Trexel is expanding its product portfolio to bring new process solutions to the plastics marketplace, and will demonstrate the Rapid Heat Cycle Molding process (Variotherm process) utilized in conjunction with the MuCell® process in a molding demonstration at NPE. A tackle box will be molded that not only demonstrates the design freedom and weight reduction potential offered by the MuCell® process, but also will demonstrate how users can take advantage of the
RHCM/MuCell combination to achieve outstanding part surface appearance never available before now, the company states.
The tackle box, to be produced on an 250 Ton Arburg hydraulic Allrounder 630 S is to demonstrate the variable wall thicknesses and 1:1 rib structures that are possible through use of the MuCell® process, and which offers designers the potential to reduce weight by a factor of 20% - 30% in many applications. The tackle box lid will be molded using RHCM in combination with the MuCell process to demonstrate the excellent high gloss surface appearance now possible with this process technology combination.
The tackle box mold is being produced by Proper Group, of Warren, MI; and Synventive Molding Solutions, Peabody, MA, is supplying their new eGate® high performance electric valve gate hot runner system for this application.
Trexel also will announce that going forward from NPE, it will sell, service and support equipment solutions for the RHCM/Variotherm process in its major markets.