Officials in the polyurethane equipment segment of KraussMaffei Group announced a project with a customer to make tanks for fuel cell vehicles, and outlined KM's offerings at the upcoming PU China show.
KraussMaffei delivered a RimStar Compact 8/4 high-pressure resin transfer machine to Rehau AG + Co.'s new technical center for lightweight construction at its Viechtach molding plant in Lower Bavaria, Germany, where the company is developing hydrogen fuel tanks for fuel-cell vehicles.
The RimStar Compact 8/4's high-pressure mixing and metering system will help Rehau in its research efforts into thick-walled hollow pressure vessels. The goal: Achieve process control that can support large-scale production.
Initial testing of the mold concept and high-pressure RTM process was cone at KraussMaffee facilities.
Rehau has invested 3.4 million euros ($3.72 million) in special engineering systems at its plant to develop the hydrogen fuel cell tanks.
In China trade show news, KM will present machinery to process polyurethane and fiber-reinforced composites at the PU China show, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 in Guangzhou.
KM will be in Booth 210.
The company's trade-show focus will be on modular oval conveyor systems for making automotive seats, new mold carriers, clear coat molding technology, high-pressure resin transfer molding and the long-fiber injection process.
KraussMaffei makes the modular oval conveyor systems in Germany and China. The process provides fast and simple mold carrier changes.
KraussMaffei is based in Munich. Its U.S. facility, KraussMaffei Corp., is in Florence, Ky.