Fakuma 2017 Raring to Go
When the doors open at the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre on Lake Constance on the 17th of October, the region where three nations meet will once again be focused entirely on plastics technology through the 21st of October, 2017. With the Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing, being held this year for the 25th time, private trade fair promoters P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG will set the next new record on the occasion of the upcoming anniversary event! For the first time ever, more than 1800 exhibitors from 37 countries will participate. A full house with more than 1800 exhibitors and full occupancy of all exhibition floor space, as well as the foyers of the Friedrichshafen Exhibition Centre, in order to provide as many technology and market leaders from all over the world with a platform for the presentation of their products – with 915,000 square feet of overall exhibition floor space, maximum occupancy has been reached with the current hall layout.
And 25 editions of Fakuma are above all 36 years of industrial development for the processing of plastics as well, which have lived through numerous technological highs – as well as acceptance lows – during this period of nearly four decades. Without a doubt, the innovations and optimisations presented at the respective Fakuma trade fairs, for example rising levels of production efficiency and at the same time the conservation of resources and reduced energy consumption, as well as increased recycling, have made a strong contribution to objectivising discussions concerning all aspects of plastics. Fakuma’s exhibition portfolio, which is clearly regulated by its nomenclature, has reflected this fact in the past and continues to do so today – by presenting the entire process sequence for industrial plastics processing from raw materials to product design, as well as tool and mould making, right on up to documented quality production and highly developed recycling systems.
As opposed to in the past, the term plastics technology is now no longer associated with negative notions, because serious efforts of the plastics processing industries targeted at efficient use of raw materials, high levels of functionality, longest possible service life and consistent recycling are bearing fruit in many places. Highly significant technology and industry events like the Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing, and others too, have played a considerable role in this positive development, and have thus have made their contribution to broad-based acceptance of plastics in private settings as well as in work environments. The fact that a trade fair should be, and is per se a pivotal point for the presentation of products, solutions and services, but nevertheless should also make it possible for customers/users to take the all-important look beyond their own horizons, could be mentioned here as an example – namely to the effect that an adequate supplementary programme is organised at the respective event for whose alignment and execution world class speakers and contact persons are made available for all concerns associated with plastics processing. As a logical consequence, and as a matter of being consistent, Fakuma’s anniversary edition will offer an interesting supplementary programme including, amongst other things, the well-known exhibitor forum, as well as a Recruiting, Basic and Further Training Day (Wednesday the 18th of October, 2017). Throughout the four days of the trade fair there will be 38 individual presentations (including six on the issues of recruiting, basic and further training), which will deal with aspects such as requirements for high-performance polyamides, close-to-contour mould temperature control and increased productivity with tool coatings, as well as the benefits and opportunities of digitalisation. In keeping with the anniversary motto, “Plastics Meets Business”, the supplementary programme will round out the exhibition offerings by presenting Fakuma 2017 as an integrated information, communication, procurement and business platform, and as the industry event of the year.
Visitors information: http://www.fakuma-messe.de/en/prices-arrival/
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AMI Hall B2, Stand 2222
AMI will exhibit its full range of products and events aimed at the compounding and injection moulding industries. AMI Databases, Conferences, Consulting, Digital Magazines and Exhibitions combine to provide the most comprehensive and in-depth specialist knowledge in the industry and look forward to welcoming you to their stand.
New products at AMI this year
- Databases: Compounders in India and South America, Plastics processors in Iran, Plastics processors in Romania, Injection moulders in Spain and Portugal
- Consulting: Masterbatch Markets in Asia 2017, Long Fibre PP Compounds 2017
- Exhibitions: Compounding World Expo and The Plastics Recycling World Exhibition, 27-28th June 2018
- Digital Magazines: Plastics Recycling World – brand new FREE industry magazine
- Things to look out for on the AMI stand
- Free databases trial
- Book your appointment to meet a consultant
- Happy hour every day from 3pm
- Competition quiz and Champagne give away
From 3pm AMI invites fair attendees to enjoy a beer and relax after a long day whilst discovering what AMI product is most relevant to their business. We will also be running a daily competition; visit our stand to answer the 5-question quiz and be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Champagne. Winners will be announced at 4:30pm each day.
