Posts Tagged thermoforming

Okt 1 2018

Easy, economical and highly productive

FRIMO presents technological innovations at FAKUMA 2018

Easy, economical and highly productive

09/26/2018 – From October 16-20, 2018, FAKUMA will once again become the meeting place for the international plastics industry. The FRIMO Group (Hall A1, Booth 1334) will be presenting its latest developments in PU processing, surface finishing (thermoforming, laminating), trimming technologies, plastic joining and composites/lightweight construction. Following their motto HIGH TECH AND HIGH PASSION, visitors will also be able to immerse themselves in the virtual world of FRIMO and experience full-scale systems across their entire spectrum of technology.

The exhibition focuses on highly productive tooling and equipment concepts, sustainable solutions for material and energy savings, as well as new approaches for high-volume production of lightweight constructions. The recent SPE award for an organo front-end carrier with integrated air ducts brought FRIMO its 24th Award as Valeo“s partner in the project. Now that the award ceremony is over, it is time to move on to FAKUMA.

„The personal exchange is immensely important. This is why FAKUMA is the ideal platform for us to talk to our customers and interested trade visitors from all over the world about upcoming projects and to present our diverse solutions, “ says Manfred Rudholzer, Head of Sales at FRIMO. In Friedrichshafen, FRIMO will present trend-setting solutions that offer customers advantages in plastic part production.

One-shot solutions for efficient lightweight construction

First place in the structural components category at this year’s SPE Awards went to a two-shell plastic front-end carrier made of organic sheeting, manufactured using a one-shot process. FRIMO’s high-performance tool technology for mass production supports the fully-automated production process used to make this part.

The part not only meets rigidity requirements, but also makes air duct integration possible near the headlight and bumper connections. That is the reason for its clam-shell construction. The shell halves are produced using FRIMO tooling. The organo sheets are formed and the edges are coated simultaneously in the tools, which can then be finished directly during the process without additional trimming; the inserts are formed and coated in a single step. This One Shot process not only shortens cycle times, but also eliminates the need for additional contour trimming. The pre-fabricated organo sheets are inserted automatically and draped around the insert during the process. (see the link: http://www.spe-ce.de/aw2018siegerautom.htm)

Automated and combined – all-around talent for the highest production demands

Economic production is a big issue, now more so than ever. When it comes to weight, material and energy use, cycle times, and space requirements, less is more. Add in maximum performance and that pretty much sums up the requirements for future-oriented production facilities: universal tools, multi-purpose machines, and flexible systems. Using „One Tool“ concepts, different materials can be processed in one tool. This increases productivity and lowers investment costs. Multi-purpose machines include multiple technologies, again reducing investment costs. Flexible, highly-automated machines with quick tool change systems, where multiple tools can be used and different parts can be produced all in a single machine also ensure high productivity within a small space. „Our customers want optimal production in terms of functionality, quality, process reliability, and profitability. There is a growing demand for highly-automated and therefore highly-productive systems,“ says Manfred Rudholzer, summing up the challenges. He goes on to say, „With our cross-technology know-how, we can offer users uniquely combined solutions. We have numerous references in the market, not only in thermoforming, laminating, punching and edge folding, but also in welding combined with thermal contact rivets and automatic assembly processes.“

FRIMO offers maximum material savings in vacuum and press lamination with FABL®

From cutting to the prefabricated part in a flash: FRIMO Accurate Blank Laminating, or FABL® for short, is precision laminating of contour-cut decorative panels, which aims to save 25-45% on decorative material and adhesive – a key factor in increasing material prices, especially for high-quality materials such as those used in today“s premium vehicle interiors. The method also reduces grain stretch and leaves a higher remaining wall thickness, which contribute to a higher-quality appearance. Depending on the method, edge folding or trimming in preparation for edge folding is done directly in the process. In addition to the savings in materials, personnel, energy and space, FRIMO creates possibilities with FABL® that cannot be achieved with conventional laminating processes, e.g., one-piece door panels that are only partially laminated with decorative materials of different colors.

Resource-saving thermoforming with TSHC, the revolutionary heating concept from FRIMO

Efficient and precise heating in thermoforming saves space, time and energy. FRIMO has developed a new solution that achieves optimum temperature distribution in the shortest amount of time, called Time Shifted Heat Control. TSHC is already being used successfully in series production and has proven itself through energy savings, a simple maintenance concept, and reduced heating times and space requirements. The new solution has many advantages over its predecessors, especially for technically demanding applications, such as automotive interiors. The core of the concept is a sophisticated calculation algorithm. Halogen infrared heaters are used. Taking all influencing factors into account, TSHC determines exactly when and for how long the individual heaters are switched on. Thus, the film is constantly heated at optimal efficiency.

Airbag weakening for leather and artificial leather now also easy in 2D

With invisible airbag weakening, also called scoring, a defined tear line is added to the back of the decorative material. Usually, the tool (blade, burr, etc.) is moved perpendicular to the surface (3D scoring). To satisfy the growing market for leather and artificial leather applications on instrument panels, FRIMO now offers FlexTrim 2D scoring as an interesting alternative for weakening sensitive materials in the airbag area. In this process, the skin is inserted into a flat fixture prior to stitching, fixed by vacuum, and weakened in a plane (2D). Because it is a natural product, processing real leather brings with it special challenges. The material is not homogeneous; injuries can cause scar tissue, making some parts harder than others. Therefore, leather scoring uses a round blade that weakens the leather in a rotating process.

