A 30-ton tie-bar-less Engel victory machine with fully integrated MuCell processing capabilities has been installed in the Department of Automotive Engineering at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The injection machine will help researchers create durable, lightweight parts that can lower a vehicle's weight by more than 20 percent.
Engel North America partnered with Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science and Trexel Inc. (Wilmington, MA) to bring integrated MuCell injection molding to CU-ICAR. This is the first integrated MuCell system to be installed in an educational facility in the United States.
Assistant Professor Srikanth Pilla said that adding microcellular molding technology was a logical step to his research and educational program. The new system allows Pilla to extend his research in polymer synthesis, processing and characterization, which has been his focus for the past eight years.