The family-run ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH from Schwertberg in Upper Austria is one of the world market leaders in the plastics machine sector and at the same time is a long-standing member of INNONET Kunststoff. The network meeting took place for the first time in the two Austrian ENGEL production sites Schwertberg and St.Valentin.
The approximately 20 representatives from INNONET Kunststoff, from the southern part of Germany, agreed: The ENGEL-Werk Schwertberg, also the headquarters of the ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH founded in 1945, is impressive. In the small, small town of Upper Austria, superlative facilities are being built and are going from there to over 95 percent of the world. With currently 5,900 employees in nine production locations worldwide and 30 sales and service branches and an annual turnover of 1.36 billion euros, Engel has moved to the top of the industry.
Closing forces of up to 5500 tonnes for an injection molding machine are a house number, which can be acknowledged by industry recognizers. Plant builders who master these forces are globally thin. Such systems are used wherever large plastic parts are manufactured in one step. Plant manufacturers are increasingly planning and accompanying system specialists, who design, plan and implement complete production processes. For Franz Hinterreiter, sales manager for Automotive at ENGEL, this trend is key to the success of the company: "Turn-key solutions are the biggest growth driver," explained Hinterreiter to his interested South German audience. In addition to injection molding machines, robots and further automation, the system solutions, which are precisely tailored to the requirements of the respective application, also include process technologies, peripheral systems and software solutions for digitization and networking. The market itself is the largest innovation driver for the Austrian mechanical engineering company More complex solutions, "says Claus Wilde, Managing Director of ENGEL Deutschland in the Stuttgart Technology Forum, with a view to the constantly growing demands on products for the automotive sector or materials for weight saving. "An approach with increasing importance is, for example, adding gas to the product in the injection molding process in order to achieve a maximum weight reduction with the same strength properties," said Wilde.
For Stephan Klumpp, the CEO of Proplas and INNONET member of the steering committee, the positive response of the INNONET plastic members to the network meeting clearly shows that networking must not stop at national borders, but internationalization is an omnipresent topic and task for the coming years. Axel Blochwitz, Managing Director of the Horb Technology Center and INNONET supervisor, added impressively: "The Engel product portfolio expands the range of services offered by INNONET Kunststoff and makes Engel a valuable partner in the network". Further information on the German INNONET homepage can be found here.
REVIEW // Moulding Expo, International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making // 30.05.2017 - 02.06.2017 //
This trade fair takes place every two years in Stuttgart and is divided into several exhibition areas. The key focus is on classic tool and mould making as well as pattern and mould making, which is very user-oriented with forming and prototype tools, gauge and fixture construction. In addition, the Moulding Expo shows systems and service providers relating to plastics technology and metalworking: from manufacturers of machine tools and hot runner systems through to software providers. For the Index of Exhibitors click here
The main exhibition programme consisted of:
Tool, pattern and mould making
Software for tool, pattern and mould making
Components and accessories for tool, pattern and mould making
Systems for additive manufacturing
Machine tools, cutting tools, measuring technology and special machines for tool, pattern and mould making
Contract manufacturing and services for tool, pattern and mould making
REVIEW // KURPFÄLZER HOT CONNECTION Days // 11.-12.05.2017
The participants were able to follow exciting lectures by experts on the topic of toolmaking and learn more about the connection between mold construction and hot runner technology. In addition, they were able to find out about the latest developments in PSG hot runner and control technology. To the end of the first day, a winery was visited together. The company visit in Viernheim on the following day completed the event.
AMONGST OTHER TOPICS THE PARTICIPANTS HEARD ABOUT
Practical processes in a "digital" tool shop
Excellent tool correction
Use and connection of mold construction and hot runner technology
New developments in PSG hot runner and control technology
REVIEW // Thuringer branch meeting in Schmalkalden // 23.03.2017
On 23 March 2017 the Thuringer Branch Meeting for the tool and mold construction of Meusburger will take place at the University of Schmalkalden from 12:30 onwards.