Smart and digital: FRIMO 4.0 and Smart Service

Secure data storage and the ability to process data from anywhere, as well as analyze and derive process improvements from it are becoming increasingly important. Extensive development in sensors, measuring systems and programming all drive networking. All relevant machine, production, energy and maintenance data are recorded and processed directly. Production and processes are becoming faster and more transparent. Therefore, errors can be detected early on and preemptively remedied, for example by providing spare parts and planning service assignments in agreement with the customer. FRIMO Smart Service offers a tool for remote diagnostics and rapid on-site problem solving. The system status is transmitted via smart glasses through the Internet to the FRIMO service experts, who support the customers „live“ in solving the problem. The smart glasses can even overcome language barriers: The integrated chat function translates into the desired language.

In addition to these selected topics, FAKUMA visitors can expect many further developments from the entire FRIMO Group. We are fully-dedicated and hope that FAKUMA will continue growing this year, attracting visitors from both Germany and abroad to visit FRIMO at Booth 1334 in Hall A1 and get information about manufacturing trends and future-oriented production.

About FRIMO ( www.frimo.com)

FRIMO has spent over five decades strategically building an unparalleled technology spectrum, turning the corporation into one of the leading production system suppliers for manufacturing high-quality plastic components.

– „High Tech and High Passion“ means being a reliable partner and contributing to customers“ daily success. The 15 production and sales locations in Europe, Asia, and America and a team of over 1500 employees offer customers around the globe the benefit of local access to the expertise of the entire FRIMO network.
– FRIMO equipment is used in many industries:
Automotive | Railroad | Construction | Small Appliance | Heating | Sanitation | Airline
Medical | Furniture | Commercial Vehicle | Sporting Goods | White Goods
– FRIMO is a global technology partner that supports customers along every step of the way, from the original idea to series production for:
PU Processing | Flexible Trimming | Punching | Pressing, Forming | Thermoforming
Press Laminating | Edge Folding | Joining, Gluing

FRIMO demonstrates its innovative capabilities on a daily basis – on all levels. The most recent examples are in the fields of lightweight construction, Industry 4.0, Smart Service, and, of course, in our TechCenters.

Contact
FRIMO Group GmbH
Martina Schierholt
Hansaring 1
49504 Lotte
Phone: +49 (05404) 886-157
Fax: +49 (05404) 886- 5157
E-Mail: schierholt.m@frimo.com
Url: http://www.frimo.com

Sep 7 2017

Investition in Geschwindigkeit und Leistung

Neuer Hochleistungsrollenautomat erhöht Performance für hochwertige technische Verpackungen

Investition in Geschwindigkeit und Leistung

Der neue Hochleistungsrollenautomat RDKP 72 4g der AL-KO Kunststofftechnik

Die AL-KO Kunststofftechnik hat ihre Performance weiter erhöht. Mit der Investition von rund 650.000 Euro in einen neuen Hochleistungsrollenautomaten baut der Thermoforming-Spezialist aus Bayerisch-Schwaben seine bestehenden zwei Produktionsanlagen um eine dritte Linie aus, wodurch die Kapazitäten für die Fertigung von hochwertigen technischen Verpackungen um 50 Prozent steigen. Zudem läuft die neue Anlage, Typ RDKP 72 4g der Firma Illig aus Heilbronn – einem der führenden Hersteller für Thermoformanlagen weltweit -, um etwa 25 Prozent schneller als konventionelle Rollenautomaten. Damit verfügt AL-KO über eine der innovativsten und modernsten Tiefziehmaschinen am Markt und positioniert sich im Hinblick auf die steigende Nachfrage nach technischen Verpackungen als noch leistungsfähigerer Anbieter – auch im Hinblick auf das Produktportfolio. Denn der sogenannte Druckluftformautomat mit komplett servomotorischen Antriebseinheiten kann eine Materialdicke von 0,3 bis 3 Millimeter verarbeiten und ist ausgelegt auf die Kunststoffe A-PET, PS, PS-EL und ABS. Zum Einsatz kommt dieser Hochleistungsrollenautomat bei AL-KO vorwiegend bei der Herstellung von hochwertigen technische Verpackungen, die kundenspezifisch entwickelt und produziert werden – beispielsweise Trays für leichte Bauteile, Werkstücke und Sensoreinheiten, aber auch Einlagen für einen Hersteller von Premium-Kalendern. Zum Kundenkreis zählen OEMs sowie Tier-1-, Tier-2- und Tier-3-Lieferanten im Bereich Automotive und Zulieferindustrie.

Parallel zum Ausbau des Maschinenparks optimiert die AL-KO Kunststofftechnik weiter ihre Prozesse und Produktionsabläufe. So steht der weitere Ausbau der Fertigung unter Sauberraumbedingungen an nächster Stelle. Damit verfügt AL-KO über eine moderne Produktion auf dem neusten technischen Stand und ist damit für weitere anstehend anspruchsvolle Verpackungsprojekte gut gerüstet.

Auf der Fakuma 2017 in Friedrichshafen präsentiert AL-KO unter anderem einen Hochleistungs-Sonderwerkstückträger aus 13 Millimeter dickem ABS für schwere Bauteile sowie erstmals ein Muster thermogeformter Prägefolien. Daneben werden weitere interessante Komponenten und Baugruppen für die Bereiche Ladenbau und Nutzfahrzeugindustrie zu sehen sein.

Der Geschäftsbereich Kunststofftechnik der AL-KO Fahrzeugtechnik zählt in Deutschland zu den führenden Anbietern für funktionale, designorientierte Komponenten und prozessoptimierende Werkstückträger in Kunststoff. Als eines der größten Tiefziehunternehmen in Süddeutschland hat sich AL-KO als Spezialist für funktionale, designorientierte Komponenten und prozessoptimierende Werkstückträger aus Kunststoff etabliert.

