Milacron LLC has announced a partnership agreement with Trexel Inc, the provider of MuCell Microcellular Foam injection moulding technology, that will see Milcron incorporate the technology into its injection moulding equipment offering.
The patented Trexel MuCell foaming technology involves the introduction of precisely metered quantities of atmospheric gases (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) to create a foamed part, resulting in high quality precision and engineered plastic components, while greatly reducing production costs associated with lower material consumption, shorter moulding cycle times, and reduced machine clamping tonnage requirements.
“We believe that Milacron is uniquely capable to provide the complete melt distribution and control solution for MuCell systems,” explained Bruce Catoen, Milacron’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our extensive portfolio of primary processing equipment, combined with industry leading hot runner and control systems will allow MuCell technology to expand into new and untapped markets.”
Catoen went on to elaborate: “Together with our partner Trexel, Milacron has proven the viability of MuCell in blow moulding, co-injection, higher surface finish parts and high cavitation packaging applications. The light weighting, low tonnage, reduced warp and sink benefits of MuCell can now be exploited in markets that were previously not possible. This is a very exciting opportunity for both companies and we are extremely happy to be partnering with Trexel.”
Under the agreement, Milacron will receive the rights to resell the Trexel MuCell SCF gas dosing equipment directly to their customers under the Milacron, Ferromatik, Uniloy and Mold-Masters brands while transferring the operating rights under Trexel’s patents to their end users without any added fees or costs.
“We are very excited for Milacron to offer their customers turnkey MuCell technology solutions,” said Steve Braig, President and CEO of Trexel Inc. “Milacron, Ferromatik and Mold-Masters provide injection moulding systems across all major end user markets globally.”