News from your leading specialist in manufacturing- and dosing liquid silicone (LSR) worldwide!

15.09.2022

Elmet co-founder and co-owner Karl Adlesgruber has unexpectedly passed away

In 1996, Karl laid the foundations for the success of Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH together with Kurt Manigatter, Christian Reslhuber and Paul Fattinger.

He supported the company with his expertise for many years. And until the end, he played an active part in shaping it with his ideas as a co-owner...

 

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In 1996, Karl laid the foundations for the success of Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs GmbH together with Kurt Manigatter, Christian Reslhuber and Paul Fattinger.

He supported the company with his expertise for many years. And until the end, he played an active part in shaping it with his ideas as a co-owner. We have lost a person, a friend and a colleague who was appreciated by everyone for his thoughtfulness, commitment and dedication.

Karl unexpectedly passed away on September 12, 2022.

 

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

His spirit and vision will live on at Elmet.

 

 

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01.03.2022

Harald Wallner - new CEO

Harald Wallner takes over operational management of ELMET. The previous managing directors retain ownership.

Since ELMET was founded in 1996, Kurt Manigatter and Christian Reslhuber have headed the company as managing directors. Now, the two silicone experts will focus on their role as proprietors of the Upper Austrian company.

Since March 1, 2022, Harald Wallner has been the sole operational managing director...

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Harald Wallner takes over operational management of ELMET. The previous managing directors retain ownership.

Since ELMET was founded in 1996, Kurt Manigatter and Christian Reslhuber have headed the company as managing directors. Now, the two silicone experts will focus on their role as proprietors of the Upper Austrian company.

Since March 1, 2022, Harald Wallner has been the sole operational managing director. Wallner, himself from Upper Austria, was previously part of the management team at the foam division of the Greiner Group for over ten years and brings a great deal of industry expertise to the table. The change in management will have no effect on the ownership structure. The company will continue to be owned by the four founders: Kurt Manigatter, Christian Reslhuber, Karl Adlesgruber, and Paul Fattinger.

 

The press release can be found here.

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15.11.2021

Compamed 2021

Our ELMET sales-experts Stefan Musner and Michael Schaffer are very pleased to present our product innovations at Compamed 2021. ELMET is a full system & service supplier for high-quality and advanced medical products, such as seals for medical devices, membranes, valves, breathing masks and other components for respiratory equipment, diverse micro applications made of LSR, like syringe plungers as well as intravenous and infusion accessories.

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Our ELMET sales-experts Stefan Musner and Michael Schaffer are very pleased to present our product innovations at Compamed 2021. ELMET is a full system & service supplier for high-quality and advanced medical products, such as seals for medical devices, membranes, valves, breathing masks and other components for respiratory equipment, diverse micro applications made of LSR, like syringe plungers as well as intravenous and infusion accessories.
 
We are continuously expanding the limits of what is technically feasible and are your strong partner for research, development, prototyping and series production in the field of medical technology and healthcare.

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09.11.2021

Update - we are progressing in big steps

We grow and expand! The construction work at our headquarter in Oftering is progressing in leaps and bounds! Just a few weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony, the shell of our new production and office building is already in the home stretch. 

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We grow and expand! The construction work at our headquarter in Oftering is progressing in leaps and bounds! Just a few weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony, the shell of our new production and office building is already in the home stretch.

We are excited to see how the work will progress in the coming weeks and can hardly wait for the new ELMET building to be completed.

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27.10.2021

SMARTshot E

In the new all-electric SMARTshot E cold runner system the needles are moved and positioned by a particularly compact servomotor, which maximizes flexibility, precision and controllability when injecting LSR into the cavities. The perfect synchronization of the needle movements also ensures optimum process stability.

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In the new all-electric SMARTshot E cold runner system the needles are moved and positioned by a particularly compact servomotor, which maximizes flexibility, precision and controllability when injecting LSR into the cavities. The perfect synchronization of the needle movements also ensures optimum process stability. The small size of the drive unit makes nozzle spacings of only 44 millimeters possible and enables the construction of compact molds.
 
The ELMET SMARTshot E cold runner system is a perfect symbiosis of the experience of a market leader and the complex demands of our customers.

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21.10.2021

SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro

The new dosing system SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro sets new standards in terms of functionaliy, process reliability and ease of use. The completely reengineered pump unit has been further simplified and the number of parts minimized. Due to the more compact design, a significantly smaller volume of LSR is present in the system, which increases process reliability and reduces the purging volume.

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The new dosing system SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro sets new standards in terms of functionaliy, process reliability and ease of use. The completely reengineered pump unit has been further simplified and the number of parts minimized. Due to the more compact design, a significantly smaller volume of LSR is present in the system, which increases process reliability and reduces the purging volume. The reduced number of components facilitates cleaning and maintenance. With a footprint of only 1150x790 mm, it is the most compact of any commercially available dosing system suitable for 200 liter drums. The optimized and recently patented follower plate design enables material utilization of up to 99.6%.
 