Zu finden ist die AL-KO Kunststofftechnik auf der Fakuma in Halle A1, Stand A1-1205.

Die ALOIS KOBER GMBH
1931 gegründet, ist die AL-KO Fahrzeugtechnik heute ein global agierendes Technologie-Unternehmen mit mehr als 40 Standorten in Europa, Südamerika, Asien und Australien. Mit hochwertigen Chassis- und Fahrwerkskomponenten für Anhänger, Freizeitfahrzeuge und leichte Nutzfahrzeuge steht AL-KO für beste Ergonomie und Funktionalität, höchsten Komfort sowie Innovationen für mehr Fahrsicherheit. Ausgefeilte Innovationsprozesse prägen das Unternehmen, das diesbezüglich mehrfach ausgezeichnet wurde.
Die AL-KO Fahrzeugtechnik und Dexter Axle sind vereinigt unter DexKo Global Inc. (USA). Diese Kombination ist weltweit größter Hersteller von Anhängerachsen und Chassis-Komponenten im leichten Segment. DexKo Global Inc. erwirtschaftet einen Umsatz von über 1 Milliarde US-Dollar.

Firmenkontakt
Alois Kober GmbH
Thomas Lützel
Ichenhauser Str. 14
89359 Kötz
+49 8221 97-8239
thomas.luetzel@al-ko.de
http://www.alko-tech.com

Pressekontakt
kiecom GmbH
Michael Schneider
Rosental 10
80331 München
0892323620
schneider@kiecom.de
http://www.kiecom.de

Aug 9 2016

New Infrared Systems Speed Up Car Production and Make Them More Efficient

Fast Homogenous Heating Saves Time and Valuable Space

New Infrared Systems Speed Up Car Production and Make Them More Efficient

Infrared systems save energy and time in the manufacture of the inside trim of cars.

Optimally matched infrared systems from Heraeus deburr, weld or form plastic parts in the automotive manufacturing industry so efficiently that significant savings in time and energy result. In the same vein, the British car parts supplier, Faurecia, has reduced cycle times by 20 seconds in the forming of dashboards by using innovative infrared emitters from Heraeus, while car manufacturer Bentley, relies on IR technology to ensure perfect fitting of roof liners in its luxury car bodies. These will be just some of the infrared solutions to be shown by Heraeus Noblelight at the K exhibition (hall10, stand G59), which takes place in Duesseldorf from 19th to 26th October.

Infrared Emitters Save Energy In the Manufacture of Car Dashboards
The dashboard of a car consists of plastic, which is formed under heat and then coated with a sound-proofing layer. Faurecia, a British company, uses carbon infrared emitters to do this, with considerable savings in time and energy. Previously, the heat had been provided by a combination of metal foil emitters and steam but this method was proving incapable of meeting the desired increased production speeds and was identified as the limiting factor in the overall production process. The plant was significantly improved by fitting carbon medium wave emitters. Carbon emitters transfer large amounts of energy very quickly, such that the company was able to dispense with the costly heating steam, which had been used for pre-heat. The components to be molded are now heated directly in their molds. As a result, the heat up rate was increased by 16% and the heating stage through-put time reduced by around 20 seconds from 60 seconds. And because there is now no need for pre-heat, energy savings come to around 9 kW/hour, giving potential energy savings of more than 35%.

Bentley: Perfect Fitting of Roof Liners Using Infrared Heating
Roof liners for Bentley cars consist of three components: a carrier fabric, an adhesive and a decorative leather facing piece. Ideally, this combined structure should maintain its integrity for the life of the vehicle. When Bentley introduced a new adhesive, which allows a 5-fold increase in the bond strength of the materials being joined, then they had to look for a suitable heat source, as the new adhesive needed to be heated to an activation temperature of 65°C to maintain the process stage cycle time. The solution to the problem was provided by a custom-built, trim-handling system incorporating infrared emitters. Here, the carrier fabric is first sprayed with adhesive and the leather cladding is precisely fixed in a vacuum press. The infrared system then brings the adhesive up to the required 65°C in less than three minutes. In practice, two custom-built infrared systems have been installed, one for the Bentley Continental 4-door model and one for the 2-door version, to help ensure that the roof liners are a perfect fit, both when new and throughout the life of the vehicle.

Background: Infrared In Automotive Manufacture
Infrared systems are the basis of many heating processes in modern automotive manufacture. Today, infrared emitters from Heraeus Noblelight are used in the manufacture of at least 200 car parts. Many car parts are made in plastic such as chrome-plated inner cladding, cut-to-shape carpets, airbag housings and steering wheel caps, roof linings, glove boxes, decorative strips or shock absorbers. And the infrared solutions for the required heating process are individual to these many applications. But they all have one thing in common. The infrared systems are precisely matched to both the product and the process, saving energy, cost and time. If the process is known precisely, then quality can be improved and energy saved. New developments and intelligent infrared systems lead to optimized process solutions, especially when working with plastics.

