Engel has fully integrated Trexel's MuCell microcellular foam technology into injection molding machines in its victory and e-victory series, a move the company says will "considerably improve the price-performance ratio of system solutions for foam injection molding."
The full integration includes both the hardware and the software, with no additional space required, since the compact control cabinet of the MuCell foam unit is completely enclosed by the guarding below the injection unit.
The foaming process is built into the CC 200 control unit of the injection molding machine and is monitored and regulated via the machine's display. In addition, a nitrogen consumption calculator has been added to the unit, making it possible to schedule bottle changes in advance. Since the MuCell unit does not require visualization of its own, the integration also reduces initial system costs....