Microcellular bubbles, massive machine; MuCell deployed on 5400-tonne press


The largest injection molding machine to be utilizing the MuCell microcellular foaming technology; that's the claim from KraussMaffei, whose MC 5400 - 17200 machine, with 5400 tonnes of clamping force, is being used by German automotive supplier Mürdter's at that company's technical center in Mutlangen, Germany to test the impact of Trexel's technology on large components, like instrument panels.

KraussMaffei describes its arrangment with Mürdter and Trexel as "joint operation", allowing the companies to make direct comparisons between standard injection molding and MuCell technology with large components.

The elimination of deformation, shorter cycle times, lower clamping force, material savings, and weight reduction are among the benefits to be reaped by large parts using the technology, according to Andreas Handschke, MuCell product manager at KraussMaffei, with the prospect of lighter parts especially interesting to an automotive industry attempting to heighten fuel economy by lowering vehicle weight.

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