Heraeus, the technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a leading international family-owned company formed in 1851. With expertise, a focus on innovations, operational excellence and an entrepreneurial leadership, we strive to continuously improve our business performance.
We create high-quality solutions for our clients and strengthen their competitiveness in the long term by combining material expertise with technological know-how. Our ideas are focused on themes such as the environment, energy, health, mobility and industrial applications. Our portfolio ranges from components to coordinated material systems which are used in a wide variety of industries, including the steel, electronics, chemical, automotive and telecommunications industries.
In the 2015 financial year, Heraeus generated revenues without precious metals of €1.9 bn and a total revenue including precious metal of €12.9 bn . With approximately 12,500 employees worldwide in more than 100 subsidiaries in 38 countries, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.
Heraeus Noblelight GmbH with its headquarters in Hanau and with subsidiaries in the USA, Great Britain, France, China and Australia, is one of the technology- and market-leaders in the production of specialty light sources and systems. In 2015, Heraeus Noblelight had an annual turnover of 158.3 Million € and employed 828 people worldwide. The organization develops, manufactures and markets infrared and ultraviolet emitters, systems and solutions for applications in industrial manufacture, environmental protection, medicine and cosmetics, research, development and analytical measurement techniques.

Kontakt
Heraeus Noblelight GmbH
Dr. Marie-Luise Bopp
Reinhard-Heraeus-Ring 7
63801 Kleinostheim
+49 6181/35-8547
+49 6181/35-16 8547
marie-luise.bopp@heraeus.com
www.heraeus-noblelight.com

Okt 28 2014

FRIMO presented innovations in plastics joining, thermoforming and PU processing at the Fakuma

October 2014 – under the motto “Ensure Quality – Increase Productivity”, the FRIMO Group presented the latest developments around plastics joining, thermoforming, and PU processing technologies as part of the FAKUMA trade fair show in Friedrichshafen

FRIMO presented innovations in plastics joining, thermoforming and PU processing at the Fakuma

JoinLine IR 800 ECO

Plastics joining – New IR welding machine with new camera control system
FRIMO has added two new design sizes to its portfolio of standardized infrared welding systems in the JoinLine IR welding machine series. In addition to the IR-V-ECO-1200 with a maximum clamping area of 1200 x 600 mm, this is the JoinLine IR-V-ECO-800 (800 x 450 mm) which could be seen in operation at the trade fair booth [pic. 1-2]. The two models, each with up to 24 heating circuits, fill the gap between the highly popular models 500 and 1600 that have been available until now.

The FRIMO JoinLine IR systems are specially designed for frequent and thus extra speedy tool changes. A tool change can take less than five minutes, during which it is not necessary to cool off or preheat the tool. A high-performance drive system allows for increased productivity with view to the critical phase of changeover time and joining after heating and at the same time guarantees a high level of joining precision.

The JoinLine IR-V-ECO-800 can be equipped with an innovative thermal imaging system for inline process monitoring and consistent documentation of welding parameters. Compared to conventional products this newly presented infrared camera system is smaller and also stands out from the rest through its high level of user-friendliness and measuring precision. By monitoring the necessary temperature distribution during the welding process, a consistently high level of welding quality and process reliability can be achieved.

Thermoforming – High-class surfaces in foil
The high quality look of surfaces plays an important role in the design of modern automotive interiors. The trend towards an ever increasing variety of different designs and materials in numerous combinations necessitates that suitable modifications and advances are made to processing technologies. For producing decorative surfaces, foils possess diverse properties that make them attractive and economical. [pic. 3]

– Optimized processes for complex 3D geometries: Thermoformed parts with demanding three-dimensional contours are especially prone to high degrees of stretching and marked grain distortion. In order to avoid this, FRIMO has developed a number of intelligent process solutions, which also were showcased at FAKUMA. One of these is the so-called bendable chain rail which is an innovative solution for producing contoured molded parts in high-speed inline plants. The foil (rolled material) is heated and then the chain rail is bent to ensure that the foil is directed to the mold cavity in the forming station that precisely follows the contours. This does not stretch the foil as much, which has a correspondingly positive effect on the level of stretching and grain distortion. In order to combat the sagging of the preheated foil sheet, FRIMO uses process optimized chain rails that stretch the foils crosswise as well as lengthwise. This puts more tension on the foil while simultaneously reducing the risk of wrinkling. When laminating components with complex 3D geometry with precut foil pieces, the use of a 3D sliding clamp frame [pic. 4] can offset excessive stretching and grain distortion by perfectly combining sliding adjustment and preforming of the foil.

– Weight reduction: On the market for decorative foils, a series of innovations for thermoforming and vacuum laminating are available, which in combination with the FRIMO systems technology, help reduce weight. The new PGF foil from Benecke-Kaliko, for example, is a partially foamed compact foil that allows for reduced weight while also giving an improved surface feel and the ability to achieve tighter radii.

– Increase efficiency, save energy and material: The FRIMO Advanced Cooling System (FACS) will blow off the component after it has been laminated with cooled air traveling at a high speed. Depending on the composition of the decorative foils and adhesive system, this can either reduce the cooling time or drop the demolding temperature by up to 10° C. The latter may be essential in order to make sure that full adhesion is achieved. The FACS can also be installed on existing systems.

In order to minimize foil consumption, FRIMO has developed so-called foil cut optimization, which allows the foil separating cut executed when changing rolls or colors to be set in such a way that the resulting foil waste is minimized and no unusable components are produced. Foil edges are manually cut and automatically welded together using an ultrasonic device. An intelligent machine controller records the number of strokes as well as the feed length and is thus able to determine the optimal positioning for the foil joining line immediately before or after the clamping frame.

