A new electric mold carrier is said to be extremely robust with low-maintenance and clean, energy-efficient operation.

A new electric mold carrier is said to be extremely robust with low-maintenance and clean, energy-efficient operation. Available from Krauss-Maffei Corp., Florence, Ky., its first main use is in backfoaming vehicle instrument panels. K-M aims to expand its application to other large-area parts. The mold carrier opens and closes via a high-speed belt drive. The drive shaft acts as the constant-velocity shaft to ensure exactly parallel movements. Its simple design is reportedly insensitive to shock and vibration, and maintenance is said to be lower than for toothed-belt, chain, or circulating-spindle drives. The carrier frame can be tilted up to 30° in either direction. The two electric mold platens tilt steplessly-the top one from 0 to 90°, and the bottom one from 0 to 45°. This mobility makes it easy for operators to insert blanks or skins in the molds. The mold carrier also has resolver drives with integrated position sensors. The drives provide rapid movement and easy "teaching" of setups. Tel: (859) 283-0200 . www.Krauss-maffei.com

Krauss-Maffei
Reaction Process Machinery
7095 Industrial Rd. PO Box 6270
Florence, KY 41022-6270
Phone (606) 283-0200 Fax (606) 283-0311