With the SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro, ELMET is taking the next evolutionary step in dosing technology, raising LSR liquid silicone injection molding to a new level of development.

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12.10.2021

ELMET AT FAKUMA 2021

At the Fakuma 2021, the international trade fair for plastics processing, Elmet is presenting two new lead products of the company.

The centerpiece of ELMET’s presence in hall A5, booth A5-5306, is the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro dosing system, which sets new standards in terms of functionality, process reliability and user convenience.

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At the Fakuma 2021, the international trade fair for plastics processing, Elmet is presenting two new lead products of the company.

The centerpiece of ELMET’s presence in hall A5, booth A5-5306, is the new SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro dosing system, which sets new standards in terms of functionality, process reliability and user convenience.

Also featuring at the fair will be ELMET’s likewise newly developed all-electric SMARTshot E cold runner system with servomotor-driven needles which maximize flexibility, precision and controllability when injecting LSR into the cavities.

Further information can be found here.

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07.10.2021

New ELMET-Brochures

We are pleased to present you our new company brochure as well as the new product brochures SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro and SMARTshot at FAKUMA. The brochures in a completely new design will be available in German and English for the first time at FAKUMA.

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We are pleased to present you our new company brochure as well as the new product brochures SMARTmix TOP 7000 Pro and SMARTshot at FAKUMA. The brochures in a completely new design will be available in German and English for the first time at FAKUMA.

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13.09.2021

IT'S ALL ROUND ON THE CONSTRUCTION SITE!

Just a few weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony, there is already a lot going on at the construction site to expand our company. We are looking forward to more space for our innovative strength in the new production halls and in the new office building!

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Just a few weeks after the groundbreaking ceremony, there is already a lot going on at the construction site to expand our company. We are looking forward to more space for our innovative strength in the new production halls and in the new office building!

The construction work should be completed by June 2022. The production area will be increased by around 3,000 square meters and the office building by 1,300 square meters. The new building serves both to expand production and office space as well as to enlarge moldmaking and application technology in order to be able to cover the high demand for molds, production systems and dosing technology.

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23.07.2021

Breaking new ground

There was good reason to celebrate on July 23rd in Oftering. With the first turn of the shovel, Elmet officially launched the project to expand its existing company premises. The core objective of this major project is to increase production capacity and to create larger premises both for the Mold-Making division and ...

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There was good reason to celebrate on July 23rd in Oftering. With the first turn of the shovel, Elmet officially launched the project to expand its existing company premises. The core objective of this major project is to increase production capacity and to create larger premises both for the Mold-Making division and for all the office staff.

 

Now ELMET is injecting fresh impetus into its expansion efforts with the construction of a new building. New production halls and a three-floor office are being erected over an area of some 22,000 square meters. On July 23rd, together with Member of the Landtag Mayor Christian Kolarik and Mayor of Oftering Dietmar Lackner, the company held a groundbreaking ceremony for the implementation of this forward-looking project.

Further information can be found here.

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2020-03-23

HOMEOFFICE - WE ARE AVAILABLE

Our office team works from home to stay healthy. We are available by phone and email as usual, even in these challenging times.
Many thanks to our employees in the home office for their efforts.

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Our office team works from home to stay healthy. We are available by phone and email as usual, even in these challenging times.
Many thanks to our employees in the home office for their efforts. So they can be with their families and help protect people. That is a top priority at ELMET.

Stay healthy and take care!

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2020-03-16

Prevention and security measures

COVID-19 Information

Due to the recent development in the spread of the corona virus and with regard to the decree of the Austrian federal government, we at ELMET will also implement a catalog of measures adapted to the emergency situation in Austria...

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COVID-19 Information

Due to the recent development in the spread of the corona virus and with regard to the decree of the Austrian federal government, we at ELMET will also implement a catalog of measures adapted to the emergency situation in Austria.

The catalog of measures provides that we will switch the company to emergency operation for the next two weeks (up to and including March 27, 2020) and partially close the manufacturing and production facilities.
All office employees who can work from home will be available for you during normal office hours. We kindly ask to contact your responsible sales person for further information.
Also our dosing-system support is available via email: dosing-system@elmet.com

We will do everything we can to meet the agreed delivery dates, but we must point out in advance that there may be delays because of the unreal situation.

In addition, we continuously evaluate the current situation and are in close contact with the relevant institutions at the state and federal levels, so that we can take further steps in accordance with the risky situation.

There is currently no suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus disease in our company. These tasks serve only to protect our employees and their families.

Thank you for your kind understanding.

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2019-12-11

Simulation for 2K-Processing

Multicomponent applications require a lot of experience from tool makers. If the application combines a thermoplastic with an LSR component a careful thermal design of the mold is essential to achieve a stable process...

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Multicomponent applications require a lot of experience from tool makers. If the application combines a thermoplastic with an LSR component a careful thermal design of the mold is essential to achieve a stable process. Today modern simulation approaches are used to support the mold design and to reduce iterations of the mold to a minimum. The article shows these possibilities with the example of the “Butterfly” – a mobile phone holder out of polycarbonate and liquid silicone rubber.

