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Center console armrest manufacturing demonstration with Tepex technology

News International-French

17 May 2018

Project collaboration between technology leaders Lanxess, KraussMaffei, Proper Group, HRSflow and US Farathane

Tepex technology featured in center console armrest manufacturing demonstration

Tepex technology featured in center console armrest manufacturing demonstration

A lightweight center console armrest, an OEM replicate, has been produced during NPE2018 show in the Krauss-Maffei Corporation booth. KraussMaffei, a leader in injection molding machinery, extrusion, reaction process machinery, and automation, will demonstrate the production on their GXW 450 SpinForm injection molding machine.

The armrest component is the result of an engineering collaboration among technology leaders KraussMaffei; Proper Group, manufacturer of production molds for the plastics industry; HRSflow, the hotrunner division of INglass Spa; US Farathane, supplier to automotive OEMs and tier suppliers, and Lanxess.

Each partner provided the following contributions to the project:

  • Proper Group - 2K spin form tooling
  • HRSflow - FLEXflow Servo Driven Valve Gate
  • US Farathane – Consultation in part design and testing
  • Lanxess – Tepex composite sheet

The Tepex composite sheet material provides 40 percent improvement in overall performance, along with a 15 percent reduction in overall weight.

Tepex composite sheet technology from Lanxess is now well-established in various mass production applications in structural lightweight automotive design. For example, it is used to produce front-end carriers, bumper beams, infotainment brackets, underfloor protection paneling, brake pedals, battery consoles, seat shells and backrests. The material provides considerable weight reduction without sacrificing performance, and can be combined with the traditional injection-molding process to create a part in a single step, for efficient processing.