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Fakuma Preview 56 Global Plastics rePort 2015 While LSR processing is going on, a new set of base bodies is created. • A first for the company at Fakuma, Engel will present an integrated, fully automated process for manufacturing thermal switch housings, starting with the raw material and culminating with the 100% tested and labeled metal/ plastic composite parts. The core of the production cell is an Engel insert 60V/35 single vertical machine. A strip uncoiler, press module and processing module for thread tapping are posi- tioned upstream; downstream, there are quality controls, a laser marking system and another press module. • In the packaging section of its stand, Engel will run an e-motion 440/160 producing 155-ml round containers with an integrated tamper-proof seal using a four-cavity mold from Otto Hofstetter. Thanks to in-mold label- ing (IML), the production cell will output ready-to-fill packaging. IML automation is implemented by Beck Automation (Maryland Heights, MO). The new Beck-Flex system will have its global premiere at the Engel booth. • In the medical section of the booth, an Engel e-motion 170/80 TL will be producing needle holders for 1-ml safety syringes in a 16-cavity mold from Fostag Formenbau. The filigree polystyrene parts, with a shot weight of 0.08 g, are designed with a prede- termined breaking point that makes it impossible to re-use the disposable syringes. DuPont builds on legacy to create new growth opportunities DuPont (Geneva) will demonstrate how it has shaped the polymers industry since it invented nylon in 1935, and modi- fied it to become the world's first true engineering-grade polymer, at this year's Fakuma. The company is exhibiting in hall B4, booth 4201. The company will demonstrate how Zytel nylon, coupled with DuPont's broad material portfolio and application development support in the form of computer-aided engineering (CAE) can continue to create new growth oppor- tunities in a wide range of industries including automotive, electrical and elec- tronics, food and healthcare. The advent of high-powered com- puting combined with state-of-the art materials and highly qualified design experts has taken computer-aided simu- lation engineering to a new level for its value-chain partners, says DuPont. It has implemented state-of-the-art advanced computer modeling and simulation to help boost confidence in adopting new materials solutions to better provide material design data and part perfor- mance analysis to minimize prototyping. Throughout the process, it shares data and analysis with its partners using CAE standard software suites in a transparent, non-proprietary environment. "DuPont works with customers throughout the product development cycle, continually advancing materials, supporting design and optimizing for processing. It is helping customers pre- dict how our materials will perform from art to part," said Michel Renaud, Head of Design for Europe, Middle East and Africa at DuPont. Good-bye Bayer MaterialScience, hello Covestro Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Ger- many) will step onto the stage of a major international trade show under the name Covestro for the first time at Fakuma 2015. The name is a portmanteau of terms embodying its identity, says the company: co stands for collaboration with a variety of partners; vest refers to investments in modern, large-scale pro- duction facilities; and stro is derived from the English word strong and stands for strength in innovation, in the markets and with a strong team. It awaits visitors in hall B4, booth 4206. Color and diversity are important values at Covestro, notes the company, and coloration plays a central role in polycarbonates, one of its key product groups. In addition to a range of shades, fluorescent effects and transparently and translucently colored products are pos- sible today. Rounding out the portfolio are UV-resistant, light-fast and tailored infrared-absorbing grades. Covestro also will highlight its capa- bilities in precise surface formation, which can be achieved with dynamic tempering during the injection molding process. The wall of the mold is heated prior to injection; cooling does not begin until after the cavity has been filled. This enables the production of Class A to grained smooth and structured surfaces. Covestro is planning to enter into the production of composites with high- performance polycarbonate, primarily for the automotive, transport and IT indus- tries. There is also strong demand in the consumer goods sector for continuous- fiber-reinforced thermoplastic materials. "The new materials are particularly thin and lightweight, and the solutions produced so far offer properties superior to those of existing solutions based on aluminum, for example," says Olaf Zöll- ner, Technical Manager of the composite business. "Furthermore, they are robust, freely formable, easy to process and can be recycled multiple times." Just recent- ly, while still operating as Bayer Material Science, Covestro strengthened its posi- tion in this key future market with the acquisition of Thermoplast Composite GmbH. Kraiburg features new compounds for automotive and consumer applications Exhibiting in hall B5, booth 5303, Krai- burg TPE (Waldkraiburg, Germany) will present new products developed with a market and customer orientation. The new thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are the result of a close, cooperative partner- ship with component manufacturers, who contributed significantly to the development of the new compounds, says Kraiburg. This approach garnered the company recognition from Frost & Sullivan as the best TPE supplier in Europe. At Fakuma, Kraiburg will showcase a new material for hoses. The new drinking-water-compliant DW/H series can be used as a PVC replacement mate- rial for hoses in showers, dishwashers or related applications. The company has also developed TPE compounds for consumer applications that feature improved adhesion to engi- neering thermoplastics such as PC and ABS at an attractive price. Innovations in materials for valves made of food- compliant TPE also will be featured: The new compounds with FDA and EC 10/2011 food certifications feature effi-

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