Within the framework of diverse research activities, we utilize various fiber types such as carbon, glass or bio-based fibers. The application of fibers not only reinforces the material but simultaneously also helps to reduce costs, as fibers are often less expensive than the source material. Depending on the target application, a particular fiber type with a suitable L/D ratio and a specific size distribution is selected. It is hereby important to make targeted use of the advantages of the individual reinforcing components as regards technical and economic aspects and to compensate as far as possible for disadvantages. Compounds and blends designed in this way (filled or fiber-reinforced) are processed in our extruders and subsequently further processed in our injection molding plants to form test specimens and components or are made available to the respective customer. Furthermore, the available equipment enables the development and combination of manufacturing methods from the semi-finished product through to the finished component in one single production step.
During the course of an application-oriented material development, the characterization of the processing behavior of these innovative materials as well as the analysis of the relationships between the material composition and the processing behavior are of major importance.
- Development of customized, application-specific compounds for products ranging from automotive engineering to logistics
- Lightweight solutions made from fiber composites through a process combination of injection molding and pressing
- Depiction of both the entire process chain and the realization of individual process steps:
- Mechanical and rheological characterization of compounds
- Extrusion of profiles and flat films
- Organic sheet semi-finished products
- Tool development and simulation
- Multi-component injection molding (from in-mold procedure to hard-soft applications)
- Specifically adapted component testing
- PLA, PA, PP, PE, PPS, PEEK
- WPC, NFRP, GRP, CFRP