Toolmaker and processor Proper Group International Inc. has signed agreements with two companies that develop technologies for rapidly heating and cooling mold surfaces.
Proper Group Vice President Joe Grippe is working with RocTool of Le Bourget du Lac, France, and Hochdorf, Germany-based Single Temperiertechnik GmbH. RocTool uses induction to rapidly heat the mold surface, then cool it down quickly with water. Single does that by cycling between hot and cold water or oil.
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3D Printing for Better Communication
Communication is the essential component here, and there are a variety of technologies that can be used to help improve that communication between a mold manufacturer and its customer. One gaining popularity with mold manufacturers is 3D printing, and Proper Group International of Warren, Michigan, is one moldmaker that has successfully put this technology to work.
DirectSkinning technology creates distinct, luxurious products with customizable look and feel
Developed jointly by Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Proper Group International and KraussMaffei, DirectSkinning technology combines conventional thermoplastic injection molding with reaction-injection molding in a single tool.
Tool Stats online app keeps track of molds
Proper Group International Inc. is out to make tracking tool maintenance and history as easy as using your smartphone. The Warren-based toolmaker has created a smartphone app, Tool Stats, that can help molders track the life of their tools.
KraussMaffei Corp. already has the technology to help a resurging U.S auto industry, and on a nondescript strip of industrial buildings on a site collocated with toolmaker Proper Group International Inc., KM also has steadily built a place to show it off.
Krauss Maffei & Proper Group International Tech Day, May 23rd, 2012
Special Highlight: Skinform - running KM 200 ton machine.
Technology HIghlights: injection molding compounding, cover form, fiber form, color form, spin form.
Proper Group International will be showcasing its advanced tooling technologies at the NPE Show in Oralndo, FL, April 1-5, 2012.
Krauss Maffei booth #1503, Proper will be the first North American manufacturer on the Skin Form tool that will be on display.
Trexel's booth #1303, Proper will have an injection mold which combines Mucell's foaming technology, along with Variotherm (rapdi heat & cooling), technology and Synventive's E-gate, valve gate technology.
One-Step SkinForm Process went live at NPE2012
Krauss Maffei demonstrated its SkinForm process on a CX 200-1400 hybrid injection molding machine coupled wtih a RimStar hybrid mixing and metering system for the ployurethane. That pairing targets automotive applications.
Strategic Partnerships - Solidify Automotive Niche. New Business Opportunities.
May 10, 2011
Proper Group International opens an 11,000 square foot Advance Development Center in Warren.