Munich, Germany -- KraussMaffei will focus on innovative lightweight components at the Composites Europe trade show, being held 9-11 Oct in Düsseldorf, Germany (Hall 8b, Booth D47) and will also present its cross-process expertise in machine and process engineering.
One aspect the company will highlight is its HP-RTM (high pressure resin transfer moulding) method, which it says has already proven itself in many applications for manufacturing composites with carbon fibers in pre-batch production.
This is now finding its way into large series uses, KraussMaffei says.
"With our expertise and high-quality machine technology, we are setting new standards in the automotive market," said Erich Fries, manager of the Composites/Surfaces Business Unit, in which KraussMaffei has combined its expertise over all lightweight construction technologies across the entire process chain and material systems.
"Our systems are now in use by numerous major producers in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries, and we are brought into new developments very early on, since we can contribute to solutions at every step of the process chain."
Use of the HP-RTM keeps gaining importance for series production in high-technology industries. Development of the method, however, is still far from being completed. The complex requirements arising from the required numbers of pieces, automated processes, affordable material costs, and the greatest possible weight savings for a component lead to many variants.
KraussMaffei recently gained an interesting order from an Asian OEM for a complete HP-RTM (high pressure RTM) manufacturing cell for manufacturing carbon-fiber-reinforced composites.
"Among reactive materials we also see polyurethane and cast polyamides as alternative matrix materials [to epoxy resins]; among thermoplastic materials, polyamide and polypropylene have proven themselves," said Fries.