REVIEW // VDWF presents itself at the "voll wild" meeting in Füssen // 19.03.2019
The Association of German Tool and Moldmakers (VDWF) eV was launched in 1992 by committed, pioneering companies in the industry.
The reason for forming this association was the conviction that a growing number of tasks are better handled together, rather than by the majority of small and medium-sized enterprises alone. Plus you have more fun together.
The main focus of VDWF is the strength of German tool and mold making. Small and medium-sized enterprises have received the most active support since the founding of the association in 1992, and have been strengthened for joint future tasks. VDWF does so by consolidating and representing the many interests of its member companies.
CONFERENCE FOR INJECTION MOLDING AND INJECTION MOLDING TOOLS
On January 24, 2019, the Horber Tool Day, an industry meeting for injection molding and injection molding, took place for the 15th time. More than 130 decision-makers and plastics professionals followed our invitation to Horb.
The conference was organized by Professor Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Rief moderated and supervised. The foyer of the DHBW was used by some companies for an advanced trade exhibition for the presentation of in-house innovations in the field of injection mold construction. Following the event, a guided tour was also offered to visit the modern laboratories of the DHBW Plastics Engineering degree program.
For the 26th time in the tri-border region on Lake Constance, the once again fully derecognized Fakuma - international trade fair for plastics processing has been held for the 26th time - from the 16th to the 20th of October. Both the international exhibitors and the private trade fair organizer PE Schall GmbH & Co KG once again enjoyed great popularity for this trade event, which is once again leading the way for plastics technology: 1,933 market and technology leaders from 40 nations presented themselves to 47,650 trade visitors from all over the world!
Global plastics industry more than just adapts to market demands
The proactive technology revolution in plastics processing seems to be successful: new materials, more efficient manufacturing processes, 3D and 4D printing alternatives, digitized and automated production solutions, less energy consumption of machines and plants - these are just a few of the adjusting screws that plastics processors use today have to. The issue of sustainability with the aspects of recycling plastics, material savings and "bio-materials" was also discussed more than ever at the Fakuma. Because the requirements of plastic customers such as the automotive industry as well as consumer goods and packaging manufacturers are becoming ever more complex. The fact that the "Plastics" have coped well with the new challenges, and that in all facets state-of-the-art tools are available to work in a way that is gentle on materials and resources as well as economically, was very emphatically demonstrated by the Fakuma 2018!
The production of affordable yet robust lightweight structures was presented as well as a broad portfolio of new materials. New machines, adapted tools, integrated quality assurance, controllable hydraulic or increasingly electric drives, and not forgetting networked and thus communication-capable controls including software - the plastics industry is becoming more and more digital, which is not least due to the great demand for Industry 4.0-capable Equipment and systems showed.
Fakuma is as popular as ever
The compact exhibition center in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance was again fully booked. The share of foreign manufacturers and suppliers is now more than 42 percent. The internationality has been increasing for years. Last but not least, the hype surrounding 3D / 4D printing technology or Additive Manufacturing is increasingly attracting suppliers from all over the world. These complement the Fakuma portfolio with highly interesting solutions as a globally leading trade fair for plastics processing.
With 47,650 trade visitors from 126 countries, the Fakuma is a high priority among experts. On the part of the exhibitors it was agreed: The expertise of the visitors was high, the technical discussions of "high quality". Accordingly, the participating companies expressed consistently positive and more than satisfied.A clear positioning as a trade fair for the plastics processing, and not as a polytechnic event for plastics issues, contributes significantly to the excellent reputation of Fakuma as a professional industry meeting.Another important success factor of the industry event is the strictly practical orientation in the process chain of plastics processing.
Knowledge and technology transfer in theory and practice
The economic growth of the plastics processing industries will be slowed only by the acute shortage of skilled workers. For example, expert meetings such as the Fakuma are increasingly being used for the recruiting of qualified personnel. An ideal opportunity for further education and at the same time meeting interesting people is the subject-oriented supporting program. This year's event series with 69 lectures gave trade visitors and exhibiting experts the perfect setting to inform themselves about a wide variety of topics.