Visit AMI’s stand and learn more about the diverse and knowledgeable departments that make us the leaders for information and events in the plastics industry. If you would like to book an appointment to come and see us, please email Evren.Akfirat@ami.international. We look forward to seeing you and wish you a successful show.
BASF Hall B4, Stand 4306
This year visitors can again look forward to seeing innovative plastic solutions from BASF for the construction and furniture industries as well as for the automotive and packaging sectors. In addition, there will be a reunion with the “superhero for engineers” Ultramid® Advanced N, BASF’s new polyphthalamide (PPA) for challenging applications in many industries.
Unique engineering plastics for the car interior, chassis and powertrain
For the automotive industry, BASF will be presenting engineering plastics for the car interior, the chassis and the powertrain. For the first time, two unique special polyamides for the car interior will be shown to the public: They open up new design perspectives for high-gloss surfaces, back-lit structural and functional elements as well as designs which are pleasant to the touch. Both plastics are cost-efficient material solutions for visually and chemically demanding applications. The materials fulfill the strict requirements of the automotive industry regarding emissions and odor in car interiors.
BASF will also be displaying structural components that were developed together with leading automotive suppliers and optimized with the help of the simulation tool Ultrasim®: The engine mounts, transmission crossbeams and transmission adapters made from glass-fiber reinforced Ultramid® meet the growing customer requirements for crash and NVH (NVH = noise, vibration, harshness) behavior in the powertrain. They also demonstrate the excellent correlation between Ultrasim® simulation and component behavior and thus point to potential cost savings.
The stand will furthermore feature an overview of the expanded Ultramid® range for the charge-air duct in combustion engines of today and the future. The tailored range of PA6 and PA66 grades meets the increased requirements on the materials, their mechanical properties and temperature resistance. This means the part developer can choose the optimum material for the respective component in the charge-air duct that offers the best value for money. Selected grades are based on global specifications.
Hard-wearing floor made from Elastollan®
At the BASF stand a floor covering made from Elastollan® has also been laid. Elastollan® is the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from BASF which is noted for its particularly good mechanical properties and very high resistance to abrasion. The floor therefore offers great flexibility and durability and is particularly suitable for areas of buildings with high footfall. The homogeneous floor covering is marketed by Tarkett under the name IQ One and is certified with Cradle to Cradle® gold and the “Blue Angel” eco-label. IQ One is 100 percent recyclable and produces only low emissions of VOC (volatile organic compounds). Thanks to the versatility of the plastic, Elastollan® is also suitable for many other fields of application. A selection of extrusion and injection-molding exhibits will also be on display at the BASF stand.
Variety of chairs made from Ultramid® SI
Designers and developers from the furniture industry are increasingly choosing plastic as a material for their products. This is why visitors to the BASF stand can sit down on three different chair designs: on the Belleville from Vitra, the Metrik from Wilkhahn and the A-Chair from Brunner. All three are made from the polyamide Ultramid® SI (SI = Surface Improved) from BASF. In addition to the stability typical of polyamides, Ultramid® SI offers a persuasive choice with a particularly high-quality surface appearance. During the development of the chairs, the Ultrasim® simulation tool was used to exhaust the potential of the design and material in full. The result is a superb balance between a delicate appearance and strength.
Ultramid® spacers for back-ventilated curtain facades
Nowadays residential, commercial and industrial buildings are often insulated with back-ventilated curtain facades (BVCF). However, the expected insulating performance and energy saving can only be achieved if the supporting elements for hanging the facade allow as little heat as possible to pass between the wall and facade. To achieve this, the company BWM has developed the “Zela Click” facade holder made from BASF’s thermoplastic Ultramid®. This clever plastic holder reduces the energy loss and can be mounted quickly and easily. With the Fixrock fire barrier kit from BWM too, Ultramid® replaces the previously used metal and ensures the necessary back-ventilation between the facade insulation and cladding. With its expertise in engineering plastics, BASF supported the customer BWM in selecting the material and developing the product.
