27.11.2017

Leading-edge Innviertel technology ensures cost-effective plastics processing

High-performance Fill multilayer laying system impresses at Fakuma international trade fair. Leading plastics experts meet in Gurten.


The Innviertel region is becoming a technology hot spot of the international plastics scene. Fill Machine Engineering is setting the tone with innovations such as the multilayer high-performance laying system. At the Fakuma trade fair from October 17 to 21, 2017 in Friedrichshafen, the machine engineering experts presented spectacular new developments for the efficient processing of thermoplastics which amazed the international trade visitors. In November, 150 international experts gathered in Gurten for the FSK conference to discuss the future of polyurethane processing.

Friedrichshafen/Gurten, November 27, 2017 – The multilayer high-performance tape laying system and the vaporless processing of particle foams impressed the international experts attending the Fakuma 2017 trade fair. With these developments, Fill has taken a decisive step toward cost-effective production of thermoplastics. These two technologies play a significant role in lightweight construction in particular. "The tape laying process with multilayer is the preliminary process for injection molders who produce components with fiber reinforcement. Vaporless particle foam processes are required in the sport and leisure sector and, above all, in lightweight automotive engineering," explains Wilhelm Rupertsberger, head of the Plastics Competence Center at Fill. The altogether positive feedback and many concrete negotiation talks with numerous customers and trade visitors on the Fill exhibition stand made for the best of spirits among the Fill team.

FSK conference at Fill in Gurten
On November 7 and 8, 2017, the international foam plastics trade was a guest of Fill in Gurten. The FSK is a leading German trade association for foam plastics and polyurethane. Fill is a member of this association and Wilhelm Rupertsberger is the professional group's deputy spokesman. 150 experts in polyurethane processing spent two days in the Innviertel region. The Fill Future Dome proved to be an ideal location for this prestigious event. The diverse potential applications of polyurethane were presented in the specialist lectures. The spectrum extends from novel refrigeration units to highly loaded leaf springs through to innovative engine compartment covers.

Innovation award for automated spot repair system
During the conference, the technical committee presented innovation awards across all aspects of polyurethane processing. In the field of industrial applications, Fill won the innovation award with its automated spot repair system for plywood. This retouches surface flaws (cracks, holes, etc.) in boards with polyurethane. A key function of this system technology is the automatic detection of surface flaws by a camera system. The event was rounded off with a relaxing and atmospheric evening at the rustic Loryhof in Wippenham, where the guests enjoyed Innviertel specialties, lively discussions, and live music from Fill's "Woodworm" band.

Corporate data
Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production.
Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, aircraft, wind energy, sport and building industries. The company is the global market and innovation leader in aluminum core removal technology, casting technology, wood bandsaw technology, as well as in ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966, which is still completely family-owned and now has about 800 employees. In 2016, the company recorded sales of 145 million euros. Further information can be found at: www.fill.co.at