Among many other the following companies were represented: AdduXi Deutschland GmbH , Adolf Föhl GmbH & Co.KG , Alba tooling & Engineering , DITTER PLASTIC GmbH + Co KG, DK Kunststoff-Service GmbH , F. Morat & Co. GmbH , Pearl Stream GmbH , Wehl & Partner GmbH Muster + Prototypen
REVIEW // Meusburger WERKZEUG- UND FORMENBAUTAGE // 22.03.2018 - 23.03.2018
For the second time, the Meusburger Mold and Die Construction Days took place at the end of March 2018 in Bregenz's Festspielhaus. The event format of the "Industry Meeting in the 4-Country Corner" takes place every one and a half years and was booked out weeks in advance. Around 340 visitors listened to exciting lectures and were able to exchange views on current industry topics during the breaks. The event was accompanied by an in-house exhibition with well-known exhibitors. A colorful supporting program with plenty of opportunity for networking rounded off the perfectly organized symposium.
REVIEW // INNONET Plastics at the ITW Morlock in Dornstetten // February 2018
ITW Morlock GmbH - the printing competence in INNONET plastic
The tampon and digital printing specialist ITW Morlock GmbH in Dornstetten is one of the first INNONET plastics members. At the first network meeting of the current year, the Dornstetter company opens its doors for the network family, which has meanwhile grown to well over 100 members.
Plastic is a world of its own. Along the broad value-added chain, from granulate to recycling, there are a large number of highly specialized companies. INNONET Kunststoff networks this innovative industry and generates synergies through cooperation and projects. With 55 employees, ITW Morlock GmbH is one of the companies actively living the INNONET plastic network idea. An example of a network-based project with added value is the concatenated production of the INNONET gyro at the Molding Expo, the new leading trade fair for application-oriented plastics processing and tool and mold making in Stuttgart. Participants in the remarkable regional joint venture included ITW Morlock, welding specialist Herrmann Ultraschall, plastics processor Hermann Hauff, Robomotion as an automation expert and world market leader Arburg from Lossburg as the manufacturer of injection molding technology.
The core area of the company, which relocated from the Murgtal to Dornstetten to a 7,500 square meter new building some 15 years ago, is the production of tampon and digital printing systems. For the management of the company, which belongs to the ITW Group, the location in the middle of the Black Forest was considered set. "Proximity to our network partners and companies in the plastics processing industry was and is very important to us," says Managing Director Jürgen Bosch, explaining the location decision to which he still stands today. "Equally important is the opportunity in the region to find qualified employees. Therefore, we also train ourselves: 3 trainees in the technical field, 2 trainees in the commercial sector and 1 student mechanical engineering at the DH Horb are a remarkable number for our company size ". Tampon and digital printing as an industrial application is less known but omnipresent. "We decorate, mark and inscribe almost everything, from the control panels of electrical appliances, components in the automotive sector" to high-quality sports and beauty products and precious metal products, Stefan Rapp, production manager at ITW Morlock.
"ITW Morlock is an important partner, because there are technical links to many network partners in INNONET Kunststoff," adds Nadine Kaiser, the project manager responsible for the network at the Economic Development Northern Black Forest with a view to the full list of participants of the network meeting.
More information about ITW Morlock can be found here.
ProPlas - your partner for Industrial Computed Tomography (ICT) services - was there!
REVIEW // YEARLY MEETING OF INNONET PLASTICS AT ARBURG IN LOSSBURG // December 2017
Founding member ARBURG invites you to the INNONET annual financial statements
The brilliant jump over the 100-member border, numerous successful events in the Plastics InnoCentre, in the region and at the network partners as well as well-attended trade fair appearances at the Molding Expo and FAKUMA: That was the INNONET plastic year 2017. For ten years There is no reason why ARBURG GmbH + Co KG chose the venue of this year's general meeting: INNONET Kunststoff was founded on the initiative of regional companies, including ARBURG.