Tinuvin® light stabilizers from BASF for durable plastics
Whether they are used in car interiors, in artificial lawn or in carpets, polymers are frequently exposed to strong UV light, harsh weather conditions and environmental pollutants. To ensure that the plastic retains its appearance and its original material properties over the long term, sterically hindered amines (HALS) are used as light stabilizers. For example, the HALS Tinuvin® 880 from BASF delivers unrivaled UV resistance for plastic parts in car interiors and improves their thermal stability at the same time. BASF has developed the HALS Tinuvin® XT 55 specifically for fibers and films that are present in industrial textiles or artificial lawn, for example. This high-performance light stabilizer also has a positive effect on processing problems and delays that can occur in the production of fibers and films.
Films made from Ultramid®: soft, transparent and tear-resistant
The special properties of two new Ultramid® copolyamides are opening up a wide variety of possible applications for BASF’s customers. The partially bio based Ultramid® Flex F38L is soft, transparent and tear-resistant even at low temperatures and low humidity. This makes it particularly suitable for industrial films or soft packaging, as is used for food, for example. Softness, transparency and tear-resistance are also the strengths of Ultramid® C37LC. It is used both for shrink film in the food sector and for fishing nets and fishing lines. In addition, with this Ultramid® customers benefit from a more efficient production process because they no longer need to add amorphous polyamides for processing.
New production complex for Ultraform® in Korea
A 50:50 joint venture involving BASF and Kolon Plastics called “Kolon BASF innoPOM, Inc.” is building a new, highly efficient production plant for polyoxymethylene (POM) in Korea. The plant with an annual capacity of 70,000 metric tons will be based at Kolon Plastics’ existing production site in Gimcheon. This will be the world’s largest production complex for POM. It is scheduled to start operating in the 3rd quarter of 2018. BASF offers POM products under the trade name Ultraform®. But BASF customers can already scrutinize the first samples of the new products labeled with the suffix “AT”. The samples were produced at Kolon’s existing plant and are identical to those that the new plant under the joint venture will produce. The first commercial quantities are also already available.
Cannon Hall FO, Stand 38
The most innovative solutions introduced for the industrial production of Polyurethanes, Composites and Thermoformed products will be illustrated by Cannon specialists at Fakuma 2017.
Cannon T-System, the innovative single-station thermoforming machine, will be physically on show at its stand, where its main features will be explained to interested visitors. The new machine – result of two years of intense research – is designed to provide Cannon customers with the highest production performance. Engineered design, minimal footprint, compatibility with all types of moulds, light-weight materials, a new enhanced TRIPLO® system, are just some of the features of this revolutionary machine.
Besides that, some of Cannon best mixing heads for automotive and refrigeration industries, including the new FPL-SR, will be displayed.
All Cannon latest technologies and solutions will be illustrated during the exhibition. In particular:
- Turn-key solutions for Composites industrial production (e.s. Carbon fibre and Glass fibre reinforced parts):
- technologies like HP-RTM, JetPreg, Prepreg, Press and Wet Moulding;
- complete production lines, including stacking lines, preformers, moulds, presses, injection and handling systems, automation and control;
- injection units for Polyurethanes, Epoxy and Vynilesters;
- accessory equipments as degassing units and glue dispensers for wind blades production;
- Dosing units and mixing heads for Polyurethane and Epoxy formulations, specifically designed for flexible, rigid, microcellular and structural foams, with special attention for solutions specifically designed to work with modern blowing agents, fast-reaction formulations, solid fillers and abrasive additives;
- Complete plants for Slabstock foams – with both continuous and discontinuous foaming technologies – adapt for conventional, high-resilience, filled and CO2-blown formulations;
- Continuous and discontinuous foaming plants for rigid and flexible faced panels: the new “Compact” Series of Cannon foam laminators for metal-faced and paper-paper sandwich panels – both featuring a patented drive system – is characterized by high output capacity, low energy consumption, very accurate control of the geometrical parameters of the finished product and full compatibility with the modern blowing agents;
- Foaming lines for refrigerator & freezer cabinets and doors, also featuring the innovative Vacuum Assisted Injection method for improved cabinet filling and thermal insulation, successfully used in China by the major producer of white appliances;
- Complete solutions for automotive parts manufacturing – flexible seats, dashboards, steering wheels, headliners, interior trims, grommets, sun visors, NVH absorbers, carpet underlay, cavity filling, engine covers and shields, wheel arches and other components – through dedicated equipment designed to fit several technologies, like classic foaming, spray application, in mould coating (clear and coloured) and gasketing.
