IKV Conference International Injection Moulding Conference in Aachen

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Visitors to the IIMC in the IKV injection moulding pilot plant.
Visitors to the IIMC in the IKV injection moulding pilot plant.
(Source: IKV / Fröls)

Germany – For the third time, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University has issued invitations for the International Injection Moulding Conference, in short: IIMC 2017. The conference, to be held in Aachen, Germany on 15 -16 March 2017, will have national and international experts from the injection moulding sector who will speak on innovative developments in injection moulding engineering and process technology, new approaches for enhancing production efficiency and the impact of digitisation in the context of Industry 4.0 for the plastics industry.

Weight reduction in automotive applications, ambitious material demands in electronics, and stringent requirements on cleanliness in medical engineering are only some of the special challenges facing injection moulding processors. This necessarily means that the injection moulding technologies must be constantly refined and adapted. The papers to be given at the third IIMC will pick up on these challenges and discuss potential solutions and further developments.

Experts from the industry will speak, for example, on optics made of plastics for innovative human-machine interfaces, the shortening of product development processes in electronics, optical lenses made of liquid silicone rubber (LSR), the manufacture of transparent composites, improving the surface aesthetics of body panels and use of the liquid injection technique in the automotive sector. The topics will be supplemented by papers on software developments and integrative functionalisation processes.

Professor Christian Hopmann, head of the Institute of Plastics Processing, will represent the scientific side and his scientific assistants will present papers on the importance of Industry 4.0 for the plastics segment, the integrative production of individualised lightweight parts and the role of simulation in the processing of long fibre-reinforced thermoplastics. Another part of the program will be a visit to IKV's injection moulding pilot plants and laboratories for composite materials. There, IKV members will give live demonstrations on the machines to give the delegates an insight to the research at the Institute.

In addition to the strategically selected topics and papers, the IIMC provides a global, inter-industry network platform for all companies active in the injection moulding segment. The accompanying trade show will also contribute to this. The conference is directed at international managers and experts from all areas of the industry as well as processors, converters, machine manufacturers and raw material suppliers.

The speakers from six countries are from the following companies: Engel, Austria, LG Electronics, Korea, Microsoft Corporation, USA, Sabic, Netherlands, Sanoh, Japan, and Hella, IOS, Osram and SimpaTec from Germany. The conference will be moderated by Markus Lüling, chief editor of the trade magazine, K-Profi. The conference will be conducted in English.