The IMC-technology can mold parts compounded from various raw components (blends) as well as those with fillers, reinforcements, and additives, in a single cycle. The twin-screw extruder directly integrates into the injectionmolding process. Materials melt in the extruder and then mix with glass fibers, fillers, or additives. The melt moves into the shot-pot injector then into the mold. The compounding process is said to be particularly gentle, so high-filler loadings and long fibers can be molded. Dry-cycle times are reportedly only 70% as long as on previous IMCs.
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