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Aluminium moulds for plastic processing industry

Objective

The mass production industry is confronted to consumers with stringent requirements demanding for products tailored to their needs with reduced costs and time-to-market. Moulds made of aluminium alloys, have successfully entered the market of plastic blow-moulding and the thermoforming. Because of insufficient mechanical properties, aluminium moulds do not yet exist, except prototype or pre-series moulds, on the plastic injection market nor resin transfer moulding.

Aluminium moulds, however, present remarkable properties compared to steel moulds:
1) at least 30% gain in machining time of the fabrication of the mould;
2) at least 30% gain in productivity since the thermal conductivity of aluminium is superior to that of steel;
3) Gain in quality of plastic injected parts since the cooling is more homogenous;
4) weight saving: density of aluminium is 3 times lower than steel. This leads also to easy handling for big moulds.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

PECHINEY CENTRE DE RECHERCHE DE VOREPPE
Address
Rue Aristide Bergès 725
38340 Voreppe
France

Participants (8)

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.
Italy
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
DANISH TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Denmark
Address
Gregersensvej
2630 Taastrup
EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse
81663 Muenchen
HYDROMÉCANIQUE ET FROTTEMENT R&D SA
France
Address
Zone Industrielle Sud, Rue Benoit Fourneyron
42166 Andrezieux-boutheon
MOLD-TECH SARL
France
Address
Za Les Longues Raies, Rn 7
77310 Pringy
OPTIMISME J. TABOURIN
France
Address
Allée De Passe-chanin 6
69890 La Tour De Salvagny
SIMOLDES ACOS LDA
Portugal
Address
Zi
3721 Oliveira De Cucujaes
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
M60 1QD Manchester