With our expertise in reconfigurable moulds and our clients’ expertise in materials and production processes, we jointly configure the optimal Adaptive Mould solution for every client.
We engage with our potential customers in a close technical dialogue to identify the 6 key parameters that need to be locked-in before we start putting together a solution for them.
1. Panel Material
First, we need to identify the material (concrete, composites, thermoplastics or glass) that will be shaped on the mould.
For each material, we provide a material-specific Adaptive Mould designed to match the specific qualities of those respective materials.
2. Panel Curvature
Second, we discuss the scope of production and what type of panels are needed – single-curved or double-curved. We then ascertain the minimum curvature radius required.
This will influence which mould type (D-series mould type or S-series mould type) would suit the requirement best, and how many motors are required per square meter.
3. Panel Size
Third, we identify the size of the panels that need to be fabricated. This will determine the size of the mould and the moulding surface. While some of our customers use smaller-sized moulds to make smaller panels, some require bigger moulds for fabricating larger continuous panels.
Our moulds are available in modular sizes starting from 1m x 1m and going all the way up to 10m x 10m.
4. Production Setup
Fourth, we discuss the production environment within which the Adaptive Mould will operate. We look into the factory set-up (space, temperatures, etc.) and the desired processes and workflows. This has a significant influence on several details of the mould such as temperature requirements, surface material requirements, etc.
Often, the Adaptive Mould has to integrate with other technologies, which needs to be taken into account. We offer various integration possibilities such as software integration and oven integration. We also provide a series of add-ons such as Snaps (for panel edge precision) and vacuum systems (for resin and vacuum infusion).
5. Production Output
Fifth, we discuss the required production output (the number of panels that needs to be produced in a day), curing cycles and work processes.
This information is significant for deciding the suitable amount of moulds and their respective sizes.
When we have gathered all requirements, we tailor-make a bespoke Adaptive Mould solution that meets the specific needs of our individual clients.