Krauss Maffei is a world leader in plastics machinery.
The new line of injection moulding machinery facilitates a luminescent, heatable, pressure-activated and touchable breakthrough for injection moulded plastic surfaces.
Plastic components can now be integrated with electronic and functional surfaces. Complex plastic components can now light up or heat up at touch as well as react to stimuli and are pleasant to the touch.
Dr. Dietmar Straub, CEO of Krauss Maffei AG says that the new injection moulding machines give plastic processors the potential to expand into new applications and add more value to their products.
Krauss Maffei’s innovative technology allows for a combination of injection and reaction moulding in high precision moulds in addition to application-specific automation, which allows plastic processors to integrate production of the functional surfaces, substrates and sensor technology in a single process cycle.
Georg Kaufmann Formenbau AG of Switzerland has installed a Krauss Maffei injection moulding machine for use on a prototype component that integrates the three properties of lighting, sensors and touch.
The company’s focus is currently on controlling the cost of producing high-value, multifunctional parts by integrating previously separate process steps into a single highly automated production process.
Using Duo-Lamination and other proven technologies, processors can integrate functional surfaces and various sensors in plastic components. Connected to a power supply, the sensors trigger defined effects in response to external stimuli.
In addition to lighting functions, the new process also offers the option of integrating a heat source in the part. This process could be used to produce touch-activated heated seat surfaces on ski lifts, sports stadiums, the office or the home.
Krauss Maffei is represented in Oceania by HBM Plastics Technologies.