Engel Austria (U.S. office in York, Pa.) has become the latest injection press supplier to offer complete turnkey molding systems for the MuCell microcellular foam process patented by Trexel Inc., Wilmington, Mass. Now molders can purchase a system from a single source, rather than having to get some components directly from Trexel. Other press builders that supply turnkey MuCell systems are Arburg Inc., Newington, Conn., and KraussMaffei Corp., Florence, Ky.
What’s more, Engel has incorporated controls of the MuCell gas-supply system within its CC 200 machine control. Previously, only a small number of parameters of the gas-injection process could be manipulated by an injection machine’s control system. But a new interface from Engel maps the whole gas supply system on the machine’s monitor screen. There is now a flow diagram to provide a clearer overview of the whole process, including gas supply.