Nakata powder slush molding machine.



The Challenge: You need to turn plastic powder into skins for instrument panels and other automotive interior surfaces. Consistent color, texture and performance of the finished product are essential – and your raw material costs are established. So how do you maximize quality, but keep production costs at a minimum?


The Nakata Solution: We designed our Powder Slush Molding Machine to produce higher quality skins by fluidizing the powder and distributing it evenly in the electroformed nickel mold, with a patent-pending system for removing excess powder. We also use a high-efficiency heating mechanism, with careful uniformity maintained for both heating and cooling. In short, a better product at a lower cost. Small wonder, then, that the automotive industry has made this their #1 choice, with more installations worldwide than any similar machine.



Better skin quality – with more uniform thickness and 10% lighter weight compared to products made by other methods.
Significantly lower operating cost – thanks to an ultra-high efficiency furnace, uniform heating and cooling, and other design factors.
Longer usable mold life (over 30,000 uses) – thanks to uniform temperature control, which prevents cracking from distortion and the cooling process.
No special know-how required – compared to traditional heat-method mold manufacturing.


Available options:

  • Automatic mold changer
  • Material provisioning equipment
  • Adaptable to other methods (oil heating method, fluidized bed method, etc.)

Usable with major resins:

  • Olefinic thermoplastic elastomer resin (TPO)
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer resin (TPU)
  • Flexible polyvinyl chloride resin (PVC)

Mold heating method:

  • Direct heating method using energy-efficient LPG (LNG)

High quality molding:

  • Powder is fluidized and air blown which contributes to uniform surface
  • Improved excess powder removal (patent pending)
  • Prevention of powder leaking at sealed face
  • Uniform heating by controlled hot air reduces uneven color
  • Powdering pattern setting for each mold is available

Mold cooling method:

  • Uniform cooling by shower and blown air reduces cooling time through vaporized heat


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