Lightweight Construction for mass production with HP RTM
High pressure resin transfer molding (HP RTM) is increasing in importance for serial production of structural components made of fiber composite plastics. On the HP RTM dosing unit from FRIMO (EPOx Mix and PURe Mix), epoxy resins as well as polyurethane can be processed in combination with endless-filament reinforcement to form high-performance fiber composite components. The Institute for Lightweight Construction and Plastics Technology (ILK) at the TU Dresden has just recently commissioned two high-pressure resin transfer molding (HP RTM) dosing units from FRIMO in order to expand its development and service offerings. One of the machines is equipped for an output range of 33 to 166 g/s with epoxide matrix material and the second machine for a range from 10 to 65 g/s with polyurethane matrix material. In equipping the machines, particular importance was given to ensuring that they can be easily operated. This means, for example, equipping them with a navigable visualization system developed by FRIMO. To show all important information at a glance, in addition to a clear display of the main process parameters, monitoring devices are also provided on the machines. The customer thus receives an especially convenient interface that has already proven its worth for various applications many times over. All process-relevant parameters are displayed via this visualization unit and can be seamlessly documented and archived. The data interface provided is adapted to customer requirements in order to make transfer of project-relevant data to superordinate systems easy. [pic. 5-7]

And everything fits – flexible seat cushion production with FRIMO PURe Floor
With PURe Floor, FRIMO has developed a modular and flexible production system that can be set up using a standardized construction kit. The PURe Floor solution has already proven its worth for the automated manufacture of car seats. It can also meet the demands presented by a variety of other applications – headrest production for example. [pic. 8]

When manufacturing car seats from polyurethane, there are a series of requirements that must be met. This usually involves the mass production of soft foam formed components, possibly with varying compressive strengths. Foam is applied through mixing heads capable of working on up to 6 components [pic. 9], usually in open molds using robots that move in precise paths. In today“s standard production systems with mold carriers, usually the foam pieces for the front and back seats are produced in the following constellations: Every mold carrier is capable of accommodating two molds for two front seats, two molds for symmetrical or asymmetrically divided back seats, or one form built for the manufacture of the seats or seat backs of a one-piece rear seat. In fast-running production facilities for seat cushions, production cycles as short as 8 s per mold carrier are being achieved, meaning the production cycle per front seat component is 4 s or 8 s per mold piece for one-piece back seats.

The increasing diversity of variations available within the individual car model series added to the fact that seats are most often produced by suppliers and then delivered to the respective assembly lines of the OEM just in time, customers almost always have a need for higher flexibility and faster production adaptability when it comes to system concepts. For mass production only continuous conveying concepts make technical and economic sense. The PURe Floor conveyor system can be configured from a fully standardized construction kit. The mold carriers can traverse right on the shop floor and are guided constantly and precisely in a low monorail (only 40 cm) behind the mold carriers. Besides the precise guidance and elimination of special driving tracks, this also achieves the lowest installation height for the molds. The layout for the mold carrier guide rail can be freely configured and thus be adapted to the existing geometry of the hall.

With the PURe Floor System, the mold carriers each have their own, usually frequency regulated positive drive systems. In addition to offering the option to outfit every mold carrier with its own drive, the system also offers the option of combining multiple mold carriers together in groupings. This means that several mold carriers are each linked with each other using a steering rod, only have one shared drive system, and for production processes carriers only have one steering and common auxiliary set. Individually driven mold carriers make it possible to integrate transverse or divider feed systems into the guidance system. The PURe Floor System offers nearly free access to the system“s interior so that the common auxiliaries can be easily reached in order to perform necessary maintenance work or adjust settings. Thanks to the individual drives and speeds of the mold carriers, production volume can be flexibly expanded module by module simply by integrating another unit. This makes it possible for the customer to make necessary investments bit by bit [pic. 10a+10b]. Fully automatic production changes without cycle time loss while simultaneously operating a variety of process steps on parallel railways are just as feasible as performing maintenance and cleaning tasks without negatively impacting production. The higher productivity, optimized ergonomics, optimized operability, as well as flexible and step-by-step expandability of the system are the most decisive factors for success.
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About FRIMO (www.frimo.com)
Additional production and sales locations belong to the FRIMO Group, with over 1,200 employees in Europe, Asia, and the Americas as well as numerous international representatives. The FRIMO Group was again distinguished for excellent service. FRIMO has received the SPE Awards, known as the „Oscars of the Plastic Industry“, 18 times already. In 2014, FRIMO was distinguished with the JEC Innovation Award in Atlanta for the cooperation project „Street Shark“ (www.street-shark.com). The work of the FRIMO Group for the plastics processing industries includes a broad range of technologies from polyurethane processing, flexible trimming, punching, pressing and forming, thermoforming, laminating, and edgefolding, as well as joining and glueing. System solutions for large-series capable processing of fiber-reinforced plastics (composite technology) are also part of the business. For this purpose, FRIMO offers its customers tailored tools, machines, and production systems as individual or complete solutions from a single source.

Kontakt
FRIMO Group GmbH
Martina Schierholt
Hansaring 1
49504 Lotte
+49 (05404) 886-157
+49 (05404) 886- 5157
schierholt.m@frimo.com
www.frimo.com

Okt 13 2014

The automotive industry visits Freilassing

250 visitors for the FRIMO TechDay

The automotive industry visits Freilassing

Trade show and discussion in the assembly hall of the Lokwelt

LOTTE / FREILASSIG October, 2014 – Under the motto „Technology trends and innovations“ the FRIMO Group invited its customers and business partners to the Freilassing TechDay on September 25, 2014. Almost 250 participants from more than 50 different companies and 14 countries of origin came along, to get the latest insights into topics including surfaces, thermoforming, laminating and edgefolding. Peter Rajsp, FRIMO plant manager in Freilassing, was pleased with the response. „We are proud to say that many innovative production solutions are „made in Freilassing“. This demonstrates the considerable expertise in our region. And to ensure things stay that way, we would like to highlight opportunities as well as challenges, to retain our leading position at the forefront in future“ said Peter Rajsp concerning company strategy. The mayor of Freilassing, Josef Flatscher, was similarly impressed as he gave a short speech and welcomed the FRIMO initiative, to have selected the urban Lokwelt as the industry hub of choice.

