Skip to main content

Development of innovative high performance anodised aluminium moulding tools for the thermoplastic processing sector to achieve competitive advantage

Objective

The use of aluminium mould tools for thermoplastic processing is becoming increasingly popular within the EU: driven by cost, reduced cycle times, reduced lead times and reduced energy cost. The growth rates for aluminium tools for thermoplastic processing applications are expected to increase significantly over the next few years. However, limitations of aluminium tools in regards to their corrosion, wear and abrasion resistance have prevented even greater up-take. Traditional anodising technologies (that produce surfaces with regular pore structures) have failed to overcome these limitations as the surfaces produced develop micro-cracks under mechanical or thermal strain (at temperatures as low as 200oC), leading to reduction in the wear resistance, corrosion resistance and other properties. Two innovative technologies have been developed by UK SMEs anodisers that allow for the production of anodised surfaces that prevent micro-crack formation and can make possible the production of aluminium tools that have wear resistance better than that of steel with cyclic heat resistance up to 500oC and, in addition, very high thermal emissivity. The proposed project aims to develop these technologies for the manufacture of aluminium tools (with optimised mechanical and thermal properties) for thermoplastics processing applications. The main objective of the project is to develop pre-competitive, innovative anodised aluminium mould tools for Injection moulding, blow moulding and rotational moulding. These moulds will have surface mechanical and thermal properties, exceeding those presently on the market in regards: """" Wear resistance. """" Thermal Emissivity. """" Corrosion resistance. If the project objectives are achieved then the SME participants will obtain a technological edge leading to increased competitiveness. In-line with the objectives of the EU and Framework 6, the product and process developed will contribute towards sustainable manufacturing."

Call for proposal

Data not available

Coordinator

RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD
Address
Shawbury
Shrewsbury
United Kingdom

See on map

Participants (11)

BRITA FINISH LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Bodmin Road
Coventry

See on map

JUAN CARLOS MARN RIQUELME - SI2M
Spain
Address
Roger De Flor, 17
Badalona

See on map

Links
SIGMA ENGINEERING GMBH
Germany
Address
Kackertstrasse 11
Aachen

See on map

Links
ANDALPLAST S.L.
Spain
Address
Juan De La Cierva, 12
San Jos De La Rinconada

See on map

PPA TEO
Ireland
Address
C/o Patrick J Fahy, Cregmore
Carraroe, County Galway

See on map

PECHINEY
France
Address
7 Place Adenauer, Paris 16°
Paris

See on map

HEYWOOD METAL FINISHERS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Fields Mills Red Doles Lane
Huddersfield

See on map

FUNDACIÓ ASCAMM
Spain
Address
Av. Universitat Autnoma 23
Cerdanyola Del Valls

See on map

QUEENS UNIVERSITY, BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
University Road
Belfast

See on map

SMITHERS RAPRA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Shawbury
Shrewbury, Shropshire

See on map

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DÉVELOPPEMENT DES MÉTHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel, 60
Paris

See on map