Introducing Stage

New for 2017, the 'Interplas Introducing’ stage will take new products, technologies, materials and services and ‘introduce’ them in quick-fire presentations that will demonstrate how they can lead to increased efficiency, cost reductions, quality improvements and a better bottom line. The free-to-attend presentations will take a different theme on each of the three show days. For more information, see below.


26 September

10:00 - 10:20
Getting the best from your injection moulding machinery investment - Peter Gladigau, Corporate Strategist for All-Electric Technology - Summitomo Demag
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Peter Gladigau will describe how to get the best return on your machine investment, discussing in detail the recent technical advances in process and machine control and how those improvements can translate to increased output and profitability. By focusing on two key aspects of process control technology, activeFlowBalance and ActiveLock, Peter will give an insight into the real advantages process technology can bring to your business and how precision is being applied in new and innovative ways.

Peter  Gladigau
Product Manager
Sumitomo Demag
10:20 - 10:40
Aluminium vs. steel tooling - A practical study - Prof. Simon Vaitkevicius, Consultant Trainer - RJG Technologies
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The presentation will give an overview of a study that RJG Technologies Ltd.  have been undertaking for a customer who produces very high quality Aluminium material who was looking to provide a quantifiable differentiation between their Aluminium they produce and others on the market. RJG have helped design an innovative two cavity tool to produce a simple product. The tool includes the eDART pressure and temperature sensor technology which analyses in-cavity parameters between the aluminium and steel sides of the tool. The presentation will cover the findings of the differences between the aluminium and steel side of the tool and draws conclusions on the implementation of aluminium mould tools for production tooling.

Professor Simon  Vaitkevicius
Consultant Trainer
RJG Technologies
10:40 - 11:00
Introducing small changes for the biggest rewards in injection moulding - Craig Forrester, Staubli Connections Division
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Productivity, namely what we produce for the amount of work it takes to do it, and solving the issue of it flatlining in the UK in recent years, is a hurdle the manufacturing industry must jump in order to remain competitive.

Noise around overcoming the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’ has been getting louder of late, with solutions pointing at working smarter, not harder, with investment essential to secure future success.

In his presentation, Craig will look at how automation solutions for injection moulding can open new levels of productivity, process reliability and flexibility and give advice to manufacturers on how to choose the most suitable system for the maximum return on investment.

Craig  Forrester
Connectors Division Manager
14:00 - 14:20
Injection Moulding : Achieving Your Goals in Energy Efficiency - Fred Pratt, Business Development Manager - CSS
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

The drivers to make more gains in energy-efficiency are intensifying, be they stakeholder expectations, compliance to standards, levy mitigation, or just plain vanilla bottom-line improvement. For most, energy efficiency and emissions reduction is becoming a strategic issue into the 2020s. This session with Fred Pratt will run through the major and minor options for injection moulders as to where energy-savings may be achieved, with a review of their respective  impact, and the factors to be considered building a strong case for the investment.

Fred Pratt
Business Development, Energy Effciency Division
CCS Technology Ltd
14:20 - 14:40
Virtual Optimisation of Injection Moulding Tools and Processes - Tobias Mansfeld, Technical Sales Manager - SIGMA Engineering GmbH
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

For quite some time simulation is an established tool in the development of injection moulded parts. Its
use allows early statements on the expectable part quality and speeds up the development of new products. However, injection moulding tools and processes become more and more sophisticated
while at the same time the importance of economic goals is ever - increasing bestowing them with
a major influence on the decisions made for the final process. Under these conditions, a simple flow simulation is no longer sufficient to answer all questions and provide a sound basis for decisions. Only the consideration of the whole process and mould with all components allows reliable predictions
and in combination with up - to - date methodology guarantees a stable production process
while simultaneously making it more profitable. With the help of virtual tests time and cost
intensive test series on the machine and mould iterations can be avoided and improve the part quality and process robustness at the same time .

The goal of the presentation is to illustrate, how a holistic and methodical approach, in which simulation and autonomous optimization are key components, helps to find the ideal mould configuration and the optimum set - up for the injection moulding process before the tool is
built. While an endless number of possibilities is easily evaluated and validated, the virtual
molding technology provides solid ground for decisions which make the mould and process
more economic as well as improve the quality of the final product. 

14:40 - 15:00
Gas based technologies for higher productivity in injection moulding , Andreas Praller, Senior Expert - Linde Group
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

This presentation will give an overview about state-of-the-art technologies based on industrial gases, mainly CO2, to reduce cycle times and improve plastic part quality. A growing number of customers use these technologies to produce injection moulded plastic parts for the automotive industry, but also other industry segments.

