Macromolecular materials and engineering vol:284 issue:11-12 pages:76-80
Gas-assisted injection moulding (GAIM) provides a means to manufacture hollow blown elastomer parts in one step, saving production costs. Moreover, GAIM offers interesting prospects for new product developments. The possibility of integrating GAIM into processing plants is attractive to the processor, who is increasingly becoming a supplier of modules and system solutions, and is looking for ways to stay economically competitive. At the IKV it was proven in initial experiments that the manufacturing of rubber parts made of LSR and EPDM with II functional hollows is possible. Further studies involve the determination of the basic requirements for the mould design, the refinement of the process control, different GAIM variants and border restrictions of the process as well as the necessary material characteristics.