All the above mentioned turn-key solutions are available in more than 40 countries where Cannon has prompt local service, fast availability of spare parts and technical assistance.
Cold Jet Hall B3, Stand 3223
Cold Jet® presents its automated surface preparation and cleaning solutions at the tradeshow. This technology provides the most profound clean for many applications.
Cold Jet is experiencing an increasing demand for automated system solutions for both online and offline cleaning & surface preparation in various industries, and for applications requiring repetitive dry ice cleaning. The market is changing and more companies are moving to integrated cleaning solutions with their own on-site dry ice production.
Cold Jet‘s systems are designed and manufactured to be ready for easy integration. They include, for example, a 24-pin plug from where all commands can be transmitted to the robot control system, from a signal light to the dehumidifying unit on wheels. The dehumidifier provides a continuous cleaning process which is mobile and flexible. This is unique!
Cold Jet’s painting preparation with integrated dry ice blasting system eliminates the need for manual cleaning, deburring and deflashing, and allows a faster, consistent process. Improving part quality, increasing productivity and reducing costs for applications, such as surface preparation of plastic, metal and composite parts, injection molds and permanent aluminum molds, tire molds, painting lines and many more. The system combines dry ice production with one or more blasting systems into one unit (Combi 120H or Combi 350H), which allows continuous, fully automated blasting. The highly efficient systems require about 30% less dry ice, are easy to control and can be controlled via remote diagnostics. With Cold Jet unnecessary edges and burrs can be safely removed from PEEK, PBT, Acetal, Nylon, LCP, ABS, UHMWPE, Nitinol etc., without damaging the surface of the parts.
Dry ice produces no secondary waste, is non-abrasive, non-conductive and non-toxic.
For Cold Jet dry ice cleaning and surface preparation is a holistic solution that incorporates core technology, high performance accessories and the specific application. The team of innovators continues to simplify and solve the toughest application problems while providing the safest, lightest and most ergonomic user experience. From custom nozzles to fully automated robotic cleaning systems, Cold Jet’s experienced engineers find the right solution for even the most complicated cleaning and decontamination challenges.
Covestro Hall B4, Stand 4206
Plastics from Covestro are all around us – wherever we want to live comfortably, efficiently and safely in fact. Today’s products aim to meet a wide variety of expectations, and our portfolio encompasses a spectrum of fascinating colors and color effects, textured, matte and glossy surfaces, hard and soft materials, and plastics that can even feel warm or cool to the touch.
Covestro has been meeting the growing needs of users and customers by continuing to introduce new products and applications over the years. The company’s extensive expertise and collaboration with partners play a valuable role in this process.
“We will be presenting material solutions for customers from very different industries at Fakuma,” says Kristian Brandt, Covestro booth director. “We also offer a comprehensive service package, through which we advise them on coloring, surface design, processing and packaging, and also run simulations.”
Designers also play an important role on the road to a marketable product. They capture ideas and make the components both functional and aesthetically pleasing. In many sectors, it is the designers who ultimately decide on the material. Covestro is therefore expanding its dialogue with designers and providing them with information about its products, while at the same time learning more about their needs in return. As a supplement to the Sample Bar, the company has developed a Sample app to support designers in making their visions a reality. The award-winning Covestro Sample Lab app can be downloaded on Google Play and from the App Store.
Lightweight materials are in demand in many industries and applications. They play a special role in the automotive industry, especially in sustainable vehicle concepts such as electric mobility and autonomous driving.
Covestro offers a broad product portfolio for this area, ranging from transparent Makrolon® polycarbonate (PC) for automotive glazing and LiDAR-permeable PC blends, to polyurethane foam systems for interior surfaces and films for displays.
Colorful products attract attention and convey brand messages. Colors appeal to the emotions of the user and lend products a certain perceived value. Covestro operates six Color Competence Centers around the world to advise customers on any questions about coloring. The centers are located in Filago, Italy; Newark, Ohio, United States; Caojing (Shanghai) and Guangzhou, China; Greater Noida, India; and Map Ta Phut, Thailand.
