Founded in 1960, ASC is a non-profit Association, with about 160 members including Italian plastics and rubber machinery, ancillary equipment and moulds manufacturers. The main aim of ASSOCOMAPLAST is to promote worldwide Italian plastics and rubber processing technologies. The Italian industry for plastic and rubber processing ranks second in the world in export volume, offering a complete range of original machines.
ASSOCOMAPLAST will actively disseminate the project results to their member SMEs as well as oher European SMEs in the sector. ASC has a broad experience in dissemination activities devoted to promote the Italian companies in the sector, worldwide. In addition, ASSOCOMAPLAST will work together with BPF and SPIF in activities devoted to the training of member SMEs in order to ensure a successful transfer of knowledge on TDM-SEALS´ results.
TDM-SEALS project aims to develop a novel production processes for the fabrication of low-friction plastic and rubber seals, at competitive prices. We propose using surface texturing of the components during the moulding, to achieve a reduction in the seal dynamic friction of >20%. Furthermore, the production process for surface textured seals will be optimised by reducing the production-cycle time related to the demoulding difficulties. To achieve this aim a novel ceramic coating for the moulds will be developed.