class vehicles. As opposed to the time taken by standard varnishes, the company said CCM takes only one work cycle to complete. KraussMaffei supplies the metering machine, mixing heads, robots, moulds and tooling for the system.
The company said the mould is designed so that, "once the parts are in place in the cavity and the mould is closed, a gap equal to the size of the desired coating thickness remains," adding that the gap is then filled with polyurethane.