The automotive interior is a good example confirming that the design of plastic parts and surfaces means much more than just the coloring. It involves individual fitting as well as cost-efficient manufacture of the parts. In collaboration with partners, Covestro has developed polycarbonate products and processes, which can be used to efficiently create matte and glossy structures, attractive colors with deep shine, as well as coated or metallized surfaces.
Covestro’s Sample Bar also includes a range of materials that distribute and diffuse light, including semi-finished products like polycarbonate sheets and films. They contribute to modern, energy-efficient LED light solutions – whether in buildings or car interiors. Holographic films like Bayfol® HX offer unique options for design and functionality.
LEDs are much more efficient than conventional incandescent bulbs. Nonetheless, they still emit some of their energy in the form of heat. This heat must be dissipated via cooling elements to ensure a high light yield and long service life for the lamps. Covestro developed various heat-conducting polycarbonates of the Makrolon® TC range to meet these requirements. Compared with conventional applications using aluminum, they offer a great deal of design freedom and enable new solutions for consolidating components and assembly processes.
DANQUINSA GmbH Hall B4, Stand 4507
DANQUINSA GmbH from Dettenhausen will present a series of "Quality-Highlights" at the FAKUMA 2017. A lot of novelties will be served to you on the booth!
Beside the classic TPU delivery programme for injection moulding, extrusion and calender applications, the innovative materials that will be presented on the fair this year are:
- -TPU based function compounds
- TPU based colour and additive masterbatches
- TPU special compounds mainly for automotive interior applications and for special high-grade classy surfaces
- DANPOL copolyester for different applications, mainly for coextrusion at the manufacturing of composite films
- New thermoplastic polyurethane and polyester raw materials based on renewable monomer raw materials
- High-grade polyurethane based 1- and 2-component primer for applications in the technical textilecoating sector and for the lamination with different types of films
- Thermoplastic polyurethane granules and TPU special compounds for the production of additives
- TPU special compound powder for powder scatter and paste dot applications as well as for sintering applications
- Polyester and polyamide compounds
DANQUINSA supplies polyurethane dispersions, crosslinkers, tackifiers and additives for the lacquering and surface treatment of plastics.
The TPUs and DANTHANE compounds for the production of filaments of different hardness and melting ranges are presented as a premiere at the FAKUMA 2017. The filaments produced therefrom are the base material for the 3D printing process.
As a system supplier for the plastics and adhesive industry, DANQUINSA GmbH will inform you about a wide range of products and systems. During your visit on the DANQUINSA booth you will be informed by the responsible technicians from all areas and they will surely offer you the wanted product or product menu, that is to serve!
ENGEL Hall A5, Stand 5204
Extremely scratch-proof in a single step
At the Fakuma, ENGEL and its clearmelt technology will be opening the door to a new application area. The focus so far has been on decorative elements and electronic functional components for the interior of the vehicle; at this time, automobile manufacturers are also becoming interested in using the technology to produce exterior components. At its exhibition booth, ENGEL will present a first applications in this regard.
High gloss exterior panels will be produced on an ENGEL duo 2460/500 injection moulding machine. In addition to the extremely high quality appearance of the components and the outstanding efficiency of the highly integrated process, extremely scratch-proof surfaces are another advantage that clearmelt technology provides for the exterior area. Testing in a car wash has shown the initial sample parts to be very robust.
In the clearmelt process, at first a thermoplastic base carrier is produced in the injection moulding machine, then coated with polyurethane in a second cavity. The process can be easily combined with IML, allowing for the use of decorative and capacitive foils as well as wood veneers. In a single step, clearmelt technology thus provides pre-finished vehicle components that do not need to be varnished or post-processed in any way. The polyurethane coating provides the high-gloss, scratch-proof surface.
ENGEL developed the clearmelt technology in collaboration with partner companies. The exclusive partner for polyurethane processing is Hennecke in St. Augustin, Germany.
inject 4.0 programme
ENGEL began to focus on the trend towards networking and digitalisation of production processes very early on, and has developed an integrated digitalisation strategy for its own production as well as for its customers. "Many of our products and solutions have been successfully used by our customers for several years", says Kapeller. "At the same time, we are consistently developing the programme further."
