By John Osborne, UT staffMunich, Germany-AuVitronics Limited, an automotive components supplier based in Karachi, Pakistan, has agreed to buy PU foam equipment from Krauss-Maffei Kunstofftechnik GmbH. AuVitronics Limited supplies steering wheels under a technical licence Agreement with Toyota Gosei Co. Ltd of Japan for Toyota Corollas, and will be using the system for foam-encapsulating steering wheel elements.
Krauss-Maffei claims that the application-specific production system meets the high quality standards that Toyota sets for the surface finish of its steering wheels.
The system features Krauss-Maffei's new micro-colour metering system for quick and easy colour changes. According to the German supplier all elements in contact with colour batch and coloured material can be changed within minutes. It added that as a result set up can be done quickly with less colour-change time. Less waste is an extra benefit.
The moulds on the new system are fitted with autovents that allow gases - but not material - to escape during the foaming process. This technology, previously used only in the manufacture of flexible foams, also helps to reduce the volume of production waste, claims Krauss-Maffei. The company is supplying AuVitronics with a complete, turnkey system - from the mixing and metering machine to the moulds and mould carriers.