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Fakuma 2017 site map.
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Fakuma, the international trade fair for plastics processing, will celebrate its 25th birthday this year. Returning to the fore after a gap year due to the K Show in 2016, Fakuma 2017 promises a full house – some 1,700 exhibitors from 35 countries will occupy more than 915,000 square feet of exhibition space at the exhibition center in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Extra floor space squeezed from east and west foyers

In accordance with its regular schedule, Fakuma is being held twice every three years in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, where Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet. The Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center is once again fully booked.

Returning exhibitors, as well as numerous new exhibitors, had already decided to participate at Fakuma at a very early stage, and we were able to reckon with strong bookings during the planning phase,” said Fakuma Project Manager Annemarie Schur.
Entrance of Messe Friedrichshafen.
In order to accommodate as many exhibitors as possible for the 25th edition, previously unused floor space reserves will even be occupied this year in the two foyers at the east and west entrances.

In doing so we hope to provide one or another newcomer, as well as return exhibitors, with better chances for presenting themselves to the market in 2017,” said Schur.

More than 1,700 exhibitors from 35 countries will occupy over 915,000 square feet of exhibition space. While the majority of them come from Germany, the proportion of manufacturers and distributors from abroad is around 35%.

To date, Italy forms the largest group of foreign exhibitors with nearly 140 companies, followed by China (110+) and Switzerland (100+), according to the database provided by the organizer P.E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG.

Large segments of the plastics processing industry are changing, through the use of new materials, technologies and processes. Once a trade fair focusing on injection molding, Fakuma has grown over the years, and now provides a platform for four main markets, namely injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and 3D printing.

Debut showing for automotive

Solutions for highly efficient processing of hybrid, composite and sandwich materials can be mentioned as examples – above all and especially because the automotive industry is making use of the opportunities offered by a broad-ranging portfolio of chemical solutions to a greater extent than ever before due to multi-faceted requirements for affordable lightweight structures.
For the first time Engel will be producing exterior components on a duo 500 injection molding machine using the clearmelt process.
With regard to automotive, Engel Austria will present the first clearmelt technology for exterior component, which the focus so far has been on decorative elements and electronic functional components for the interior of the vehicle.

Automakers are now becoming interested in using this technology to produce exterior parts, according to the company.

In the clearmelt process, at first a thermoplastic base carrier is produced in the injection molding machine, then coated with polyurethane (PU) in a second cavity. The process can be easily combined with In-mold Labeling (IML), allowing for the use of decorative and capacitive foils as well as wood veneers.

In a single step, clearmelt technology provides pre-finished vehicle components that do not need to be varnished or post-processed in any way. The polyurethane coating provides the high-gloss, scratch-proof surface.

At the show, high gloss exterior panels will be produced on an Engel duo 2460/500 injection molding machine. In addition to the high quality appearance of the components and the efficiency of this integrated process, obtaining a scratch-proof surface is another advantage that clearmelt technology provides for the exterior area.

Testing in a car wash has shown the initial sample parts to be very robust, Engel said.

Engel developed the clearmelt technology in collaboration with partner companies. The exclusive partner for polyurethane processing is Hennecke.
Decorative trims for a steering wheel, first surface protected with Norilux DC printed on a PC film.
On the material side, Proell KG will introduce Norilux DC, a formable abrasion Dual Cure screen printing lacquer. It can be used as protective lacquer or hard coat on polycarbonate (PC), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polypropylene (PP) films.

Norilux DC is suited for first surface coating/protection of products manufactured in In-mold Decoration (IMD)/Film Insert Molding (FIM) technology. Films decorated with Norilux DC can be 3D formed after box oven drying, by e.g. high pressure forming or thermoforming. Afterwards, the formed films must be UV cured.

The cured lacquer layer shows strong resistances to abrasion, chemicals and cleaning agents, passing various creme tests of the automotive industry, according to the German company.

Interior components such as center stacks, touch panels and decorative trims can all be first surface-protected with Norilux DC.

Top injection molding technology

Another Allrounder with new Gestica control
Arburg’s hybrid Allrounder 1120 H.
Stay true to its origin, injection molding remains a strong focus at Fakuma. As a co-founder of the trade show, Arburg will debut a hybrid Allrounder 920 H with a new design and new Gestica control system, following the premiere of the 1120 H machine model at last year’s K Show.

