Munich, Germany -- KraussMaffei, a specialist in polyurethane metering and mixhead technology, is aiming its high-pressure resin injection (RTM) systems at manufacturers of automotive carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic parts, after signing a sales deal with Germany-based Dieffenbacher, a supplier of presses and material-handling systems.
According to KraussMaffei, customers will now have a single partner for all elements of turnkey manufacturing solutions, as well as a supplier who operates worldwide.
"These can be decisive advantages in an important market -- because high-pressure RTM is set to play a key role in producing carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFP) parts for the auto industry," adds the firm. "Current market demand for components for electric and hybrid cars confirms this trend."
During production of fibre intermediates, vertical presses feature a lower mould element for gravity-assisted loading and draping of fabric in the mould. The mould is then filled with epoxy resin or polyurethane, which is cured, the firms explained.
KraussMaffei and Dieffenbacher says they will work together to develop the process and, in particular, to shorten curing times.
"This is important because process time is a critical factor in productivity and return on investment," say the firms.
Dieffenbacher will provide its specialised hydraulic vertical presses and handling systems, while KraussMaffei will provide tools for post-mould processing and resin metering systems.
PIC: (L-R) Günter Kuhn, managing director of Dieffenbacher Group; Frank Peters, member of KraussMaffei board."