The Earth-friendly alternative to conventional production methods, NexCell® powers the world’s first SCF foam elastomer injection forming machines.
Leaving a Lighter Touch on the Planet, NexCell® Produces Zero Waste
NexCell®The NexCell® process reduces defective products and plastic strip waste from the tooling design. Due to a chemical reaction, these defective products or plastic strips cannot be recycled in the chemical foaming process. Processing this waste is expensive and harms the environment. However, the NexCell® process ensures defective products and plastic strip waste can be 100% recycled and reused because they have not undergone a chemical reaction. This significantly reduces waste processing costs and unit material cost while leaving a lighter touch on the planet.
NexCell® Results in 100% Recyclable Products Via a Chemical-free Process
NexCell®How it works: Once the plastic material is melted into a liquid state, it is evenly mixed with nitrogen or carbon dioxide without producing any chemical reactions. The finished product maintains its original plastic macromolecule state. When recycled, it only needs to be grounded before it is produced into pellets with injection, resulting in plastic material that can be 100% recycled.
NexCell® Replaces Toxic Chemical Foaming Agents with Ordinary Air
NexCell®How it works: NexCell® uses nitrogen and carbon dioxide to create a foaming agent from ordinary air to form a supercritical fluid (SCF) through a specific temperature and pressure, achieving a gas state and liquid state. This fluidic homogeneous phase compresses nitrogen or carbon dioxide SCF. The NexCell® process then adjusts the SCF gas in molten plastic material to produce even mixing. When the mixed material is injected into the forming mold, air pockets form in the material due to temperature and pressure changes, achieving the foaming of plastic material.
The SCF Foam Elastomer Injection Forming Principle
A supercritical fluid (SCF) forms when the gas and liquid states of a specific gas coexist at a specific temperature and pressure. SCFs can be compressed like a gas while keeping a liquid state, enabling its use as a foam additive in the foam elastomer foaming process. In the NexCell® SCF foam elastomer production process, no chemical agents are added other than the macromolecule plastic material. This is different than traditional chemical foam forming technology and thus, SCF foaming is also called "physical foaming".
SCF foam injection forming uses one or more types of inert gas (such as N2 or CO2) to produce SCF at a specific temperature and pressure. A specially designed device introduces the SCF into the molten macromolecule plastic material with a specific viscosity. This SCF and evenly mixed macromolecule plastic material is injected into the molding via the injection device. The sudden change in temperature and pressure of the mixed material as it is injected into the molding will immediately change the SCF into a gas state, which releases its original compressed state in an instant. This allows the gas to rapidly expand and push the mixture into the mold, completing the SCF foam injection forming process.
NexCell® Production Features
The NexCell® SCF foam elastomer injection forming machine developed by KingSteel and our European Co-Innovation Partner (ECIP) is the world’s first “mass production type” SCF foam elastomer injection forming machine. King Steel’s MICS TM core integration technology (Multiple Injectors and Mold-Clamp System; MICS TM) developed over many decades was used as the development theme to make the SCF foam elastomer injection forming into a single multi-nozzle, multi-work station, multi-mold machine. This new machine was named “NexCell®” .
The next-generation foam elastomer (Next Cell) produced through this process is expected to improve customers’ product value and industry competitiveness. The 100% recyclability of NexCell® products can help material brands and customers promote a circular economy while protecting the earth’s ecology and environment.
US Recommendation for Research and Development
One Injector, multi-stations, high utilization, accurate and stable mixing system, ultra-high reproducibility
UE Recommended for Mass Production
Two Injectors, multi-stations, high utilization, accurate and stable mixing system, ultra-high reproducibility. Increase productitivy 70%# 2 injector