The company reports that the pioneer spirit it has demonstrated over its 180-year history will be brought to life by a variety of operating machines as well as intelligent Industry 4.0 solutions.
“Services, digital services and new offers such as our leasing model will make the difference in the future,” explains CEO Dr Frank Stieler. “These concepts work for all series and applications in our portfolio. If we apply them to our entire product range, great opportunities will be opened up for us.”
Injection moulding machines and Plastics 4.0
Injection moulding machinery will be one focus of the forum.
“We will be using a total of 18 injection moulding machines to give our customers a live demonstration of the expertise and engineering passion that KraussMaffei has for all sectors of the plastics industry,” explains Dr Hans Ulrich Golz, President of the Injection Moulding Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group. “Among these machines, the new all-electric PX 25 for very small shot weights and the PX 320, which expands the application spectrum on the top end, will be making their world premieres. Our Plastics 4.0 modules provide our customers with cutting-edge solutions for digitising and networking their production.”
A demonstration will be given of the MES system MaXecution, a tool for planning and production monitoring. DataXplorer creates transparency down to the component level and BlueBoX makes it possible to monitor overall production in real time. On the machine level, the APC plus adaptive process control ensures consistent quality shot-for-shot.
The processing of 3M hollow glass microspheres on the MX 1600-12000 will also be demonstrated. This material allows precise cavities to be made in the compounds, reducing the density. This minimises weight and offers a great deal of potential for lightweight automotive construction or for insulating properties in construction. The FlexFlow hot runner control from KraussMaffei’s Partner, HRS Flow, has been integrated into the MC6 control system to ensure balanced cascade calibration. This results in components free of joint lines, which can then be painted or electroplated directly.
Additional highlights include silicone processing (liquid and solid silicone), thermoplastic lightweight construction using FiberForm technology, ColorForm applications with Piano Black as well as direct compounding thanks to the new DCIM process.
Reaction process machinery
“By innovating process technology developments, our engineers continue to make applications more sophisticated,” explains Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group. “At the Competence Forum, we will be giving numerous live demonstrations to show why we hold this leading position, as well as providing a glimpse into the future.”
The new iPul pultrusion system will be producing a glass fibre-reinforced hollow chamber profile in live operation. Thanks to the new injection box, the system is said to enable production speeds that are up to twice as fast. Also making its debut at the Competence Forum is a fully automated wet moulding system. In comparison to manual solutions, this system is reported to make it possible to cut cycle times in half and increase process security. Visitors to the TechCenter will get the chance to see a live demonstration of polyurethane-based sheet component manufacturing on the turnkey system. Additional exhibits include the new electric I-panel mould carrier and the optimised SCS mixing head for structural component spraying.
Pipe and profile extrusion
KraussMaffei Berstorff concentrates on intelligent solutions in fibre composite technology, as well as manufacturing pipes with engineering polymers. Visitors will witness a plastic pipe being wrapped on the TCP (Thermoplastic Composite Pipe) with fibreglass-reinforced UD tapes (on an identical polymer matrix) system in live operation.
“By offering this pilot system, we hope to provide our customers with a long-term service that is the only one of its kind worldwide: manufacturing fibre-composite pipes according to custom application requirements for pre-classification,” explains Matt Sieverding, President of Extrusion Technology for the KraussMaffei Group.
The fibre-reinforced pipes are not subject to corrosion and are suitable for high-pressure applications in the oil and gas industry in particular. They can also be designed for chemical and/or temperature-resistant applications.
The newly developed KM-3L RKW 250 F³ multi-layer pipe head – integrated into a complete pipeline – offers a demonstration of the manufacturing process for three-layer pipes with a functional polyamide inner layer. These pipes are also suitable for applications in the oil and gas industry thanks to features such as impact strength and abrasion resistance.