The modularity of ENGEL’s inject 4.0 approach makes it especially easy for plastics processors to take advantage of the opportunities offered by Industry 4.0. Even small isolated solutions provide huge benefits. From the optimisation of individual machines to the complete networking of a worldwide production pool, ENGEL is accompanying its customers on the road to the smart factory, and is continuously expanding its global sales and service teams to support the programme. "Industry 4.0 projects require very close collaboration", states Kapeller. "Short paths are an important factor in their success."
By networking production systems, the systematic use of machine, process and production data, and the use of intelligent assistance systems, the manufacturing processes in a smart factory can continuously optimise themselves. The productivity and quality of production are increasing, and at the same time, processors can respond very flexibly to ever faster changing requirements.
ENGEL categorises it’s inject 4.0 in three operational areas of the smart factory:
iQ weight control sold more than 1,500 times
iQ weight monitor is standard as of Fakuma
iQ clamp control: New version for hydraulic duo machines
iQ flow control for highly efficient temperature control processes
New e-connect portal being launched
Ensuring the prevention of unplanned system downtime
Extremely deep vertical data integration
Cap costly power peaks reliably
Hennecke Hall A5, Stand 5210
At FAKUMA 2015, Hennecke introduced the CLEARMELT process with ENGEL. Here, thermoplastic moulded parts are combined with decor film or veneer elements in the injection moulding process and are refined with a transparent polyurethane system. This allows users to achieve scratch-proof, resistant and high-quality surface structures with a depth effect. Hennecke has worked closely with customers to significantly develop this process further. Now it is also possible to employ colour systems for flooding injection-moulded parts.
In the new COLOURLINE with MULTI-CONNECT technology, Hennecke divided the isocyanate and colour processing into two separate systems. The COLOURLINE is installed as an isocyanate unit fixed on the injection moulding machine. The MULTI-CONNECT colour module with its own heating is constructed as a compact mobile carriage. The MULTI-CONNECT parking station is used for the homogenisation and pre-tempering of the different colour systems. The parking station thereby provides up to seven colour modules simultaneously. If needed, the user can undock the module with the desired colour from the parking station, move it to the isocyanate unit and re-dock it there. The isocyanate unit then assumes control of the colour module. Each colour module is equipped with its own mixhead (type MN8 MC) to which the isocyanate unit is attached. This ensures that each colour circulates in its own system and colour mingling cannot occur when changing colours. Due to this intelligent plug-and-play principle, a colour change does not require rinsing and cleaning measures and can be carried out in under 15 minutes. The modular system configuration enables effortless expansion of the product capacities. A system with a parking station and seven colour modules can thus be easily supplemented with additional parking stations.
Since the colour pigments are highly abrasive, Hennecke has developed the piston pump HT30evo for this special purpose. Each colour module is equipped with its own piston pump constructed in such a way that it can produce for a long time under these highly abrasive conditions with high precision and repeated accuracy.
The COLOURLINE with MULTI-CONNECT technology now opens up new horizons for the automotive as well as consumer goods industries. Along with components' very high-quality appearance and the excellent efficiency of the highly integrated process, the new technology scores points with the especially high scratch resistance of the surfaces.
To help users perfectly master the new technology, Hennecke is offering an introductory training course for the CLEARMELT and COLOURMELT process in collaboration with Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid (KIMW). In a two-day course the participants will learn through theory and through practice directly on the machines how to master the process and how to correct potential mistakes. This training offer is so far unique on the market.
Along with the new COLOURLINE with MULTI-CONNECT technology, this year Hennecke will once again present some exciting sample parts from pioneering areas of application for polyurethane. The PUR specialist is especially innovative in the field of fibre-reinforced structural components. With its HP-RTM process, the Sankt Augustin company provides users with a technology to manufacture high-quality fibre composite parts in large-scale production thanks to short cycle times.
Company specialists from the corporate units for slabstock, sandwich panel and moulded foam lines will also be on site at the fair stand to give expert consultation to interested visitors. From the area "Plants for technical insulations", Hennecke is displaying the flagship upright tank from the Austrian company Austria Email AG, one of the leading European manufacturers of high-quality water heaters and hot water tanks. Thanks to Hennecke technology, the upright tank is equipped with high-quality, directly foamed 75 mm PU insulation.
