Plastics Technology is Pushing Lightweight Design
The Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing presents an extensive overview of all plastics technologies in Friedrichshafen. Streamlined processing of polyurethane, foam plastics and composite materials which offer high product stability and save more than just weight, will also be in vogue from the 16th through the 20th of October, 2018.
Numerous Industry Sectors Demand Lightweight Design
Whether furniture manufacturing, the equipping of caravans or the traditional automotive segment is concerned: there are numerous reasons for lightweight design and the continuous further development of lightweight materials. Amongst others these include reduced material consumption and thus less weight, as well as minimised environmental pollution thanks to diminished consumption of resources and fuels. Expressed briefly, lightweight materials save weight and thus reduce production, transport and fuel costs. Exhibitors and expert visitors at Fakuma, the world’s leading technical event for industrial plastics processing, will see how coatings, profiles, furniture components, consumer goods and auto body parts can be efficiently and sparingly produced, and economically manufactured from plastics. More than 1800 technology leaders are expected to present their international offerings at the 2018 edition of the trade fair.
Fakuma: Plastics Processing at its Best
Amongst other things, specialised machines and matching tools are required for the processing and production of lightweight materials. Fully automated robots and presses, as well as laminating systems, various types of CNC machining centres and vacuum presses for the production of moulded parts are just a few of the practically oriented products and solutions which will be exhibited at Fakuma 2018. Nevertheless, the trade fair is not restricted to lightweight design alone – it always provides a comprehensive overview of all technologies and processes, as well as the equipment required for processing plastics by means of injection moulding, extrusion, thermoforming and additive manufacturing / 3D printing.
Individualized Manufacturing Means Taking Customer Requests into Consideration
A large variety of variants, smaller manufacturing lots and shorter product lifecycles are currently presenting the manufacturers of plastic parts with tremendous challenges. This is augmented by individual demands for mixture, density and processing of the various plastics. Beyond this, the use of inserts, screw bushings or reinforced expanded metals must already be taken into consideration during toolmaking and mould making. Finally, suppliers of plastic parts are also required to provide surface finishing, so that they’re required to evolve to an ever greater extent into full-service suppliers.
Plastics are Environmentally Friendly
Despite all of the frequently subjective prejudices against plastics technology, the following applies: reduced materials consumption, recycling and “green materials” are experiencing an upswing throughout the entire sector. Visitors will be able to view and practically experience the consistently pursued transformation to material and energy efficient manufacturing at Fakuma 2018!