AZL and IKV together with more than 20 companies are developing a guideline for bringing thermoplastic tapes to injection molding processes. (Photo courtesy: Covestro/ENGEL.)
AZL and IKV together with more than 20 companies are developing a guideline for bringing thermoplastic tapes to injection molding processes. (Photo courtesy: Covestro/ENGEL.)

AZL Aachen GmbH and the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) have joined forces to develop new ways to use thermoplastic tapes in the production of injection molded parts.

As local reinforcements, thermoplastic tapes can improve the product properties of injection molded parts and save costs due to an efficient use of materials, the organizations say. They also have increased stiffness and strength, higher surface hardness and improved optics. However, most injection molders use thermoplastic tapes and their potential only occasionally, AZL and IKV say.

Scientists at RWTH Aachen University are working on an overview of injection molding applications that are particularly suitable for the use of thermoplastic tapes. The focus is particularly on conventional injection molded parts and not exclusively on typical lightweight applications. Another aim of the project is to compile documentation of relevant methods and technologies for component development and production. 

This story is reprinted from material from AZL Aachen GmbH, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.