5th International Injection Moulding Conference (IIMC)


Tuesday, 19. September 2023

from 7 pm Evening Reception Couven Museum, Hühnermarkt 17, 52062 Aachen

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

8.45 am Meet & Greet
9.00 am Welcome by the Institute's management Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann
9.10 am Welcome and introduction to the topic by the chairman of the IIMC Thilo Stier, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH
9.20 am With innovation out of the recession
  • Challenges due to change in the automotive industry
  • Advantages of the processability and traceability of recycled material
  • Possibilities of lightweight construction for alternative drive concepts
  • Opportunities for human-machine interaction
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV)
10.10 am Exhibitor's pitches Companies of the industrial exhibition
10.30 am Coffee break and visit to the industrial exhibition
Session I: Carbon footprint as an indicator of sustainability
11.15 am Product carbon footprint calculations for SMEs – From Business Case to Implementation
  • Why does the chemical value chain work on product carbon footprints?
  • How can you calculate product carbon footprints to increase your reputation and fulfill customer requests?
  • What do you need to have to calculate Product Carbon Footprints?
Dr. Raoul Meys, Carbon Minds GmbH
11.45 am Sustainability prime! – Are recyclates the only path to CO2 reduction?
  • Recycled Plastics Share Today
  • Carbon Footprint of Plastics
  • Examples for Sustainable Solutions
Dipl.-Ing. Steffen Lang, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH
12.15 pm KTM: Sustainability on two wheels – From development to the road
  • Overview – Sustainability @ KTM-World
  • Sustainable Engineering how we use it in different Phases
  • Examples of Sustainable Products in Serial Applications
Dipl.-Ing. Hans Lochner, KTM Technologies GmbH
12.45 pm Lunch
Session II: Increasing sustainability in the injection moulding process
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2.30 pm From Salad bowl to automotive part
  • Eco-design starts with Design for Recycling
  • Material properties, characteristic values and norms
  • Closing material cycles with Design for Recycling
  • Breaking material cycles: Post consumer material in the automobile
Andreas Kellermann, Pöppelmann Kunststoff-Technik GmbH & Co. KG
3.00 pm Autonomous Optimization of the Injection Molding Process after PCR Batch Change based on Artificial Intelligence
  • Necessity of low-threshold tools to introduce digitalization and AI in production technology
  • industrif.ai platform development and realization of initial injection molding process setup
  • Anomaly detection during series production by process and quality parameter surveillance
  • Autonomous adaption of the process after disturbance, e.g. material batch change
Yannik Lockner, M.Sc. RWTH, Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV)
3.30 pm Coffee break and visit to the industrial exhibition
Session III: 21st Century Transformation
16:15 Uhr Efficiency increase for electric vehicles – the puzzle pieces to great reach Dr. Jakob Manhart, Lucid Motors
16:45 Uhr Developing Dynamic Capabilities and a Resourceful Mindset for Winning the Automotive Future - Insights from Reserach on TESLA and the German Hidden Champions
  • transformation momentum in the automotive industry
  • value innovations in an ecosystem of world market-leading suppliers
  • new capabilities and mindset for winning the transformation
  • Achallenges and chances ahead for injection moulding manufacturing
Prof. Dr. Jan-Philipp Büchler, FH Dortmund
5.15 pm Research live - Guided tour to IKV's technical centres
6.30 pm Conference dinner and visit to the industrial exhibition


Thursday, 21. September 2023

8.45 am Meet & Greet
9.00 am Welcome and summary of the first day of the conference Thilo Stier, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH
Session IV: Foam injection moulding for function integration
9.15 am Injection moulded foaming with medium cooling/heating
  • Concept - injection moulded foaming
  • Floating mediums
  • Opportunities
Florian Dietl, BMW AG
9.45 am Exploiting the potential of thermoplastic foam injection moulding through mould coatings
  • Possibilities for improving the surface quality in foam injection mouldingv
  • Advantages and disadvantages of mould coatings for small-scale applications
  • Influence of process and coating on the surface of the moulded part
  • Resistance of mould coatings to different materials and fillers
Jan Wolters M.Sc. RWTH, Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV)
10.15 am Coffee break and visit to the industrial exhibition
Session V: Multi-component applications in automotive
11.00 am Advanced plastic welding techniques applied to EV thermal management components
    Laser IR welding
  • Laser IR welding avoids the limitations of conventional through transmission laser welding
  • Used for PP and PA materials initially, this technology has been applied to cooling components in PPS, PPA and PK material for EV and hydrogen fuel cell applications
    Plastic/Metal hybrid welding
  • Plastic and metal are bonded without adhesives
  • This technique has applications for battery cold plates and power electronics cooling
Ing. M.A. Sc. Stephen Thompson, Sogefi Air & Cooling
11.30 am From invention to series production: Hollow Profile Hybrids enabled by polyamides
  • Innovative Envalior-technology to functionalize hollow metal profiles with polyamide
  • Joint development of Dongfang Jiangsu and Envalior (former LANXESS Performance Materials GmbH)
  • Hollow profile hybrid substitutes welded steel solution
  • Process and structural simulations allow for lightweight injection-molded part
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Theunissen, Envalior GmbH
12.00 pm AI-Based Warpage Optimization of a Multi-Component Part
The presentation of this leading-edge optimization project includes:
  • the particular challenges in the project,
  • the motivation for an AI-based approach and its advantages
  • the proceeding of this methodology and
  • the outstanding results
12.30 pm Lunch
Session VI: Assistance systems and HMI
1.45 pm Special Requirements on Plastic Materials for Automotive Radar Systems
  • Increasing importance of radar due to modern assistance systems
  • requirements on plastic materials to support Automotive Radar Systems
Dipl.-Ing. Niels Koch, Audi AG
2.15 pm HMI & high decorative surface solutions made with servo-driven hot runner system FLEXflow
  • What is FLEXflow® and what advantages can the user expect?
  • To what extent do the new applications in vehicle interiors and exteriors challenge us as hot runner specialists?
  • Case studies from the areas of HMI and promising surface design (not only in the automotive sector).
  • Potential savings in material and process costs when using a servo-controlled hot runner
  • The future of surface design and what we as hot runner professionals contribute to it
Stephan Berz, HRSflow GmbH
2.45 pm Modern Design and Functionality Integrations
  • Market Trends / Customer Expectations
  • Film Decoration and Functional Solutions
  • KURZ Technologies for Film Applications
  • PolyTC® Touch Sensors
  • Automotive / Non-Automotive Showcases
Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Michael Fuchs, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG
3.15 pm Concluding discussion
3.45 pm Closing remarks and farewell Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, IKV, Thilo Stier, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH
4.00 pm End of the event


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