For an informative and varied day, we will provide expert presentations, a practice demonstration on the use of the optical 3D-scan for the qualification of injection molds and a practical dialogue with well-known experts on "Strategies, Opportunities and Risks of Regional Tool and Mold Making in the International Market". Then you are cordially invited to the exchange of experiences in the VIBA-Nougatwelt.
The invitation with the complete program can be found here.
On January 19, 2017, Horber Werkzeugtag, a branch meeting for injection molding and injection molding, took place for the 13th time. More than 135 decision-makers and experts followed the invitation to Horb. The conference was organized by Professor Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Rief moderated and supervised. The DHBW foyer has been used by some companies for an extended exhibition for the presentation of company-internal innovations in the field of injection mold construction. Following the event, there was also a guided tour of the modern laboratory rooms offered about the course of studies in plastic engineering at DHBW
The INNONET Innovation Plastic has developed in recent years and become an important industry meeting in southern Germany. It is aimed at professionals and managers and and other interested parties in the plastics industry in Baden-Württemberg and beyond.
The accompanying exhibition provides a good opportunity to present its own portfolio and network with other experts in the plastics processing industry in the country. It is the perfect venue for innovations in plastics.
In 2015 Stuttgart launched the new exhibition "Moulding Expo" to present the tool, model and mould construction in real life. The second Moulding Expo will take place next year from 30.05.-02.06.2017. This year INNONET Innovation can therefore be seen as a "preparation" of the second Moulding Expo which will take place at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre.
"Innovations in plastic" - will be this years motto and will introduce experts from industry and show the latest developments and trends in the plastics industry. The event will be organized jointly with the country's trade fair company and supported by partners of the German tool and mould makers.
Presentation topics: - Tool and Mold Making - surface treatment - 3D printed tool inserts - Knowledge management as a competitive advantage - Developments in the automotive industry - Surface Trends - Smart Plastics
EuroPlast Technology Days in Ilsfeld / / 18.11.2016
On November 18, 2016 they carried out the second episode of their conference series, the EUROplast Innovation Day.
Follow us on the exciting way to new products: We will take a look in the future. The participants will get to know new methods and techniques and at the same time best practices in various areas will be presented. This year’s conference will cover design and material compositions, plastic specific construction, new process techniques, organic sheets to reduce weight and maintain strength, CT measuring, new simulation possibilities as well as innovative surface technologies.
The first Technology Day of the company EuroPlast Plastics was held in November 2013. 121 visitors gathered together to exchange ideas and listen to informative lectures. In one day they showed how a new product is created and can be produced at a reasonable cost (design, design guidelines, rapid prototyping, biomaterials, floor tools, welding, etc.).
Presentations from the following companies are also awaiting you:
Within the scope of this year’s Technology Days the SCHMID Group inaugurated its new Technology and Competence Center in Niedereschach, Germany. On a surface of 180 m² customers experience the World of Automation, learn the latest insights on the topic of SmartFactory and get to know the intelligent transport and intralogistics system montrac® in detail. In addition to some 650 working hours, the SCHMID Group invested more than 240,000 EUR in the realization of this new center, which is used not only for presentation purposes but also for training and customer tests. The World of Automation – that was the motto of the SCHMID Technology Days which took place in Niedereschach last week. And indeed, SCHMID succeeded in creating a World of Automation: Users of the montrac® system – which can be found practically everywhere from the automotive sector to medical technology – exchanged information and were given real expert and insider knowledge from the guest speakers about the latest trends in automation. Siemens presented its strategy for industrial digitization. In addition to the software it is also important to have the suitable sensor technology which can scan the environment of transport and production systems in 3D and decisively contributes to the safety of the systems. Pepperl + Fuchs, the development partner of the SCHMID Group, presented the latest developments in an exciting lecture. Schunk, world market leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, described how industry 4.0 is implemented in gripping technology for robots and how Schunk interprets the World of Automation and will shape it in the future. As a pioneer in automation SCHMID also presented concept approaches using the latest technology. With a virtual reality simulation, an installation in Finland was visited and the montrac® transport system could be inspected live on site – without having to leave the lecture room. There, montrac® transports pharmaceuticals, infusions and blood bags in a hospital. With virtual reality the project planning could become easier and more demonstrative in the future. Optimization potentials could be identified earlier. At the same time, SCHMID is intensively working on technological developments of the montrac® transport system. For example, the shuttles now reach a maximum speed of up to 85 m/min, they transport significantly higher loads and considerably reduce the throughput times due to new sensor technology. In addition to customers, SCHMID also invited companies of the ‘INNONET Plastic’ network to participate in its Technology Days. The montrac® transport system has already been used frequently in the plastics industry, especially for the cycle-optimized linking of injection molding machines and their connection to assembly stations or storage systems. Read more...
