Engel's X-Melt technology has been extended to its liquid-silicone rubber (LSR) injection molding machines for the first time, allowing for the consistent, repeatable micromolding of parts in LSR. The supplier of injection molding machines and automation debuted the advance at the PLASTEC West and combined shows in Anaheim, CA (Booth 3715; Feb. 8-10; Anaheim Convention Center).
Joachim Kragl, Engel's manager of processing technology told PlasticsToday that his company always saw a potential synergy between X-Melt and LSR. "Based on what we learned on the thermoplastic side, there are quite a few advantages if we go into micromolding or small-shot molding with LSR," Kragl said. "The shot-to-shot consistency is a big issue there, and X-Melt, naturally, takes care of that."...