The successful implementation of lightweight components requires not only extensive experience in design and simulation, but also experience in production technology, which is necessary for the required high number of units and different part sizes. In most cases, a mass production is only possible if both weight reduction and functional integration can be achieved with the resulting cost reduction. For the efficient production of thermoplastic plastic components, injection molding is preferred as a manufacturing process, since very short cycle times of less than one minute and a high level of functional integration, e. g. through screw domes or reinforcing ribs, are already standard. Consequently, an efficient production method is the combination of thermoforming and injection molding. For the process steps of heating and forming, it is necessary to document and analyze the process data in order to be able to produce reproducible component quality. Therefore, KraussMaffei has implemented an own infrared heating control into its standard machine control.
Endless Fiber, Organo Sheet, Heating Process, Infrared, Documentation, Analysis