By using the MuCell injection moulding process, fischer Automotive enables new designs for ventilation nozzles. The trend towards ventilation nozzles becoming larger of about one meter with requires sufficiently rigid support structures to accommodate the nozzle. Thermoplastic foam injection molding enables us to achieve better flow behavior in the injection process. The tendency of the components to warp, the weight and the cycle time during production are reduced. Despite sufficient stiffness, the foamed component also saves material - thus fischer Automotive simultaneously realizes its claim of sustainable production.
Sandwich injection moulding
Lamellas in ventilation nozzles can be exposed to greater forces, e.g. due to bending loads. In order to be able to reliably reproduce such high loads, fischer Automotive also uses sandwich injection moulding in special applications. In this process, at least two plastics are injected at the same time. Sandwich injection moulding is a subtype of multi-component injection moulding. Monosandwich parts have a continuous outer skin and a core of one or two different thermoplastics. The core and the outer skin are bonded together. This results in several advantages:
Optical components with high-quality surfaces and simultaneously high rigidity due to reinforced cores. In addition, this injection molding technology allows the use of less expensive core material, for example recycled material.
Surface finishing - hot stamping
In the refinement of interior components, a chrome-like appearance is currently in great demand due to its high-quality appearance. To avoid the disadvantages of classic chrome plating, fischer Automotive has introduced the hot stamping process for refining air vents and other interior components. In this process, an embossing foil with chrome look is applied to the component to be upgraded in a hot stamping process. This is a cost-effective and sustainable method for refining plastic components.
Surface refinement - IML
As a supplier of interior components, fischer Automotive naturally also deals with film technologies. In In Mould Labeling - IML for short - decorative and/or functional films are back or front injected.
The film takes on the decorative part, e.g. by means of patterns or applied grain, while the actual injection process gives the component structural strength. fischer Automotive uses this process to produce roller blinds for a storage compartment, among other things.
For particularly high-volume models and for parts with a high risk of confusion in a manual assembly process, the In-Mould-Assembly process is recommended. In this process, part of the assembly process is transferred directly into the mold and automated. With in-mould assembly, injection moulding and the assembly of several individual parts are carried out in a 2K mould.
The advantages of this process are a high degree of repeat accuracy in production and assembly as well as savings in subsequent assembly processes. In addition, a large number of material combinations are possible with In-Mould-Assembly.