Meusburger tool and mould correction days // 12.10.-13.10.2016
For the fifth time Meusburger is held its tool and mould correction days! On the two days of the event, 12.10.2016 & 13.10.2016, the Festspielhaus in Bregenz was the exclusive meeting place for the tool and mould making companies. There were two exciting, informative days awaiting you, with first class lectures, interesting exhibitors and exciting discussions against the stunning backdrop of the Floating Stage. Between the program points there was enough time and space for exhibition visits and extensive discussions. PROPLAS was glad to be take part. Read here
Representatives of the following companies were looking forward to meeting you:
Review // Kunststoffinstitute East was held at PROPLAS in Dornstetten // 29.06.2016
"New approaches in metrology, efficient dimensioning and measurement of plastic components"
was the topic of the seminar on 29.06.2016 at the company PROPLAS in Dornstetten. It was headed by Siegfried Kaiser and Stephan Klumpp, together with three employees of PROPLAS, who presented the following subjects:
Problems in the measurement of plastic parts
Measurement and system analysing
3D measurement applications
The event took place at the company PROPLAS in Dornstetten.
Target group: All persons and users from the fields of product design, project management, quality management and quality assurance or production, who work in the area of the measurement of components, the measurement results and evaluation.
// Review / / the K.D.. Feddersen "Think Together" meeting on 16.06.2016 at the company Arburg in Loßburg, Black Forest
All one could think about at this meeting were the latest trends, materials, technologies and new projects!
The 12th Think Together event in June 2016 was hosted by the K.D. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG group and the ARBURG GmbH + Co KG in Loßburg. You could listen to interesting presentations and live demonstrations around the topic of lightweight construction as well as get an insight into the production of ARBURG. The company ARBURG GmbH provided the appealing framework with its modern headquarters for the communicative event.
Together trends, materials, technologies and new projects were thought about - You can't participate or discuss things at large events to the same extent as the smaller meetings in regional areas. These regional events also allow the visitors to arrive and leave on the same day and have the maximum benefit of this one day event.
A mixture of different topics could be found at this 12th Think Together event: you could listen to speakers about various topics presented by the following companies
// Review / / INNOVATION FORUM of plastics technology // April 2016
the third TechnologyMountains iNNOVATIONfORUM plastics forum took place on 20./21.04.2016 in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. Smart plastics of tomorrow - plastics processing "Day after tomorrow" technology trends challenges the plastics processors of tomorrow. This innovation Forum has how plastic has developed in various industries such as craftsmen and toolmakers. The speakers presented the latest projects from the development and current projects.
The Innovation Forum is aimed mainly at employees and companies in the plastics processing and tooling. It has brought decision makers in research, development, manufacturing, purchasing together. You could find out the challenges of future trends first hand. You had the opportunity to speak directly with the speakers and experts about issues and to agree on further joint steps. Thus, new partnerships, new networks, new opportunities and successful new products were created.
Interested companies also had the opportunity to present themselves and their portfolio participants from research, development and manufacturing.
// Review // 3rd Plastic Forum NordWest 10.03.2016 in Bielefeld
The subject "Praxis Meets Research" was focused on at this year's customer conference held by DK Plastic Service on 10 March 2016 at the new University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld. This year's Forum was conducted in cooperation with the Fachhochschule Bielefeld. Great and innovative issues around the plastic technology were awaiting us.
