Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MouldTex (FRICTION OPTIMISATION OF SEALS THROUGH ADVANCED LASER SURFACE TEXTURING OF MOULDS)

Summary
The vision of MOULDTEX is to develop and implement in real production lines, cost-effective surface modifying methods for friction reduction in dynamic contacts, in particular in those in which one of the components is an elastomeric or plastic part manufactured by injection...

Summary

The vision of MOULDTEX is to develop and implement in real production lines, cost-effective surface modifying methods for friction reduction in dynamic contacts, in particular in those in which one of the components is an elastomeric or plastic part manufactured by injection moulding or vulcanisation. This will be supported by advanced product and process design modelling tools as well as online inspection and correction tools to prevent defect generation and propagation. The core of this approach is constituted by texturing of the mould surface using lasers and texturing of the rubber component surface using mould texture transfer. Here direct surface texturing is used only once to create the inverted pattern on the mould surface; the costs of which are depreciated across the thousands of components manufactured using that mould. The innovative production process represents a step change in the manufacture of textured seals as it will allow for the first time the mass production of textured seals with improved friction and wear characteristics (>20% friction reduction and >50% extended life) and prices comparable to current mass production methods (20% at a cost premium of 20% reduction in friction and >50% improvement in wear of dynamic seals without impacting on sealing performance and at a
FRICTION OPTIMISATION OF SEALS THROUGH ADVANCED LASER SURFACE TEXTURING OF MOULDS
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