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Fakuma Preview 52 Global Plastics rePort 2015 PolyOne to showcase reSound natural-fiber-reinforced products PolyOne (Avon Lake, OH) will feature developments in natural-fiber-reinforced materials, conductive thermoplastics and specialty engineered materials for metal replacement applications at Fakuma 2015 (hall B5, booth 5316). In addition, experts from the company will make 15-minute Tech Talk presentations at the stand, offering plastics processors the opportunity to learn more about indus- try developments. The company's reSound NF natural- fiber-reinforced products, which were introduced in March 2015, will be highlighted at Fakuma. The sustainable formulations, containing at least 30% engineered natural fiber by weight, offer an alternative to glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene (PP) compounds. ReSound materials exhibit mechanical properties comparable to PP at 5 to 10% lower density, and have proven especially popular with the automotive industry, according to the company. At Fakuma, PolyOne will announce availability of the material in brilliant colors to support customers' projects. The company also will reveal the devel- opment of reSound NF formulations for extrusion, broadening applications to the building and construction, sport and lei- sure, furniture and other sectors. PolyOne also will present an update to its three-dimensional molded interconnect device (3D-MID) technology, which it first presented at Fakuma 2014. The tech- nology is successful largely because of the thermally conductive properties of Poly- One's Therma-Tech engineered polymers, says the company. PolyOne collaborated with select companies to establish a time- and cost-saving means to produce the 3D-MIDs for heat sinks in LED lighting. The technology may be an alternative to the complex printed circuit boards that are used routinely in these applications. Lastly, PolyOne will host concise Tech Talk presentations at its booth during the show on topics such as metal replacement technologies, heat manage- ment using specialty thermoplastics and reducing CO 2 emissions by using light- weight thermoplastics. KraussMaffei goes small to prove a point on injection molding productivity Under the banner of Productivity Plus, KraussMaffei (Munich, Germany) is bringing an array of small and mid-sized injection molding machines to Fakuma 2015. Improving injection molding pro- ductivity often can only be achieved with many small steps, says KraussMaffei, and it will illustrate this with machines at booth 7303 in hall 7 that integrate smart plasticizing, control and automation sys- tems. The new hydraulic CX series and all-electric AX SilcoSet for processing liquid silicone rubber will be among the featured equipment. As raw materials become more expen- sive, reducing the amount of energy, oil and material that is consumed is foremost in the minds of plastics pro- cessors. The new CX molder has an energy-optimized drive with memory management system, resulting in a 10% reduction in energy use, according to the manufacturer. Moreover, the machine's adaptive process control allows it to restart quickly and process even difficult batches of material with high propor- tions of recycled materials into premium quality components. Homogenization of the HPS screw enables color masterbatch proportions to be reduced by up to 30%. KraussMaffei also will feature strik- ing laser- and hologram-style surface effects made using its CX 160 machine with the support of a dynamically induc- tive mold temperature control system from RocTool. The molds have special surfaces with different effects—matte and high-gloss with punched holes—to achieve these designs without requiring additional film technology. As with all of the KraussMaffei machines on display, the CX 160 is equipped with a new MC6 multitouch control system, which enables all injec- tion molding machines and automation components to be centrally controlled. Other highlights at the Krauss- Maffei booth include a demonstration of the FiberForm process, which combines injection molding with thermoform- ing of composite sheets to improve the strength of fiber-reinforced plastics, and the molding of nasal ventilators made of liquid silicone rubber. The latter product will run on an all-electric AX. First time for Haitian International Germany at Fakuma 2015 Appearing at Fakuma 2015 for the first time under its new corporate name, PolyOne's natural-fiber-reinforced products, which were introduced earlier this year, will take center stage at its booth.

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