For over 65 years, high-pressure metering machines from Hennecke have been synonymous with top-class polyurethane processing and the centrepiece of countless processing plants. The Hennecke offer impresses with its modularly configurable systems for the smallest to the largest of output ranges with first-class metering pumps, a large selection of state-of-the-art mixheads and intelligent automation.
Huntsman & Chemie Plast Hall A4, Stand 4214
At this year’s Fakuma, Huntsman will be promoting a range of products from its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) portfolio. Elastomer solutions on display will include a novel, super lightweight, high-energy return material, which has the potential to transform the production and performance of all kinds of everyday items.
First launched at K2016 last October, smartLite® PF 1560 TPU is proving popular with product designers around the world. This innovative, low density TPU has the potential to deliver an energy return up to 50%. Flexible yet strong, and with the ability to spring back to its original shape after being stretched or compressed, smartLite® PF 1560 TPU is perfect for producing soft, bouncy midsoles for a wide range of athletic footwear – particularly running shoes. It’s also an attractive material for industrial manufacturers who like its customizable energy return capabilities, which can be exploited multiple times without affecting physical or mechanical performance properties.
As in previous years, Huntsman is sharing a stand at Fakuma with the team from Chemie Plast. The two companies have co-exhibited at the last six Fakuma shows.
Alongside smartLite® PF 1560 TPU, Huntsman and Chemie Plast will showcase a range of other TPU materials from Huntsman’s well-known IROGRAN®, AVALON® and KRYSTALGRAN® portfolios. Used in the manufacture of sports footwear, clothing and equipment; cables and wires; conveyor belts; reinforced glass; and hoses and tubes; these novel materials are contributing to a better world, making it easier for people to live active, healthy, productive lives – at home, at work and on the move.
For more information about smartLite® PF 1560 TPU, or if you would like to speak to a Huntsman representative about a TPU application, please contact: email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact the Chemie Plast team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IKV, ILT & IPT Hall B4, Stand 4404
At this year's Fakuma, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, together with the Fraunhofer Institutes for Production Technology (IPT) and for Laser Technology (ILT), will show the latest developments in the injection moulding of optical components. On the joint stand of "kunststoffland NRW", the three partner institutes will present "Plastic optical components from Aachen" in Friedrichshafen, Germany, from October 17 - 21, 2017.
Research and development in the field of optical components enjoys a long tradition at RWTH Aachen University. Fairly recently, plastics have proved to be the materials of the future for optical devices such as lenses with a wide variety of different technological applications under economical production conditions. Many fields of application have arisen in the automotive industry, such as primary optics and diffuser lenses, but also in mobile phone cameras, displays and lifestyle products.
IKV together with the IPT and ILT Fraunhofer Institutes will present the latest developments in this field, starting with the design of the optical systems, through the construction of the tools and mould inserts, to optics replication.
The main topics will be injection-moulded and compression injection-moulded optics, continuously manufactured optical film, and innovative optical materials and applications.
At the heart of the exhibition, however, will be the production of micro-structured lenses of liquid silicone rubber (LSR). Because of its temperature and UV stability, this innovative material is particularly interesting for LEDs. The particular flexibility and elasticity of LSR also open up innovative design concepts.
The close cooperation between the three Aachen research institutes offers comprehensive expertise at all stages of the production chain. After Fakuma, the institutes will present this expertise on April 10 - 11, 2018 at the Aachen Polymer Optics Days. This will be the third such conference in Aachen.
KraussMaffei Hall 7, Stand 7308
Plastics processing features incredible diversity. From packaging products, for which speed and precision are paramount, to special processes such as silicone processing or creating high-end surfaces. With its exhibits in the clamping force sizes from 500 to 2,000 kN at Fakuma, KraussMaffei is demonstrating how flexibly the all-electric PX series as well as the hydraulic CX series can adapt to respective requirements. The new linear LRX small robot will celebrate its premiere at Fakuma. All machines are equipped with the new enhanced APC plus function (Adaptive Process Control), which ensures maximum process reliability and with it a uniformly high component quality.
