Quarterly Magazine

Third Quarter 2014

Mold and Vacuum
By Mauro Faé, Director of Engineering
Self Group, Rivignano, Italy

In addition to thermal distribution within the thermoform mold, air evacuation by vacuum is critical to maximize final product quality, energy consumption and cycle time.

It is easy to understand that the quantity and position of vacuum holes is a very important balance to strike when the goal is to obtain optimal performance of the vacuum system and consequently to achieve final product definition. The quantity and position of holes, however, …

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Third Quarter 2014

Paint Replacement in Automotive Applications
By Sven Engelmann Dipl. –Ing., Director of R&D at EBB Microparts
Crailsheim, Germany 

Paint is always a cost driver in car manufacturing. In a modern car plant paint lines consume approximately 50% of the available surface and approximately 50% of the investment. In addition there are environmental regulations that make the construction of paint lines increasingly difficult in Western Europe.

With film technology, colored plastic films are reinforced with other plastic materials. The result is …

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