Andreas  Praller
Senior Expert

27 September

10:00 - 10:20
Vistamaxx Performance Polymers - Engineered to Create New Possibilities - Dan Jarvis, Technical Manager - Plastribution
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

This presentation will introduce UK plastics processors to Vistamaxx, a speciality polymer based on ExxonMobil Chemical´s proprietary technology. Daniel will explain how as a versatile product, it can be used in a variety of applications including films, injection moulded components, extruded parts, hygiene and hot melt adhesives.

Dan Jarvis
Technical and Business Development Manager, Plastribution
10:20 - 10:40
Antimicrobial & detectable additives: the key issues and how to overcome them - Huw Durban, Director - SteriTouch
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

This paper starts by outlining the opportunities offered by antimicrobial and detectable additives for both brands and processors; examines the economics of making them work in a competitive environment; and discusses the major pitfalls and issues experienced by both brand owners and their manufacturing partners; offering options and solutions to help improve efficiency and productivity in plastics processing.

Subjects and themes covered will include:

  • Safeguarding the properties of your plastics whilst using additives and masterbatches
  • Minimising dosage (thus cost) whilst maximising protection
  • Ensuring stability during the incorporation process
  • Enhancing brand image and appeal to users
  • Increasing brand protection from counterfeiting and other potentially damaging issues
  • Finding solutions for ‘difficult’ polymers

And hot topics such as:

  • Thermally conductive compounds
  • Electro-magnetic field insulation (EMF shielding)
  • Antimicrobials and flame-retardancy: getting it right!
  • Public health claims: they’re NOT what antimicrobials are about!  Think product protection instead

The presentation will cite examples of the latest developments in antimicrobial and detectable technologies and applications; and explore the possibilities which current R&D could unlock too. Attendees will gain valuable insights into maximising the opportunities for brands and processors alike, both right now and into the future.

Huw Durban
10:40 - 11:00
Sustainable Corporate Design Innovation – Where it goes wrong and how to put it right - Steve May-Russell, Chairman, British Industrial Design Agency (BIDA)
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

With 46 years’ of New Product Development and Innovation we have a clear understanding of what it takes to deliver an ongoing pipeline of innovation. Planning beyond the ‘one trick pony’ of success, we’ll explain why we put people at the heart of everything we do. How our Human Centred Design techniques help to capture what really matters and where our experience shows many companies fail by starting at the wrong point.
Steve May-Russell
British Industrial Design Agency (BIDA)
14:00 - 14:20
Smart Packaging: A case study from the Pharmaceutical industry - Tim Marsden, Project Manager - CPI Innovation Services
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

This presentation will focus on CPI's role, in collaboration with GSK and AstraZeneca, to develop and scale up 'smart packaging' with printed electronics. The partners are working together to commercialise prototypes and create a market ready supply chain that facilitates mass market adoption. The integration of printed electronics into packaging opens up a wide range of market opportunities to create added value for the pharma industry; providing benefits for producers, distributors and consumers alike.

Tim Marsden
Project Manager
CPI Innovation Services
14:20 - 14:40
Fibre - Reinforced Polymer Composites: Tailored Materials for Tailored Performance - Ben Hargreaves, Consultancy Manager - NetComposites
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

This presentation will provide an overview of the performance enhancements that can be achieved by reinforcing plastics with fibres such as carbon and glass.

It will explain how the fibres can be used enhance the stiffness, strength and durability of plastics to produce lightweight structures with highly tailored performance for applications across a wide range of industrial sectors.

Ben Hargreaves
Consultancy Manager
14:40 - 15:00
Thermoplastic Compound Solutions For Lighting: Collaborate to innovate - Andy Pilling, BDM and Technical Application Development Manager - ALBIS UK
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Within this presentation, Andy will speak from ALBIS Group’s position as a material supplier to numerous international lighting companies. The presentation provides an overview of the company’s portfolio of products in this developing area and technical material attributes are illustrated through numerous case-studies.  Different approaches to application development are discussed. Areas covered during the presentation are: light diffusion products for homogenous led light dispersion; reflective light blocking for prevention of light leakage; thermal management in lighting assemblies; infra-red light translucent technology; and light collecting technology.


