Industry meeting in Thuringia with useful information and insider tips

| Author / Editor: Rosemarie Stahl / Rosemarie Stahl

The experts of the panel debate discussed the opportunities and risks of internationalisation of regional tool and mould making.
The experts of the panel debate discussed the opportunities and risks of internationalisation of regional tool and mould making. (Source: Stahl)

In March, it was time again for one of Meusburger's industry meetings. This time, some 68 companies took the opportunity to meet up in Schmalkalden, Germany. The day was filled with networking, exchange of information and presentations by experts.

The most important message at the end of the day was how important it is for German tool and mould makers to co-operate. Co-operation is exactly what Meusburger had in mind with this industry meeting: The event aims to be a platform for exchanging news and information, for talking about practical applications, and – most importantly – for bringing together professionals from the sector.

This offer was accepted by 68 companies, bringing 129 professionals together at Schmalkalden University. The lecture hall was almost full. The atmosphere was friendly right from the beginning: People know each other in tool and mould making.

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For some of the participants it was a trip back to the roots: The University of Applied Sciences in Schmalkalden is where it all started for many German engineers.

For everyone who had not set foot on the university grounds, Professor Thomas Seul, Professor for Production Engineering and Tool Construction and Pro-Rector for Research and Transfer at Schmalkalden University, first introduced the University and also the work of the Laboratory of Applied Plastics Technology AKT.

The series of lectures was opened by Stephan Klumpp, who held a very motivational presentation about tool adjustment with reverse engineering data. Klumpp, founder and CEO of Proplas, demonstrated how much time companies lose with analogue analysing and testing methods. According to Klumpp, those methods are highly time-consuming and at the same time don't provide reliable data. Proplas offers external analyses and return of scan data for efficient tool adjustment. The subsequent questions from participants indicate that there is a great deal of interest in alternatives to analogue measuring methods.

The presentation was followed by a joined introduction of the co-operation between Meusburger and PSG. After the merger last year, the companies presented the future of their co-operation. As of 31 March, PSG hot runner systems are available in Meusburger's product catalogue, which is available online.

The third presentation was held by Stephan Schumer of Simcon. He presented the opportunities of injection mould simulation. According to Schumer, a simulation allows for automated optimisation of components, tools and processes without having to handle a huge amount of numbers and data. End users can therefore do without complicated data input and calculating times because the simulation does it for them. Optimisation is therefore possible in less time and independent of the user: The achieved optimum does not rely on the experience of a single person but on verifiable calculations of the simulation software.

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