Peter Radosai, Head of Sales Europe (3rd from left) and Markus Zabel, Process Engineer (far right) at LWB Steinl meet up with IKV staff for the official handing-over of the new injection unit: Nafi Yesildag, Head of Extrusion Dept., Florian Lemke, research assistant, Prof. Christian Hopmann, Institute Director, and Michael Drach, research assistant (from left to right) (Photo: IKV/Fröls)
Official handing-over of the new injection unit from LWB Steinl at IKV (Photo: IKV/Fröls)

22 February 2017
IKV research into the injection moulding of elastomers
A new LWB Steinl elastomer injection moulding machine in the IKV development plant

IKV has received a new vertical elastomer injection moulding machine of type VSEFE 3000/2000/330 b Performance from LWB Steinl GmbH & Co. KG, Altdorf. Peter Radosai, Head of Sales Europe, handed over the new machine in a ceremony at the IKV development plant. The EF-E injection unit (LWB Stein’s designation) represents the state-of-the-art in the field of injection technology. It combines the positive properties of the first-in, first-out (FIFO) principle of an EF injection unit with a fully-emptying E system. A clear reduction in heating time can also be achieved through the multi-stage control of the dissipative injection energy ... Read more in the PDF.


Tape unit in the IKV’s FRP pilot plant (Photo: IKV)
Tape unit in the IKV’s FRP pilot plant (Photo: IKV)

20 February 2017
New production unit for UD tapes at IKV
Research into the interaction of tape properties and the downstream processing method

IKV has brought a new unit for the production of unidirectional (UD) tapes into operation. The unit works on the principle of extrusion-based melt impregnation and has an online quality assurance system. IKV is using the new unit to research the interaction of measurable quality parameters and the cost-efficiency of the process. The tape unit was developed jointly with partners Breyer Maschinenfabrik, Pixargus, F.A. Kümpers and KUKA Industries and has been set up in the IKV’s Development Plant for fibre reinforced plastics. Read more in the PDF.


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

23 November 2016
IIMC 2017 – International Injection Moulding Conference in Aachen
IKV Conference on March 15 - 16, 2017

For the third time, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University has issued an invitation to attend the International Injection Moulding Conference, in short: IIMC 2017. The conference will be held in Aachen on March 15 - 16, 2017. National and international experts from the injection moulding sector will speak about 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. Read more in the PDF.


Print head of the X1000 3D printer from German RepRap in the IKV pilot plant for additive manufacturing (photo: IKV/Fröls)
Print head of the X1000 3D printer from German RepRap in the IKV pilot plant for additive manufacturing (photo: IKV/Fröls)

1 August 2016
IKV at K 2016
Focus on Industry 4.0 and Additive Manufacturing

IKV will again be represented at K 2016 in Düsseldorf from October 19 - 26, 2016, with its own stand in Hall 14/C16. Since the beginnings of the "K" trade show in the 1950s, IKV has been highlighting selected research topics on this international platform. At K 2016, IKV will be presenting the topics of additive manufacturing and integrative production technology in the form of a Cyber Physical Production System (CPPS) - in short: Industry 4.0 - for plastics processing. (Read more in a PDF.)


Fuel cell stack with bipolar plates made of a plastic compound (photo: Eisenhuth/IKV)
Fuel cell stack with bipolar plates made of a plastic compound (photo: Eisenhuth/IKV)

25 July 2016
Flexible, joinable bipolar plates
Compound development at IKV: Combining flexibility with high electrical conductivity

IKV is carrying out research into a new approach for the production of graphite-filled polypropylene compounds. The aim is to improve the mechanical properties of the compound compared with commercially available materials while maintaining the same electrical conductivity. For this, a blend of polypropylene and elastomer was first produced in order to increase the elasticity of the matrix material. A mixture of selected, electrically conductive graphitic fillers was then incorporated. Efforts were made to keep the filler content as low as possible while still ensuring the necessary electrical conductivity for the particular application. The potential usability of the new materials is demonstrated by producing bipolar plates for fuel cells.. (Read more in a PDF.)


