Metal Replacement Technology

2 components moulding

2 components moulding

Two components injection moulding machines allow you to mould your part in 2 different materials at the same time. This is possible thanks to two independent injection systems.

Avoid assemblies
and reduce production cycle time

Produce parts
in two or more colours

Produce parts with a great wall thickness

Over-mould seals for different type of tightness requirements

Sandwich moulding solutions

Improve haptic of the part

* With this process it is possible to use recycled material in the inside and virgin material on the outside

Two components injection moulding: TPEs

The main application for 2-K moulding is the moulding of a first rigid material and a second soft material, generally TPE i.e. Thermo plastic elastomer. These Elastomers can give flexibility to the part, or soft touch or provide a sealing against dust, spray water or tightness to fluids.

A very important aspect in the moulding of a product in 2 materials, is the adhesion of the two materials. You can rely on chemical adhesion which is inherent to the material chosen, and is improved when using index plate or rotary table moulding techniques as these allow the transfer of the 1st shot into the 2nd cavity at optimal temperature.

Techpol Srl - interlocks

A great number Polymers have a chemical adhesion to TPEs, among the most common are: PP; PE; PC; PET; PPA; PBT; POM; ABS; PS; PA6 and PA66.

If the chemical adhesion is poor or not possible, the joint of the two materials can be done mechanically by the use of undercuts, which will enhance adhesion of the 2nd material.

The main advantages of using TPEs instead of natural rubber or vulcanised rubber which are typically adopted in parts which need to be sealed are:

  • Freedom of design
  • Thanks to 2-K assembly is made unnecessary
  • Injection moulded TPE sealing do not require post processing as vulcanised rubber ( deburring, curing)
  • TPE like all thermoplastic material are not perishable, so you do not need any special attention for your stock. Rubber compounds are in their nature perishable.

On the other hand TPEs have technical and application limits, notably their resistance to mineral oils and hydrocarbons and temperature above 120° is poor. Vulcanised rubber is also generally superior to TPS as regards to mechanical properties especially in the low shore grades.

2-K moulding techniques

An integral part of the two components injection moulding process is the mould itself which can be engineer in different ways

Techpol Srl -Transfer system

Transfer system

Rotary table system

Techpol Srl -Rotary table system
Techpol Srl -Index plate system

Index plate system

Sliding split system

Techpol Srl - Sliding split system

Machine fleet

Machine fleet

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