Participants included specialists and key decision-makers, most of whom were from automotive or automotive supplier industries. Alongside major OEMs such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citröen, VW and Volvo, Tier 1 system suppliers were also well represented, including Dräxlmaier, Eissmann, Fehrer, Faurecia, IAC, Inteva, Johnson Controls, Magna, Parat, SMP and Visteon. Meanwhile, as well as the FRIMO partners Benecke-Kaliko, Eschmann Textures, Galvanoform, Jowat, Senoplast and Sika Automotive, numerous other specialists also attended the event, offering a diverse range of raw materials and semi-finished products on-site.

Amid the incomparable and atmospheric setting of the Freilassinger Lokwelt venue, the program offered an appealing mix of lectures, trade exhibits and discussions. During the presentations, experts from IHS, Benecke-Kaliko, Visteon France, Sika Automotive and FRIMO itself shed light on a varied complex of topics as well as reporting on experiences and perspectives. Following an overview to survey the development of the European car market, the focus turned to the range of design options for modern vehicle interiors focusing on high-class surfaces, whether in leather, artificial leather, textiles or also a wide range of films. This was followed by a more in-depth insight into the background tooling and machine technology, with the scope extending right up to turnkey production solutions. Also on the agenda were innovative solutions in the form of process combinations, which FRIMO offers on a tailored basis to meet quite specific individual customer requirements alongside its portfolio of standard solutions.

The highlight of the Technology Live afternoon was FRIMO“s comprehensive plant tour, through its facility based on Liegnitzer street in Freilassing. The thermoforming sector showcased flexible production solutions, new potential offered in IMG (in-mold graining) developments as well as thermoforming simulation alongside a foil stretching frame. Further along at other stations, visitors saw fully automatic edgefolding, efficient insert-construction via groove lamination as well as further innovative control concepts. This was also a chance for all those taking part to gain new practical experience, inspect the construction of tooling and system technology at close quarters and see further evidence of the expertise on show at the FRIMO Freilassing site, one of the key competence centers of the FRIMO group, with 220 employees (at Freilassing and Ainring) and contributing 45 million Euros to the overall group sales of 180 million Euros.

„Having this amount of interest in an event like today spurs us on to continue our effort and further enhance our abilities. That´s why we see our role as a technology partner and solution provider for all our customers worldwide“ states Manfred Rudholzer, Vice President Sales at FRIMO Group when commenting on the event.

About FRIMO (www.frimo.com)
Additional production and sales locations belong to the FRIMO Group, with over 1,200 employees in Europe, Asia, and the Americas as well as numerous international representatives. The FRIMO Group was again distinguished for excellent service. FRIMO has received the SPE Awards, known as the „Oscars of the Plastic Industry“, 18 times already. In 2014, FRIMO was distinguished with the JEC Innovation Award in Atlanta for the cooperation project „Street Shark“ (www.street-shark.com). The work of the FRIMO Group for the plastics processing industries includes a broad range of technologies from polyurethane processing, flexible trimming, punching, pressing and forming, thermoforming, laminating, and edgefolding, as well as joining and glueing. System solutions for large-series capable processing of fiber-reinforced plastics (composite technology) are also part of the business. For this purpose, FRIMO offers its customers tailored tools, machines, and production systems as individual or complete solutions from a single source.

Kontakt
FRIMO Group GmbH
Martina Schierholt
Hansaring 1
49504 Lotte
+49 (05404) 886-157
+49 (05404) 886- 5157
schierholt.m@frimo.com
www.frimo.com

Jun 11 2014

AfriMold joins forces with SA Automotive Week

Two of Africa“s leading manufacturing trade shows; South African Automotive Week and AfriMold have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014. Both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, between October 14- 16, this year

Frankfurt/Main, 11 June 2014 – Two of Africa“s leading manufacturing trade shows; South African Automotive Week and AfriMold have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014. In terms of the agreement both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, between October 14- 16, this year. The shows will share certain services and three massive halls comprising 15 000sqm of trade show floor space, which will make Gallagher in Midrand the focus of the automotive industry in Africa.

South African Automotive Week Working Group Chairman and National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM) Director Robert Houdet said the co-hosting arrangement was a logical step that was in the interest of the industry. „The events complement each other and their co-habitation will boost value to industry participants and create an even more powerful showcase of South Africa“s manufacturing capability,““ Houdet said.

The AfriMold trade fair is a hub of innovation where local and international market leaders exhibit solutions for product development through – design, material selection, simulation, visualisation, engineering, CAE, CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping and tooling, patternmaking and prototyping, precision machining, mould-making, tooling, tools, machine tools, quality assurance and automation, as well as processing and finishing. South African Automotive Week is Africa“s automotive intellectual gathering, focused on stimulating trade and partnership opportunities in manufacturing and related sectors. SAAW is the continent“s showcase for manufacturers of vehicle components and Electric Vehicles.

„The synergies between these events are clear,“ says Ron MacLarty, MD of AfriMold. „By presenting them simultaneously, we are enabling the full spectrum of automotive, machining, engineering, tooling, manufacturing and related sectors the opportunity to discover all the latest trends, strategies and solutions under one roof. The combined event can now offer a broad engineering industry focus, with Auto remaining the core theme, and the focus expanding from the technology behind the car all the way through to the finished product ecosystem.“

South African Automotive Week Director, Andrew Binning said South African Automotive Week would comprise several activities including the trade show, technical or trade related workshops, a 2-day conference, site tours, an online match making programme and networking activities, including the NAACAM AGM on October 16.

