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With more than 3,000 exhibitors all wanting to show off their


capabilities, there will be plenty of novel


processing systems on show at K2013. Chris Smith highlights a few to include in your show agenda


Top technologies at K2013


Main image: Foboha will have two Cube mould produc- tion systems running at K2013,


including this 8+8 cavity closure system on the Ferro- matik stand


There are plenty of different reasons to attend a major trade show such as K2013 – you may be looking to source new production capacity, identify a polymer compound for a challenging upcoming project, or may simply want to strengthen or renew those vital business contacts. Whatever your reason for being at K, it is worth taking at least some time to seek out some of the novel process technologies on show. To help you do that, we’ve pulled together this selection of exhibits. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but it may help get your show planning underway.


Right: RocTool’s


variothermal mould heating technology is


used to produce this teletronics cover in an


overmoulded thermoplastics carbon fi bre composite


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Automotive Light weighting is certainly the big theme for this K show and top of the list is the use of formed thermo- plastic composite sheets in combination with injection moulding. There’s a lot more detail on that in our special composite processing feature on page 47, but it is worth mentioning two specifi c novelties. Arburg (Hall 13/A13) will be producing a structural


beam component in a thermoplastic composite sheet material overmoulded in an LFT compound prepared using its direct long fi bre thermoplastics processing technology. This incorporates long glass fi bres up to 50mm long directly into the plasticising barrel and promises a highly cost effective and fl exible option for LFT


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injection moulding. Engel (Hall 15/B52) will be running what it claims is


its most highly integrated thermoplastic composite sheet overmoulding production system to date - a joint development with automotive components group ZF Friedrichshafen. The system is built around a 200 tonne vertical moulding machine and is said to eliminate the need for any post-mould trimming. The Austrian machine maker will also show a new


vertical version of its Duo machine design confi gured for polyurethane RTM (resin transfer moulding). The 700 tonne unit is the largest vertical moulding machine the company has ever shown at a trade show. It will be producing a carbon composite RTM latch cover for use on the frameless windscreen on the KTM X-Bow GT high performance sports car.


Packaging With multi-component moulding being used increas- ingly in the packaging industry – particularly in markets such as closures – high productivity technologies such as Cube moulds continue to draw attention. German mouldmaker Foboha (Hall 1/A24) will have two all-electric Cube systems running at the show: an 8+8 cavity mould will be producing two-component twist tops on the Ferroma- tik (Hall 15/C06) stand while a 12+12 cavity system


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