Complex plastic parts can often only be produced through the use of an application-related welding or joining process. The key to successful development and production of a plastic component is therefore the correct choice, design and handling of the joining process, taking into account the varied requirements and boundary conditions.
In addition to our excellently equipped welding laboratory, our experienced experts also have access to numerous processes for testing joints and seams.
Since the 1950s, IKV's research activities in the field of joining technology have covered the entire spectrum, from basic research to application-related projects. Our current research projects include the following topics:
Laser joining of metal-plastic hybrids
The various joining processes constitute a key technology in all areas of the plastics industry, whereby both users and suppliers benefit particularly from an exchange of experience and information across different industries. Plastics joining technologies are nowadays deployed, for example, in microelectronics, in the welding and sealing of packaging film, for producing optically attractive seams in automotive rear lamps, and for creating highly stressed joins in fibre-reinforced structural parts and medical applications, where maximum demands are made on cleanliness. Apart from that, welding plays a vital role in the manufacture of domestic appliances, electronic devices and sports equipment.
IKV's application-related research and development projects study the entire product creation process, because success can only be guaranteed if any subsequent welding and joining processes are taken into account at an early stage of the process.
Cooperation projects with our partners from industry often deal with several of the following subjects, for which we draw up customised solutions that can be directly implemented:
Our claim is to make innovations from research available for use in industrial applications within the shortest possible time. For this, we encourage the transfer of research results to the trade in industry-related development projects, active involvement in the DVS, and regular national and international publications. Furthermore, we invite companies along the value chain and across all industries to accompany our research projects.
For many years now, we have been working with the committees of the DVS (German Welding Society). There, we initiate publicly funded research projects via the "Technical Committee 11" (welding of plastics), and participate in compiling guidelines in which current research results are made available to industry and the skilled trades, for example: