Smart lightweight construction in Paris

Smart lightweight construction…
Sophisticated machine and mold technology, production processes ready for large series production and groundbreaking lightweight construction: From March 10 - 12 at the JEC Composites Show (Hall 7.2, booth S 29) in Paris, KraussMaffei is presenting intelligent solutions for manufacturing fiber-reinforced plastic components (FRP). Thanks to the wide-ranging expertise in the areas of injection molding and reaction process machinery, KraussMaffei, as one of the few suppliers on the market, is providing technologies and systems for processing thermoplastic and thermoset matrix systems from a single source.

"We will demonstrate our expertise at JEC in many up-to-date application examples. In doing so, we will prove that we offer our customers the right process for optimized production for all corresponding component requirements," emphasizes Erich Fries, Manager of the Composites/Surfaces business unit at KraussMaffei. The technologies cover the entire range of industries from automotive, transport and aviation to construction, wind power and the sport and recreation industry. "The market for composites continues to develop very dynamically. We expect to receive important ideas at the JEC," says Fries.

Perfect for large polyurethane composites

Large components with excellent, immediately paintable surfaces for trucks and agricultural machines can be manufactured, for example, using the LFI (long fiber injection) process in combination with the R-RIM process (reinforced reaction injection molding). R-RIM is the only process for polyurethane fiber composite applications where the reinforcement material is contained directly in one component. It features a high degree of automation and, therefore, short cycle times," says Fries. The low viscosity of the components makes it possible to manufacture large, complex, thin-walled, high-strength parts. These applications feature high temperature stability and an excellent impact strength and already have paintable surfaces. At JEC, KraussMaffei is presenting a fender for agricultural machines from Parat.