New trends in plastics moulding
Electromagnetic induction: more efficient, less costly
Rotational moulding is a highly competitive technology for the production of hollow plastic articles of medium to large sizes with uniform wall thickness and complex shapes using polymers such as PE, PP, PVC, nylon, and PC.
The above-mentioned features constitute the advantage of this technology over other plastic processing technologies. However, since rotational moulding has been plagued by high labour and energy costs, major technological innovations are in order if this manufacturing segment is going to remain competitive and gain market share in the plastics industry.
To meet this challenge, in 2010 the European Commission approved a research project (ROTOFAST) within the 7th Framework Programme (FP7-SME), having as its objective the development of innovative technological solutions that would increase the productivity of rotational moulding and reduce cycle times and energy consumption.
The Partners in this project are international Research Centres (Inspiralia - Spain, Kunststoff-Institut
Lüdenscheid - Germany, Queen’s University – UK), companies (Persico and Termomacchine – Italy, Rototek – UK, Frog Plastic - Estonia) and industry associations (TecPart – Germany, ANAIP – Spain, BPF – UK, Confindustria – Italy).
The work on this prototype has laid the foundation for the design of a future industrial solution, which is going to complement the already existing traditional technologies and the Leonardo technology, automate the moulding cycle and drastically reduce energy consumption.
To introduce the results reached by the Partners, an International Dissemination Event "ROTOFAST" is therefore to be held at the Persico's R&D Laboratories (*) on Tuesday the 18th of June. The Convention will show a full working Prototype and demonstrate this new technology by making product-samples in real time.
(*) in the north of Italy at about 45 minutes from Milan or 15 minutes from the Bergamo-Orio al Serio airport ( http://www.persico.com/INGLESE/contact.htm ).
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