APLIX, a specialist in self-gripping fasteners, has developed the inter-mold® technology, making it possible to offer a new generation of fasteners for the hook-and-loop industry. Inter-mold® fastening technology allows hooks to be injection-moulded directly into plastic parts, thereby enabling users to eliminate the need for adhesives and ultrasonic welding.
The inter-mold® technology developed by APLIX is implemented with the use of tooling inserts that create small hooks. The hooks are moulded during a standard injection cycle (one-shot); the process is environmentally friendly, as it reduces the need for glue and adhesives.
The inter-mold® hook shapes are compatible with a wide range of existing loop materials such as woven, non-woven or knitted material. The inter-mold® hook process relies on inserts that are either fixed or retractable, and can be used with a variety of materials, including polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE), polyamide (PA6, PA6.6), polyacetal (POM), and thermoplastic elastomers.
Inter-mold® technology has manifold applications: it is used across the medical, automotive and cleaning-products sectors.
In the automotive field, APLIX has designed fastening systems for automotive interiors and cargo management. Inter-mold® technology has been particularly beneficial when used in overhead systems.
In the cleaning industry, the use of self-gripping fasteners makes it easier to affix cloth or wipes. The inter-mold® hooks have the same properties as plastic and are unaffected by humidity, the use of detergents and sterilization. Inter-mold® also offers flexibility with regard to design, for the consumer as well as the professional cleaning market.
APLIX offers a wide range of inter-mold® fasteners that are suited to many applications in high-performance fastening systems. Inter-mold® fasteners provide an alternative if the plastic used for a product does not permit the direct injection of hooks into the material. APLIX can tailor the design and the product to the individual needs of its customers: parts can be made to order for specific applications
APLIX is a global leader in hook-and-loop fasteners and has manufacturing facilities in France, the USA and China. The company is headquartered in Le Cellier (in the west of France). APLIX FASTENERS UK Ltd is APLIX’s British subsidiary and is based in Suffolk (in the east of England).
APLIX, which was founded in 1958, produces innovative systems for use in a wide range of sectors, with applications in hygiene, automotive, aerospace, packaging, cleaning, cabling and abrasives.
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