Novi, Michigan - Krauss-Maffei intends to use its Detroit Competence Center to better serve the local customer base in the heart of the US automotive industry. To tell customers about the facilities and assistance on offer, the company is holding an open house at the centre on 13/14 June this year to demonstrate the unit's capabilities.
The polyurethane machinery maker said it wants to help customers "understand how Krauss-Maffei can support plastics processors" and "be a strategic partner to them in their future developments," in a 4 April announcement.
The centre is designed to "provide localised support for plastics processors who will now be able to run chemical trials, do prototyping or become trained on processing equipment in the Detroit area, thereby improving their bottom line and their time efficiency," claims the Munich, Germany-headquartered machinery group.
And while the DCC is close to the automotive industry, it can also support all the other industries that the company serves, said Krauss-Maffei, including white goods & appliance, construction and speciality industries.
The company said its DCC will operate a full range of Krauss-Maffei's polyurethane metering equipment, as well as a spray system and several RIM (reaction injection moulding) presses. Also housed in the unit is equipment for colour dosing, air nucleation, and blowing with carbon dioxide.
A Krauss-Maffei 1000-tonne injection moulding machine is also available, as well as several router and scoring systems for post-trim operations, the firm said.
"The DCC will also serve as Krauss-Maffei's worldwide focal point for polyurethane spray technology development," the statement said, adding that it will also have a focus on development of mould tooling for polyurethane foam in North America. "