Plastic Lightweight Designs

26 March 2019

Fiberline Composites A/S
Barmstedt Allé 5
5500 Middelfart

Weight reduction is a very important topic in the strive to reduce the environmental impact of products. A wide range of plastic materials enable design of lighter products. This seminar will cover a wide range of inspiring technologies, cases, and materials all the way from EPS over PPA to extruded profiles with continuous fibers. A day of inspiration for light weight designs in the machine, building and OEM industry.

The seminar will be held at Fiberline Composites in Middelfart, who will give a brief company introduction and guided tour of their production.

09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Breakfast
09:30 - 09:40 Welcome
09:40 - 10:10
High Performance Solutions With Engineered Air

Ole Krebs, Nordic Development Manager, BEWi Synbra

This presentation addresses the use of materials such as EPS and EPP, that are historically packaging materials, as construction materials. BEWi’s solutions can replace a number of other materials, especially metal, wood and insulation materials. Ole Krebs will also talk about how to optimize and simplify the production flow, to make the material can meet several needs simultaneously.

Ole Krebs has a commercial background and has been in the business for 25 years. He is a member of the Innovation and Technology GROUP at BEWi Synbra; Raw materials and design.

10:10 - 10:40
From Idea to Prototype - a case

Sven Heckermann, CEO, Hetech ApS

Hetech has developed the lightweight power tool ‘List Cutter’ for 3D cutting of, for example, corners on window lists, door panels, electrical panels, aluminum profiles, etc. The ‘List Cutter’ is a handheld power tool that weighs less than 2 kg and can easily be inserted into a belt when not in use. In this presentation, Sven Heckermann will discuss the pros and cons that have led to procedures to further minimize the weight of the patented power tool ‘List Cutter’.

(This presentation will be in Danish)

Sven Heckermann has more than 30 years of experience with development and design of special machines, appliances and products for Danish and foreign companies within Medico, Handicap, Hospital, Toys, Solar panels, etc. He is mentor for start-up companies at DTU Science Park and he is a member of several boards of directors, among others 'DIRA' 'Danish Industrial Robot Association'.
10:40 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00
Lightweight Composite Technologies with a promising link to Injection Molding

Norbert Müller, Head of Technology Development, Center for Lightweight Composite Technologies, Engel Austria GmbH, Austria

Injection molding and processing of thermoplastic composites have more and more in common. The key to large-scale production of composite parts is in the thermoplastic matrix. At ENGEL, sophisticated technologies have been developed for processing of thermoplastic composites, composite tapes with unidirectional reinforcement, and even for caprolactam, which allows for RTM-Processing with a resultant thermoplastic matrix. Benefits, processing challenges, and design concerns will be discussed and exemplified with case studies.

Norbert Müller earned a Master's and a PhD in Plastics Processing from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is highly experienced in mold making, plastics processing, foam injection molding and composite processing. Norbert Müller is member of different boards at universities and industry associations.
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 13:15
Introduction to Fiberline Composites

Torben Rønlev, Vice President, Fiberline Composites

Torben Rønlev will give a brief introduction to Fiberline Composites, a company known for manufacturing profiles and components through pultrusion processes. Their portfolio includes 70 standard profile geometries for the construction industry in addition to custom made profiles for the window and wind turbine industries, a market that has experienced tremendous growth in the last 4-5 years. Torben Rønlev will also elaborate on the increased use of composites, they are anticipating in the coming years.

Torben Rønlev is a communications & marketing professional with 15 years of experience with internal & external communications, public relations, marketing planning, customer experience, brand strategy and sales management on a senior or executive level of large and medium sized companies.
13:15 - 14:00 Tour of Fiberline Composites' production
14:00 - 14:20 Break
14:20 - 15:05
Speciality Polyamides for lightweight designs

Edwin Groothuis, Country Manager, Erteco

Edwin Groothuis will take you along in the world of high performance polyamides reinforced by different fillers. This extensive product program from EMS-Grivory allows you to replace a wide range of metals in order to save costs, save weight, improve functionality etc. Samples will be shown as well as a SPE awarded “case”. This presentation will stimulate your creativity in metal replacement.

Edwin Groothuis has worked with Erteco, distributor of rubber and plastics, for more than 20 years and he is responsible for the Danish market.
15:05 - 15:50
Increasing Mechanical Performance of Plastics

Johannes Korte, Application Development & Technical Service Engineer, RTP, Germany

This presentation will show the possibilities of modifying a compound in terms of strength, stiffness and toughness. Johannes Korte will show the influence of the different fillers, and how they can be used. In addition to that the use and advantage of long glass fibers will be discussed.

Johannes Korte is Dipl.-Ing. within Materials Engineering (polymer materials). He has been with RTP Deutschland GmbH since May 2018. Before this, he worked as the Technical Manager at Grässlin Süd GmbH.

15:50 - 16:00 Closing remarks

Plastic Lightweight Designs

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Registration fee
Members of ATV-SEMAPP or other promoting organizations: DKK 2,150
Non-members: DKK 2,775
M.Sc. students: DKK 200 & Ph.D. students: DKK 975 (Membership is free of charge. Early bird discount does not apply)
Early bird discount of DKK 200 when registering before 1 March 2019

All prices are excluded of Danish VAT.

The fee includes talks, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.

Registration is binding, however substitutions are accepted at any time.

Please do not hesitate to contact ATV-SEMAPP by e-mailing or phoning Jytte Laursen +45 4525 4898 or Charlotte Leser +45 4525 4899.