@Engel opens MuCell Competence Center for structural foam in Stuttgart (21/09/2560)

21 Sep 2017
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Stuttgart, Germany - Structural foam molding is said to be one of the most important lightweight technologies available today and continues strong growth worldwide. The injection molding machine manufacturer and provider of system solutions Engel, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, is responding to this trend by strengthening its application technology globally. One area of focus is Germany. In September, Engel Deutschland Technologieforum Stuttgart opened a MuCell Competence Center. “As a Competence Center, we are even better able to support our customers to more fully exploit the potential offered by the physical foaming process,” says Claus Wilde, managing director at Engel Deutschland in Stuttgart. “We already have a number of major customers here in southwestern Germany who use the MuCell process in their factories worldwide.” Therefore, a large manufacturing cell has been installed in the Engel Technology Center in Stuttgart for customer trials, development work, application-specific consulting, training and small-lot production; for example, for initial sampling. Equipped with an Engel Duo 350 injection molding machine with a clamping force of 3,500 kN, an integrated Engel Easix multi-axis robot and a T-200 MuCell unit from the company’s technology partner Trexel, the cell covers a broad spectrum of applications. Long before the Competence Center was opened, Engel had appointed a MuCell technology expert for the site. Over the past months, Lukas Neunzig has successfully completed numerous MuCell projects with customers from around the world at Engel’s headquarters in Schwertberg and at the large-scale machine plant in St. Valentin, and he is bringing this experience to Stuttgart. To celebrate the inauguration of the Competence Center, Engel hosted a MuCell technology event in mid-September, which was fully booked several weeks in advance with over 120 participants. “The great success of our event confirms the huge potential and strong demand here in the southwest,” Wilde emphasized. The technology event underlined a further trend: MuCell is not just for car manufacturers. “We are receiving a growing number of inquiries from other industries as well, such as technical injection moulding and medical technology,” says Wilde. There are two main factors that are key to the great success of MuCell technology. First is the general lightweight trend and, second, the high quality of the components produced in the structural foam molding process. Physical foaming involves the injection and homogeneous distribution of a blowing agent into the plastic melt during plastification. After injection into the mold, the gas separates from the melt and creates a fine-cell foam structure. In this way, significantly less material is needed to fill the cavities compared to standard injection molding and the component weight decreases. At the same time, components produced by MuCell have proven to have high dimensional stability. Since foaming enhances the flow properties of the melt, even challenging geometries with undercuts are completely filled. MuCell is a brand owned by the company Trexel, located in Wilmington, MA. As a system supplier, Engel imports the MuCell systems for its customers and manages the integration of the controls and safety aspects into the injection molding machine, making it very easy to implement the technology. Apart from Stuttgart, Engel also offers customers its MuCell know-how and machine capabilities in Austria, the USA and China. Source: rubber world (20/09/2017)

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