RAMPF Prod. Systems Hall B2, Stand 2203
The presentation of RAMPF Production Systems at Fakuma 2017 focuses on innovative production solutions with integrated dispensing systems for the application of polyurethane and silicone foams in the automotive industry.
Thanks to innovative materials and cutting-edge production and assembly processes, 2-component formed-in-place gaskets can now be used in a growing number of applications with a wide range of shapes and requirements. They guarantee for the reliable and efficient protection from moisture, chemicals, and various environmental influences.
The gaskets are omnipresent especially in automobile and vehicle construction. Door and door-locking modules, loudspeakers, airbags, air-conditioning, and glovebox covers, brake lights, headlights, taillights, electrical enclosures, ignition coil covers, fuse boxes, ventilation grills, and water chambers are just a few applications.
Here, thixotropic foam gaskets are the foam type used most frequently. They are applied to the surfaces of three-dimensional components or where there is a shallow groove with a height / width ratio of 1:2 to 1:1 without any material run-off / dripping. There is no excessive penetration into open-pored materials (e.g. textiles), which is particularly important for use in vehicle interiors.
All standard polyurethane and silicone foams can be processed into gaskets by RAMPF Production Systems, a leading supplier of innovative production solutions with integrated dispensing systems based in Zimmern o. R., Germany. Multi-axis robots apply these to level and curved surfaces. After curing, a seamless gasket is bonded to the component that provides static protection against dust and moisture. The gaskets can also be produced in molds.
In addition to its core competence of mixing and dispensing technology, the company provides product-specific automation concepts with integrated parts transport and heat treatment, assembly and joining technology, as well as logistic and quality assurance solutions. The customer-specific solutions include integrating both surface activation processes as well as testing and measuring technology to safeguard production processes.
“Combining process expertise with the matching automation solution enables us to provide our customers with complete solutions for their production operations,” says Hartmut Storz, Managing Director of RAMPF Production Systems. “Our wide-ranging experience from over 2,800 successful projects world-wide ensures that we find the best solution for each and every customer – and do so both quickly and efficiently.”
Sonderhoff Hall A5, Stand 5109
The Sonderhoff Group, part of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA since July this year, presents the newly developed FIP CC (Formed In-Place Closed-Cell) technology at the Fakuma 2017. It combines the high water resistance of the silicone world with the attractive material costs of the polyurethane world.
This FIP CC technology will be demonstrated live with the new DM 402 CC mixing and dosing system, in conjunction with the new polyurethane (PU) foam Fermapor® CC, at the Sonderhoff booth.
The new Fermapor® CC foam sealant system is based on polyurethane and is intended for applications requiring very high resistance to water. It closes the gap between high-priced predominantly closed-cell materials such as silicone foam, and lower-priced mixed-cell PU foam. It also offers current users of 1-component sealing technology a less expensive alternative.
Fermapor ® CC is a room temperature crosslinking 2-component system that forms a predominantly closed-cell PU soft foam seal with the newly developed FIP CC foaming process. The foam structure is comprised of very fine-cells which are dense and particularly uniform. Thanks to its closed-cell structure, the Fermapor® CC foam seal has a very high resistance to water absorption, and is 90% less air-permeable than mixed-cell PU foam. With a smooth, slightly shiny surface, the Fermapor ® CC foam seal also makes a good visual impression. In addition, it is significantly more resistant compared to conventional PU foam beads.
Even if the surface should be damaged due to the application, the water intake is only slightly affected, as proven by practical tests and laboratory tests. Fermapor ® CC PU foam fulfills the REACH / EC regulation 1907/2006 and RoHS and is used for the sealing of components as a rule at temperatures between -40 to +80 ° C, even up to +160 ° C for short periods of time.
Sonderhoff has patented a new sealing technology with the DM 402 CC mixing and dosing system for the metering of Fermapor® CC. The application process itself follows the well-known FIPFG process, which is a production standard in many industries. What is new is the sealing foam’s ability to reach its full size shortly after being applied onto the component. A process-oriented quality control can thus determine, immediately after the sealing application, whether the seal has been applied to the desired height over the entire component contour.
With the Fermapor ® CC sealing foam and the FIP CC technology, a further developed FIPFG process is now available to customers, which opens up new fields of application for automated foam sealing.