Rolf Saß (left), Managing Director of Engel Deutschland GmbH, hands over the all-electric injection moulding machine ENGEL e-motion 440 to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann (photo: IKV/Fröls)
Rolf Saß (left), Managing Director of Engel Deutschland GmbH, hands over the all-electric injection moulding machine ENGEL e-motion 440 to Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann (photo: IKV/Fröls)

20 May 2016
IKV research into optical components

New ENGEL injection moulding machine in IKV's injection moulding pilot plant

The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University now has a new all-electric injection moulding machine of Type ENGEL e-motion 440/160 from ENGEL AUSTRIA. Rolf Saß, Managing Director of Engel Deutschland GmbH, handed over the machine to IKV during the Polymer Optics Days 2016. The new all-electric toggle clamp injection moulding machine is specifically geared to the production of optical components. It offers the possibility of examining high-precision injection moulding and injection-compression moulding techniques. The machine has a clamping force of 1600 kN and is equipped with a 35 mm screw specially coated for transparent plastics.

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Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Georg Menges bei der feierlichen Verleihung der Ehrendoktorwürde mit Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, Institutsleiter IKV (li), Mag. Martin Payer, Geschäftsführer PCCL, Univ.Prof. Dr. Clemens Holzer, Franz Josef Wolf, em.Univ.Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Langecker, Univ.Prof. Dr. Walter Friesenbichler, Univ.Prof. Dr. Clara Schuecker, Univ.Prof. Dr. Gerald Pinter und Dr.-Ing. Herbert Müller, VV der IKV-Fördervereinigung, (re), (Foto: D. Gruber)
Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Georg Menges at the celebrations to mark the presentation of his honorary doctorate together with Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV, Mag. Martin Payer, Managing Director PCCL, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Clemens Holzer, Franz Josef Wolf, WOCO Industrietechnik, em. Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Günter Langecker, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Walter Friesenbichler, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Clara Schuecker, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerald Pinter and Dr.-Ing. Herbert Müller, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IKV Association of Sponsors (from l. to r.) (photo: D. Gruber)

22 April 2016
Honorary Doctorate of the Montanuniversität Leoben for Professor Georg Menges

Plastics technology studies in Leoben supported by Professor Menges since the 1960s

Aachen/Leoben, April 2016. The Montan University of Leoben in Austria has awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Georg Menges, the former head of the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University. On account of his globally acknowledged scientific achievements and the good relations existing between the Montan University and IKV since the late sixties, Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Georg Menges received the honorary doctorate during an academic ceremony on March 18, 2016 in Leoben. Because of its technical orientation, the Montanuniversität has traditionally always had close contacts with industry, extending to research and development partnerships over a period of many years. Alongside teaching and research, knowledge transfer has always been one of the three key drivers at Montan University. During his work at IKV, Prof. Menges made an important contribution to this. (Read more.)

 


Handover of the symbolic key, especially manufactured for the occasion at IKV's new pilot plant for additive manufacturing. (l. to r.): Dr.-Ing. Herbert Müller, Chairman of the Board of IKV's Association of Sponsors, Prof. Dr. rer.pol. Malte Brettel, Vice-Rector at RWTH Aachen University for Industry and Business Relations, Marcel Philipp, Mayor of the City of Aachen, Svenja Schulze MdL, NRW Minister of Innovation, Science and Research, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV, Jörg Munsch, Branch Manager BLB NRW Aachen, Gabriele Willems, Managing Director BLB NRW (photo: BLB NRW, Bernd Klass)
Handover of the symbolic key, especially manufactured for the occasion at IKV's new pilot plant for additive manufacturing. (l. to r.): Dr.-Ing. Herbert Müller, Chairman of the Board of IKV's Association of Sponsors, Prof. Dr. rer.pol. Malte Brettel, Vice-Rector at RWTH Aachen University for Industry and Business Relations, Marcel Philipp, Mayor of the City of Aachen, Svenja Schulze MdL, NRW Minister of Innovation, Science and Research, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, head of IKV, Jörg Munsch, Branch Manager BLB NRW Aachen, Gabriele Willems, Managing Director BLB NRW (photo: BLB NRW, Bernd Klass)

15 April 2016
IKV's new buildings on Seffenter Weg

Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) celebrates official dedication. North Rhine-Westphalia's building and real estate management authority hands over fourth construction phase to RWTH Aachen University. New lab for additive manufacturing.