Both SAAW and AfriMold would host their own niched exhibitions: AfriMold in Hall 3 and South African Automotive Week in Halls 4 and 5. Both events aim to grow SA“s manufacturing capabilities and global competitiveness, traditionally attracting local and international participants from across the design, materials, prototyping, tooling, conversion, assembly, testing, packaging, distribution/logistics and automotive sectors. The increased B2B, networking and cross-sector new business opportunities presented by co-hosting the events is expected to benefit exhibitors and attendees alike. „Not only will the combined event put South African innovators in touch with international manufacturers able to deliver on their product innovations; it also presents a key opportunity for local manufacturers to showcase their capabilities to the world,““ claims a statement from the organisers.

The combined event now boasts endorsements and support from major bodies such as the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) and the Tooling Association of South Africa (TASA). In addition, University Design Competitions, Eco Speedweek, networking functions, site tours and a world class online match making programme will feature alongside the event. Eco Speedweek includes „track day Friday“, in which cars powered by alternative energy sources compete in an endurance race at Gerotek.
Visit www.afrimold.co.za/conference.php and http://www.saaw.co.za or www.euromold.com for more information.
Exhibitors who have not yet secured their space at the AfriMold exhibition can book their stands by contacting either: Dione Zimmer, DEMAT GmbH (EuroMold), Tel.: + 49 69 274 003 70, Mail: dione.zimmer@demat.com (for Europe)
Ann Evans, Tel.: +27 82 336 6791, Mail: ann@afrimold.co.za OR Terri Bernstein, Tel.: +27 83 635 3539, Mail: terri@afrimold.co.za
Exhibitors who have not yet secured space at South African Automotive Week can book a limited number of remaining stands by contacting Graziella Ventresca-Norton at Tel.: + 27 (0) 861 101 475 or sales@saaw.co.za Bildquelle: 

About AfriMold:
From Industrial Design to Moldmaking – AfriMold, with focus on machine tools and tooling, design and product development, organised in cooperation with EuroMold provides the entire concept of the process chain on the African continent. The know-how of suppliers, manufacturers and service providers gives buyers and sellers a significant advantage. In 2014, the experience of the exhibitors will be taken into account ensuring AfriMold“s leading role for the industry, and indirectly for the entire South African economy. Technical and high-profile conferences provide an additional platform for this purpose.

About EuroMold:
EuroMold – World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development – celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2013. Based on the process chain „from design to prototype to series“, it presents products and services, technologies and innovations, trends and tendencies for the markets of the future. The EuroMold process chain promotes the formation of networks, partnerships and business relationships. EuroMold offers a unique trade fair concept that closes the gap between industrial designers, product developers, fabricators, suppliers and users. The EuroMold trade fair reveals methods for the faster, more cost-effective and efficient development and manufacturing of new products. This increasingly plays a central role in the modern economy. The renowned trade fair organiser DEMAT GmbH transfers the successful concept of world-leading EuroMold trade fair to attractive foreign markets on a total of five continents.

DEMAT GmbH / EuroMold
Jörn Gleisner
Carl-von-Noorden-Platz 5
60596 Frankfurt / Main
+49 (0) 69 27 40 03-30
presse@demat.com
http://demat.com

fr financial relations GmbH
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 61 72 27 159 20
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de/

Okt 4 2013

EuroMold 2013 Presents Forward-Looking Topic Thermoforming in Frankfurt

World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development presents innovative processes in the area of thermoforming – Thermoforming Center showcases forward-looking technologies for diverse sectors of the industry from December 03 – 06, in hall 9.0 at Frankfurt Exhibition Center.

Frankfurt/Main, September 30, 2013: EuroMold 2013 presents new innovations along the entire thermoforming process chain. The process, which involves the heating and forming of thermoplastics, distinguishes itself due to its low material costs. It is highly economical especially for small and medium-sized production series. Through the use of pressure, vacuum, or mechanics in combination with a molding tool, the plastic arrives at its desired shape.

While such processes have traditionally been used to produce packaging, such as chocolate box trays, utensil trays, or yoghurt cups, thermoforming also finds its application in the production of mudguards, dashboards, bathtubs, and casings of all kind. The ability to alter shape, color, and function is what makes thermoforming increasingly more popular.

Dr. Eng. Eberhard Döring, CEO of DEMAT, the organizer of EuroMold states: „Thermoforming makes it possible to connect different processes and to promote new perspectives and insights. Production processes play a crucial role when it comes to turning ideas into reality. The finished product has to meet the desired requirements concerning quality, cost efficiency, and quantity. Thermoforming offers solutions that meet these requirements and it presents itself as a promising future method of production.

The thermoforming center in hall 9.0 demonstrates the innovative and diverse applications of this forward-looking technology by presenting the newest products and developments along the entire chain of the thermoforming process. It highlights diverse solutions and benefits for different sectors of the industry. Visitors are able to experience directly the innovative power of thermoforming machines.

About EuroMold:
EuroMold is the World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development. Based on the process chain „From Design to Prototyping to Series Production“, it presents products and services, technologies and innovations, trends and directions for the markets of the future. The EuroMold process chain promotes the formation of networks, collaborations and business transactions. EuroMold offers a unique trade fair concept that closes the gap between industrial designers, product developers, producers, suppliers and users. EuroMold demonstrates methods for faster, more cost-effective and more efficient development and production of new products. These factors play an increasingly more central role in modern economies. The renowned trade fair organizer DEMAT GmbH transfers the successful concept of the EuroMold World Fair to attractive foreign markets on five continents.

