5th International Injection Moulding Conference (IIMC)


Dienstag, 19. September 2023

ab 19 Uhr Evening Reception Couven Museum, Hühnermarkt 17, 52062 Aachen

Mittwoch, 20 September 2023

8:45 Uhr Meet & Greet
9:00 Uhr Welcome by the Institute's management Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann
9:10 Uhr Welcome and introduction to the topic by the chairman of the IIMC Thilo Stier, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH
9:20 Uhr 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 Uhr Exhibitor's pitches Companies of the industrial exhibition
10:30 Uhr Coffee break and visit to the industrial exhibition
Session I: Carbon footprint as an indicator of sustainability
11:15 Uhr 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 Uhr 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 Uhr 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 Uhr Lunch
Session II: Increasing sustainability in the injection moulding process
14:00 Uhr tbd tbd
14:30 Uhr 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
15:00 Uhr 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)
15:50 Uhr 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
17:15 Uhr Research live - Guided tour to IKV's technical centres
18:30 Uhr Conference dinner and visit to the industrial exhibition


Donnerstag, 21. September 2023

8:45 Uhr Meet & Greet
9:00 Uhr 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 Uhr Injection moulded foaming with medium cooling/heating
  • Concept - injection moulded foaming
  • Floating mediums
  • Opportunities
Florian Dietl, BMW AG
9:45 Uhr 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 Uhr Coffee break and visit to the industrial exhibition
Session V: Multi-component applications in automotive
11:00 Uhr 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 Uhr 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 Uhr 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 Uhr Lunch
Session VI: Assistance systems and HMI
13:45 Uhr 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
14:15 Uhr 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
14:45 Uhr 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
15:15 Uhr Concluding discussion
15:45 Uhr Closing remarks and farewell Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Hopmann, IKV, Thilo Stier, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH
16:00 Uhr End of the event