Sheet molded compounds (SMC) as exterior trim parts need a perfect surface condition for being coated or painted. This is often done as a manual pre-treatment of the mold with a carrier-coating, which is time consuming and sometimes quality is suffering, alternatively an automated spray coating system is required, which boosts the investment of the production process.
In-mold-coating (IMC) by IMCoatec™ is a reliable and reproducible automatic process to provide an excellent ready-to-coat surface (class A) on SMC parts at minimum cost of ownership.
IMCoatec™ is a single component mold injection system* which provides a chemical joint between the SMC and IMC, offering following advantages:
- reduced weight
- complex design geometries
- corrosion resistance
- Sensors and antennas can be mounted invisibly underneath the SMC