Heinz Gaub, Managing Director Technology at ARBURG, welcomed the approximately 70 guests, gave them an overview of the very good order situation and underlined the importance of the turnkey area.
This was presented in detail by Oliver Giesen, ARBURG Division Manager Germany. With the turnkey film by ARBURG, in which, for example, customers such as Vorwerk and ZF TRW report on their positive experiences, he introduced the participants to the topic of turnkey projects, which continuously increase their individuality and complexity. Oliver Giesen then explained the details of the project management at ARBURG: "Our support begins with the product idea and leads through the concept and implementation right through to commissioning and series production at the customer." It is important to have close and open cooperation with the customer and partners Aim to realize the most efficient solution.
Eberhard Lutz, ARBURG Division Sales Manager freeformer, showed the potential of industrial additive manufacturing as well as the functionality of freeformers and ARBURG Plastic Freeforming (AKF). "The open system makes the users independent, by qualifying their own original material and can optimize the freely programmable process parameters specifically for their application," said Eberhard Lutz and called implants, prototypes, functional components, spare parts and individualized plastic parts as practical examples for the wide range of applications AKF.
Symposium for injection molding and injection molding tools
On January 25, 2018, the Horber Tool Day, an industry meeting for injection molding and injection molding tools, took place for the 14th time. More than 148 decision makers and experts followed our invitation to Horb. The conference was organized by Professor Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Rief moderated and supervised. The foyer of the DHBW was used by some companies for an expanded trade exhibition for the presentation of in-house innovations in the field of injection mold construction. Following the event, a tour was also offered to visit the modern laboratories of the DHBW Plastics Engineering degree program.
In October 2017, the border triangle on Lake Constance was again dominated by plastics technology. The fact that Messezentrum Friedrichshafen would once again become a "mecca for plastics processors" and in particular injection molding technology with the Fakuma was really unpredictable at the first event. Now the Fakuma - International Trade Fair for Plastics Processing is celebrating its 25th anniversary and, with an estimated 1,700 exhibitors from 30 nations, is once again presenting itself as the "information, communication and procurement platform for plastics processing.
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
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
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
Herausforderungen an die Kunststoffverarbeiter von Morgen.
Das dritte Innovationsforum Kunststoff hat gezeigt, welche Trends und Entwicklungen aus verschiedensten Branchen auf Sie als Verarbeiter und Werkzeugmacher zukommen. Die Referenten präsentierten neueste Vorhaben aus der Entwicklung sowie aktuelle Projektvorhaben.
Das Innovationsforum richtete sich hauptsächlich an Mitarbeiter und Unternehmen der Kunststoffverarbeitung und des Werkzeugbaus. Es hat Entscheidungsträger aus Forschung, Entwicklung, Fertigung, Einkauf und Projektierung an einen Tisch gebracht. Sie konnten erfahren aus erster Hand, welche Herausforderungen aus zukünftigen Trends entstehen.
Sie hatten die Möglichkeit, direkt vor Ort mit den Referenten und Experten über Themen zu sprechen und weitere, gemeinsame Schritte zu vereinbaren.
So entstanden neue Partnerschaften, neue Netzwerke, neue Chancen und erfolgreiche neue Produkte.
Interessierte Unternehmen hatten außerdem die Möglichkeit, sich und ihr Portfolio den Teilnehmern aus Forschung, Entwicklung und Fertigung zu präsentieren.
Es haben Sie erwartet:
• Interessante Vorträge und Expertengespräche
• Forumsbegleitende Ausstellung
• Fachlicher Austausch rund um das Thema Kunststofftechnik
Besonders gelungen ist der Auftritt von Florian Schmidt, Geschäftsführer der Firma Promod-Technologies
PROPLAS hat sich gefreut, mit einem Beitrag dabei zu sein.
// 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!