生物树脂与可持续性

Mold-Masters认识到我们在您为实现可持续发展目标而做出的努力中所发挥的重要作用。这通常涉及将现有产品的材料转换为更可持续性的替代方案。我们在生物树脂应用知识、经验和成功方面处于行业领先地位。因此,我们是您处理可持续生物树脂和回收利用(PCR)应用的最佳合作伙伴。我们现有的许多解决方案都非常适合处理可持续发展材料。当您准备好了,我们也已准备就绪。

Requirements
  • 从标准材料到更可持续解决方案的转变
  • 零件重量范围从<1g到3500g(典型)
  • 保持生产率和生产质量
  • 能够处理具有挑战性的树脂
  • 现有设备利用率高
  • 多材料成型

生物树脂*

  • PBS
  • PCL
  • PHA
  • PHB
  • PLA (+ Blends)
  • PLA/PVOH
  • TPE/TPC
  • 等等...

消费后回收(PCR)树脂

  • PET
  • PP
  • 等等...

*生物树脂包括但不限于生物来源、可堆肥、工业可堆肥和生物降解材料。

  • 行业领先的熔体管理
  • 高型腔
  • 紧密间距
  • 内浇口
  • 高级阀浇口
  • 先进伺服驱动进程控制系统
  • 辅助注塑设备
  • 共注入多层高性能阻隔技术
  • 共注入多层PCR技术

Bio-Resin Single Use Utensils

FOR US, MOLD-MASTERS IS MORE THAN A SUPPLIER, THEY ARE A DEVELOPMENT PARTNER      

- Josef Žádník, CEO, Refork

Bio-Resin Fork

Utilizing a proprietary Bio-Resin blend, the company Refork, utilizes injection molds to produce sustainable single use utensils. The Bio-Resin material consists of Wood Flour (primary material sourced as waste from the wood industry), PHA (binder) and various renewable minerals (to enhance mechanical properties). This special blend is fully biodegradable in home compost, soil or marine environments. Refork utensils include a selection of forks, knives and spoons. www.refork.com

Refork developed their proprietary blend that would be suitable for injection molding by involving Mold-Masters at an early stage. That process involved testing various biopolymers (PLA, PBAT, PHA’s) which would act as the binder. There were several key variables that needed to be achieved for the end product to be a success. This included:

  • High biodegradability criteria
  • have good mechanical properties,
  • be acceptable for food contact,
  • offer good processability,
  • be visually appealing (color/texture),
  • be suitable for mass production,
  • higher HDT (Heat Deflection Temperature) point.

There were 3 key challenges during the injection molding process that Refork needed Mold-Masters to overcome:

  1. Prevent material degradation (The bio-resin material tended to degrade quickly during the injection process as a result of the biopolymer binders and wood flour).
  2. Achieve a consistent cycle time that could be scaled to mass production.
  3. Minimize the injection pressure to allow system compatibility on a smaller machine.Fork Mold

Mold-Masters supplied several optimized Master-Series hot runner systems (hot halves) depending on the production capacity that was required for each product. This included 48 and 24 drop production hot halves and a 4-drop hot half for R&D testing. Mold-Masters TempMaster M2+ hot runner temperature controllers were also utilized to maintain tight process control.

Mold-Masters worked closely with Refork to supply hot runner solutions that allowed them to successfully achieve all of their goals. Not only was Refork able to process their unique material, but Mold-Masters hot runners were able to achieve a consistent cycle time, minimize scrap and decrease the required injection pressure by 500 bars to allow the molds to be operated with smaller machines. Mold-Masters hot runners are currently used by Refork to produce over 12M Bio-Resin utensils on a monthly basis (151M annually).

If you have a sustainable Bio-Resin or PCR application contact us for an application review today.