By David Shaw ERJ editor
Shawbury, UK-Rapra Technology and LWB Steinl have launchedÂ a new technology partnership aimed at supporting the rubber sector.
LWB Steinl recently supplied Rapra with one of the company's latest C class machines,Â a VCE 500/160 T-TPE & EPDM rubber injection moulding machine. The new machine features a platen size of 500mm x 480mm, with a clamping forceÂ of up toÂ 500 Tonnes.
The machine will allow Rapra's technicians and consultants to develop a variety ofÂ new custom made materials and products forÂ a EuropeanÂ client base. Martin Woodley, Rapra's Regional Projects Manager says that 'we regard this a major coup for us - signalling a long term working relationship with Steinl and their UK Agent, Barwell.'
Plans at Rapra include, material, product and tooling developments as well as enhanced training for designers and moulders of both TPE's and Rubbers. Woodley says that 'we are putting the finishing touches to a number of multi-client project proposalsÂ which willÂ couple the benefits of the new Steinl toÂ our powerful Sigmasoft 3D tooling simulation package. This will, inÂ effect, deliverÂ a 'virtual tooling' validation service for those clients that need it for their rubber-based innovations.