28 September

10:00 - 10:20
The new ASTM Standard for measuring plastics film and the impact for the Industry - Malcolm Littlewood, Director - QO-Tech Measurements Systems on behalf of SolveTech
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Malcolm Littlewood will tell the conference about a new Standard for Measuring Plastic Film. He will explain the potential impact for the industry based on new technology specifically important for films of less than 50 microns in thickness, where digital micrometry does not provide sufficient reliability and reproducibility of measurement.  The method is non-contact and is applicable to both on-line and off-line applications. Currently the method is under ‘Ballot’ at the ASTM, and will be ‘breaking news’ at the time of Interplas.

10:20 - 10:40
Weathering and Lightfastness Testing - Best Practice for Product Protection - Joanne Snow-Tyler, Senior Materials Technologist - Impact Solutions
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Any product that sits outside, goes outside and or sits indoor but in direct sunlight is susceptible to the damaging effects of Sunlight, UV and weather damage. This paper will look at the different types of accelerated weathering and lightfastness testing available and using real world examples explain best practice for each of the products.

10:40 - 11:00
Innovations in IR thermography for improved quality control in the Injection Moulding Process - Manfred Pfadt, Product Manager, Sensors - Micro Epsilon
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Inline thermography is a new solution for recognising quality fluctuations in injection moulding production. Present inspection methods rely on the human eye, vision systems and weighing which can not fully identify quality fluctuations until after they occur. Manfred Pfadt will say this is where the advantages of the innovative MoldCONTROL system come into full effect. Infrared thermal imaging cameras can detect the complete part and inspect it according to predefined parameters enabling understanding of issues with the mould tool cooling circuits, extruder feed and identifying short shot production.
During this session delegates will learn how to improve quality control in injection moulding; the effects of Mould Tool Cooling Circuit issues in final part production; short shot identification in two-part component moulds; how to improve productivity through process understanding. Examples of existing customer installations will also be discussed.

14:00 - 14:20
Cavity Pressure Monitoring for Zero Defect Injection Moulding - Duncan Webster, Applications Engineer - Kistler Instruments
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Cavity pressure monitoring is a well proven technique for identifying cavity fill problems in real time so that out of specification products can be identified and rejected and moulds protected from damage due to overfilling. This paper describes the latest systems that use cavity pressure profiles to control the injection process to minimise incorrect cavity filling and so reduce rejects. These systems control the injection moulding process and balance the hot runner system, irrespective of the machines, moulds and peripherals used.

Cavity pressure monitoring allows process fluctuations to be corrected during the moulding phase in real-time as the process control system optimizes the switchover point for all the cavities, resulting in balanced injection behaviour across the entire production sequence. The system synchronizes the pressure profiles by individually controlling the nozzle temperatures on the hot runner, stabilizing the process by adjusting for batch fluctuations and other process conditions.

The new approach to production focuses on consistent digitization leading to enhanced product quality and increased cost-efficiency. Moulders using these new techniques are ideally placed to meet the requirements for digital networking demands of Industry 4.0.

This key advantage, compared with systems based on melt front detection, makes the process control more accurate and provides additional benefits for the user.

Duncan Webster
Applications Engineer
Kistler Instruments
14:20 - 14:40
Essentials of Laboratory Weathering for Plastics - Weathering and Corrosion, Andy Francis, Marketing Project Manager - Q Labs
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

Weathering testing is a critical component of research, quality control, qualification, and new product development for plastics and polymeric materials used in a variety of industries.

Dr. Andy Francis will tell the audience how weathering test methods help engineers improve their products, minimise failures, and reduce raw material costs.

His paper will explore the various weathering test options available, including both outdoor and accelerated methods. Special attention is given to evaluating the emission spectra, methods of water simulation, uniformity, and practical considerations regarding use of the two major types of accelerated testers. The inherent strengths and weaknesses of each tester will be discussed, including purchase price and operating costs. Defining goals of weathering testing and development of appropriate weathering testing programs will also be presented.

Dr Andy Francis
Weathering and Corrosion Projects Manage
Q-Lab Corporation
14:40 - 15:00
Merging Smart Factories with High Volume Manufacturing - Dr Julien Loste, Consultant - Smithers Rapra
Location:  Introducing Stage

Why you should attend this presentation

There are fundamental questions in injection moulding: What is happening inside the mould? What is the quality of the injected product? What is the manufacturing plant productivity? PREVIEW enables polymer manufacturers to monitor injection moulding signals via the use of cavity sensors and a data acquisition system, identify and correct process inconsistencies using an advanced predictive system and wireless data transmission. How to improve your injection moulding process? Let us PREVIEW-it.

Dr Julien Loste
Smithers Rapra

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