Trexel and Sorcole Expand their Partnership
The successful partnership between Sorcole, Hutthurm, Germany and Trexel, Wilmington, MA/USA, is being intensified in the area of visible foamed parts. From 2017, in a cooperation that includes Milacron, the first 2K-M monosandwich machine with MuCell technology will be installed with Sorcole and available for customer trials and samples.
“The successful cooperation between Sorcole and Trexel goes back many years. Recently both companies have been increasingly confronted by the challenges of producing aesthetically acceptable lightweight parts,” comments Dr. Hartmut Traut, Trexel CEO and Business Director Europe. 2K monosandwich technology offers a process that is capable of producing high-quality lightweight parts with a skin of 1A material around a core of physically foamed material. The finished parts score with the benefits of both materials. Taking this approach means that the two components – the solid skin material and the foamed core – can be adapted independently and with no need to compromise for a specific application. The advantages of MuCell technology can thus be brought to bear on thin-walled lightweight parts with high surface specifications.
Interlocking Know-How from Three Partners
Milacron is contributing the know-how from many years' experience with 2K and monosandwich technology to the partnership. Combining this know-how with Sorcole's expertise in lightweight design and moldmaking and Trexel's processing know-how, has created a competence cell for physically foamed lightweight monosandwich parts. This basic structure of the parts – a solid skin without blowing fluid and a physically foamed core – opens up new possibilities, for example, the foamed core can be made of recycled material with filler.
The 800 t Milacron MuCell monosandwich machine will be available from 2017 for trials and samples. “Our cooperation offers a unique opportunity worldwide to test the monosandwich process and MuCell together in practical, real-life projects”, points out Günter Brunner, Sorcole's CEO, “our customers no longer need to depend on theories and simulations; on the contrary they can now try out their designs in practice with a real product.” For all three partners, this real life aspect was a central consideration. Sorcole has now installed three MuCell injection molding machines ranging in clamp force from 400 to 1300 t. The machines are fully operational and ready to run customer trials and projects.
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