RICO Elastomere Projecting GmbH of Thalheim/Wels at K 2019 in Düsseldorf -- K Trade Fair
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RICO Elastomere Projecting GmbH

Am Thalbach 8, 4600 Thalheim/Wels
Austria
Telephone +43 7242 76460
Fax +43 7242 76470
office@rico.at

Hall map

K 2019 hall map (Hall 13): stand A24

Fairground map

K 2019 fairground map: Hall 13

Contact

Martin Rapperstorfer

Sales Director

Phone
0043 7243 76460

Email
martin.rapperstorfer@rico.at

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.023  Silicone rubber 02-componemtic, liquid, incl. auxiliaries

Silicone rubber 02-componemtic, liquid, incl. auxiliaries

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.010  Parts made by injection moulding

Parts made by injection moulding

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.002  Plastics products and parts for automotive

Plastics products and parts for automotive

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.005  Plastics products and parts for household/consumer

Plastics products and parts for household/consumer

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.006  Plastics products and parts for electro-/household appliance

Plastics products and parts for electro-/household appliance

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.007  Plastics products and parts for electrical engineering

Plastics products and parts for electrical engineering

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.009  Plastics products and parts for agriculture

Plastics products and parts for agriculture

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.012  Plastics products and parts for medical engineering

Plastics products and parts for medical engineering

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.013  Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.014  Plastics products and parts for food processing industry

Plastics products and parts for food processing industry

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.015  Plastics products and parts for transport/packaging

Plastics products and parts for transport/packaging

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.016  Plastics products and parts for optics/precision engineering

Plastics products and parts for optics/precision engineering

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.011  Sealings/Sealrings

Sealings/Sealrings

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.016  Bellows, expansible

Bellows, expansible

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.027  Rubber / plastics combinations

Rubber / plastics combinations

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.028  Rubber / plastics / metal combinations

Rubber / plastics / metal combinations

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.041  Membranes

Membranes

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.045  Micro parts

Micro parts

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.058  Hoses

Hoses

  • 02  Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.073  Valves

Valves

  • 03  Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • 03.06  Moulds and dies
  • 03.06.001  Injection and compression moulds

Injection and compression moulds

Company news

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Sep 3, 2019

New application: Microswitch cap

This year’s K exhibition in Düsseldorf – the world’s biggest plastics trade fair – is titled “A world of pioneers”. RICO has been a regular at K for many years and unveils a new development at each fair. This year, the group will be demonstrating its production process for a microswitch cap in collaboration with molding machine manufacturer, Arburg.

Mini valve gate nozzle; eight cavities; a molded part weighing just 0.009g – these are just a few details of the great small demo application. Together with machine producer Arburg, RICO developed the production process for a microswitch cap, which is used in various applications in medicine and other industries.
 
Production takes place on a fully electric Arburg Allrounder 270A injection molding machine with a clamping force of 350 kN. The machine is equipped with a size 5 microinjection unit and a RICO eight-cavity mold. During the production process, Elastosil LR3005 liquid silicone with a Shore A hardness of 40 is pre-mixed using a cartridge and then injected using an 8mm screw.

RICO injects directly into each cavity using a mini valve gate nozzle, and production is waste-free. A Multilift H 3+1 is available for handling. A camera monitors whether each cavity is filled during the process, and whether all parts are correctly removed by the gripper. This ensures that the injection mold is protected against damage and the right number of parts are removed. Defects can also be spotted in individual components, which are then separated from the parts that meet the specifications. Finally, the product is automatically packed in an environmentally-friendly paper bag and sealed.

Downsizing
“Compared with the application at Fakuma 2018, we’ve downsized by half this year,” explains RICO’s Sales Manager Martin Rapperstorfer, adding that microinjection applications follow a different set of rules. “All units had to be scaled down. We needed to completely rethink the assembly unit, material infeed, the screw, the master form with mini valve gate nozzle, as well as the master mold and the inserts.” Last year at Fakuma, RICO exhibited a duckbill valve with a part weight of 0.038g. The new application on show at K has a volume of 0.008cm3 and weighs only 0.009g.

Don’t inspect for quality, produce quality
RICO knows what it takes. The company has been producing molds for silicone and multi-component injection molding for 25 years, and manufacturing silicone parts itself for the last decade. In our view, mold development, process stability and sophisticated automation systems play a vital role in ensuring the quality of our components. “RICO is synonymous with stable processes. Constantly changing settings and parameters is not part of our philosophy. We integrate functions and procedures into our injection molding cycles with the aim of generating as much added value as possible for our customers. We define our processes once and then identify the ideal configuration. Production of the injection molded parts needs to run without any further intervention,” Rapperstorfer points out. 

Hard Facts Microswitch cap
  • Mini valve gate nozzle
  • 8 cavities
  • Volume: 0.008cm3
  • Weight of molded part: 0.009g
  • Shot weight with 8 cavities: 0.072g
  • Material: Elastosil LR 3005/40
  • Colour: white
K-information
You can find RICO at stand 13A24 in hall 13 at K Düsseldorf. The demo application will be on display opposite the Arburg stand (A13-1 to A13-2).

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About us

Company details

RICO is one of the worldwide leading elastomer specialists for tooling, automation and injection molding, located in the Austrian Thalheim bei Wels. 

The company produces high-class moulds, automation components and parts out of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) as well as solid high temperature vulcanising silicone (HTV). 

RICO tools and silicone parts are used in a wide range of industries, e.g. the sanitary and household industry, the automotive industry, medical technology or the electronics industry. 

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Company data

Export content

> 75%

Number of employees

101 - 500

Foundation

1994

Area of business
  • Semi-finished products, technical parts and reinforced plastics
  • Machinery and equipment for the plastics and rubber industries
  • Services for the plastics and rubber industries

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