Following a recent enquiry from a global automotive manufacturer, we completed a refurbishment project for their tooling mould panel used to produce foam moulds for the interior components of vehicles.
The customer asked for our help to reduce their use of a wax emulsion release agent that was being applied to each cycle to ensure the foam moulds released cleanly. They had previously tried a competitive material but found that it peeled off in a short space of time and did not give the required release.
In addition to this, the customer needed a quick turnaround time over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
As they required optimal non-stick performance and long term durability, our PR245 system was selected as it meets both these needs.
The tooling mould panel was prepared by pyrolysis oven to remove the existing coating plus any residues left from the wax emulsion release agent that was being used. The panel was then shot blasted to a smooth surface before our release system was applied by spray.
The panel was reinstalled immediately after the Easter break and the exceptional release performance has drastically reduced the need to apply the wax emulsion release agent. Results have shown that since installation of the newly refurbished panel, the customer has reduced the use of this agent to only 10% of their previous consumption. Due to this improvement, they are not using the dry ice blaster to clean the panels as frequently. Both these factors have resulted in significant savings of cost and labour time. As they are using less agent, they are looking to move to jet washing which will result in an additional saving.
The customer was very impressed with the coating performance and the speed of which the job was completed.
If you have a refurbishment project in need of a non-stick coating solution, contact our sales team today to see how we could help you.