Aachen. The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University recently inaugurated the new buildings at Seffenter Weg 201 on the Campus Melaten. The head of the Institute, Professor Christian Hopmann, together with the head of the Aachen branch of the BLB (building and real estate management authority) of NRW, Jörg Munsch, and the Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Professor Ernst Schmachtenberg, invited representatives from politics, industry and universities to the opening on April 15, 2016. "In Aachen, old established traditions come together with modern technologies. This is due not least to institutes like IKV, which has been making a name for itself for nearly 70 years through modern and innovative research work. The Institute is of special importance for our state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where key technologies such as plastics technology play a major role. They are not only the strongest innovation driver, they are also by far the most powerful economic engine. In no other region of the world do plastic materials play such a key role in the economic development as they do in NRW," said NRW's Science Minister, Svenja Schulze. (Read more)


Technology developed at IKV for the processing of in-situ polymerising thermoplastics (photo: IKV)
Technology developed at IKV for the processing of in-situ polymerising thermoplastics (photo: IKV)

4 April 2016
Filament winding with thermoplastics

New technology at IKV: Processing of in-situ polymerising thermoplastics by filament winding

IKV is researching a new approach for the production of axially symmetrical composite structures with a thermoplastic matrix. For this purpose, IKV has developed a machine technology that processes so-called "in-situ polymerising thermoplastics" by filament winding. (Read more)

 


Organisational and technological perspectives of benchmarking (diagram: IKV/WZL)
Organisational and technological perspectives of benchmarking (diagram: IKV/WZL)

18 March 2016
Benchmarking consortium for injection moulding processors

IKV and WZL offer new participation possibilities

Aachen, March 2016 – The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, together with Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) at RWTH University, is once again putting together a consortium made up of injection moulding converters with the aim of drawing up a company comparison. The previous benchmarking project of this type was carried out in summer 2014 with a total of seven companies from Germany and Switzerland. The aim is to identify potential for improvement in the participating companies by comparing their performance with that of the others. Performance is compared both from an organisational and from a technological point of view. In this project, IKV's expertise in the field of plastics technology ideally supplements that of the WZL in the field of corporate organisation.

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Dr.-Ing Herbert Müller, CEO of Surteco SE and Chairman of the Board of the IKV Sponsors' Association, opens the 28th IKV Colloquium in the Eurogress Aachen (photo: Fröls/IKV)
Welcome to the 28th IKV Colloquium in the Eurogress Aachen (photo: Fröls/IKV)

26 February 2016
IKV meets the world in Aachen
28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology 2016: an international meeting place for the industry

By focusing on topics such as Industry 4.0 in plastics processing, additive manufacturing and lightweight construction, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University offered a number of important highlights at the recent 28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in Aachen. The event attracted 825 plastics experts from 24 nations. The keen interest of the delegates, who came from some 300 companies and institutions, underlined the importance of the event as a global meeting place for the plastics segment. The internationalisation of the industry and of plastics research was clearly visible in the audience. The visitors praised the broad content of the presentations and their technical depth – aspects that make the IKV Colloquium such an important highlight. (Read more in the PDF.)


At the 2014 IKV Colloquium, some 800 experts from the plastics segment came to the event in Aachen at the Eurogress (photo: TEMA/IKV)
At the 2014 IKV Colloquium, some 800 experts from the plastics segment came to the event in Aachen at the Eurogress (photo: TEMA/IKV)

30 October 2015
28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology
Recruiting. Networking. Innovating – IKV presents its latest research projects

IKV extends a cordial invitation to attend the 28th International Colloquium Plastics Technology in Aachen on February 24 and 25, 2016. The event, which is held every two years, is again expected to attract some 800 experts from the global plastics industry. In 2014, the Colloquium brought together delegates from more than 300 companies and 15 nations. Because of the international character of the event, all the papers will be interpreted simultaneously into English. (Read more in a PDF.)


IIMC 2015 (Foto: Fröls/IKV)
IIMC 2015 (Foto: Fröls/IKV)

26 Oktober 2015
IIMC is again a great success
Second International Injection Moulding Conference attracts a large number of international guests to Aachen

Aachen, October 2015 – At the end of September and beginning of October, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University staged its International Injection Moulding Conference (IIMC) for the second time, with global experts from industry and science presenting some of the current trends in injection moulding. The conference featured topics such as ... (Continue reading)


(photo: source_krsmanovic_fotolia)
(photo: fotolia)

26 August 2015
Film extrusion – Trends in raw materials, processing, applications
IKV Plastic Film Conference on November 10-11, 2015 in Aachen

This year's conference will focus on packaging film, but will also cover other technical film applications. It will demonstrate current developments with the raw materials and will highlight the latest machine engineering. Topics such as the economic efficiency and globalization of the plastic film industry will also be tackled. Furthermore, the conference will attempt to analyse industry forecasts and development trends. (Read more in the PDF.)


