02/13/2014

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Production of soft touch components using the Varysoft process

Highlight of the event was the manufacturing cell used to produce soft touch components using the Varysoft process. System partners Engel and Georg Kaufmann showed how Varysoft technology opens the door to efficient production, even in the case of high quality soft touch components with even thicker foam layers.[image_0] "Together with the Dolphin technology, we can now offer highly cost-effective solutions across the spectrum of soft touch manufacturing,” said Michael Fischer, Sales Manager (Technologies) at Engel Austria. According to Engel, compared to other technologies Varysoft offers greater softness while allowing undercuts in the component design. To achieve this, the manufacturing cell presented during the Varysoft Day integrates three steps in an Engel duo 3550/650 pico combi M injection moulding machine. Highly automated dashboards designed by the Hyundai Kia Automotive Group are created in a single work step from a thermoplastic substrate, a decorative overlay, and a layer of polyurethane foam. The films are pre-heated in an integrated infrared oven. Parts handling is performed by a viper 40 double linear robot and an easix multi-axis robot, which also cuts the superfluous film with an ultrasonic cutting head. To save material and weight, MuCell technology from Trexel is used in the manufacture of the thermoplastic components. The other system partners behind the manufacturing cell are BASF Polyurethanes, Hennecke, and Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik. "We think the first series applications will come about in around three years,” predicts Fischer. "At the Varysoft Day event we showed we are not far away from series production. Our guests were impressed by the high stability and reproducibility offered by the highly integrated manufacturing cell.”  

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