Aurora, Ontario-based injection molder Axiom Group Inc. has purchased a new dual-screw, Krauss Maffei, 1300-ton injection molding compounder, to support its ability to develop and test materials for complete electric vehicle components.
"Our commitment to advanced compounding with the injection molding compounder will play a significant role in the integration of part design, advanced material strength enhancements and weight reduction," Perry Rizzo, president and CEO of Axiom Group said in a Sept. 30 news release.
Axiom is currently working with various automakers and vehicle platform developers in advanced compound integration for the growing electric vehicle industry, the release said.
The new IMC machine combines "the benefits of both continuous extrusion and discontinuous injection molding, yielding parts with better values, increased efficiency and substantially decreased cost of raw materials by reducing the amount of additives needed," it said.
Axiom declined to comment on the cost of the machine in response to an inquiry by Plastics News.
"Engineering chassis components to the powertrain in the EV market will require new methods and solutions, and Axiom wants to be at the forefront of these technologies," Rizzo added.
"With this innovative technology we are excited to develop new parts that can solve our customers' toughest problems," said Tom Gucciardi, plant manager for Axiom Group. "The ability to rapidly develop and test new compounds for immediate production is yet another reason why Axiom's customers can rely on us."