Expert presentations

First-hand information covering all aspects of injection moulding

During our expert presentations, a team of high-profile specialists from a wide variety of industries will outline the latest trends, covering all aspects of plastics processing. A whole range of interesting presentations await you, covering subjects such as Industry 4.0, lightweight construction, turnkey projects and ARBURG Plastic Freeforming.

Injection moulding of lightweight parts

Technological highlights and innovative applications
Lightweight construction is a trend that is growing in importance for many industries. In addition to the reduction of part weight, quality and efficient production are often a prime concern. A wide range of special processes is available here, such as ProFoam, fibre direct compounding and the overmoulding of thermoplastic composite sheets. As well as explaining the latest technologies, this presentation also includes a number of interesting application examples.

Manuel Wöhrle (ARBURG Sales)
is a qualified industrial engineer and joined ARBURG in 2003. Within the Turnkey department, he was initially responsible for designing and coordinating complex automation projects. Since 2015, he has been the central point of contact for lightweight construction in Sales.

Presentation times:

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.GermanDaily
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.GermanDaily
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.

Turnkey solutions

Project management from the product idea through to production
Individualised automation in all aspects of the injection moulding process offers numerous benefits. Successful implementation calls for a high level of expertise that goes beyond injection moulding machine technology. This presentation covers important components and processes in the turnkey system and focuses on the benefits to the customer with several innovative application examples.

Andreas Armbruster (ARBURG Turnkey)
is a qualified industrial engineer and joined ARBURG in 1998. Within the Turnkey department, he is responsible for designing and implementing complex automation projects covering all aspects of injection moulding machines.

Presentation times:

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.GermanDaily
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.GermanDaily
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.EnglischWed. - Fri.

ARBURG Plastic Freeforming

Using the potential of the freeformer successfully
Unlike conventional additive manufacturing processes, ARBURG Plastic Freeforming works by melting qualified standard granulates already familiar from injection moulding. Parts produced in the freeformer can achieve a similar density and mechanical strength to parts produced using the injection moulding process. The presentation will outline the latest technology and provide examples of the production of small batches and individualisation.

Martin Neff (ARBURG Plastic Freeforming)
is an engineering graduate and has been working for ARBURG since 1996. Within the ARBURG Plastic Freeforming department, he is the point of contact for all technological issues: these range from the specification of the freeformer to the production of sample parts.

Presentation times:

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.GermanDaily
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.GermanDaily
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.EnglischWed. - Fri.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.EnglischWed. - Fri.

Sensors for Industry 4.0

Wireless communication for efficient production
When combined with modern IT infrastructure, today's sensor technology can offer comprehensive data-based control of the entire production. The sensors are connected to the system controller using wireless and fully-automated technology, such as RFID. The data gathered about the production process provides added value for diagnostic and quality assurance purposes.

Manfred Münzl (Balluff GmbH)
has worked in a variety of positions at Balluff since 1984. He has been an industry manager with responsibility for the plastic processing machine industry over the last 20 years, globally supporting end users and machine manufacturers in the industry.

Rainer Traub (Balluff GmbH)
is a graduate engineer and has been working at Balluff since 2007, successfully building up the Industrial Networking department. He later took on the role of Sales Director. Since August 2016, Rainer Traub has been head of Product Management for the RFID department at Balluff.

Presentation times:

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.GermanDaily
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.GermanDaily
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.

Strong partners

Cooperation with ARBURG for future-oriented solutions
Flexibility and maximum process reliability are essential in the face of ever faster innovation and increasingly complex production. This applies to the fully automated manufacture of high-tech products and the alignment of a company to meet new challenges, such as Industry 4.0. New opportunities for added value can only be achieved through targeted collaboration with the right partners.

Klaus Hilmer (Festo Polymer GmbH)
is a graduate in chemical engineering and studied at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences, where he specialised in process technology and polymer chemistry. In 2011, he expanded the Polymer Technology department at Festo and has been Managing Director of Festo Polymer GmbH since 2013.

Torsten Ratzmann (Pöppelmann Holding GmbH & Co. KG)
studied materials engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück and has worked in various companies in Germany and abroad in the capacity of Production Manager. Torsten Ratzmann has been CEO of the Pöppelmann Group of Companies since 2016.

Dr Michael Baumeister (HARTING Electric GmbH & Co. KG)
has been working at the HARTING Technology Group since 2011. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, specialising in logistics, production and factory planning. He now manages the three German plants operated by the HARTING Technology Group.

Dr Sebastian Wiebel (Continental Automotive GmbH)
has been working at Continental Automotive since 2012. He has been Head of Injection Moulding Production since 2015, with particular responsibility for optical components used in head-up displays for the automotive sector.

Presentation times:

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.GermanDaily
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.GermanDaily
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.EnglishWed. - Fri.