We were pleased to make a very practical contribution, how the relatively new measurement technique of computed tomography (CT) works and helps you to save a tremendous lot of time and money. Günther Heisskanaltechnick also presented its major success product BlueFlow, which has a ultra slim nozzle design with a very small diameter and allows for even more design freedom for complex shaped parts. These are only two lectures out of many - and research-oriented alignment of the this year's event.
In addition, guided walking tours of the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld allowed us a further insight into the research and development as well as in the material analysis. The aim was to implement your ideas and visions into action using sophisticated presentations.
// Review // Tool Construction Day in Horb on 21.01.2016
Whoever works in the region with plastic injection, was in the correct place at the Horb Tool Construction Day. This is the 12 meeting for injection molding and injection molding in the district of Freudenstadt. There were more than 120 developers and professionals. They were all the invited and came to the Institute for Plastics and development technology, in short IKET to the Cooperative State University in Horb.
The Black Forest is an international center for innovative plastics solutions, according to the press release of the organizer. The region has an unsurpassable density of market leaders in the field of plastics processing. Well-known industry giants such as Arburg or Fischer and no less significant as supplier of injection molding tools Zahoransky, Foboha, Männer and Braunform dominated the local economy.
Innovative and highly automated injection molding tools allow - in connection with linked downstream processes in assembly and packaging - the cost-effective production of plastic parts. Sophisticated production processes keep the labour cost per unit down and the products thus internationally competitive.
Likewise, the Black Forest has become a Mecca of lightweight technology. A technology that would not be possible without the material plastic. The Horb Tool Construction Day offers companies the opportunity to establish contacts and maintain a rough branch network. In addition, a number of practice-oriented technical papers offered an overview of the latest innovations into the injection molding industry.
One week after the official opening of our second location in Neuenburg am Rhein, in April 2015, we took part in the first trade fair - Moulding Expo- for machine tools, models and moulds : it was an ambitious program for the PROPLAS team but it was well worth it. Hundreds of visitors, interesting conversations, first test orders for enthusiastic new customers - PROPLAS starts highly motivated in the second half of 2015.
Professional speakers, informative discussions and exciting insights into the present and ideas about the future of plastics technology - the annual Innovation Day INNONET plastic has established itself as an industry meeting point and is aimed at the experts of the plastics processing companies. There were an unprecedented number of visitors: Over 100 visitors and 20 exhibitors attended the Innovation Day 2014 on 26 November 2014 on the premises of the SKZ Plastic-Centre in Horb, Germany. In addition to the numerous applications from plastic developments were "faster, thinner and lighter" major topics and of great interest. The speakers tackled the latest trends, special procedures and visions of the future of plastic industry were discussed thoroughly during the subsequent get-together. A selection of the presentations are available for download here.
For the tenth time the Intellectual Schools Donaueschingen held their Donaueschingen Plastic Day. Because of operating successfully in the plastics industry the PROPLAS takes part as an exhibitor. The Plastics Day begins with a visit to the plastic laboratory in the school, lectures on the subject "product and tool design" and "processing of magnetic compound" can be heard and various companies in the plastics processing industry introduce themselves and their work.
// On the cutting edge: User Conference CT with ZEISS // 23.10.14
The gathering of pioneers and experts - the user forum for Industrial Computer tomography at Carl Zeiss received over 100 participants to exchange expert views. PROPLAS couldn’t be missed! The morning was devoted to the theoretical basis of computer tomography. Presentations by top speakers informed, for example, about the tool offset with reverse engineering, the new technologies of METROTOM OS or giving an insight into the future of computer tomography. In the afternoon, live demos of CT systems ZEISS were on the program and application lectures on classical tomography materials of plastic and aluminum.
// High-calibre, exciting topics at the “Plastics Automotive Powertrain conference”
The “Plastics Automotive Powertrain conference” in 2014 was a great success. Decision makers from OEMs and suppliers listened to presentations on new developments in the engine compartment and the development and production processes of new components. For PROPLAS it was the perfect networking forum with professional exchange.
45,700 trade visitors from 117 countries - the Fakuma has never welcomed as many trade visitors as 2014. For PROPLAS team this meant : 5 days full house! Thanks to all visitors - we look forward to next year!