Kontakt
DEMAT GmbH / EuroMold
Jörn Gleisner
Carl-von-Noorden-Platz 5
60596 Frankfurt / Main
+49 (0) 69 27 40 03-13
presse@demat.com
http://demat.com

Pressekontakt:
fr financial relations GmbH
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 61 72 27 159 20
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de/

Sep 30 2013

EuroMold 2013 präsentiert Innovationsführer im Bereich Thermoforming in Frankfurt

Weltmesse für Werkzeug- und Formenbau, Design und Produktentwicklung zeigt innovative Verfahren mit Thermoformen – Thermoform-Center präsentiert Zukunftstechnologie für verschiedenste Industriebereiche vom 3. – 6. Dezember in Halle 9.0 Messe Frankfurt/Main

Frankfurt/Main, 30. September 2013: Die diesjährige EuroMold 2013 wird ihren Besuchern die neuesten Perspektiven der gesamten Prozesskette des Thermoform-Verfahrens präsentieren. Das Verfahren, bei dem thermoplastische Kunststoffe – Folien oder Platten – erhitzt und umgeformt werden, zeichnet sich durch günstige Werkzeugkosten aus und ist besonders bei kleinen und mittleren Serien höchst wirtschaftlich. Mittels spezieller Verfahren wie Druck, Vakuum oder Mechanik in Kombination mit einem Formwerkzeug bekommt der Kunststoff seine gewünschte Kontur. Neben klassischen Verpackungsanwendungen wie Pralinenschachteleinlagen, Besteckkasteneinsätzen oder Joghurtbechern werden auch Thermoformteile wie z.B. Kotflügel, Armaturen, Badewannen und Verkleidungen aller Art in geringer Stückzahl für den Maschinenbau und im industriellen Bereich genutzt. Speziell die Verbindung zwischen Formgebung, Farbigkeit und Funktion lässt Industriedesigner vermehrt auf dieses Verfahren zurückgreifen.

Dr. Ing. Eberhard Döring, Geschäftsführer der EuroMold: „Das Segment des Thermoformens ist prädestiniert, um die Verbindungen zwischen einzelnen Prozessen herzustellen und neue Sichtweisen und Erkenntnisse zu fördern. Bei der Realisierung von Produktideen kommt dem Herstellungsverfahren eine maßgebliche Aufgabe zu, denn das gefertigte Produkt muss den gewünschten Anforderungen hinsichtlich Qualität, Wirtschaftlichkeit und Quantität gerecht werden. Das Verfahren des Thermoformens verbindet diese Elemente und stellt sich perspektivisch als höchst vielversprechend dar.“

Das Thermoform-Center der EuroMold in Halle 9.0 auf dem Frankfurter Messegelände verdeutlicht Messebesuchern die Innovationskraft und vielfältigen Möglichkeiten dieser Zukunftstechnologie anhand neuester Entwicklungen und veranschaulicht die gesamte Prozesskette von der Idee bis zum Produkt für das Verfahren des Thermoformens. Als ein Highlight der EuroMold 2013 werden dadurch die neuesten Technologien einem interessierten Publikum vorgestellt und aufgezeigt wie verschiedenste Industriebereiche vom Thermoformen profitieren können. Formen und Werkzeuge werden auf kompletten Thermoformanlagen vorgeführt. So haben Besucher die Gelegenheit, die Produktentwicklungsmöglichkeiten – besonders für technische Teile und Anwendungen – unmittelbar zu erfahren. Die Aussteller des Thermoform-Centers zeigen ihre Innovationskraft anhand vieler neuer Entwicklungen einschließlich TWIN-SHEET (Verformen zweier Platten) und CFK-Verarbeitung (Verarbeitung von Kohlefaserverstärkten Kunststoffen).

Weitere Informationen unter: www.euromold.com

Über EuroMold:
Die EuroMold ist die Weltmesse für Werkzeug- und Formenbau, Design und Produktentwicklung und feiert 2013 ihr 20-jähriges Jubiläum. Anhand der Prozesskette „Vom Design über den Prototyp bis zur Serie“ präsentiert sie Produkte und Dienstleistungen, Technologien und Innovationen, Trends und Tendenzen für die Märkte der Zukunft. Die EuroMold-Prozesskette fördert die Bildung von Netzwerken, Kooperationen und Geschäften. Die EuroMold bietet ein einzigartiges Messekonzept, das die Lücke schließt zwischen Industriedesignern, Produktentwicklern, Verarbeitern, Zulieferern und Anwendern. Die EuroMold zeigt Wege für eine schnellere, kostengünstigere und effizientere Entwicklung und Herstellung neuer Produkte auf. Diese Tatsache nimmt in der modernen Wirtschaft eine immer zentralere Rolle ein. Der renommierte Messeveranstalter DEMAT GmbH überträgt das erfolgreiche Konzept der Weltmesse EuroMold in attraktive ausländische Märkte auf insgesamt fünf Kontinenten.

Kontakt
DEMAT GmbH
Jörn Gleisner
Carl-von-Noorden-Platz 5
60596 Frankfurt / Main
+49 (0) 069 27 40 03–13
presse@demat.com
http://www.demat.com; www.euromold.com

Pressekontakt:
fr financial relations GmbH
Jörn Gleisner
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 061 72 27 159-20
j.gleisner@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de