 

Handy holder „Butterfly“ made of polycarbonate (blue) and LSR (green).
Source: Sigma Engineering

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2019-10-09

Project "BUTTERFLY"

When a Butterfly holds a smartphone → VIDEO
Turning an original idea into series production: a combined team from university and industry has been jointly developing an innovative design and production concept for a car smartphone holder. The rigid-flexible combination is produced by cost-effective multi-component injection molding...

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When a Butterfly holds a smartphone → VIDEO
Turning an original idea into series production: a combined team from university and industry has been jointly developing an innovative design and production concept for a car smartphone holder. The rigid-flexible combination is produced by cost-effective multi-component injection molding. 


What if a few industrial companies that are leaders in their particular field were to get together with a university institute to pool their creativity and expertise in a joint project to create a product that is not only practical but can also be manufactured cost-effectively by combining highly advanced processing methods with state-of-the-art materials? 

The idea came about during a discussion about multi-component injection molding between experts from Momentive Performance Materials, ELMET and Wittmann Battenfeld.

Momentive took care of the LSR technology (LSR = Liquid Silicone Rubber), ELMET and Wittmann Battenfeld assumed responsibility for the production cell including the needle valve cold runner mold and the LSR dosing system. On the material side they succeeded in getting on board Covestro as producer of polycarbonate (PC). For the rheological design and the simulation of the flow behavior, the team was able to count on the many years of cooperation with Sigma Engineering. Hasco assumed responsibility for the design and gating of the hot runner system for the thermoplastic injection molding process. Last but not least, the Kunststoff-Cluster Niederösterreich is also supporting the project, promising a high benefit for all involved through the intensive exchange of information on the latest technologies and offering the students a direct insight into the practical side.


It all started with a competition  
The students were asked to design a smartphone holder that could be fixed into any dashboard ventilation grille of a conventional car. It was to be rotatable for horizontal and vertical use (e.g. as a navigation system), and adjust flexibly to the typical dimensions of modern smartphones. 
The specifications called for the use of the two-component injection molding method and also specified the rigid and flexible components (PC and LSR). The full potential of these materials, was to be fully exploited. The brief also stated that the two-component part should have a high-quality surface appearance and, looking ahead to a possible market launch, naturally exclude any infringement of patents etc. 


Initial drafts with clear favorites 
The presentation of the draft designs finally led to student Georg Siegele emerging as the clear winner with his Butterfly design. It beat off the other contestants through its well-conceived, functional design from both the production and the application side and his convincingly presented arguments. 

Plastic-oriented design 
In line with the specification, the design consists of a single two-component part, in which the PC holder provides stability and allows the part to be mounted on the ventilation grille, while the flexible smartphone connection is made of LSR. 
"Butterfly" is suitable for the current smartphones and in the meantime, series production has started. 

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27.09.2019

ELMET at K 2019

New developments and enhancements in LSR dosing! Here you can find the whole article from "European Plastic Product Manufacturer".

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New developments and enhancements in LSR dosing! Here you can find the whole article from "European Plastic Product Manufacturer".

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10.10.2018

OPC-UA interface

Interesting article from "Publisher for the polymer industrie" about the topic "LSR dosing system with OPC-UA interface".

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Interesting article from "Publisher for the polymer industrie" about the topic "LSR dosing system with OPC-UA interface".

The "Open Platform Communication” enables the LSR dosing system to communicate in real time with the injection moulding machine and to exchange data.

This makes it possible to save recipes and parameters directly with the machine data and to set and change them in the control of the injection moulding machine. 

As a result, the dosing system can be easily operated from the injection moulding machine.

The complete article you'll find HEAR

A Video about "OPC-UA Interface" you'll find HEAR

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contac us personally or via e-mail!

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28.11.2017

Dosing in perfection!

Exciting practise report to our dosing system "TOP 5000 P" in the trade magazine "Austromatisierung"under the topic "Dosing in perfection".

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Dosing in perfection!

Exciting practise report to our dosing system "TOP 5000 P" in the trade magazine "Austromatisierung"under the topic "Dosing in perfection".

From the edition 09 (release date 28.11.2017) - released in the print edition and on www.austromatisierung.at

The whole article (only available in german) can be downloaded hear!

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09.05.2017

More comfort and safety in liquid injection molding!

The magazine KGK (Caoutchouc, Rubber, Plastics) Rubberpoint released a very interesting article of our brand new dosing system "TOP 5000P" under the topic: More comfort and safety in liquid injection molding!

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More comfort and safety in liquid injection molding!

The magazine KGK (Caoutchouc, Rubber, Plastics) Rubberpoint released a very interesting article of our brand new dosing system "TOP 5000P" under the topic: More comfort and safety in liquid injection molding!

The new dosing system was shown for the first time at the "K 2016" fair.

The TOP 5000 P is very easy to operate and accessible from each side for a safety and comfortable drum change.

The whole article (only available in german) can be downloaded hear!

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