One of the key topics is the implementation of industry 4.0 at a plastics processing company. Pöppelmann will also present ways of reducing the weight of components and the rapid achievement of series maturity by means of rapid tooling.
The Pöppelmann K-TECH® business division is currently working intensively on the topic of lightweight design. This is no longer restricted to the automotive industry. Various industries benefit from the reduction in weight and operational costs that can be achieved by using powerful polymers. Each application has different requirements. The goal, however, is always the same.
Pöppelmann K-TECH® therefore implements various ways to reach the target. The K-TECH® Check allows experts at Pöppelmann to check every request for material, construction, tool and process parameters together with the customer. Even the correct selection of materials is a crucial factor for the reduction of weight – especially when it comes to replacing metal parts by plastic ones.
The MuCell® process, which involves the foaming of thermoplastics, allows Pöppelmann to develop solutions with features that have reduced weight, while controlling costs. MuCell® components can also be combined with organic sheeting. These are prefabricated semi-finished products, consisting of continuous glass fibre impregnated in polymer. Functional elements made of thermoplastics are directly mounted onto them, which permits even lighter constructions.
Rapid tooling is another extremely important topic for Pöppelmann, and it will be therefore also presented at the Hannover Messe trade show. Previously, one could already use the 3D printing process to create functional prototypes on special print material within a few days. However, the trend in generative manufacturing goes all the way to creating reliable samples from genuine series material.
The idea: one does not print the component itself, but rather the tool. The printed tool can then be inserted into an existing tool master mould and filled with moulding material. Thus a fully functional component is produced in an extremely short time. This shortens development times and reduces costs. The Pöppelmann KAPSTO® division has already used this method widely, for instance to manufacture a protective cap prototype for a connector plug.
With regards to the various solutions that Pöppelmann offers its customers in the lightweight and rapid tooling sectors, the plastics processing company shall give detailed information at the Industrial Supply as part of this year’s Hannover Messe trade show (25 to 29 April 2016). There, Pöppelmann will also give insight into how industry 4.0 – the main topic of the Hannover Messe trade show – is understood within the company.