Engel will have one more moulding cell than at NPE2012 and operate eight in all, showing solutions for automotive, medical, packaging, teletronics and technical moulding applications. One of the systems on display will be for moulding a geometrically optimised, stress-resistant brake pedal based on a new process developed in partnership with ZF-Friedrichshafen. Using a vertical insert moulding machine with a multi-axis industrial robot and infrared oven, a continuous-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic semi-finished product (known as thermoplastic fabric) will be heated, preformed in a mould and immediately overmoulded with polyamide. The system produces ready-to-fit components; no cutting is necessary.
Engel will demonstrate composite brake pedals produced in a one-shot process