As a co-founder of Fakuma, we are proud to have been part of the event from the outset and to be the largest exhibitor at the 25th edition of this successful trade fair in 2017. With 10 machines on our own stand and eight more on partner stands, our focus this year will again be on ‘smart’ and practical solutions for production-efficient plastic parts manufacturing,” said Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Management Team.

The Allrounder 1120 H with a clamping force of 6,500kN has been used by pilot customers and can be ordered worldwide from the Fakuma 2017 onwards. Next comes the hybrid Allrounder 920 H with a clamping force of 5,000kN.

In addition to its modern color scheme and shape, the well-conceived design provides for enhanced functionality and significantly improved ergonomics. The Gestica control system has a high-resolution full-HD screen and uses industrial multi-touch technology to reproduce to the “look and feel” of smart mobile devices.

The exhibit will form part of a turnkey solution, producing the folding step stools in the Arburg design in a cycle time of 60s. The eight individual parts will be handled by a Multilift V 40 linear robotic system and assembled ready for use by means of a six-axis robot and assembly station.

Limelight falls again on PX series
The PX 150-180 SilcoSet from KraussMaffei.
KraussMaffei will continue to put its limelight on the new all-electric PX series, which was first introduced at last year’s K Show.

Our customers appreciate the great variety and flexibility, not only in the configuration of the right machine – for example through a wide selection of clamping unit and injection unit combinations – but also in production or retrofitting,” said Dr. Hans Ulrich Golz, President of the Injection Molding Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group and member of the KraussMaffei Managing Board.

He said the demand for PX machines is enormous, and that the company wants to double the machine’s production capacity in the coming year.

KraussMaffei will use a PX machine to show high precision injection molding of silicone lenses at the show.

Since silicone or liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is of extremely low viscosity, particularly highly transparent silicone, the manufacturing of transparent diffusion lenses, called Fresnel lenses, requires an especially high precision during injection.

During the show, the PX 50-180 SilcoSet will combine hydraulic nozzle contact force with an electric injection unit in an unparalleled way. “The result is extremely high precision. The machine-to-mold connection is tight, the production is leakage-free,” explained Jochen Mitzler, Head of Strategic Product Management at KraussMaffei.

Special screw seals on the shaft support this argument. Additionally, the spring-loaded return-flow lock of the screw guarantees secure closing behavior during processing of low-viscosity material.

The APC plus function from KraussMaffei compensates for the batch fluctuations commonly encountered in LSR processing. As the process progresses, APC plus monitors the viscosity of the material and corrects the filling volume even in the shot.

The process as a whole is made even more precise, while the part weight remains constant. The APC plus is even able to reliably compensate for any potential preliminary cross-linking of the silicone,” said Mitzler.

PX 50’s compact design also provides spaces for demolding and peripherals, as well as excellent accessibility. For example, an integrated industrial robot demolds the lenses. In the next step, visual quality control is performed with regard to quality of magnification and flashing before the finished lenses are stored in magazines.

COMBIMOULD takes center stage

MicroPower COMBIMOULD injection units.Wittmann Battenfeld will take the opportunity to highlight its COMBIMOULD multi-component technology on its PowerSeries.

COMBIMOULD allows the combination of several plastic materials with different attributes and/or different colors into one component in a single cycle with integrated downstream steps, such as bonding, assembly and screwing, opening up new dimensions in product properties with simultaneous cost-efficiency.

The actual exhibits will include two machines from the servo-hydraulic SmartPower series and one machine designed for injection molding of micro parts from the all-electric MicroPower series.

On a SmartPower 120/525H/130L, a two-component application will be presented, in which one component is a thermoplastic material, the other liquid silicone. The parts will be manufactured with a 4+4-cavity mold supplied by Linea Stampi. The parts will be removed and deposited on a conveyor belt by a W831 robot from Wittmann equipped with the new R9 control system.

A three-component application will be shown on a SmartPower 60/210H/210S/210V. With a six-cavity mold from Geobra Brandstätter, polypropylene terephthalate (PPT), polyoxymethylene (POM) and polyamide (PA) will be processed into a Playmobil chimpanzee. The open design of the SmartPower is particularly well suited for multi-component applications, noted the company.

The third COMBIMOULD application will be the production of a two-component plug inside the recording head of a vinyl record player. The parts made of PC and electro conductive PC will be produced with a single-cavity mold from Ortofon on a MicroPower 15/10H/10H equipped with two parallel injection units and a rotary disk.

Parts removal and depositing will be handled by a Wittmann W8VS4 Scara robot specially designed for this machine. Moreover, a built-in camera system inside the machine will provide fully automatic quality inspection of the parts.

