Every idea and action taken by the technical developers at LEONHARD KURZ is based on the added value for industrial customers. Our aim is to increase production efficiency with a newly combined form of plastic processing. As a result, your costs and your added value will benefit from maximum efficiency and your company will become significantly more future-proof. Another factor is creativity. Because KURZ also offers suggestions and design ideas for the creation of new products and for increasing product attractiveness for future consumers.
We have the technological expertise to solve complex requirements on the production line in one fell swoop. An excellent example of such achievements is the IMD VARIOFORM® process based on proven IMD technology. Specially designed for the manufacture of plastic elements with demanding, highly deformed, and extreme 3D geometries. Highly efficient by bundling four production steps into a single processing phase without a separate thermoforming unit. This allows you to decorate, thermoform, inject, and punch plastic parts, and stand out with significantly higher efficiency with display sizes of up to 8 “. PolyTC sensors are also 3D deformable and adapt perfectly to this demanding shape.
The KURZ IMD VARIOFORM® process was developed specifically for the production of plastic parts with special 3D geometry. This makes it possible to even produce decorated elements and components with strongly bent, arched, and curved shapes. Four seamlessly integrated processing steps, which merge the entire process into a highly efficient unit, follow one after the other in rapid succession.
IMD VARIOFORM® allows you to produce using an easy roll-to-roll process. During a complex production stage, the decorating, thermoforming, injection molding, and punching of the plastic takes place directly in the injection mold. In this way, even very sophisticated and expansive plastic parts get their design, their final shape, and their precise outer edges in one combined process. With IMD VARIOFORM®, these steps can be included in a time-saving and convenient one-stop process solution.
For the production of three-dimensional plastic parts, the IMD VARIOFORM® substrate with the desired decor runs through the machine as a wafer-thin coating in a roll-to-roll process. A thermoforming system as typical in conventional processes is not needed
The IMD VARIOFORM® coating is heated directly in the chamber of the injection mold and pressed into the cavity. This gives the plastic part its shape and its characteristic surface design with precise edges
Subsequently, the blank can be relocated fully automatically in the injection mold and injected with the necessaryplastic material
This step is followed by the use of a special tool technology called close-contour punching, so that the component receives its well-finished outer edges
You can freely choose the injection molding material used, the shape, and the punching of plastic parts. The surface design can be designed according to individual preferences. This allows designers and product developers to get really creative even at the design stage.
But that's not all: Even recycled material can be decorated with this process in the same aesthetic and sophisticated way as new material. This mean an enormous ecological potential for many industries.
On the one hand, IMD VARIOFORM® is so compact and process-efficient that it makes it possible to create decisive competitive advantages. On the other hand, this technology from KURZ can also unleash an almost boundless creativity in the development and design of products. This process offers the same freedom of design as the IMD process.
The highlight of IMD VARIOFORM® is the production of components that are made even more extraordinary with three-dimensional shapes and elegant design. In principle, virtually anything is possible when decorating the plastic. In the same tool, a variety of single-image decors and endless designs can be applied. As a result, small series and individual pieces are economically feasible. To make desired design changes, only the IMD VARIOFORM® substrate with decorative coating must be changed in the machine. Here, KURZ offers a wide range of designs, optionally with integrable functions. The combination of design and functionality ensures that your plastic elements with 3D geometry not only look spectacular, but also have integrated functional qualities. You can seduce the eye with an exciting metallization or show off a trendy brushed look or a sophisticated aesthetic in open-pored wood, marble, carbon, concrete, and reflective real chrome. In terms of surface feel, too, many variants are possible. Since even touch sensors can be seamlessly connected to the plastic, the manufactured element can pick up and pass on functional commands by touch or by the user approaching. Partially and fully backlit control surfaces and designs are just as feasible as customized top coats, which protect surfaces and make them extremely durable.
One-stop process solution for streamlined production processes
KURZ aims to make even the most complex plastics production processes as integrated, fast, and cost-effective as possible. IMD VARIOFORM® is a great example of this, because this technology allows you to bundle four separate manufacturing steps in a one-stop solution. To achieve this, you need a powerful injection molding machine - and the IMD VARIOFORM® production concept from KURZ with a KURZ IMD VARIOFORM® coating, KURZ feed unit, and IR heating unit. We can provide you with the entire solution from consulting through installation and commissioning to the start of your serial production and service: all inclusive, so that you can produce attractive products efficiently and economically at an even higher level.
One of our strengths is the consultation on the product together with the customer. Our team of qualified specialists develops suitable solutions for your surfaces. Contact us now and let us inform, advise and inspire you.