KraussMaffei and Roctool sign global collaboration agreement for inductive mould heating and injection moulding


German machinery manufacturer, KraussMaffei, and France-headquartered Roctool recently formed a cooperation agreement in the global marketing of Roctool's inductive mould heating technology HD Plastics (High Definition Plastics). Under the agreement, KraussMaffei will be able to offer all injection moulding machines from its range with this option within their DMH technology (Dynamic Mould Heating) and can also supply this directly if required. Both companies expect to open up new markets and applications as a result of the cooperation along with the outstanding design options provided by this technology.

The decisive benefits of HD Plastics/DMH are the options that allow for design and construction while remaining highly cost-efficient. The one-shot process produces components with premium-quality surfaces, entirely without the technical and financial expenditure of decorated films or painting. As a result, additional in-mould decoration steps such as preforming, punching and feeding have been omitted.

After the successful demonstration during Chinaplas last month in Guangzhou, both companies will be presenting the advantages of the technology, live as part of the KraussMaffei Open House on July 6 in Queretaro, Mexico. A PX 160-540 of the new all-electric injection moulding machine series equipped with a Roctool 50 kw generator will be impressively demonstrating theversatile design options of inductive mould heating using a box cover as an example. Different colour shading, hologram, gloss or matt effects – everything can be realized with the one-shot process without the need for additional post-mould processing. "The design options of the inductive DMH technology are enormous and open up entirely new markets and applications. For example, we see great potential in the entertainment and communications industry, in the automotive industry, and in the sport and leisure sector," adds Nadine Despineux, Vice President Sales of the KraussMaffei brand in the Injection Moulding Machinery segment. The technology brings also other key advantages such as elimination of weld lines, flow length extension, quick cycle time and no temperature limitation for any plastic materials.

Roctool’s R&D team is constantly adapting its induction technologies to more materials, in order to draw benefits such as reduced cycle times, surface quality, lightweighting, product performance, and overall cost reductions. Roctool’s latest technology, the IDH - Induction Dual Heating, is a leading Heat &Cool process combining composites with overmoulded plastic features, which targets major brands in innovative industries, e.g., automotive, aerospace, consumer products, and electronics. Roctool technologies are already in production, in particular HD Plastics capabilities for plastic moulding and Light Induction Tooling - LIT for composite parts. Roctool, which is headquartered in Le Bourget du Lac, also has offices and platforms in North America, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany.


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