London, UK – Plastic injecton moulding specialist Rosti Group is investing in Roctool systems to reduce its carbon footprint. The technology has applications in TPU.
Rosti installed its first Roctool system at its Chinese facility, which is also home to one of the company’s three innovation labs. Trials using TPU for the beauty sector have been completed successfully.
The company says that the technology will lead to a carbon footprint reduction because of the system’s patented heating and cooling processes. In the Roctool system, the tool surface is quickly heated by induction, and rapidly cooled via water cooling channels.
A key advantage of the system is its ability to mould plastic parts with no surface defects, thus avoiding secondary operations, reducing its carbon footprint. The company said recent studies comparing a conventionally moulded painted part and a Roctool part with no secondary operations put the CO2 savings at more than 40%.
Rosti believes this patented technology will allow it to offer customers benefits such as aesthetic, design and process improvements. Importantly, it will also help it meet its commitments to reduce carbon emissions at the plant.
‘The rapid induction heating from Roctool, adapted to injection moulding, will increase our capabilities to deliver a breakthrough in sustainability solutions,’ said Pat Williams, the company’s SVP for Asia. ‘Rosti is already working on new customer applications where the Roctool process will be fully exploited as part of our sustainability commitment.’
Rosti is headquartered in Malmo, Sweden, and has more than 3000 employees at nine facilities in Europe and Asia. Its Malaysian operations were recently awarded platinum status by the Responsible Business Alliance.