New tech center specializes in MuCell process
Injection molding technology supplier Trexel Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with SA Engineering, a new venture which has opened a new trial facility built for technical collaboration using state-of-the-art Engel injection molding equipment and the latest MuCell foaming systems.
Located in Livonia, Mich., the SA Engineering Technology Center is envisioned to be “a collaborative incubator for developing leading edge technology processes and finding innovative and efficient solutions to reach customers’ objectives,” Trexel said. “The center’s specialists and partner companies will support customers in optimizing specific processes utilizing state of art injection molding equipment and technologies in a confidential environment.”
The SA Technology Center – which will open in June 2016 – will showcase five new Engel injection molding machines ranging in size from 285 tons to 3500 tons. “Currently, three of these machines are MuCell-capable, and are equipped to run with Trexel’s latest T-series gas dosing systems located on-site,” Trexel said. “The new T-series combines a highly simplified user interface with unmatched gas dosing precision for reliable, repeatable, and consistent foaming results.”
Trexel’s North American automotive technical team will be co-located at the center.
“Our participation in the SA Technology Center allows us to bring a staffed MuCell technical center…to the heart of the North American automotive industry,” said Brian Bechard, president and CEO of Trexel. “Furthermore, we believe that sharing a facility with other complimentary injection molding technologies will enable a new level of collaboration and problem-solving to deliver innovative solutions to the industry.”
Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., Trexel is the developer of the MuCell microcellular foaming injection molding technology, which is designed to provide design flexibility and cost savings opportunities to injection molders by allowing plastic part design with material wall thickness optimized for functionality, as opposed to the injection molding process.