K 2019 Sumitomo Demag: Large display with in-mold decor rating
At the "K"-2019 trade fair, Sumitomo Demag Plastics Machinery will be presenting, among other things, the largest in-mold decorated display for automotive interiors.
The automotive trends of autonomous driving, connectivity, and electric mobility are also changing vehicle interiors. Interior lighting, acoustic systems, and soundproofing are being integrated into the interior surfaces of vehicles, and instrument panels are giving way to minimalist touch surfaces.
At K 2019, Sumitomo Demag will, according to its own figures, be presenting the largest in-mold decorating (IMD) display for automotive interiors. This automotive application with an interactive IMD touch decorative film for a vehicle console is produced on the "Intelect 500" machine.
According to the company, the Intelect series can accommodate larger molds due to the large home clearance and now offers a clamping force of 500 tonnes. As a result, the machine is now also suitable for automotive applications. In addition, the machine has improved platen stiffness, maximizing production reliability.
The optimized clamping force of the Intelect is the result of the "Double Center Press Plates". This mold platen design was developed by Sumitomo Demag itself and ensures a more even distribution of the clamping force, explains the company.
This article was first published in German by Automobil Industrie.