K 2019 / IKV Witnessing three research topics live
Germany-based Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University will be presenting three research projects at its booth at the K show.
The Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and Craft at RWTH Aachen University will be in Hall 14, Booth C16 at K 2019 in Düsseldorf. Having always been present at the K plastics show that began in the 1950s, IKV will again take the advantage of the international platform to present some of its key research topics. Three IKV research projects will be on display: Digitalisation in injection moulding, additive manufacturing and plasma coating for particularly small parts.
At centre stage of the injection moulding project, will be practical demonstrations of digitalisation and optimisation of production processes under conditions similar to those encountered in the industry. Increasing process complexity is leading to increasing challenges in process set-ups. Co-operating with thirteen industry partners, IKV will demonstrate a production process that aims to shorten the set-up process with artificial intelligence during the running of an injection moulding machine. For this, the project partners chose a housing for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer to serve as the demonstration component.
The additive manufacturing project involves infill structures that represent the internal construction of a component to largely determine its mechanical properties. The project focuses on the development of a software program for the design of 3D infills to suit the load path. Visitors at the IKV booth will be able to watch the additive manufacturing of parts with optimised 3D infill structures that match the load path. The various potential applications of the new 3D infill structures and the results of simulations of different 2.5D and 3D infill structures will be showcased.
A team of plasma scientists developed a modular, highly scalable plasma unit for the interior coating of small hollow articles, like medical syringes, ampoules, coffee beakers and spouts. The functionalities include increasing the barrier effect against gases and aromas, reducing friction and improving chemical resistance. Here, the scientists will demonstrate the automatic coating of plastic syringes, including the handling of specimens. Visitors will be able to compare the friction-reducing effect on coated syringes with that of uncoated ones.