12 August 2015
CRP Repair 4.0 – RWTH Aachen University launches large-scale project
Seven institutes at RWTH Aachen develop infrastructure for the repair of CRP-based series vehicles


The increasing use of fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) in automotive construction is giving the automotive industry and vehicle workshops the challenge of providing economical repair methods. At RWTH Aachen University and in close cooperation with seven research institutes and around fifty industrial companies, new technologies are being developed for identifying and assessing damage. The project also covers the customised production of repair materials – so-called patches – and the actual carrying out of the repair, including quality assurance. (Read more in the PDF.)


Presentation of the award to successful applications for the BMBF initiative "Internationalisation of leading-edge clusters, forward-looking projects, and comparable networks" at the 3rd International Cluster Conference of the BMBF in Berlin (photo: BMBF)
Presentation of the award to successful applications at the 3rd International Cluster Conference of the BMBF in Berlin (photo: BMBF)

3 July 2015
Top-level research from Germany goes international
IKV receives funding from BMBF for international research


IKV has received an award for its internationalisation initiative "Global network for innovative plastic materials and processes". Professor Dr. Johanna Wanka, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, presented the award on June 30, 2015, in Berlin during the BMBF’s 3rd International Cluster Conference. Prior to that, the IKV initiative had been examined by an independent committee of experts and recommended for funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF. (Read more in the PDF.)


Composite parts in automotive design (photo: TEMA/IKV)
Composite parts in automotive design (photo: TEMA/IKV)

3 July 2015
IKV at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt
IKV to present its research on automotive design on a joint NRW stand

Lightweight construction, functional integration, production efficiency and simulation are the topics currently dominating plastics research in the field of automotive design. For the first time, the Institute of Plastics Research (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University will present these topics at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA), due to be held in Frankfurt am Main/Germany on September 15 – 27, 2015. The federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, represented by the state’s Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy, Industry, SMEs and Crafts, will organise the joint NRW stand under the motto "Mobility connects" in cooperation with AutoCluster.NRW. (Read more in the PDF.)


Scientific staff in IKV's injection moulding pilot plant (photo: Geerd Jacobs/IKV)
Scientific staff in IKV's injection moulding pilot plant (photo: Geerd Jacobs/IKV)

8 Juni 2015
IIMC 2015 – International Injection Moulding Conference in Aachen
IKV Conference to be held on September 30 and October 1, 2015

IKV is extending an invitation to the second International Injection Moulding Conference – in short IIMC – due to be held in Aachen on September 30 and October 1, 2015. National and international experts from the injection moulding segment will talk about application-related developments, research results and innovative examples of industrial series production. The main topics at the conference will be innovative developments to improve the efficiency of injection moulding processes. (Read more in the PDF.)


Composite structure of a biomimetic cruciate ligament replacement (photo: IKV)
Composite structure of a biomimetic cruciate ligament replacement (photo: IKV)

2 March 2015
Composite structure made of silicone rubber for use as a cruciate ligament implant
IKV and two project partners launch new medical technology project

IKV has launched a research project to study an innovative composite structure that could serve as an implant for the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee. Together with the University Clinic of Aachen and the Institute of Textile Technology (ita) at RWTH Aachen University, the IKV scientists are studying an innovative composite structure of load-optimised liquid silicone components and a braided 3D structure as a biomimetic artificial cruciate ligament.

The research will examine the production feasibility and the specific properties of an artificial ligament of this kind. The first step involves an analysis of the demands made on a cruciate ligament. The structure of the ... (Read more in a PDF.)


Specimens for examining the combined deep-drawing / backmoulding process (photo: IKV)
Specimens for examining the combined deep-drawing / backmoulding process (photo: IKV)

11 February 2015
IKV and TU Dortmund cooperate in research into new combined process
Combination of deep-drawing and backmoulding in a single step for plastic/metal parts

Together with the Institute of Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction (IUL) at the Technical University of Dortmund, IKV is carrying out research into a combined process that involves the deep-drawing of metal and its backmoulding with plastic for the production of hybrid plastic/metal structural parts.

Hybrid parts of this kind are being used increasingly as lightweight, load-bearing structures in vehicle production. They consist of a deep-drawn sheet steel component with a thickness of approx. 1 mm, backmoulded with plastic. The plastic serves to increase the stiffness, and may also contain functional and/or fixing elements. One requirement for the reliable production of such hybrid parts is a suitable bonding agent, which is first applied to the steel component. This provides a cohesive bond that ensures a homogeneous stress profile in the hybrid part. (Read more in the PDF.)