Injection molding machine manufacturer ENGEL (Schwertberg, Austria) reports that it has founded a technology center for lightweight composites at its St. Valentin large-scale machine production facility.
"Our goal with this lightweight construction center is to intensify cooperation on developing composite fiber technologies with our partners," says Peter Egger, head of the center. "The focus is on creating highly integrated and automated system solutions that guarantee our customers a high degree of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the production of innovative composite fiber components, thus securing a competitive advantage."
ENGEL notes that due to their excellent specific characteristics as lightweight materials, plastics are indispensable and injection molding supports both a high degree of component design freedom and reproducible, functionally integrative, cost- and resource-friendly production. ENGEL continually invests in the future market of lightweight construction and has already defined an important milestone with the ENGEL organomelt process for manufacturing composite fiber components in a single process step, as well as introducing new concepts for in-situ polymerisation.
For many years, ENGEL has been collaborating with research institutes and business partners in the field of lightweight construction. The foundation of the technology centre will serve to extend this network. "The precondition for successful lightweight construction concepts is optimum meshing of the material, the design and the production process. This makes close collaboration with partners along the value added chain particularly important for this future-defining topic," says Egger.