A big feast from BOY

BOY 35E VV with IGUS robot Robolink 5.Also worth mentioning is a feast from Dr. Boy GmbH & Co. KG. The injection molding machine specialist for clamping force below 1,000kN will bring a record 14 exhibits to Fakuma – eight at its booth and a further six at its partners’ stands.

From the compact BOY XXS and BOY XS, the insert molding machines and additional injection molding units up to the BOY 100 E, almost all machine sizes and series will be exhibited.

One of the highlights will be the new table top machine BOY XXS with 63kN clamping force, which can be seen producing small game figures made of a foamed PP. It is equipped with energy-efficient servo drive and the intuitive machine control Procan ALPHA 4.

Silicone mold for baking of poffertjes.The mold changing system of the BOY XXS allows short set-up times, an important advantage in case of small series production and in the prototype construction. Another advantage is the optimized clamping plates of the BOY XXS, which is developed especially for micro injection.

In addition, a special treat will be provided by Dr. Boy – at the BOY 35 E VV, a poffertjes silicone mold is produced in just 45s, in which the delicious Dutch pastry specialties can be baked subsequently.

An IGUS robot Robolink 5 removes the injected silicone mold from the injection molding machine and places it on a conveyor belt for cooling. Visitors can then take away these sufficiently cooled silicone molds and use them for the preparation of their own homemade treats.

3D printing

Generative manufacturing has been on Fakuma’s radar for some years. The incorporation of 3D printing technology is a logical step, especially in light of the fact that in many respects it will impact future plastics processing, according to the organizer.

Arburg's Freeformer.The hype surrounding 3D printing technology is causing more and more new suppliers to appear on the scene, who appropriately supplement Fakuma’s portfolio with interesting solutions at the trade fair for plastics processing,” Schur pointed out.

With two Freeformer exhibits, Arburg is showcasing innovations in the industrial additive manufacturing of functional parts and small-volume batches using qualified standard granulates.

These include the processing of polypropylene (PP) and the specially developed water-soluble armat 12 support material. At the show, screw cap prototypes for the packaging industry will be produced from this semi-crystalline material.

As the Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) is an open system, users retain independence. They can therefore also qualify original materials, as used in injection molding for example, and optimize process parameters specifically for their particular application.

Fakuma 2017 fact box

Friedrichshafen, a university city on the northern shoreline of Lake Constance (the Bodensee) in Southern Germany, has been the base of Fakuma since its inauguration in 1981.

Fakuma is being held in Messe Friedrichshafen in Southern Germany. Surrounded by Austria and Switzerland, the trade show originally aimed at serving the injection molding sector in this “golden triangle”.

From a specialized injection molding trade fair, Fakuma has grown to become a comprehensive exhibition for the plastics processing.

Date: October 17-21, 2017
Opening Hours: October 17-20 9:00am to 5:00pm;October 21 9:00am to 3:00pm
Admission: One-day ticket €28;Two-day ticket €47 

Check out these places during your stay!
Friedrichshafen offers a beautiful view of Laker Constance.
Friedrichshafen is located at the northeastern corner of Lake Constance (Bodensee), near the lake’s widest point in the German federal-state of Baden-Württemberg. It has one of the longest waterfront promenades of any town along the lake. It also has a nice view of Austria and Switzerland and the alps across the lake on a clear day.

Dornier Museum

Situated next to Friedrichshafen airport, the museum opened in the summer of 2009, offering 100 years of aviation and aerospace history as a fascinating experience. The extraordinary architecture accommodates almost 400 exhibits on 5,000sqm, including 12 original aircraft, seven exhibits from space travel and a full-size model.

Zeppelin Museum

Situated in the historic harbor station building this museum presents the world’s largest collection on the subject of airship history, construction and travel. Under the same roof you can visit an important collection of art dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. The main attraction is the 33m long reconstruction of part of LZ 129 Hindenburg in its original size, which visitors can board just as the original passengers did in the 30’s. The authentically fitted passenger rooms give an impression of how people travelled during the period of the “silver giants”.

Aussichtsturm Moleturm

From the 22m high Viewing Tower on the Uferpromenade, you’ll have a marvelous view of the town with the castle church, the orchards in the background and a superb panoramic view of Lake Constance and the Swiss and Austrian Alps. A panoramic board newly installed in 2010 on top of the Viewpoint Tower offers a detailed view of the mountain range across the lake.

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