KraussMaffei AG and Trexel Inc. have announced the largest injection molding machine to use the MuCell microcellular foaming technology: an MC 5400-17200 press equipped with 5,400 metric tons of clamping force at Mürdter Werkzeug- und Formenbau GmbH in Mutlangen, Germany.
Mürdter makes large molds for automotive parts such as instrument panels and door panels, and has large injection molding machines for trials and small production in a nearby molding department.
MuCell enables companies to mold very large parts using less material, shorter cycle times on machines of lower clamping force, according to Andreas Handschke, MuCell product manager at KraussMaffei in Munich. But the ability to mold lighter-weight parts is the biggest attraction now, as automakers strive to boost fuel efficiency, he said.
Trexel is based in Wilmington, Mass.
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