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Advanced manufacturing development improve precision and control for injection moulding

News International-French

18 Feb 2015

Surface Generation, a provider of advanced materials processing technologies, announced that it has adapted its Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) processes to improve the quality and efficiency of injection moulding manufacturing.

Encompassing a range of active thermal management technologies allowing temperatures to be locally and dynamically controlled to the exact requirements of each mould area and process stage, PtFS is already widely used by aerospace and automotive manufacturers to assure quality and maximise the throughput of compression moulding processes.

Following four years of research and development, it is now possible to use PtFS to heat and cool injection moulds in real-time. This allows manufacturers to precisely control how long materials remain molten in the mould and dynamically control material flow to fill thinner complex moulds accurately using up to 75 percent less pressure.

Trials with major consumer electronics and automotive manufacturers have confirmed PtFS improves the ability to create thin fibre-reinforced plastic components. In some cases weight and raw material consumption have been cut by half and the need to paint parts eliminated due to a higher quality finish.

By reducing the pressure required to form components, PtFS also makes it possible to use smaller and more energy efficient injection moulding equipment. Combined with multi-zone heating and cooling, this allows a large range of electronics and dissimilar materials to be encapsulated within the moulding as they are no longer damaged during the forming process.

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