Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HIPINDMOULD (Optimized Industrial HIPIMS system for coating Plastic Injection Moulds)
Reporting period: 2014-10-01 to 2015-03-31
In order to improve their performance, surface treatments/coatings are applied on moulds using conventional technologies such as nitriding, chrome electroplating or sputtering.
Flubetech proposes here the introduction in mould sector of a recent and promising coating technology, High Power Impulsed Magnetron Sputtering (HIPIMS), which offers outstanding advantages with respect to conventional techniques since it produces smooth, dense, hard coating offering optimized performance against corrosion, sticking and wear and high quality surface finishing. The use of lubricants and demoulding agents can be also avoided, leading the use of these new moulds to products ready to use.
The main objective of the HIPINDMOULD project is to manufacture a prototype and to develop exceptional coatings on it based on this new and powerful technology. The aim of FLUBETECH is to give answer to real problems plastic injection moulding industry is suffering from, becoming European or even international reference as coater for moulds, offering these companies a comprehensive service with a continuous customer support. In their own words: “Our clients will choose us because we provide high-quality, cost-effective, customer responsive and environmentally sustainable coatings that reduce costs and save energy”.
As a result of the Feasibility study it has been verified that there is a rising market for the innovation proposed. The introduction of the new coatings in the mould sector will allow Flubetech to boost sales.