ProTec show premiere at Fakuma: manufacturing solution for new “SOMOS
Perfoamer” physical foaming process achieves material savings of up to 60 per cent
- Partners: Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid and Linde AG
- Easily combined with existing injection molding machines
Bensheim, 24 July 2018. ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH is premiering the “SOMOS
Perfoamer” manufacturing solution at this year’s Fakuma. This enables the new
“PLASTINUM Foam Injection Molding” process presented by Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid
and Linde AG in 2017 to be used for physically foaming plastics parts on an industrial scale.
ProTec’s innovation includes all the components for drying and temperature adjusting
polymer pellets, loading them with CO2 under pressure and then feeding them to any desired
injection molding machine, which generally requires no modification. From 16 to 20 October,
ProTec will be carrying out live foaming demonstrations using the “SOMOS Perfoamer” and
an Engel e-victory 310/80 injection molding machine at Fakuma, hall B3, booth 3119.
It will also be showing smart, Industry 4.0 capable SOMOS components for efficient
conveying, drying, dosing and mixing as well as presenting its LFT pultrusion lines for
manufacturing long fiber reinforced thermoplastics.
“SOMOS Perfoamer” – modular structure means easy scalability
Its modular structure means the “SOMOS Perfoamer” can easily meet changing
requirements and be expanded with additional components. As a result, output volume can
easily be scaled to supply different sizes of injection molding machines or a number of
machines at the same time.
The demonstration system at the booth can supply a throughput of up to 59 kg/h of
polycarbonate or up to 45 kg/h of polypropylene. The system will be demonstrated live
manufacturing bottle openers from a variety of polymers with a shot weight of 42 grams.
Since the bottle opener also has a metal insert, the overall cycle time is 135 seconds.
Demonstration systems for the new physical foaming process using ProTec’s “SOMOS
Perfoamer” will also be shown at the partners’ booths: Linde AG (hall B3, booth 3309) and
Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid (hall 5, booth 5312).
ProTec Polymer Processing GmbH is an international one-stop shop supplier to the plastics
industry with a focus on injection molding, extrusion and blow molding. Its range of services
covers components, solutions and turn-key systems for efficient materials handling,
treatment and recycling of plastics and for manufacturing long fiber reinforced thermoplastics
using LFT pultrusion lines. Managed by Peter Theobald and Dirk Egemann, the company
has some 120 staff and is based in Bensheim, near Darmstadt, Germany.
ProTec’s “SOMOS Perfoamer” includes all the components for drying and temperature
adjusting polymer pellets, loading them with CO2 under pressure and then feeding them to
any desired injection molding machine, which generally requires no modification (photo:
ProTec Polymer Processing).
Using ProTec’s “SOMOS Perfoamer”, the new “PLASTINUM Foam Injection Molding”
process presented by Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid and Linde AG in 2017 can for the first
time be used for physically foaming plastics parts on an industrial scale (photo: ProTec
Using “SOMOS Perfoamer” and an Engel e-victory 310/80 injection molding machine,
ProTec will carry out live demonstrations of bottle opener production at Fakuma, booth 3119,
hall B3 (photo: Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid).