Versatility increases demand for polyurethane"The demand for long-life, light and at the same time economical polyurethane solutions shows no signs of letting up. This meanwhile applies not only for the automotive industry, but also for other branches of industry such as construction, the E+E industry, transport, the sports and recreation industry and medical technology," says Steffen Bauer, Sales Manager Germany, Reaction Process Machinery, at KraussMaffei. "The PSE Europe, the first international specialist trade show with a clear focus on the processing of polyurethane, provides us with an outstanding opportunity to present our multifaceted, modular solutions to a broad specialist public from the most diverse sectors."
The offer of KraussMaffei Reaction Process Machinery comprises tailored solutions for the foaming of polyurethane systems, state-of-the-art surface technologies such as the ColorForm or CCM processes (clear-coat molding for flow-coating real wood in car interiors), and solutions for the automated series production of fiber composite lightweight components. Typical applications for foamed polyurethane systems are, for example, soft, hard or integral foam solutions in car interiors such as seats, steering wheels or dashboards, as well as in the furniture industry, for example armrests for office chairs. In the white goods segment, hard foam systems are used for insulation foaming, for example for refrigerators or boilers. The construction industry too uses the excellent insulating and damping properties of polyurethane, for example for insulating panels or pipe foaming.
"A major advantage of the KraussMaffei solutions here is their modularity. This applies both for our metering machines and mixing heads, and for our mold carriers and systems, foam molds, or cutting technologies such as punching and milling," says Bauer. KraussMaffei thus offers, for example, a large range of high-pressure mixing and metering systems as pump machines (RimStar and EcoStar), piston engines (Comet) or as a combination of both (hybrid). The same modularity applies for mixing heads: the tailored linear, transfer, spray or special mixing heads from KraussMaffei with variable output rates from 5 g/sec to 10,000 g/sec provide the right solution for all production requirements. The nozzle elements of the 2- to 6-component versions are customized to the production requirements and processing parameters.