Backpart moulding of shoes
Efficient microwave moulding

Backpart moulding of shoes

Client

Texon

Project scope

Texon manufacture and supply structural components to the shoe industry globally. We were tasked with developing the next evolution of back-part moulding in shoe manufacturing. This process which is critical in defining the shape of the shoe needs precise thermal control and uniform heating.

Project Innovations

  • We designed and implemented a prototype microwave backpart moulder that reduces energy consumption by 70%, time needed per shoe by 80% and reduces the moulding process to a single station (patent filed)
  • We developed a novel material that is ideally suited to the microwave backpart moulding process (patent filed)

Status

  • We delivered the prototype moulder and all material formulations in mid-2014